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Women's History Month: Celebrating women's suffrage & history makers at Buffalo History Museum


Tue, Mar 10th 2020 01:35 pm

The Buffalo History Museum will recognize Women’s History Month with collaborative programming and more throughout the month of March at One Museum Court. Women’s suffrage will be a particular highlight of the museum’s celebration with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

“We are deeply honored to collaborate with the Uncrowned Queens Institute, the Chromatic Club of Buffalo, and a number of women historians in recognition of Women’s History Month,” said Melissa Brown, executive director of the museum. “Commemorating the historic accomplishments of individual women, groups, and organizations fosters appreciation for their lasting legacy and the adversities faced along each of their journeys.”

Featured Events, Exhibits & More

•“A Superhero Comes to Buffalo: The 'Real' Harriet Tubman”: Tuesday, March 17 | 5-8 p.m. – Hosted by the Uncrowned Community Builders/the Uncrowned Queens Institute, Dr. Kate Clifford Larson leads a discussion on Harriet Tubman. The talk will explore why her story resonates to this day. Free for all to attend, the evening begins with a reception at 5 p.m. Clifford Larson is the bestselling author of three critically acclaimed biographies, including “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman Portrait of an American Hero.”

•“Curator’s Talk with Susan Eck: Woman Suffrage”: Friday, March 20 | 6-8 p.m. – Buffalo historian, and co-curator of the museum’s exhibit “Emblem of Equality: Woman Suffrage in Western New York,” Susan Eck hosts a program on the history of local women and their contributions to women’s suffrage. Free for all to attend.

•“Marching with Aunt Susan”: Sunday, March 29 | 2:30-4 p.m. – In partnership with the Chromatic Club of Buffalo, musical performers will conduct a program inspired by the history of women’s suffrage. Free for all to attend, with a suggested donation of $10 to the Chromatic Club of Buffalo’s scholarship program.

•“Emblem of Equality: Woman Suffrage in Western New York” – The museum honors 100 years since the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment with “Emblem of Equality: Woman Suffrage in Western New York.” The exhibit chronicles the struggle for equality at the ballot box with in-depth narratives, historic photos, and several sashes worn in rallies and parades.

The exhibit was curated by local historian Eck and the museum’s director of exhibits and interpretive planning, Tony Greco. Its runs through the summer.

Spring 2020 Issue of The Album

The museum’s quarterly newsletter, The Album, features a special, extended issue for spring. Titled “Emblem of Equality,” topics of the newsletter include women history makers in education, business and politics, with articles from the museum’s staff and an array of guest columnists and historians.

Included in the issue is an exclusive look at the museum’s photo collection with images of and related to historic Western New York women.

Members of the museum receive copies of the newsletter mailed to their home or office. Copies of the newsletter are available for free to guests at the museum’s guest services desk.

This extended issue was funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the publication do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information regarding programs, events, exhibits, and collections, call the museum at 716-873-9644 or visit online at buffalohistory.org.

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