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Erie County bicentennial celebration continues with 'Trailblazing Women of WNY'


Thu, Jul 22nd 2021 09:10 am

Second installment of Erie County Bicentennial Heritage Commemoration Series at Roycroft Campus; free program focused on women’s impact on WNY features musical performances, speakers on the Great Lawn

The EC200 committee has announced the second event in the EC200 Heritage Commemoration Series will take place Wednesday, July 28, at the historic Roycroft Campus in East Aurora with “Trailblazing Women of WNY,” a free event featuring musical performances by Buffalo Girlchoir, Newtown Women Singers and Daughters of Creative Sound along with speakers discussing the impact women have made on social change. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. on the Roycroft Campus’ Great Lawn, 31 South Grove St., East Aurora. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

“The EC200 Committee has put together another great program and an evening with the ‘Trailblazing Women of WNY’ promises to be an interesting, educational and fun celebration of our bicentennial and the powerful impacts that women have had in shaping our community along the way,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. “The Great Lawn at the Roycroft Campus provides a wonderful setting and I encourage everyone to come out and be a part of the celebration.”

Executive Director of the Roycroft Campus Curt Maranto said, “The Roycroft Campus is excited to host this bicentennial event celebrating women’s history in Western New York. The Roycroft has been a center for progressive social issues since its founding in 1897, and we look forward to sharing the story of Alice Hubbard, wife of Roycroft co-founder Elbert Hubbard, and her work in support of the suffrage movement.”

In addition to musical performances, the event will feature a discussion moderated by Karen King, Ph.D., commissioner of public advocacy for Erie County, focused on the impact of women on social change. Speakers include Dr. Lillian Williams, speaking on Mary Talbert; Dr. Lori Quigley, speaking on Geraldine Sid Tah Green; Amizetta Haj, speaking on Alice Hubbard; and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, speaking on Louise Bethune.

“The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women is thrilled to be part of the EC200 celebration,” King said. “And what better way to celebrate than to acknowledge the contributions that trailblazing women of WNY have made to our community over the last 200 years!”

Flying Bison Brewing Co. will be onsite offering beer tastings, and the Roycroft Inn will be open for additional food/beverage.

Attendees should bring their own blankets/chairs and may also bring their own refreshments. Patrons are asked to observe a carry-in/carry-out policy for food/trash.

This event is presented by the office of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and is hosted by the Roycroft Campus.

For more information on EC200, visit: https://www3.erie.gov/ec200/; on the Roycroft Campus, visit: https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/; or on Trailblazing Women of WNY, visit: https://trailblazingwomenwny.org/.

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