Votes for Women:

A Portrait of Persistence

Presented by the East Hampton Historical Society


Clinton Academy Museum, 151 Main Street, East Hampton NY 11937


Saturday, September 19, 2020

10AM – 2PM

Pre-Registration Required


On September 19, 2020, the East Hampton Historical Society will host a 1-day exhibition at Clinton Academy entitled Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence. This poster exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution is based on their larger installation and marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, made possible through the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The exhibit will be supplemented with objects from our own East Hampton suffrage story. 

Courtesy of the Smithsonian

In addition, the East Hampton Historical Society will welcome the League of Women Voters of East Hampton, Shelter Island, and the North Fork to the exhibit to offer voter registration.

FREE Admission, pre-registration is required. No drop-in admissions will be permitted.

Visit our website’s event page for more information and to register.

College women picketing at the White House. Courtesy of the Smithsonian.


Clinton Academy Museum, 151 Main Street, East Hampton NY 11937


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It’s the responsibility of the Society to share East Hampton history and our East End suffrage story as just one part of the larger struggle for women to gain the right to vote nationally.

We did not want this challenging year to prevent us from marking this historic anniversary and sharing what we could with the community about this important narrative of women’s tenacious spirit and fortitude to be enfranchised.

The exhibit, which is an overview of history leading to the 19th Amendment as created by the Smithsonian, will be supplemented with some objects from our own collection to celebrate our local piece of Her Story.

— Maria Vann, Executive Director, East Hampton Historical Society.


We are augmenting the Smithsonian’s scripted panels with several dozen historic photographs that illustrate both Long Island suffragist parades and activities as well as events in New York City and Washington DC.   We will also have a selection of photographs by Durell Godfrey of East Hampton’s 2017 League of Women Voters march on the anniversary of New York State’s successful vote for women’s right to vote.  We will also reveal a recent gift to the Society of two pieces of original “Votes for Women” ceramics made for Alva Vanderbilt Belmont.

— Richard Barons, Chief Curator of the East Hampton Historical Society.


These two “Votes for Women” plates (luncheon and soup) were used by Alva Vanderbilt Belmont at one of her well-publicized American Suffrage luncheons held at her Newport summer cottage “Marble House” during the summers of 1909 and 1914.  Over 1,000 women attended each one of these gatherings where this “Votes for Women” pattern lunch service was used.  This same pattern was also used at the lunchrooms at the Political Equality Assoc. headquarters in NYC.  These rare original plates have just been given to the East Hampton Historical Society and will go on display for the first time at the special exhibition held at Clinton Academy, “Votes For Women: A Portrait of Persistence”.


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