Photo of the Week
— Week of March 29, 2021 —
FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES
“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck
Suffrage Wagon, ‘Vote for Tomorrow’ / c. 1913
by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian
Rosalie Gardiner Jones on the Long Island Suffrage Wagon Advocating “Votes for Tomorrow” (c. 1913). (Image from the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)
The wagon’s signage proclaims that women in many other states already had the right to vote, including in “Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Washington, California, and this year in Ohio, Kansas….” New York women would not win the right to vote until 1917.
Rosalie Gardiner Jones (1883-1978) of Cold Spring Harbor became prominent in the suffrage struggle and was dubbed “General Rosalie” owing to her flamboyant and headline-grabbing leadership in the famous suffrage hikes from New York to Albany and New York to Washington. Jones teamed up with Elizabeth Freeman of Kings Park and other suffragists to travel across Suffolk County, through Shoreham, Port Jefferson, Smithtown, and Northport, selling copies of their newspaper, Woman Voter Daily, and selling suffrage literature and buttons to raise funds for the suffrage battle.
Under the headline “Gen. Jones Flies for Suffrage,” the New York Times reported on one of Jones’s stunts in 1913, when she was taken up in a two-seat Wright biplane over Staten Island to toss out yellow Votes for Women leaflets. Jones planned successful suffrage hikes to Albany in 1912 and to Washington, D.C. in 1913. Jones and her “pilgrims” (as they were called) set out for D.C. in 1913, where a large suffrage parade was planned for March 3, the day before the inauguration of the new president, Woodrow Wilson. They carried a banner that read: “Criminals and the insane can’t vote, neither can I, what about it?” Over five thousand women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on that day to the cheers of onlookers.
FUN-FILLED FAMILY OUTING! An Exhibit of Ordinary Objects From Yesteryear That Are Mysteries to Our Modern Eyes! In our Weathervane Gallery now thru Sept. 11, 2021. The objects we use to get through an ordinary day have changed so much over time that many everyday items once used at work or at home by your grandparents (or great-grandparents) are now virtually unrecognizable. This fun exhibit showcases a selection of the most mysterious objects from our collection to baffle, befuddle, and bemuse you!
Can you guess what these mysterious objects are? Bring your cellphone for an interactive experience!
Free admission for children includes museum-wide scavenger hunt & prizes!
Gallery Hours: Weds. to Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Holiday Closure: Saturday, April 3.
The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum is open to the public for a safe, socially-distanced family outing with 15-minute intervals between parties. Exhibits provide a safe, “touchless” experience for adults and children alike. Masks are required of all museum visitors over age 2.
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