SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Join us for events celebrating the suffrage movement during 1820-1920, from Susan B. Anthony's birth to the passage of the 19th Amendment which bears her name.

Massachusetts Celebrates with 100 Events for 100 Years

Join us for Outdoor Activities, Speakers, Historical Performers, Author Meet & Greets, Textile Exhibitions - and the events listed below are just a few of the Suffrage Centennial Offerings! 

October  19, 2019

Family-Friendly Costume Party and Fundraiser Celebrating Women's History - themed “Not for Ourselves Alone: Women Shaping America”

Local musicians and caller will teach dances popular during the Civil War and Victorian Eras. Judges from local theatre, art, and historical organizations will distribute prizes in a variety of categories including “best use of unusual materials,” “best group costume,” “most historically accurate,” “best costume maker under 12” and “most creative interpretation of the theme.” There will be a silent auction and raffle of items from local businesses and all proceeds will go to the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum and the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee to fund 2020 programming.

 

November 24 2019

Second Annual Homespun Holiday Crafts

 

December 1 2019

Museum Store Sunday.

 

February 16, 2020

Annual Birthday Celebration - Anthony family descendants will perform suffrage music and a song written in tribute to Susan B. Anthony. The audience will enjoy a video wishing Susan a happy 200th Birthday, and a local college-bound high school student will be awarded our first annual "Organize, Agitate, Educate" Scholarship.
 

March 8,  2020

Marching with Mother Exhibit

Opening reception for Marching with Mother Exhibit with featured presentation by Suzanne Schnittman on her book about mothers and daughters in the Suffrage Movement.

 

April 1 2020 

The Merritt of Bicycles historical talk - Cassandra Peltier and Michelle Abrams - Who was "The New Woman" and what do bicycles have to do with Women's Suffrage? Abrams (a Gilded Age Art Historian) and Peltier (a Material Culture and Fashion Politics Historian) will explain the bicycle's role in sociopolitical climates and art during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

May 2020

“Cruisin’ With Susan” Bicycle festival

The first Annual “Cruisin’ With Susan” Bicycle festival will take place at various sites throughout the Town of Adams. Activities include a Bike Repair workshops, Bike Swap, Ashuwillticook Trail Ride, and performances and food vendors. Rumor has it we may receive a visit from Susan herself!

 

June 27th & 28th 2020

Frontier Days Family Weekend

Join us on Saturday June 27th at the Hoellerich Farm for an historical Family Field Day featuring costumes, games, crafts, and food that were popular during Susan's childhood. 

On Sunday, June 28th we will hear from Melanie Stringer, scholar and reenactor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, to learn what Laura thought about changes in women's rights over the course of the 19th century and her questions about what might be in store for her daughter Rose.

 

July 18th & 19th 2020

Herstory Conference -  Located in Adams, MA. Join us in downtown Adams for sessions and panel discussions about a variety of women's history topics that featured in the U.S. Suffrage Movement. Presenters including Stewart Burns, Lori Harrison-Kahan, Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, Janet Farrell Brodie, and Colleen Spellecy will discuss Quakerism and Activism, women's incarceration at the Willard Asylum, Racism in the Suffrage Movement, and historical context of women's reproductive rights in the 19th and early century.

 

August 9, 2020

Forgotten No More

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti returns to Adams, presenting a one-woman show commemorating women of color who devoted their lives to Civil Rights issues in the 19th and early 20th century. All too often Black, Native, Asian, and Latina women whose contributions and struggles far outweigh the familiar white leading ladies of history are forgotten or stricken from history. Join us to make sure these incredible women are forgotten no more.

August 2020

Centennial Year Celebration

The Adams Suffrage Centennial will host a three-day festival with performances and family activities, musical performances, food trucks, Hometown Parade, fireworks, and unveiling of a Susan B. Anthony Statue in the center of Adams.

 

September 20, 2020

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

 

October 24, 2020

Historic Costume Contest and Fundraiser - themed “To the future in the distance” (based on Carrie Chapman Catt quote: “To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.” Costume prizes, raffles, and team trivia.

 

November 29, 2020

Museum Store Sunday
 

November 29, 2020

Third Annual Homespun Holiday Crafts

 

 

Past Events

 

August 26, 2018

Sheryl Faye as Abigail Adams

September 22, 2018

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

September 26, 2018

Presentation about the SBABM and Q&A about Susan’s life and career
Pittsfield Senior Center - meeting of GE retirees

October 21 2018

ASCCC Tea Party at the Red Carpet in Adams MA

Fundraiser for ASCCC. Carol Crossed as guest speaker. Followed by meet and greet with sculptor Brian Hanlon at the Firehouse Cafe in Adams.

 

November 1, 2018 

Voting: Around the World in 80 Years

Presentation by Cassandra Peltier for the Education Committee of the Winchester Seniors Association, supported by a grant from the John and Mary Murphy Educational Foundation.

November 25 2018

Museum Store Sunday

December 1 2018

Homespun Holiday Craft Day

December 24 2018

Winter Stories & Snowflake Crafts

December 28  2018

Yarn Day with SBA

December 31 2018

Book Making Workshop

February 17, 2019

“I Can’t Die But Once” A Performance by Harriet Tubman (Annual Birthday Celebration)

March 7, 2019

Cassandra Peltier spoke as panelist for BART charter high school International Women’s Day Assembly, alongside Andrea Harrington (first female Berkshire County D.A.) and Linda Tyer (first female
mayor of Pittsfield

March 25 2019

Birthplace featured on WGBY’s Connecting Point

March 14, 2019

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Harriet Tubman

“Looking Things Over”

Zora Neale Hurston Barre Women’s Club

March 2019

Carol Crossed

Women’s History Month, University Club

February 28, 2019

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Harriet Tubman

Callahan Center, 535 Union Ave, Framingham MA

December 5, 2018

Sheryl Faye Presents Clara Barton, Auburndale, MA

Golda Meir House on @ 3pm, 160 Stanton Avenue

Auburndale, MA 02466

The founder of the American Red Cross and she helped wounded soldiers during the Civil War. She helped make nursing an acceptable profession for women.

 

January 24, 2019

Sheryl Faye Presents Helen Keller in Paxton MA

@ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join me in this touching story about the girl who showed the world there are no boundaries to courage and faith. I will perform Helen Keller at The Richards Memorial Library on January 24, 2019 @ 6:15PM, 44 Richards Ave, Paxton MA 01612, (508) 754-0793

 

February 11, 2019

Sheryl Faye Presents Eleanor Roosevelt at The Hanover Senior Center, MA

@ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Come join me as celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt, “First Lady of the world” at
The Hanover Senior Center @ 1pm, 665 Center St, Hanover, MA 02339. 

March 20, 2019

Sheryl Faye Presents Eleanor Roosevelt at The Arbors at Stoughton

@ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join me on March 20, 2019 @ 2pm as we celebrate Women’s History Month with Eleanor Roosevelt at The Arbors at Stoughton

 

April 28, 2019

Sheryl Faye Presents  Abigail Adams in Belmont

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join me as I perform Abigail Adams for The Belmont Women's Club on April 28, 2019 @ 1:30pm. The performance will be held at The Plymouth Congregational Church, 582 Pleasant Street, Belmont, MA

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May 5 2019

Ringing in Spring

Family day of historical games and crafts to celebrate spring and Mother’s Day - including tissue paper sunflowers, Victorian-inspired mother’s day cards, fan-making activity, and hobby horse races.
Enjoy storytime with Kristen Demeo, author of Susan.

 

Quilt Exhibit Opening

Chris Hartman’s 2018 Susan B. Anthony Art Quilt featuring scans of SBA letters from 1903.

 

May 26, 2019

Museum “Behind the Scenes”

Community clean up day, volunteer appreciation reception, prospective volunteer tours, exclusive look at some items from collection storage and installation process of our upcoming exhibit on mills. Vote on new exhibits for 2019 and 2020! Raffle and free refreshments!

May 30, 2019

Living History Day

SBABM Board Members Lynn Lewandowski and Kelly Vincent-Brunacini travel to State University of New York Fredonia to take part in a day long History performance event.

June 1 2019

Mills in Berkshire County

Opening of exhibit about mills in Berkshire County, Historical talk on the “Bread and Roses” Lawrence Textile Mill Strike of 1912 presented by Michelle Abrams and Cassandra Peltier

June 21 - September 15, 2019

Mourning a Loved One

View a 19th Century funeral fashion display.  Berkshire Art Museum, North Adams, MA 01247.  Created by Greg La Fave

June 29, 2019

Revolutionary Change in Women's Clothing

Free Lecture at Lynda's Antique Clothing Loft, 2:00 PM, 41 Park Street, 2nd Floor, Adams, MA 01220

July 6 2019

Frederick Douglass Day and Community Round Table Discussion

Reading Frederick Douglass Together Family Day and Community Round Table Discussion:

From 10 am until 1pm the museum will host educational and fun activities which teach about Frederick Douglass’ life and career including:

  •  - bookmark crafts to encourage reading and highlight Douglass’ emphasis on literacy

  •  - community storytelling activity, honoring Douglass’ talent as a storyteller and encouraging collaborative creativity

  •  - Victorian photo room, celebrating Douglass’ status as one of the most photographed individuals of the 19th century, with explanation of historical social context of each prop and the symbolism it lent to 19th century portraits. Photos will ideally be taken with a Polaroid camera to provide visitors with a souvenir

  •  print-your-own newspaper activity with educational materials on historical typesetting, printing, and engraving techniques. List of common 19th century vocabulary provided to enrich visitors’ articles

  •  Read selections from the Columbian Orator, the first book Frederick Douglass bought and one of his most treasured volumes.

  • From 1pm until 2pm light refreshments will be available for free at the Adams Visitor’s Center and families are invited to bring their own picnic lunches. BART student artwork honoring Frederick Douglass will be displayed and a projection screen will play a slideshow of images and information from Douglass’ life.

  • From 2pm to 3pm BART students, MCLA faculty, and a CCSU professor will welcome the assembly and lead the community reading of Douglass’ 1852 speech.

  • From 3pm until 4pm the professors will facilitate a roundtable discussion and answer any lingering questions from the assembly.

 

Tours of the Quaker Meeting House: The place of worship of the Anthony Family.

July 7 through October 3

Maple Street Cemetery Grounds, Adams, MA

By the Town of Adams Historical Society

Every Sunday, 1 – 4 pm.

September 21, 2019

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

 

Check back often for our exciting list of official speakers & performers for

100 Events for 100 Days!

For current list, click image below.

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Partial List of Event Participants

 

The Mount

Museum of African American History

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Norman Rockwell Museum

Fruitlands Museum

Historic Newton

Shirley Historical Society

Abigail Adams Birthplace

Cambridge Historical Society

Framingham History Center

Marlborough Historical Society

The Fairbanks House

Massachusetts State Police Museum

Lowell National Historical Park

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace

Interested in being a participant? 
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The Significance of Massachusetts During the Suffrage Movement

 

The State of Massachusetts has a greater number of women’s history sites than any other state, with New York State a close second.  The Women’s History Trail lists 34 sites in New York and 37 in MA.
 

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is the Susan B Anthony Amendment.  It is named in honor of America’s leading woman suffrage leader, Susan B Anthony who was born in Western Massachusetts in 1820, making her exactly 200 years old in the Suffrage Centennial year.