“Keeping History Strong” Series of Virtual Programs
The first three programs in the newly launched “Keeping History Strong” virtual programming series celebrate “100 Years of Votes for Women” with storybook readings that pay tribute to women whose valiant efforts in the decades-long struggle for women’s suffrage, the right to vote in elections, culminated with the August 18, 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which extended such voting privilege to women and which was formally adopted into the Constitution on August 26, 1920 (now celebrated annually as “Women’s Equality Day”).
Click Here to view the first such storybook reading, of Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote (written by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon and published by Macmillan Publishers). The colorfully illustrated picture book, presented/read by Kenilworth Historical Society board member and historical interpreter Karen DeMaio, highlights the life of early women’s rights and suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), who helped change America forever by not taking “no” for an answer. The videotaped reading is preceded by a brief introduction to the Oswald J. Nitschke House (c. 1880) “living history” museum and cultural arts center by Kenilworth Historical Society president Shirley Boyden Maxwell followed by comments on the women’s suffrage movement by second vice president and educational programming chair Frances J. Day.
Readings will soon be available of two other books: Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, A Kitten, and 10,000 Miles (written by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Hadley Hooper and published by Candlewick) and Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote (written by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Nancy Zhang and published by Knopf Books for Young Readers).
Although all three books are geared toward children, the message in each one is relevant, enlightening and appropriate for all age groups.
The Kenilworth Historical Society is grateful to Paolo and Jeizza Andrade, Kenilworth residents and friends of the Society, who generously shared their videographic talents to make the virtual storybook readings possible.
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