Edna Kearns wagon highlighted in NYS museum exhibit, and historic marker deadline extended!

The Spirit of 1776 suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns and others in 1913 in New York City and on Long Island is now on exhibit on the 4th floor of the New York State Museum in Albany, NY where it can be viewed from outside the building on the Empire State Plaza while the building is closed during the pandemic.
For most of the 20th century, the early women’s rights campaigning was a story not told. It was either marginalized or many insisted it was “boring” and insignificant. The story of Edna Kearns was told by her granddaughter, Marguerite Kearns, on a blog (SuffrageWagon.org) starting in 2009 and continuing to the present. Kearns promoted both the 2017 New York State suffrage centennial in 2017, as well as 2020, the national suffrage centennial. The attention given to the 2020 suffrage centennial brought considerable information to the attention of mainstream Americans. Check out Marguerite’s book, “An Unfinished Revolution.”

CITY OF LONG BEACH, NY PLANS TO INSTALL HISTORIC MARKER FOR EDNA KEARNS ON ITS BOARDWALK IN 2021

This application only took a few years, but it’s now in the hopper. The City of Long Beach, NY will be installing an historic marker on its Boardwalk in 2021 to commemorate Edna Kearns’s visit there in 1913 with the Spirit of 1776 suffrage campaign wagon. The marker will be part of the national Votes for Women Trail. Stay tuned for the installation date in 2021. And note the deadline extension if you want to apply for a historic marker project.

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