There’s more than one definition of Spirit of ’76—See

Follow the exhibition plans for the Spirit of ’76 suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Buckman Kearns and others in New York City and Long Island during 1913. It is part of the “Passing the Torch” campaign to spread the word of the book published by SUNY Press (State University of New York) in 2021. The work highlights the wagon history. Check with for news of when the suffrage wagon will be on exhibit next.

The Spirit of 1776 is a suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Buckman Kearns and other voting rights activists. It has been on exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York since 2017. This past week the wagon artifact was returned to the museum warehouse for a rest from so much light. It will be exhibited again in the future.

Find out about the reading by Marguerite Kearns on July 28, 2021 at Bookworks, 6 p,m, Mountain Time. Admission is free.  Sign up at: Continue reading

Independence Day for Spirit of 1776 suffrage wagon!

Patriotic protest was one of the themes of the early women’s rights movement.
Significant portions of “An Unfinished Revolution” were written at Collected Works, a popular independent book store in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Support independent book outlets like this one.

Support August 26th (Women’s Equality Day) becoming a national holiday. Creating another federal holiday is termed as “extremely difficult.” Spread the word. After the outpouring of support during 2020 for the centennial celebration of the Nineteenth Amendment, this is the time to act. If not now, when?

Storytelling is what’s important NOW!

Marguerite Kearns started asking her grandfather Wilmer Kearns questions at the age of ten. She didn’t stop. The result years later is the story of how social activism in one generation sparked activism in other generations.

Check out the comments of one reader of “An Unfinished Revolution” in this link.

Here is what one reader said about “An Unfinished Revolution.” It’s a behind the scenes look at one family and how they fit social activism into their busy lives.

Add your support to August 26th as a national holiday

We’re not only determined to celebrate August 26th—Women’s Equality Day. We’re on record for our support to make it a national holiday. That’s one important way to acknowledge that the social revolution for equality in the US is cemented into stone.

We’re putting ourselves on the line to give support to August 26th becoming a national holiday. This is the time. Women’s Equality Day is when we commemorate the August 26th to celebrate the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. In 1971, Bella Abzug (D-NY), threw her support behind and it passed the US Congress in 1973, to designate August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

We support August 26th becoming a national holiday!

Great granddaughter Tara Bloyd inspired by Edna Kearns

Edna and Wilmer Kearns’s great granddaughter, Tara Bloyd, has this to say about how Edna Kearns has impacted her life:

“As a college freshman, I joined with others in marches, a die-in, and more to protest the Gulf War.  We didn’t succeed in stopping the war, of course, but I still felt like I had done what I could and saw the power of joining with like-minded individuals to try to make a difference.  As young parents, my husband and I took our two sons to environmental protests and marches — showing them that we have a responsibility to work for what we believe in and to better the world.  My toddlers became teenagers, and one is now in his twenties, and they know that their actions can make a difference; they can’t just defer to the status quo when it’s unacceptable.  Our Quaker faith supports these beliefs, showing us the importance of direct action to make the world a better place.

“Every time I march, protest, talk with people about a cause one-on-one, donate to goals dear to my heart, or write, and especially when I’m feeling down-hearted, I think of my great-grandmother. Edna Buckman Kearns faced struggles far more severe than mine, and she persisted. She marched, wrote, spoke, went far outside her comfort level, developed skills necessary to get the job done, and saw the results of her actions culminate in a clear and definite victory.  Reading “An Unfinished Revolution” helps me feel  closer to Edna and to the generations of women who worked before, with, and after her on the quest for equal rights.  I’ll never be famous, and Edna wasn’t either — but her nonstop grassroots organizing and work inspired me, and can now inspire other readers also.  The environment is my issue — I want my kids and all kids to have a liveable world — and when I want to give up I think about all the barriers women (and men) faced on the quest for suffrage. The outcome was never guaranteed, and Marguerite’s book shows the struggles Edna and Wilmer faced in their love, parenthood, activism, and more.  If they could keep going, day after day and year after year, so can I.  So can we all.”

Reviewers & feature writers: “An Unfinished Revolution”—information

In order to spread the word about An Unfinished Revolution:Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights, can you lend a hand? Review copies and publicity inquiries are available through SUNY Press. Kate Seburyamo is in charge of the publicity and review copies for An Unfinished Revolution. Contact her at kate.seburyamo at

We need to get the word out in the midst of a changing world. Help by volunteering to write a review. Contact Marguerite.

Author Robert P.J. Cooney supports “An Unfinished Revolution”

“Edna and Wilmer Kearns’ story resonates deeply today both as a slice of history and as a rare glimpse of the kind of domestic relationship, based on equality, that helps move society forward. The women’s suffrage movement was a determined drive for liberty and women like Edna were engaged as in battle.  They needed backup and critical support to keep going, and men like Wilmer were there to give it. He was Edna’s partner and his story reflects the experiences of men across the country who quietly shared women’s long campaign for freedom.  This revealing personal account confirms the fact that cooperation and love are necessary elements to empower changemakers and shape a better future.

Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr.,

Author, “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage” Movement”

In the 2020 election, Americans came out of the woodwork to vote. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Quaker bonnets—are they still in style?

When Wilmer Kearns met Edna May Buckman in center city Philadelphia at the turn of the 20th century, she was wearing a Quaker bonnet. Plain dress and speech were on the decline, although in many instances Quakers maintained the simplicity testimony to include plain speech and dress. Today, plain dress is having a revival, as this video from “Quaker Speak” points out. For Edna Kearns, her Quaker bonnet reflected her commitment to the Religious Society of Friends. Later in life, she adopted conventional dress.

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