Ticonderoga Historical Society Opens 2017 Exhibit Season with “Votes for Women”

Inez MilhollandTiconderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society unveils the first of three new exhibits being installed at the Hancock house on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m.  Historical Society Programs Assistant and former Essex County Historian Diane O’Connor will present the opening talk, which is free and open to the public.  

Votes for Women looks at the fight for women’s suffrage in New York State, where women won the right to vote in 1917, more than two years before the national amendment to the Constitution was ratified.

“New York was a crucible for women’s suffrage,” said THS President Bill Dolback.  “From the first meetings at Seneca Falls in the 1840s and through the 1920s, our state played an important role.  And women in the Adirondacks were at the forefront of this effort.”

While the exhibit will remain in place until the conclusion of the national celebration in 2020, interpretive aspects of the exhibit will be changed to expand upon the theme of women’s suffrage.  Each year, returning visitors will have the opportunity to view and learn more about the history of the suffrage movement.

Refreshments will be served and reservations are not required.  For additional information regarding this program, or upcoming exhibits and programs, please call 518-585-7868 or via e-mail at tihistory@bridgepoint1.com.  Information is also posted on the Historical Society’s Facebook page.

Additional exhibits scheduled to open this spring include “Til It’s Over Over There,” a look at the United States’ entry into World War I and “Steamboats a Comin,” a celebration of the centennial of steam boats on our region’s lakes.

Founded in 1897 and chartered in 1909, the Ticonderoga Historical Society advances the preservation and interpretation of history through our collections, programs and community outreach, preserving our past for our future.  The Historical Society makes area history an integral part of community life by connecting past and present.

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PHOTO: Adirondack resident, lawyer and suffrage leader Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886-1916) at a New York City women’s suffrage parade on May 3, 1913.

Photo courtesy of Library of Congress