NORTHERN BERKSHIRE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL COALITION TO COMMEMORATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMAN SUFFRAGE

NORTHERN BERKSHIRE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL COALITION TO COMMEMORATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMAN SUFFRAGE

This is the plaque that will be placed beside a freshly planted serviceberry tree on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Williamstown’s Milne Public Library to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Massachusetts’ ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote.

The event will include musicians Deb Burns and Audrey Thier singing suffrage songs (audience will have a chance to sing along) and Lara Gonzalez from Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song getting the audience making some racket as well as historian Barbara Winslow talking about suffrage history and Maddy Art from Mount Greylock Regional High School’s REV (Register, Educate, Vote) talking about its future. Refreshments will be served at the library after the program.

The Northern Berkshire Suffrage Centennial Coalition, including representatives from the South Williamstown Community Association, the Williamstown League of Women Voters and the Williamstown Historical Museum has been meeting for more than a year to plan an exhibit, talks and special events to commemorate the centennial and focus attention on the importance of voting to our democracy.

Massachusetts was the eighth state to ratify the 19th Amendment. It was signed into law on August 26, 1920. And on November 2, 1920, Phoebe Jordan, a farmer from New Ashford, Massachusetts was the first woman to vote for a United States President after the 19th Amendment was ratified.

The Northern Berkshire Suffrage Centennial Coalition also urges you to wear white and march with the Williamstown League of Women Voters on Thursday, July 4 at 11 a.m. at the parade.

For more information about the Northern Berkshire Suffrage Centennial Coalition: contact Bette Craig (413) 652-9098 or BetteCraig@gmail.com.