Washington County Historical Society

WCHS Programs & Events - 2017

Saturday April 29, 2 p.m. at the Slate Valley Museum in Graville, NY: "Putting the 'World' in the First World War" will be the first in series of programs focusing on the centennial of World War I. The free talk will be presented by SUNY Albany professor Richard S. Fogarty, associate professor of history and associate dean for general education.

This year, 2017, marks the hundredth year that women have been able to vote in New York State. We will mark this event with three programs as part of the Cronkhite Series (programs presented in memory of former WCHS board member and officer, the late Jim Cronkhite) during the month of April and May.


The programs are free and open to the public. Donations will be gladly accepted to help defray expenses. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call 518/854-3102. Come and learn about history in your own backyard!

2.) Monday May 8th at 7:00 p.m.: The second program will be also in the Hedbring Community room at the Greenwich Free Library. It will feature a short talk on Women’  Suffrage by Kyra Gee. Kyra is a junior at Granville Central School.  She recently won second place at the national level in the American Legion Oratorical Contest. Kyra’s talk is entitled: “The Seeds of Equality: Women’s Rights and the U.S. Constitution”. Kyra describes her talk as follows: “While the US Constitution at its founding did not guarantee equal rights for women, the fact that it guaranteed equal rights for all men planted the seed that grew into the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Led by luminaries such as Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul, the Suffragettes worked for over 80 years to win passage of the 19th Amendment, securing for women the right to vote. However, the constitution still does not provide equal rights for all women. It is our responsibility to continue the work of the Suffrage Movement by passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).”

The second half of the program will be Suffrage Songs presented by Tisha Dolton. Tisha has been researching and singing suffrage song for thirteen years. She is currently the Outreach Librarian at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls. She has been the appointed Town of Greenwich historian for the past fourteen years. She holds a BA in History from SUNY New Paltz and a MS in Information Science from The State University of New York in Albany. Tisha studied voice at SUNY Adirondack.

3.) Thursday, May 25th at 7 p.m.: The third program of the series will be the movie “Iron Jawed Angels” which takes a fresh and contemporary look at some of the activists who came after Susan B. Anthony including Alice Paul (played by Hilary Swank), Lucy Burns (played by Frances O’Connor) and Carrie Chapman Catt (played by Angelica Huston). These young woman took the women’s suffrage movement by storm putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. The showing will be held at the Fort Edward Art Center at 83Broadway in Fort Edward. This event is co-sponsored by the Fort Edward Historical Society.

Save The Date:

The 2017 History Fair will be held on Saturday, September 30th at Hartford Central School from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Our theme will be "Forts and Battles" (of all kinds!). It will include the "battle" of women winning the right to vote in New York State. 2017 marks the one hundredth anniversary of that momentous event which took place in 1917.

We will be sending out information to historians and historical societies in just a few short months. We hope you will consider having an exhibit featuring you town or village. Stay tuned for updates.     

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Established in 1940, WCHS is a 501 c3 non-profit organization which seeks to educate and enrich Washington County residents by sponsoring programs and publications that illuminate important aspects of the county’s history and culture.