Our Neighbors and Crusaders: Women Finding their Voice through Suffrage

Sunday, March 151:30—2:30 PMThe Lois M. Anderson Community RoomThe Newbury Town Library0 Lunt St. , Byfield, MA, 01922

Jointly presented by the Newbury Town Library and the Historical Society of Old Newbury

The historical narrative of women's equal suffrage in the northeast, New England and the nation has not told the entire story. Often overlooked are those strident advocates of the "Votes for Women" campaign who dwelled just a rank below the executive leadership or in Equal Franchise Leagues located away from the official headquarters or base of operations.

Come hear independent curator Kathie Bennewitz talk about actions of suffragists, women and men, who crisscrossed neighborhoods canvassing for votes, delivered soapbox speeches at factories, and organized meetings, fundraisers and rallies. They came together through a shared progressive voice and strength of purpose to venture out from the parlor and onto the streets to change history for American women.

Kathleen Motes Bennewitz has over 20 years of experience in the world of arts non-profit. She has worked in curatorial and education departments for leading art museums, the Amon Carter Museum in TX, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. Today, she is an independent museum consultant and serves as Westport (CT) Town Art Curator. She has curated and developed social and local history exhibitions for regional organizations including the Greenwich Historical Society, Fairfield Museum, Westport Historical Society, to name a few. Most recently, she curated the women's suffrage exhibition “From Corsets to Suffrage: Victorian Women Trailblazers” at Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum (Norwalk CT) and in 2020 for the Westport Library, "Westport’s Suffragists—Our Neighbors, Our Crusaders". She is also the author of a forthcoming article "Alyse Gregory: Finding her Voice through Suffrage" for Connecticut History Review. She received her A.B. in Art & Archaeology from Princeton University and M.A. in Art History from University of DE.    

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