Editor’s Note: Governor Cuomo issued this paean to New York State suffragettes on Tuesday, Aug. 18, the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees voting rights to women.
By Gov. ANDREW CUOMO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
New York has been the birthplace to many of the progressive movements that have left an indelible mark on our society while pushing the nation forward, and particularly for women’s suffrage, which began at Seneca Falls and included legendary New Yorkers such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and so many more.
As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, we must also recognize there is more work to be done.
New York State will continue to lead the nation in creating greater equality for all and we are proud to preserve and enhance this important part of American history for future generations.
On the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, this development will stabilize Susan B. Anthony’s childhood home in Washington County, allowing for the reuse of the property.While the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum in Rochester showcases the history of one of the world’s greatest revolutionaries, this project will further preserve Anthony’s legacy in New York State.
As the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, New York was the first major state to grant the right to vote in the country, leading the way for the 19th Amendment. As we celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage, we still have more work to do to achieve true equality and justice. Now more than ever, we must embrace this time to continue to fight for real change.
Sixty curious Huntington Memorial patrons and enthusiasts packed the library’s first-floor space this evening to hear Tom Breiten of Templeton Landscape Architects, Fly Creek, discuss a preliminary redevelopment of the adjacent Huntington Park, both gifts to the people of Oneonta from tycoon Henry Huntington. The Park Terrace Overlook, top photo, is one of a dozen features proposed for the five-acre space, including a tented pavilion/entertainment venue, an arboretum, a children’s garden (where children might play – or actually garden), a picnic area, new plantings and a “formalized” sledding slope. The benches and open spaces are also in the proposal, intended to minimize “persons of a loitering nature,” as Breiten described them, who might keep the general public away. The audience listened attentively, but asked no questions when the presentation was over. The next steps include formalizing the proposal and initiating fundraising. Adult Services Library Sarah Livingston set the stage by a presentation on Oneonta’s Huntington family, which included Collis Huntington, who went out to San Francisco and became one of the “Big Four” who built the Central Pacific Railroad, linking the nation when it rails met the Union Pacific’s at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1869. Inset at left, Library Director Tina Winstead and Breiten prepare to begin the presentation. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
READING CIRCLE – 6:30-8 p.m. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State. Discussing “Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited” edited by Jean H. Baker. 5838 NY-80, Cooperstown. For info email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (607) 547-2586.
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3-D PRINTING – 6-7 p.m. Make a 3-D ornament in this workshop Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come see holiday decoration, art, gifts, Santa, and more. Cherry Valley Museum, 49 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, cherryvalleymuseum.com, (607)264-3033
READING CIRCLE – 6:30-8 p.m. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State. Discussing “African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote” by Rosalyn Tarborg-Penn. 5838 NY-80, Cooperstown. For info email email@example.com or call (607) 547-2586.
STRESSBUSTERS – 6-7:30 p.m. Jackie and Bonni’s top 10 tips to reduce stress. For info/schedule call Bonni (607)316-8341. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – 4-6 p.m. Pack a shoebox with items that will bring joy to children as they are delivered around the world. Collection point at Main St. Baptist Church, corner of Main and Maple Sts., Oneonta. Info, @ www.msbchurch.org/occ or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (607)432-5712
READING CIRCLE – 6:30-8 p.m. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State. Discussing “Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York” by Marge Piercy. 5838 NY-80, Cooperstown. For info email email@example.com or call (607)547-2586
GARDEN CLUB – 7 p.m. Ideas for Holiday arrangements will be presented by Gary Burman and Bob Opalecky, formerly of Gary’s Flowers. St. James Episcopal Church, 305 Main St, Oneonta. For Info email Angie Eichler at Angie.Eichler@oneonta.edu