Friday, August 17, 2012

Johnstown Branch Participating in Consortium Equality Day Event

Members of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women's Consortium prepare for a performance in celebration of Equality Day which marks the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution which gave women the right to vote in 1920.

Pictured left to right: Jahnn Gibson*, Anna Brooks, Catherine Julius*, Elizabeth Russo*
*AAUW AGJ branch members

Equality Day Celebration August 24
On August 24th, the  Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium will  host “Equality Day in the  Park” which includes an ice cream social at 6pm followed by music by Bob and the Bobcats and a presentation of “Failure is Impossible” at 6:30. The celebration will take place at the Charles Jenner Bandshell and park on W. Main St. in Johnstown. 

 “Failure is Impossible" is based on eyewitness accounts and original documents and focuses on several  people who were part of the suffrage movement:  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Clara Barton, Sojourner Truth, and Susan B. Anthony. It opened on August 26, 1995, for the National Archives commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  

Consortium members and community volunteers dressed in suffrage attire will mix with the crowd and  read the  play lines.   The Bobcats will host a sing along of suffrage songs. Consortium organizations will have displays and voter registration forms will be available.

The ice cream social will be held at 6pm before the performance begins. The cost is $1 per scoop of ice cream and 50 cents for a baked good.

Additional activities slated for August 24 include: 
  • a free 1 hour, one mile guided "Walk in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton" tours at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm presented by the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association. 
  • a luncheon at Union Hall,  $10.  contact Nancy Brown
  • a ribbon cutting ceremony for the "Walk in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton" cell phone tour.

The Consortium supports women’s education, history, culture, leadership and equity. Member organizations include the  Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of the American Association of  University Women,  Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association, the Eclectic Society, Women Democrats, the Republican Women’s Club of  Fulton County,  Soroptimist, Women of FMCC and Girl Scouts of Northeast NY. 

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