“Reclaiming Our Voice: New Jersey’s Central Role In The Fight For Woman Suffrage” At The Historical Society Of Scotch Plains And Fanwood

21 October 2021

Have you ever wished you could meet a suffragette? Come meet Lillian Feickert—portrayed by professional storyteller Carol Simon Levin—at this month’s meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood. Feickert, who lived in Plainfield, was president of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-1920.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, at the Shady Rest Scotch Hills Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Rd. (at the corner of Plainfield Avenue) in Scotch Plains.

In her role as Feickert, Levin, an independent historian who specializes in recounting the “lost stories of fascinating and forgotten women” through first person portrayals, will illustrate the role of New Jersey women in the long struggle for women’s suffrage. Her presentation, “Reclaiming Our Voice: New Jersey’s Central Role in the Fight for Woman Suffrage,” was published as an article in the March 2020 issue of the online New Jersey history magazine, Garden State Legacy.

Levin also is the author of Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates, which profiles 69 women—well-known and unknown—who worked tirelessly for women’s rights in America. Levin holds a bachelor’s degree focusing on women’s history and history of technology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in library services from the University of Arizona. She is also the founder of the website tellingherstories.com.

The upcoming meeting is free and all are welcome. Note that in accordance with township policy, masks will be required in common areas of the building. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the presentation.

Four Centuries in a Weekend Museum Opening

13 October 2021

The Osborn Cannonball House Museum will be open October 16th and 17th, 2021 from noon to 5pm as part of “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History”. Admission is free. Tour this 18th century home and hear the story of how it was hit by Revolutionary War Cannonball Fire. See our “Strength in Women through the Ages” display featuring the history and clothing of the Suffrage Movement in NJ. Learn about Mary Darby, an 18th century Scotch Plains woman who selflessly aided the Revolutionary cause. Costumed docents will give guided tours.

Osborn Cannonball House Museum Open on Scotch Plains Day

30 September 2021

The Osborn Cannonball House Museum will break it’s pandemic slumber to open for Scotch Plains Day, Sunday October 3rd from 11am to 3pm. Come and get a preview of our new exhibit on the women’s suffrage movement. The museum is adjacent to the Town Green at 1840 Front St, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.

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