Remembering the History of Glens Falls, Queensbury and the Southern Adirondacks
The Chapman Museum is working with other area organizations to provide the community with many programs celebrating the Suffrage Centennial in New York State. New York was the 12th state to grant suffrage to women - in 1917 - and the first state east of the Mississippi to do so.
Here in Glens Falls and surrounding towns we had active suffrage groups - they called themselves Political Equality Clubs or Suffrage Study Groups. Two large events were held here in Glens Falls. In 1894 there was a regional convention held at the First Baptist Church on Maple Street with Susan B. Anthony speaking. She was so impressed with the turnout she recommended that the 1900 State Suffrage Convention be held here as well. In 1900 the main speaker was Carrie Chapman Catt and the board meetings were held at Rockwell House hotel (on Centennial Circle) while the public meetings were held at Ordway Hall (where Spot Coffee is now). In the 1917 vote, Glens Falls and Washington County voted in favor of suffrage, but Warren County did not.
Check out the regional CALENDAR, to find out about events here in Glens Falls and surrounding areas. We hope to see you at the some of the celebrations!
Development of this web site has been funded by a grant from the Waldo T. Ross & Ruth S. Ross Charitable Trust Foundation