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Small Town Suffragists - Exhibit and Cemetery Walk

  • Presented By: Arcade Historical Society
  • Dates: June 19, 2021 - June 20, 2021
  • Location: Arcade Historical Society
  • Address: 15 Liberty Street, Arcade, NY 14009
  • Phone: (585) 492-0748
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free, donations accepted
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The Arcade Historical Society has created an exhibit of 136 local women who were members of the Arcade Political Equality Club (PEC) from 1905 to 1917. The PEC was one of many women’s clubs that formed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but they had a specific goal of winning the vote for women. The clubs were the way the suffrage movement organized and communicated with their members to educate the public. On May 12, 1905, Arcade’s Political Equality Club was formed. The exhibit includes photographs of the women, PEC meeting notices, political cartoons and ads to convince men to vote “yes,” as well as advertisements, and artifacts to show what life was like for these activists in the early 1900s. For those with genealogical ties to the PEC members, personal information has been assembled – family, street address, club memberships, occupation, as well as personal stories. Sixty-two Arcade PEC members are buried in Arcade Rural Cemetery and the historical society has created a map for a self-guided tour of their graves. The map and guide are on the society’s website (arcadehistoricalsociety.org). Print it or open it on your phone to take a tour to meet these small town suffragists.