The N.Y. State Women’s Suffrage Convention in Newburgh November 1895
Newburgh was selected in 1895 to be the site of the Women’s Suffrage Convention, an annual event that gathered people who carried on the work to secure voting rights for women since they first met up in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. 1895 was the year that the old guard in the suffrage movement gave way to the new. The founders like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton had mentored their younger sisters and this convention was the time they passed the torch and made headlines they hoped would invigorate the movement. They selected Newburgh as the venue. Newburgh – because it was known as a progressive city, because its beauty and easy transportation choices attracted visitors, and Newburgh because it had great facilities and amenities to accommodate guests, all conveniently located in walking distance for convention participants.
Visit the Stone Floor Gallery in the Captain David Crawford House on June 18th for the opening reception of the exhibit Suffragettes in Newburgh.