The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, Warren County, NY, has announced the extension of the current exhibition, Equali-tea: Suffragist Tea Cozies in Redwork: A Centennial Suffrage Exhibition through summer 2021.
The suffrage centennial exhibit is the work of embroiderer Tisha Dolton.
In 2020 Dolton received an Individual Artist Grant from the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council to create 42 embroidered portraits of New York State suffragists and provide community programming to compliment the exhibition. With the closure of Crandall Public Library in March 2020 due to the global pandemic, the exhibition, while mounted physically in the Folklife Gallery of the Library in October 2020, is currently only available to the public online.
Dolton, whose research focus lays in the music, art, craft, and theater of the women’s suffrage movement, created the embroidered portraits using newspapers, public domain images, and a few images from local sources.
While doing research in the Folklife Center where she is Librarian and Historian, Dolton located an image of a group of women titled “Friends in Council.” Founded in 1884 by educator Anna Murray and fellow Quaker Susan Chesebrough Bain, this study club met regularly for decades.
Murray and Bain went on to found the Glens Falls Political Equality Club in 1893 with the hopes of getting voting rights for women written into the New York State Constitution during the 1894 Constitutional Convention. That did not happen, and New York women had to wait for male voters to grant them equal suffrage in 1917.
The Crandall Public Library is located in downtown Glens Falls, NY. For more information or research inquiries, call (518) 792-6508 x239.
Read moire about the Suffrage Movement in New York State here.
Photo of embroidery by Tisha Dolton provided.