During the early 20th century, Elisabeth Freeman was a fiery advocate for the women’s trade union movement. She spoke out against the lynching of blacks in the South on behalf of the NAACP. A militant pacifist, after the U.S. entered the First World War, Freeman worked to ensure civil liberties at home.
The Historical Society of Woodstock has announced Roots of Activism: Elisabeth Freeman; Suffragette, Civil Rights Worker, Pacifist, and ancestor of the late Woodstock town councilperson Jane Van De Bogart, a presentation by Peg Johnston with guest Marguerite Culp-Kearns set for Wednesday, May 19th.
Johnston will narrate photographs of Freeman’s advocacy work, and she and Culp-Kearns will share anecdotes about Jane Van De Bogart. The program will be followed by a Q & A.
Peg Johnston, of Binghamton, NY, created An Interactive Scrapbook of Elisabeth Freeman: Suffragette, Civil Rights Worker, and Militant Pacifist on the website www.elisabethfreeman.org drawing on source material from family archives. She created an interactive exhibit that has been shown at the Cooperative Gallery and the Phelps Museum in Binghamton. She is the author with Thomas Dublin, PhD of the articles How did Elisabeth Freeman’s Publicity Skills Promote Woman Suffrage, Anti-Lynching, and the Peace Movement. and curates historically themed installations.
Marguerite Culp-Kearns, an editor of Woodstock Times during the 1970s and 1980s, collaborated with Jane Van De Bogart to create an exhibit in 1986 about Freeman and Culp-Kearns’ grandmother, the suffragist Edna Kearns. Freeman and Kearns operated horse-drawn votes-for-women campaign wagons during the early 1900s. Culp-Kearns book, An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights, published by SUNY Press, will be released June 1st, 2021.
This program will be held via Zoom from 7 to 8 pm. To register email email@example.com and write “Elisabeth” in the subject line. For more information visit the Historical Society of Woodstock’s website.
Photo of Elisabeth Freeman provided.