ANGELICA, NY –  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment, Angelica Community Radio is pleased to announce it will host "Votes for Women! 19th Amendment Book Club,” a four-part reading and discussion series developed and sponsored in part by Humanities New York.

The "Votes for Women! 19th Amendment Book Club” includes the following titles:

  • Feb. 27: "Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement" by Sally G. McMillen
  • March 26: "Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life" by Lori D. Ginzberg
  • April 30: "Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State" by Karen Pastorello and Susan Goodier
  • May 28: "A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot" by Mary Walton

Participants read books in advance then come together in Angelica at 6 p.m. for a facilitated discussion, delving into themes of the long fight to win suffrage.

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“Something special happens when we talk about what we read with others in our community,” Sara Ogger, executive director of Humanities New York, said. "With its thematic focus, this reading and discussion program offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format by making time for thinking deeply about one idea, over time, from a variety of perspectives. In this way, texts can become catalysts for personal reflection, civic engagement, and cultural understanding.”

The 19th Amendment book club will be facilitated by Rusty Tobin, a local historian interested in the political activities of women in New York State in the first half of the 20th Century. She is researching the suffrage movement in Allegany County.

This program is free and open to the public. Fifteen copies of each book are available for participants to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis, so pre-registration is required.  For more information about the series dates, times, locations, and acquiring books in advance, persons can email info@wraq.com or phone/text 585-466-5031.  

Angelica Community Radio is a 501c3 community radio station broadcasting from its studio at 19 W. Main St., Angelica at 92.7 FM and streaming on-line. Visit www.WRAQ.org  to learn more. The station has a Facebook page.