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Living History @ Home: Women and Activism Series

Living History Days at N-YHS
Living History @ Home: Women and Activism Series
Wednesday, July 15, 22, 29 and August 5 | 1-2 pm

Want to be creative and learn about history? Join us for a virtual Living History program series via Zoom with our Living History coordinator Cheyney McKnight as we explore the history of women and activism—whether it was the abolition of slavery, suffrage, or the 1960s civil rights movement. Log in for any one of the programs below or all four! See the schedule and Zoom registration details for each week below.

Living History @ Home: Join the Anti-slavery Fair!
Join us online! | Wednesday, July 15 | 1-2 pm

Free; all ages 

Join historical interpreters and make a virtual anti-slavery fair come to life! In the mid-19th  century, women within the abolitionist movement raised money in creative ways to fight for the end of slavery. Anti-slavery fairs were common fundraisers, where activists would give speeches and sell fine goods to raise money. Make a booklet and other crafts with us to “sell” at our virtual anti-slavery fair!

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Living History @ Home: March with the Suffragists!
Join us online! | Wednesday, July 22 | 1-2 pm

Free; all ages 

Votes for women! Learn about the many different methods used by suffragists such as Alice Paul, Mary Church Terrell, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to encourage male voters to vote “yes!” for women’s right to vote. Join us and learn how to make a sign or a sash. Then, display your creation during our virtual march!

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Living History @ Home: Black Women and the Suffragist Movement
Join us online! | Wednesday, July 29 | 1-2 pm

Free; all ages 

In the early 20th century, women around the world were fighting for the right to vote. But Black women in the United States also had to battle systematic racism and white-supremacist terrorism. Join us online and learn about individuals, like Ida B. Wells, and organizations, like the National Association of Colored Women, which organized and protested for the rights and freedom of Black women in America. Explore their tactics and triumphs and make your own banner!

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Living History @ Home: Cooking for the Civil Rights Movement
Join us online! | Wednesday, August 5 | 1-2 pm

Free; all ages  

Discover the overlooked work of Black women in the civil rights movement, where sexism often  forced them to serve in behind-the-scenes roles. But women are creative! Learn about the story of Georgia Gilmore and how she used her kitchen skills to raise money in secret for the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Cook along with us as we bake Gilmore’s sweet potato pie! 

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Pie Filling

Pie Crust 

3 large sweet potatoes (orange flesh), boiled
whole with skins on for about 30 minutes or until
fork can easily pierce them

8 tablespoons (1 stick) melted butter 

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1/4 cup half-and-half

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1½ cups all-purpose flour 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

1/2 cup vegetable shortening, chilled 

1/3 cup ice water


Sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Creative: Tronvig Group