Co-hosted by the Ulster County Historical Society and Ellenville Public Library & Museum in partnership with the Ulster County Clerk’s Office, this free event is intended to inspire and build community, as well as to commemorate and educate. The general public is invited to wear period costume, and join in conversations with costumed actors whose role will be to engage people in discussion about the women’s rights movement.
The rally begins at 12:45pm as participants arrive near Gallo Park to be entertained by music from “the Saints of Swing”, a local band led by David Winograd. At 1:10pm we will walk together to the Home Port building at the Maritime Museum, where we will enjoy a welcome by Kingston Mayor Steve Noble and brief words from Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack. Re-enactors portraying Sojourner Truth and Abby Kelley Foster offer period speeches to all gathered beginning at 1:30, followed by questions and answers. G. Angela Henry, Kingston actor and storyteller, will portray Sojourner Truth, (1797-1883). Truth was a resident of Ulster County for the early part of her life. In 1826 she fled slavery and walked her way to freedom. In 1829 she moved to New York City and became a Methodist missionary advocating abolition and women’s rights. Lynne McKenney Lydick, of the Worcester Women’s History Project, will portray Abby Kelley Foster, (1811-1887), a Massachusetts’ abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Abby Kelley Foster’s role in public life was dangerous, but she accepted the challenges and suffered the assaults.
Along with the rally and presentation, the “UC Women of Note” exhibit will be on display and guests can make a Women’s Rights sash. Voter registration is offered by the Ulster County Clerk’s Office.
To learn more about the “Ulster County Women of Note” traveling exhibit and the “Ulster County Women’s Suffrage Rally” on October 22, please see our facebook page “Ulster County Women of Note”, or contact Suzanne Hauspurg, UCHSdirector@gmail.com, 845 377-1040 or Ellenville Public Library at 845 647-5530.