Achieving Beulah Land: Woman Suffrage in Tompkins County

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   In the late 19th century, women in New York State used the Biblical Beulah Land as a metaphor for their quest to “perfect” American democracy so that all citizens would be equally represented and equal before the law.  In Achieving Beulah Land, Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen and Cornell University Archivist Emerita Elaine Engst show how the people of Tompkins County contributed to the this goal. Carol and Elaine will discuss their journey through the story of the suffrage movement here – how this major issue played out on our streets, in our newspapers, in journals and letters, and in people’s lives as it unfolded in Tompkins County and at Cornell – and what they learned during the trip.     

This program is hosted by the American Association of University Women, Ithaca Branch and the Tompkins County Public Library.