Nassau County Historical Society

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St. George’s Church, Hempstead
St. George’s Church, Hempstead.
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Membership Renewals for 2018

Annual membership renewals for individuals, families, and libraries were mailed in January 2018. Over 120 renewals have been received as of March 8th. Thank you!
Follow-up second reminders will be sent out in the spring. A number of members have made use of our online payment option to submit their 2018 membership renewals.
Membership information and payment details, are available on the Membership page.

Next scheduled meeting is:

The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
“The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote”
Brooke Kroeger
Jericho Public Library

Note: This is a change of date and location from what was previously announced.

The Suffragents is the untold story of how some of New York’s most powerful men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, which grew between 1909 and 1917 from 150 founding members into a force of thousands across thirty-five states. Ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 for women’s suffrage culminated more than 70 years of struggle.

Brooke Kroeger explores the formation of the League and the men who instigated it to involve themselves with the suffrage campaign, what they did at the behest of the movement’s female leadership, and why. She details the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s strategic decision to accept their organized help and then to deploy these influential new allies as suffrage foot soldiers, a role they accepted with uncommon grace. Led by such luminaries as Oswald Garrison Villard, John Dewey, Max Eastman, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and George Foster Peabody, members of the League worked the streets, the stage, the press, and the legislative and executive branches of government. In the process, they helped convince waffling politicians, a dismissive public, and a largely hostile press to support the women’s demand. Together, they swayed the course of history.

At least one of the suffragents had a Nassau County, Long Island connection. James Lees Laidlaw who had a country home in Sands Point was president of the state and national Men’s League for Woman’s Suffrage.

More information, and directions, are provided on our Calendar page. There you will also find information about past and future meetings.

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The Nassau County Historical Society is a volunteer organization which operates for the society’s membership. We regret that are unable to fill any research requests, including genealogical inquires.

Membership/Subscription Payments and Donations

Membership/Subscription payments and additional donations are accepted via PayPal, check, money order, or cash.
(Note: online payments do not require a PayPal account. You may either log into your PayPal account, or chose the option to “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”.)
Membership/subscription information and other payment options are on the Membership page.

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NCHS-Announce e-mail list

Members of the Society, and other interested individuals, are invited to subscribe to the NCHS-announce e-mail list to receive e-mail announcements of upcoming Society meetings.
To subscribe, go to: NCHS-Announce.

NCHS Journal
vol. 72, 2017

The current Journal, vol. 72, 2017, was mailed to members and subscribers in January 2018.
Contact us if you did not receive your copy.
You may view the Table of Contents, and President Naylor’s “Last Word” reviewing the society’s events of 2017. The Journal is one of the benefits of membership in the NCHS.

NCHS Journal Cumulative Indexes

The previously published cumulative indexes to our Journal are available online. These indexes, 1937-1957 and 1958-1988, combined with the current list of articles since 1989, are keyword searchable by title, author, and subject.
Hearty thanks to Trustee David Doucette for his efforts on this project.