Monday, September 5, 2016

‘Votes for Women’ Reading, Discussion Program In Canton

alice riggs hunt 1915The New York Council for the Humanities has joined forces with the St. Lawrence County Historical Association to offer “Votes for Women”, a monthly reading and discussion series that runs from September 10th thru December 17th.

At the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, participants will come together over the course of six sessions to discuss a variety of thematically linked texts with Dr. Melissane Parm Schrems, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Native American Studies at St. Lawrence University.

Participants in “Votes for Women” will explore the history of the women’s suffrage movement in our state and nation and discuss women’s – and by extension, our society’s – past, present, and future. The readings in this series include both fiction and non-fiction accounts selected by Dr. Schrems.

The program is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required. The discussion group will meet at the SLCHA on six Saturdays from September thru December 2016, from 2 to 3:30 pm.  For more information about the series dates and acquiring books, contact Bryan Thompson, coordinator, at (315) 347-2178 or or the Historical Association at (315) 386-8133 or email

The New York Council for the Humanities’ Adult Reading & Discussion programs are designed to foster active reading and thinking, incorporating texts that serve as catalysts for civic engagement and cultural understanding, as well as personal reflection. Adult Reading & Discussion programs are currently being held in communities across New York State. For more information about “Votes for Women,” click here. The New York Council for the Humanities is a private, non-profit organization that helps all New Yorkers to lead vibrant intellectual lives by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry, and civic participation. To find out more about the Council, visit their website.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association, located at 3 East Main Street, Canton, is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association museum and archives are open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 pm, Friday noon to 8 pm. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at (315) 386-8133, e-mail or visit online. All SLCHA programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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