CO-CHAIRS OF THE 100th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS COMMITTEE
- LWV of Syracuse
Contact info: jaj62 [at] twcny.rr.com (Joan Johnson)
- LWV of Saratoga County
Contact info: bkoeppicust [at] gmail.com (Barbara Thomas)
100th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS YOU CAN ADAPT OR COPY
- Events and Resources
- List of Books, Movies, Speakers, Field Trips for Local Programs
- LWVUS 100th Anniversary Toolkit
We have already celebrated NYS women securing the right to vote on November 6, 1917. Now is the time to plan to celebrate these dates:
- LWVNYS was founded on November 19, 1919
- LWVUS was founded on February 14, 1920
- The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution (giving American women the right to vote) was officially certified on August 26, 1920
GUIDELINES FOR PLANNING YOUR LOCAL EVENTS
The information below is designed to assist local Leagues as they plan their activities and events for the anniversary and afterwards. Steps are laid out as examples to follow for a successful event. Each League and event is different so modify or add to the ideas in the kit. Be aware of the interests that are important to your area. Think “outside the box.” Be creative. But don’t be afraid to adapt someone else’s idea.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO REINVENT THE WHEEL!
LET’S GET STARTED
The women, who came before us, didn’t do it alone. They organized, gathered like-minded people, assigned roles, and made plans.
DECIDE ON THE EVENT
- Think local. How did the suffrage movement play out in your area?
- Was there a person who played a role in the movement or did an event take place nearby.
- Talk to your local historian.
- Do research online or at your library.
START A TIMELINE
- Timelines often need to be modified as plans go forth.
- Include: publicity, committee meetings, contacts, thank you notes.
- Find the Events Planning check list or Planning Sheet in the resources. It will be helpful keeping your program on track and ensure that nothing is missed.
Publicity is important. It brings attention to your event and awareness of the League’s work. There are many ways to get publicity: an interview on a TV station, a flyer in a store window, etc.
Social media may be one of the best ways to bring attention to the event.
- If you haven’t already, make a Facebook page for your League.
- Ask members and others to “like” the page.
- Make a couple of members Facebook page administrators. They can post and change the look of your page.
Twitter is increasingly popular. It’s like a newsfeed where posts are 280 characters or less. The posts are called tweets and include images and links to websites.
Twitter uses hashtags #. Hashtags help your message be part of larger conversations and be more visible. Use hashtags that are popular for your event, e.g. #vote.
THE EVENT AND AFTERWARDS
- Ensure that all who have a role are aware of what they have to do. Write it down and distribute to all. Give them your cell phone number to text or call you for a last minute question or problem.
- Enjoy the event. Remember that if things don’t go 100% the way it’s planned, no one will notice.
- Afterwards, meet with your committee and do a wrap up. Report to your board of directors.
- And always write thank you notes to all involved.
New York State has resources specifically under the tourism and historic preservation agencies. Included is an online map of locations where women made history, the Women’s Heritage Trail. http://www.iloveny.com/path-through-history/womens-rights
Sample League Activity
This is an example of an activity and how the local LWV organized and carried out the event.
EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE
- Build, Collaborate, Partner
- Decide on the Event
- Timeline for Parade: (sample)
Guidelines for 1 year, 6 months, 3 months and 1 month.
- The Event and Afterwards