As part of the yearlong celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, the Broome-Tioga Suffrage Anniversary Committee (BTSAC) is encouraging local businesses and residents to decorate their buildings and homes with the colors of the suffrage movement. BTSAC is in the process of ordering decorative, yellow, white, and purple bunting that will hang from facades and windows throughout the community. To place an order, visit www.experiencetioga.com for an order form or call Tioga County Tourism at 607-687-7440. The deadline to place your order is April 17, 2017. The cost is $28 each and checks should be made to Tioga County Tourism and sent to 80 North Avenue, Owego, NY 13827.
Women in New York State were granted the right to vote after a proposition was approved on the November 6, 1917 ballot. BTSAC is co-chaired by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Tioga County Legislative Chair Marte Sauerbrey and is comprised of local historians, representatives from higher education, and women’s organizations. BTSAC is organizing local celebrations to recognize the 100th anniversary of this historic occasion; events include seminars, art galleries, museum displays, and a reenactment of the 1913 Convention of New York State Woman Suffrage Association parade that took place in Binghamton. Similar work is being conducted statewide by the State Women’s Suffrage Anniversary Commission.