Book Club Series

We are extending our celebration of the Centennial Celebration of Women’s Right to Vote with a book club series that focuses on strong women. You can join us for any or all of the books in the series for our book club series. There is a limit of 15 participants as we provide the books to you. The book, Home Place, you are able to keep and the other two books we have to return as they are borrowed from Humanities NY.

See our flier below.

Register here!

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/Y1ark9d2RTisf35u8

How will this work:

You must register stating what books of the series you will be participating in.

These books will be available on the first day of the month for pick up that is listed on the flier until all are picked up. There is a limit of 15 people per book. A book gathering will happen within the second month listed on the flier and it will be a decision of that particular group on day, time, and if it is socially distant in-person or via zoom. The first and third books have been borrowed from Humanities NY and will be returned after our gathering for that book. The second book in the series will be given to participants with no need to return to us.

More about the Books:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Lori D. Ginzberg: Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a brilliant activist-intellectual. That nearly all of her ideas—that women are entitled to seek an education, to own property, to get a divorce, and to vote—are now commonplace is in large part because she worked tirelessly to extend the nation’s promise of radical individualism to women. In this subtly crafted biography, the historian Lori D. Ginzberg narrates the life of a woman of great charm, enormous appetite, and extraordinary intellectual gifts who turned the limitations placed on women like herself into a universal philosophy of equal rights. Facilitated by: Rhonda Destino (Information below).

Home Place by Sally Crosiar: Will Kat Patterson manage to save her family’s farm when all her brother wants is cold hard cash? Paul’s hired Whip Tyler to develop the property against Kat’s wishes. Whip Tyler, of all people! Hasn’t their family lost enough at Whip’s hands? Hasn’t Paul Patterson caused enough damage in Whip’s life? But if he won’t take the job, Paul will find someone else – a developer who will rape the land and throw Kat’s hopes to the wind. It would be easier if Whip didn’t care. Or if that long-ago promise didn’t stand between him and Kat. Facilitated by the Author: Sally Crosiar (Information below).

Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited by Jean H. Baker: In Votes For Women, Jean H. Baker has assembled an impressive collection of new scholarship on the struggle of American women for the suffrage. Each of the eleven essays illuminates some aspect of the long battle that lasted from the 1850s to the passage of the suffrage amendment in 1920. From the movement’s antecedents in the minds of women like Mary Wollstonecraft and Frances Wright, to the historic gathering at Seneca Falls in 1848, to the civil disobedience during World War I orchestrated by the National Woman’s Party, the essential elements of this tumultuous story emerge in these finely-tuned chapters. Facilitated by Stephanie Freese: (Information below).

About The Facilitators:

Rhonda Destino is the Executive Director of our organization and a lifetime learner about women’s rights and always been a great fan of Seneca Falls-the past and the potential. Rhonda has a Masters degree from American University in Washington, DC in Public Communication and a Women and Politics MA Certification. She also attended SUNY Brockport and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She has enjoyed blending her work experience and passions in this role and is excited for the future of our organization.

Sally Crosiar is a local Finger Lakes author. Sally Crosiar grew up in a drafty 100-year-old house that she still calls her Home Place after decades away. Now she lives and plays in, on, or near Finger Lakes waters. In addition to writing, she teaches online courses for non-formal educators and creates wearable art from beads, clay, and fibers. Find all Sally’s books at: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Crosiar/e/B075SLLGN1/.

Stephanie Freese has been with the National Park Service as the 19th Amendment Centennial Coordinator at Women’s Rights National Historical Park since 2018. She earned her B.A. in English Literature/Secondary Education from Wells College in Aurora, New York, and her M.A. in Literature/Women’s Studies from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.