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Women of the Nation Arise! has been in development for more than three years with research spearheaded by the Museum’s archives manager Gabriella Leone, drawing upon the Museum’s collections, original research, and loaned items from Historic Richmond Town and other repositories. This exhibition ties to the Staten Island Museum’s institutional history since Museum Founder Arthur Hollick and his wife Adeline were active Suffragists and collected related periodicals at the time for the Museum’s collection. The Woman Voter and The Suffragist have been digitized and made publicly available online:

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Exhibition Advisory Panel:

Susan Goodier is a Lecturer of History at SUNY Oneonta and specializes in U.S. Public Policy History, International Gender and Culture, and Black Women’s History. She is the author of No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement and co-author with Karen Pastorello of Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State.

Catherine Gray is Co-President of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York since 2016 after being a member for more than a decade. She is retired from her job as a librarian with Brooklyn Public Library for over thirty years.

Sarah Litvin is Director of the Reher Center for Immigrant History and Culture, a new museum and center for civic engagement in Kingston, New York. Sarah was formerly on the curatorial team of the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History. She completed her PhD in U.S. women’s history in 2019 with a dissertation focused on how women used the upright parlor piano to pursue their far-flung ambitions and expand women’s roles at the turn of the twentieth century.

Margaret Middleton is an independent exhibit designer and museum consultant based in Providence, Rhode Island. They have a BFA in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design and write about the intersection of museum work and social justice movements.

Debbie-Ann Paige is a public historian specializing in African American history, co-president of the newly chartered Richard B. Dickenson Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAGHS) and professional genealogist.

Researchers: Cara Dellatte ◊ Gabriella Schimenti ◊ Zahra Syed ◊ Anastasia Bushey ◊ Christine Vecchio ◊ Joanie Gonzalez ◊ Aurora Collado ◊ Irvin Rodriguez ◊ Alfonse Calato ◊ Lorelei Stevens ◊ Christopher Franz ◊ Kanika Khanna ◊ Faith D’Alessandro ◊ Stefanie Tozzi

Lenders: Historic Richmond Town ◊ Curtis High School Library ◊ Ann Lewis and Michael Sponder Women’s Suffrage Collection ◊ Debbie-Ann Paige ◊ Susan Goodier


This Exhibition is made possible with lead support from Con Edison and by individual donors. Staten Island Museum is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and public funds provided through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Thanks to individual donors to the exhibition:

Gina-Marie Reitano
Lorelei Stevens & Iain M. Cameron
Edwina Martin
Kathryn Aquino
Pamela & Alice Adamo
Maureen Smith
Susan Grabel & George Rappaport
Marilyn Zayfert

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