Update: The annual meeting will be held at 12:15 at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. The lecture by Susan Goddier will also be held in the L. Caroline Underwood Museum on Chapel Street.

The Yates County History Center will host a lecture by Susan Goodier following its annual meeting Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum in Penn Yan.

Goodier will speak about race in the woman suffrage movement. Race remains one of the most important issues American society confronts today. Understanding the suffrage movement and the place women of color had in it is an important task as we move toward the 2017 centennial of women voting in New York State. Voting rights were as vital to black women as to white women, but knowledge of their activism is scant. Most important for us today is putting black women suffragists in the center of the story. The History Center has a full calendar of events planned to celebrate the suffrage centennial here in Yates County in 2017.

Susan Goodier studies U.S. women’s activism, particularly woman suffrage activism, from 1840 to 1920. She did her graduate work at SUNY at Albany, earning a master’s degree in Gender History in 1999 and a doctorate in Public Policy History, with subfields in International Gender and Culture and Black Women’s Studies, in 2007. She then completed a second master’s degree in Women’s Studies in 2008. At SUNY Oneonta, she teaches courses in Women’s History, New York State history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Progressive Era history. Dr. Goodier is a public scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities and the coordinator for the Upstate New York Women’s History Organization (UNYWHO).

She is also the book review editor for the New York History journal, published by the New York State Historical Association. The University of Illinois published her first book, No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement, in 2013. Her current book project, co-authored with Karen Pastorello, is The Very Greatest Victory: Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in New York State, 1846-1920. Cornell University Press will publish the book in 2017, helping to mark the centennial of women voting in New York State.

In advance of this lecture, at 12:15 p.m,. the History Center will hold its annual business meeting including recognitions and presentation of the Potter Award.

Refreshments will be served.

Tickets are on sale now for this event: $10 for YCHC members and $15 for non-members. Advance sales are encouraged. For more information and to reserve your tickets, call the Yates County History Center at 315-536-7318.

Goodier’s lecture is made possible by a grant from the New York Council on the Humanities.