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  • #19SuffrageStories -Number 6- Working Suffragists Part 2: Paving their Way in The Movement
    At this point, women like Leonora decided to create groups for themselves, and advocate for suffrage in a way that represented them and put their voice out there. These women felt that cooperative action that focused both on the treatment of workers and women’s suffrage was the best way to cause lasting change. They saw the intersection of the two movements far […]
  • #19SuffrageStories -Number 5- Working Suffragists Part 1: Excluded from the Movement
    Yesterday we learned about suffragist and working women’s advocate Leonora O’Reilly, who serves as a great case study in understanding the experiences of working-class women in the suffragist movement, many of whom were Irish. The Suffrage movement existed alongside a multitude of movements during a time of immense social change in the United States, including labor movements and civil rights […]
  • #19SuffrageStories -Number 4- Leonora O’Reilly
    Leonora O’Reilly was born in 1870 New York City to Irish immigrants that had come to America to escape An Gorta Mor, or the Great Hunger. Leonora’s class makes her stand out from the other Irish American Suffragists that we have talked about so far. Born into poverty to working class parents, her father died when she was only one year old. At the age of eleven, Leonora was […]
  • #19SuffrageStories – Number 3 – Vida Milholland
    We could not talk about Inez Milholland without also talking about her sister, career singer Vida Milholland. If you missed yesterday’s post about suffragist Inez Milholland, you are going to want to check it out as it provides some nice context to Vida’s childhood and motivations in joining the suffrage movement. To sum it up, both girls grew up in an activist household with parents who were […]
  • #19SuffrageStories – Number 2 – Inez Milholland Boissevain
    Today we would be remiss if we did not talk about Suffragist Inez Milholland Boissevain as she was born in New York on this day, August 6th, in 1886. Her parents, John and Jean Milholland, were dedicated activists who fought for a variety of the social causes taking place during the early 1900’s including civil rights and workers’ rights. John Milholland was born to Irish immigrants in New York but would be raised […]
  • #19SuffrageStories – Number 1 – Lucy Burns
    We are going to start the #19SuffrageStories with a well-known figure in the Suffrage Movement, Lucy Burns!   Lucy was born in 1879 to an Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn, New York. A well-educated student of language and linguistics, Lucy graduated from Vassar College before studying abroad. It was at Oxford College in England where she first encountered the militant British Suffrage Movement. Inspired by these women, Lucy left Oxford to join British Women’s Social […]
  • Counting Down to the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment!
    For the month of August, the Maine Irish Heritage Center will be joining the Smithsonian, US National Archives, the Library of Congress and museums and libraries across the country to examine the fight for Suffrage. Many Irish American women played a role in the Suffrage Movement and we hope to dive deeper into their stories as we near the Centennial […]
  • Trail Tuesday Program!
    Have you explored the Maine Irish Heritage Trail? If not, now is your chance to learn about Portland’s Irish History, take advantage of a sunny day, and prepare for our upcoming Trail Tuesdays program! Every Tuesday morning, starting July 14th 2020, we will share a photo clue of a spot on the Heritage Trail to our Instagram and Facebook pages. Throughout the day, […]
  • The Maine Irish Heritage Trail
    Looking for an educational activity that gets you out of the house while still social distancing? Missing the folks here at the Maine Irish Heritage Center? Check out the Maine Irish Heritage Trail for an active and quarantine-friendly dive into the history of Maine’s Irish community!  The Maine Irish Heritage Trail is a self-guided walking tour through Portland and South Portland, showcasing […]
  • Remembering the Great Hunger
    May 24, 2020 marked the annual remembrance day for The Great Hunger of 1847 (An Gorta Mór in Irish). The moving ceremony takes place each year iPortland’s Western Promenade, the final resting place of over one thousand 19th century Irish. Many of them fled their homeland during the potato famine and sought refuge in Maine. Only a portion of these […]