Humanities Grant for Women's Rights Centennial Program

HSW Action Grant Announcement


Contact: Olivia Twine,

HSW Receives Humanities Grant for Women's Rights Centennial Program.


The Historical Society of Woodstock is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Action Grant  of $3,934 from Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. From a pool of 118 applications, 41 Actions Grants were approved, according to Humanities New York grants associate Joseph Murphy. Humanities New York and The National Endowment for the Humanities have adopted a flexible policy so grantees can revamp their schedules to accommodate a virtual format, given the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 


The award will support the production of Standing on Their Shoulders: 100 Years of Voting, an exhibit and events commemorating the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution guaranteeing voting rights to women. The project connects Woodstock, NY to the US early women's rights movement by highlighting activists Edna Kearns and Elisabeth Freeman, with participation by their community-related descendants: Kearns' granddaughter, Marguerite Culp-Kearns, and Freeman's grandniece, Peg Johnston. Kearns (1882-1934) and Freeman (1876-1942)campaigned extensively in New York State, driving horse-drawn wagons and using the wagons as speaker's platforms. 


Originally scheduled to open this September, the exhibit has been postponed until next year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. A planned panel discussion including Woodstock Women's March organizers Anula Courtis and Maria-Elena Conte, is being restructured for virtual presentation on its originally scheduled date, October 10, 2020. Further announcements will follow as additional programming is updated to accommodate the virtual environment.++