Roots of Activism


Roots of Activism: Elisabeth Freeman; Suffragette, Civil Rights Worker, Pacifist, and ancestor of the late Woodstock town councilperson Jane Van De Bogart. A Zoom Presentation by Peg Johnston with guest Marguerite Culp-Kearns. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 7 pm for approximately one hour. 

To register for this online event, email and please write “Elisabeth” in the subject line. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the event via email. 

The social justice roots of the late Woodstock councilperson Jane Van De Bogart will be demonstrated by Jane's cousin, Peg Johnston, in a virtual presentation about their great-aunt, Elisabeth Freeman. During the early 20thcentury, Freeman was a fiery advocate for the women's trade union movement. She spoke out against the lynching of blacks in the South on behalf of the NAACP. A militant pacifist, after the U.S. entered World War I, Freeman worked to ensure civil liberties at home.

Johnston will narrate photographs of Freeman's advocacy work, and she and Culp-Kearns will share anecdotes about Jane Van De Bogart. There will be Q and A. 

Humanities New York with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Historical Society of Woodstock, presents the latest event in the ongoing series, Standing on Their Shoulders: 100 Years of Voting and Still Marching for Women's Rights, a celebration of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.The project, conceived by the Historical Society of Woodstock, connects the local community to the history of the women's rights movement. The views expressed in this presentation do not reflect the opinions or policies of Humanities New York, the National Endowment for the Humanities, or HSW.

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