Achievements

Significant Accomplishments in
Just Ten Short Years

2000

  • Incorporated as educational foundation in NYS.
  • Held first national Gage conference.

2001

  • Received 501 (c) (3) non-profit status.
  • Held 2nd national conference on religious issues addressed in Gage’s work.

2002

  • Raised full purchase price and acquired Matilda Joslyn Gage Home.
  • Reenacted Third (1852) National Woman’s Rights Convention in Syracuse.
  • Conducted Path of Friendship program with Central New York Girl Scouts Council and Onondaga Nation educators, teaching Gage’s connection with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois).

2003

  • Designated as eastern terminus of National Park Service “Votes for Women” Trail.
  • Recipient of Girls Inc. Spirit of American Women Award for Matilda Joslyn Gage.

2004

  • Designated as state and national Underground Railroad site by New York State Underground Railroad Heritage Trail and National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
  • Completed landscape rehabilitation plan for Gage Home.

2005

  • Received permanent museum status from Village of Fayetteville.
  • Featured on ABC’s “Wife Swap” episode providing Underground Railroad tour at Gage Home.
  • Brought in feminist philosopher Mary Daly as first scholar in residence.
  • Won national competition sponsored by ShopforMuseums.com.

2006

  • Recipient of Citizen of the Year (History) award from Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.
  • Developed Underground Railroad curriculum for elementary and middle school students.

2007

  • Matilda Joslyn Gage honored by the National Women’s History Project.
  • Collaborated with Great Plains Production to create short documentary film on Gage.

2008

  • Recipient of Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Share A ‘Cuse Award for bringing International Wizard of Oz Club in to hold annual convention in area.
  • Hosted Wonderful Weekend of Oz 2008 in collaboration with International Wizard of Oz Club, Fayetteville and Manlius governments and chambers of commerce.

2009

  • Presented Gage to 23,000 people internationally through the annual Bioneers Conference.
  • Began Phase 2 of the comprehensive restoration and rehabilitation of the Home.
  • Four-car Gage Railway Excursion to Seneca Falls; presentation included historical re-enactors on board and short documentary on Gage at Women’s Rights National Historical Park

2010

  • Opened the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center in the restored Matilda Joslyn Gage Home.
  • Instituted “Write on our Walls” community engagement project based on work with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
  • Received Award of Merit from Upstate History Alliance (now Museumwise) for our Education Committee’s 2009 series on human trafficking.
  • Presented Spiritual Journey of Gage series of lectures, in partnership with local church.

“Let me hope that I have done a little to rescue her memory
from the oblivion to which the historian had consigned her.  It is very well to give men their due, but [it] is equally a matter of justice
to preserve the names of women pioneers.”

– Matilda Joslyn Gage

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