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Gage held executive positions in the National Woman Suffrage Association throughout its existence, and as much women’s rights work took place in the Gage Home as in any other women’s history site in the United States.  The home is part of the National Park Service’s proposed “Votes for Women” trail and New York State’s Women’s Heritage Trail.

Gage’s home is included in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and the New York State Underground Railroad Heritage Trail.  Gage and her husband, Henry, were willing to risk six months in jail and thousands of dollars in fines in order to shelter freedom takers.

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Home is the only women’s history site where the influence of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) upon the early women’s rights leaders is explained.  Gage was adopted into the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation and given the name Ka-ron-ien-ha-wi, or “Sky Carrier.”  She wrote about the gender equality in the traditional Haudenosaunee culture, which was absent from her Euro-American culture.

The Gage Home is also the only house in the United States open to the public where L. Frank Baum lived.  The author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz married Gage’s daughter Maud in its front parlor, and the young couple visited there often, later living in the home for a brief period of time.  Gage became one of Baum’s intellectual mentors and encouraged him to write down his stories.

Because of Gage’s courageous stand for separation of church and state during a time when conservatives sought to make Christianity the official religion of the United States, her home stands as an icon for religious freedom as well as a site on the Freethought Trail. In 1890, Gage left her friends in the suffrage movement and formed the Woman’s National Liberal Union, which was dedicated to maintaining religious freedom and challenging the oppressive elements of religious fundamentalism.


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