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Matilda’s influence on L. Frank Baum and the creation of the Oz series:

‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Book By L. Frank Baum Actually Has A Fascinating Feminist Origin

When L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz Series Was Banned for “Depicting Women in Strong Leadership Roles” (1928)

Webinar Session 3 Postponed Until Fall

Due to family obligations we are going to reschedule in the fall Michele Jones Galvin’s intriguing look at the Underground Railroad through the eyes of her great-great aunt, Harriet Tubman.  We’ll send you a notice of the time as soon as we can arrange it.
Thanks for your patience.  And we’re eager for the next upcoming webinar with Jeanne Shenandoah, traditional and Eel Clan member of the Onondaga Nation, discussing with Sally Roesch Wagner the influence of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) on Matilda Joslyn Gage.  That will be coming up June 19, 8:30-10:00, EST
If you would like to join the session on June 19th buy your ticket here

Sad News

Our dear friend and member of the Gage community Joan Basile passed away peacefully on May 24, 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer and renal disease.
Her obituary read: “A fierce advocate for women’s equality in the workplace and in society, Joan was a strong supporter of and volunteer at the Matilda Joslyn Gage House in Fayetteville. In 2013 she received the Elaine Lytel Advocacy Award from Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse region for her ongoing support. In 2008 she authored a book about her personal struggle to access safe reproductive healthcare titled “You Made Your Bed”.
“Memorial donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, 210 E. Genesee St. Fayetteville, N.Y. 13066 or Planned Parenthood of Central and Western N.Y., 1120 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, N.Y.”
Calling hours are 4:00-8:00pm Thursday, May 31, at Traub Funeral Home, 684 N.Main St. Central Square, NY 13036. Services will be 1:00pm Friday, June 1, at the funeral home with burial in Lakeside Rural Cemetery, Bernhards Bay, NY.
Sue Boland has offered to drive 5 folks to the calling hours. If you’d like to ride with her, be at the Gage Center Thursday (tomorrow) at 3:30.
We will miss Joan’s music, her courage, her positive spirit, and her warmth, humor and unlimited energy. The teas Joan created with Sarah Gardener have become legendary.
You can read Joan’s full obituary and online guestbook by following this link: https: https://www.traubfh.com/notices/Joan-Basile
We plan to have a Remembering and Celebrating Joan event at the Gage Center in the future and will let you know once we have details.

The History of Witchcraft (Featuring Matilda!)

Below you’ll find an informative article on the continual persecution of women believed to be witches and its ties to today, featuring some wisdom from our favorite lady!


International Women's Day Event in Skaneateles Was a Success!

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights program was lucky enough last week to be part of an International Women’s Day fundraising event, hosted by the Skaneateles Rotary Club. Below is a wonderful article about this event:

Article Here

Join us for a fundraiser at Chipotle!

When: Tuesday, February 27th 2018, 4-8pm

Where: Chipotle, 3496 Erie Blvd East

What: Support the International Girl Ambassadors in interviewing women and girls about their lives in Ghana, and help them supply books for a new neighborhood library for kids!

Just mention you are there to support the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights or show them the flyer above, and 50% of your purchase will go toward their trip to Ghana West Africa summer 2018!
Eat in or take out only! No online or delivery orders!


Gage Opera Premiere, Sunday January 21st

The world premiere of the opera, “Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage,” is set for 4pm Sunday, January 21 at the Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse, N.Y. Witness the story of Matilda Joslyn Gage, the lesser known third member of the “triumvirate” of early women’s suffragists — the other two being Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This opera tells how they came together in the early 1850’s, then had their great split in 1890, resulting in Matilda being “pushed aside,” and right out of the history books. Along the way, we also discover how Matilda fought for others who had been “pushed aside,” including African-Americans and Native Americans, and how she came to believe that all freedom struggles are equal and interconnected.
This opera tells the story of a woman of courage and integrity publicly defying 19th century laws that forced complicity with slavery and denied women their autonomy and liberty and the right to vote. This story shines a light on a remarkable corner of the world known as Central New York that became a hub of free thought and radical activism for ending slavery and promoting Native American rights as well as social justice.
The Society for New Music commissioned Ithaca-based composer Persis Parshall Vehar to write this opera, with funds from NYS REDC. How many cities the size of Syracuse can boast of a world premiere of an opera created by a regional composer about a regional heroine and brought to life by regional performers?
The libretto by Gabrielle Vehar brings to life a pivotal period in CNY history, dramatically chronicling Mrs. Gage’s significant contributions during the first third of this 3 generation battle for equal rights for women. This fully-staged production with orchestra is made possible in part with funds from the Central New York Community Foundation.
Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students/seniors. Tickets for the show can be purchased here, or by calling the Society at 315-251-1151.

Holiday Hours

Please note the following change in hours/closings for the coming weeks:

Friday December 22nd: We will be OPEN from 10am to 12:30pm

Monday December 25th: We will be CLOSED

Tuesday December 26th: We will be CLOSED (we will resume normal hours the duration of this week)

Monday January 1st: We will be CLOSED

We will resume our normal hours without interruption starting Tuesday, January 2nd. From all of us at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center, have a safe and happy holiday season!

Continuing the Centennial Celebration With a Book Talk!

Two chances to attend!

Susan Goodier will be speaking about her, and co-author Karen Pastorello’s new book: Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State. She will also be signing copies (books will be available for purchase at the event). Refreshments will be provided.

Friday December 1st 3:00pm to 4:30pm and 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Free, but we do ask that you register for this event! We’ve created two polls for you to vote on. Follow the link below and vote for the session you’ll be attending.

Susan Goodier Book Talk

Girl Ambassador Pancake Breakfast!

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday (November 19th) for a pancake breakfast fundraiser! Details below:

Where: Applebees 3189 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13214

When: 8am to 10am

Cost: $8.00 per person, pay at door

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit our Girl Ambassadors For Human Rights Program.

Bustle's Story on Gage is out! Check it out!

Check out Bustle’s spooky article and video on the Gage Center! 👻 👻 👻 

For the full article click Here!




Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue

210 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY


Saturday Oct. 14 10:00 -5:00


“The Haudenosaunee Confederacy:

Leading the Way to Women’s Rights”



10:00 “Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign” An educational and advocacy project which marked the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum throughout 2013.

Jake Edwards, Onondaga Nation Longhouse Leader and Jack Manno, Environmental Studies and Forestry Professor Emeritis, Organizers The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign.

11:00The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code. – film

12:00“Should we Celebrate Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day?” –  dialogue

1:00“Rematriation: Sovereign Women in Sovereign Nations” – Louise Herne, Bear Clan Mother, Mohawk Nation

2:30“Ohero:Kon” (Under the Husk) – Two Mohawk girls on their journey to becoming women – film

Plus short: “Haudenosaunee Women & Women’s Suffragists: a Hidden History”

Film and talk by director / Producer: Katsitsionni Fox

joined by the two girls featured in Ohero:Kon

4:00Gage Foundation Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights sharing their visit to Akwesasne in Spring 2017.

This program is funded by an Action grant from Humanities, New York with additional funding from the Governor’s New York Suffrage Centennial Commission. The project was supported by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience – a network of historic sites and museums dedicated to interpreting themes of human rights through dialogue-based approaches,

Event Registration CLOSED

Hello All!

Our registration for this Thursday’s event (Witness to Injustice: Unraveling Historic Native & US Relations) is now closed. Thanks to all who called/emailed and signed up for a spot. We look forward to seeing you at this unique event!

Several Upcoming Events Celebrating Haudenosaunee Influence on the Women’s Rights Movement

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and Women’s Rights National Historical Park Present Exhibits, Dialogues and Programs Celebrating Haudenosaunee Influence on the Women’s Rights Movement

Fayetteville and Seneca Falls, NY – Exhibits highlighting the influence of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women on the vision of the woman’s rights movement will open at Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls on October 7 and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville on October 14. Programs and dialogues at both sites will invite visitors to explore the often-untold story of Haudenosaunee influence, survival, and legacy. These Six Nations Confederacy women, with their legal, political, economic and personal authority, gave New York women a model to emulate.

The exhibit The Haudenosaunee Confederacy: Leading the Way to Women’s Rights will open October 7 at Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. in Seneca Falls. Programs highlighting Indigenous culture will take place through the weekend with ranger dialogue programs, artwork and a hands-on, outdoor timeline demonstrating the continuity of Indigenous cultures in the area at the park.

Women Voted in New York Before Columbus, a Humanities N.Y.-sponsored talk by Sally Roesch Wagner takes place Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse.

The Gage Center begins their programming on Thursday, October 12, at 7:00-8:30 with Witness to Injustice: Unraveling Historic Native & U.S. Relations, a 1 ½ hour inter-active group exercise to raise awareness of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States. Registration is limited to 25. Call 315-637-9511 or email matildajgagefoundation@gmail.com to reserve your place.

The Gage Center opens the exhibit, The Haudenosaunee Confederacy: Leading the Way to Women’s Rights on October 14 at 210 East Genesee St. in Fayetteville, with programs beginning at 10:00 a.m., including films, talks and dialogue on, “Should we celebrate Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day?”

A full schedule of events at both sites are available on their websites: www.nps.gov/wori and www.matildajoslyngage.org. All programs are free and open to the public

The exhibits were created by the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. This project was supported by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a network of historic sites and museums dedicated to interpreting themes of human rights through dialogue-based approaches, with additional funding from Humanities New York and the Governor’s New York Suffrage Centennial Commission.


This inter-active group exercise is a 1 ½ hour teaching tool that uses participatory education to raise awareness of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

From 7:00-8:30 pm – occasionally runs a bit over…


The Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue

210 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY 13066

What to bring:

An open mind and willingness to have meaningful conversation

Cost: Free

Registration is first come, first serve through the Gage Foundation, Call   637-9511 or email matildajgagefoundation@gmail.com to reserve your place in this wonderful program.

Please leave your name and phone or email address

Through the use of meaningful quotes, and blankets that represent part of Turtle Island (the Western Hemisphere), we explore this shared history that most people rarely learn in traditional settings. We engage in a conversation about the European colonization of Turtle Island in order to deepen our understanding of the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood throughout U.S. History.

A Medium Reads at the Gage Center September 7th

Bustle.com is filming at the Gage Center next Thursday evening on Gage’s exploration of the paranormal. As part of their filming, they are bringing in a medium to do a reading at Gage’s home. They have given us the opportunity to invite a small number (10) of people to attend and experience the medium and the filming of her reading. At this point, there are ONLY 8 SPACES left, and we will fill them with the first 8 of you to purchase your $100 ticket. Once you purchase your ticket, we’ll send you further details.

This will be a unique and memorable experience and we are pleased to be able to make this available to you.

To reserve your spot, click here.


Join us for a one-of-a kind program to honor the Centennial of Women's Suffrage in New York State

Women’s Rights Celebration, September 23, 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Genesee Country Village & Museum

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner will look beyond women’s gaining the vote and dialogue about the issues of equality raised by our suffrage foremothers in her presentation “The Rest of the Story of the Suffrage Movement.” This engaging presentation will be followed by a luncheon of foods made from recipes in suffrage cookbooks. Published by suffrage associations throughout the nation between 1886 and 1920, these cookbooks were a way to raise money for their cause.  Participants will dine on a variety of dishes, including Rebel Soup and Salmagundi served with Suffrage Salad Dressing.

A selection of Dr. Wagner’s books will be on sale at the museum’s Flint Hill Store and she will do a book signing there after the luncheon.  Admission to the historic village is included in the program and activities focusing on lesser known equality efforts made by women in their daily lives during the 19th century will be highlighted throughout the day.

The presentation begins in the Meeting Center at 11:00am with lunch following at 12:00pm. Pricing is $45 and museum admission is included /$40 for museum members.


MJG Center in the News!

Below are some articles that urge readers to visit the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center and other wonderful locations around New York State. We hope they serve as inspiration for your future travels!

A Family Weekend in the Finger Lakes

Walking in the Steps of Women Who Made History in The Finger Lakes in Upstate New York

A Family’s Guide to A Trip to the Finger Lakes, NY

Civil Rights Come Alive in the Finger Lakes

June Newsletter

Apply to the Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights Program

Be a part of Girl Ambassadors!

Click below to apply for the 2017-2018 Girl Ambassador Program.

Applications are due by September 15th at midnight.

Application: Here

Visit our Girl Ambassador page for more information

Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights

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