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donThis auction gala at the Wellington House is just a few days away, but there’s still time to purchase tickets! Below is a list of some of this year’s auction items, available exclusively at this event.  RSVP now!

  • Chef’s Table for 8 with wine pairings
  • Live Your Best Life!: 6 life-coaching sessions
  • Feminism & Football: Dinner at the Genesee Grande with Don McPherson
  • Gage Experience: custom tour and gift shop items
  • Museum Hopper: A collection of family memberships to area museums
  • Shaken, Not Stirred: A unique basket containing locally-sourced wine and spirits
  • and many more!


Visitor Spotlight: Ordain Women

MatildaJoslynGage5Sometimes tours have as much an impression on us as they do on our guests. So it was with Ordain Women, an organization dedicated to achieving gender equality within the Mormon Church. “Some ask, ‘Why is Ordain Women so important? What’s so important focusing on the religious end of things?’ But if you don’t overcome that problem of having men and women seen as unequal spiritually, you never really get to the point where you can make progress.”

Ten of their members embarked on a trip through Upstate New York in an effort to learn more about American feminism, the abolishment of slavery, and early Mormonism. Along the way they stopped at the Susan B Anthony House, Harriet Tubman House, Seneca Falls, the Tenement Museum (NYC), and, of course, the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center. After learning about Susan B. Anthony at multiple sites, one woman remarked, “It seems like all of her friends were frenemies. She was a 19th century diva!” Regarding Gage, we heard an all-too-familiar refrain: Most had never heard of her, and were blown away by what they learned. “She was the queen of intersectionality, and was acutely aware of the suffering of others.” Rarely have we had the opportunity to host such an informed and inspired group of people. Throughout the tour they drew many parallels between Gage’s world and the current status of women in the Church of Latter Day Saints. And their favorite Gage quote?

“It is not religion that has opposed woman suffrage, because true religion believes in undoing the heavy burdens and letting the oppressed go free. But from the Church and from theology this reform has met opposition at every step.”

To listen to a podcast about the trip, go here and click US Women’s History Tour.

About Ordain Women:

Ordain Women believes women must be ordained in order for our faith to reflect the equity and expansiveness of (its) teachings…Based on the principle of thoughtful, faith-affirming strategic action, Ordain Women aspires to create a space for Mormon women to articulate issues of gender inequality they may be hesitant to raise alone. As a group we intend to put ourselves in the public eye and call attention to the need for the ordination of Mormon women to the priesthood.”
MJG6Why? Unlike many other religions, ALL males over the age of 12 are able to be ordained to the priesthood in the LDS/Mormon faith. The priesthood is both used in practices of spirituality like blessings and is also an organizational and administrative authority to carry out functioning of the worldwide church and the functions of local congregations. No women in the LDS church are permitted to be ordained to the priesthood and therefore are left out of being able to administer many spiritual practices such as providing blessings, and are unable to participate in leadership and administrative roles over men & women.

MatildaJoslynGage4Ordain Women’s theme for this year has been to, “Honor our Past, Envision our Future”. We decided to embark on a women’s history tour to learn about and honor parts of our history and we found that there is a wealth of history in upstate NY that was of particular interest to our group. We visited many sites of women from the suffragette & abolition movements. Mormonism was also founded upstate in Palmyra, New York. This information gave us a good historical foundation of some of the women’s movements and provided some perspective and context for some of the work we do today in continuing to further equality in our faith tradition.

Gathering for Gage

Our annual event at the Wellington House is back! Join us on Sunday, November 8th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm for a celebration of the Gage Center and Founding Director Sally Roesch Wagner’s Gage 2.0. For details, click here or watch our Facebook page for updates. 


Women On The Money

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The Gage Center is excited to present “Women on the Money,” a unique look at women’s history through the lens of ancient currencies. While the idea of a woman on modern US currency has been met with controversy, ancient societies granted this honor to a host of fascinating women. From Cleopatra to the (now) little known wives of emperors, each influential woman remains an enduring symbol of her society. Discover what a simple piece of currency can tell us about the woman it features and the civilization in which she lived.

A hands-on show-and-tell, as well as a discussion of the #womenon20s campaign, will follow the presentation. Eight ancient coins will be featured.

Thursday, October 22nd


$10/$8 students

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C-SPAN Cities

12039391_838154746302348_675182883786590522_nThe Matilda Joslyn Gage Museum is one of a select group of local historic sites to be profiled by C-SPAN for national broadcast. We are proud to represent the rich history of Central New York alongside the Erie Canal Museum, Jerry Rescue Memorial, Salt Museum, and Harriet Tubman House. Filming at the house took place on Monday, September 20th and included interviews with docent and board member Dave Kellogg and Site Director Sarah Flick. Be sure to tune in this November to see the final product!

About C-SPAN Cities:

C-SPAN’s 2015 Cities Tour takes the Book TV and American History TV (AHTV) programming on the road. They travel to selected cities to feature the history and literary life of each community. They choose cities that are rich with history and have interesting local literary communities, but are not often featured on the national scene.

cities-tour.444.200“With our visit to each, we hope to bring a little of their heritage to our nationwide audience. Working with our cable partners, Time Warner Cable, our producers will take our specially outfitted Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) into these selected cities, visiting various literary and historic sites, as we interview local historians, authors and civic leaders. Equipped to shoot and produce on location, we’ll also meet with students, teachers, and local leaders to talk about the work we do for C-SPAN and our efforts in the community.”

Syracuse programming will air throughout the weekend of November 21-22. The history segments will air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments will air on BookTV on C-SPAN2. In addition, there will be special Syracuse programming blocks: C-SPAN2 BookTV BLOCK: SATURDAY, November 21st at TBD ET and C-SPAN3 American History TV (AHTV) BLOCK: SUNDAY, November 22nd at 2pm ET.

Join us for Mulch Madness

Help! The weeds are taking over our garden– stop them before it’s too late!

The weeds were taking over.

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August 2015

Through the efforts of our new garden coordinator, Darlene Endy, we have taken out the giant thistles and gout weed.

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September 2015

Now we have a brief window to cover with mulch so they don’t come back again.

Join us to on October 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 am.

Refreshments Provided

You can help:

  • Distribute the mound of mulch
  • Donate or loan tools for our garden use:
    • Shovels
    • Garden carts
    • Pitchforks
    • Used newspapers
  • Remove remaining weeds and grass from beds

As you divide your own perennials and bulbs this fall, think of donating the extra plants to the Gage Center, where they will bring a lot of happiness and signal we are alive and well.

You can RSVP here.

The EnGager: September Newsletter

IMG_1554Our September newsletter is here! Click to read about our upcoming events, new board members, and latest tour highlights.


Open House


Two GA Mentors planning for next year’s program

The Gage Center is hosting a special open house for those interested in learning more about our Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights Program. Staff and former Girl Ambassadors will be on hand to answer questions about both the program and the Gage Foundation as a whole.

Saturday, August 29th

11 AM – 3 PM

This event is free for students and educators. Please RSVP at foundation@matildajoslyngage.org


In the Oz Parlor with Makedonka Trajkovska, Fulbright Fellow

Girl Ambassadors Applications Now Open

Applications for the 2015-2016 Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights program are now available! Click here for program details and to download an application.


Defining Feminism Today

IMG_1525The Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights Program partnered with Women’s Rights National Historical Park for Convention Days in Seneca Falls this month with a two hour panel discussion entitled Defining Feminism Today.  Four Girl Ambassadors, along with several college students from all over the New England area, shared their opinions and experiences in front of a packed Wesleyan Chapel. The discussion was based on the topics originally raised in the Declaration of Sentiments 164 years ago, including education, marriage and family, religion, voting and political participation, and media. The panel followed moving readings of the Declaration of Sentiments and the Declaration of Sentiments for Muslim Women.

Convention Days celebrate Seneca Falls as a center for the advancement of women’s rights and human rights as a whole.  This year’s Convention Days marked the 164th anniversary of the first Women’s Rights convention in Seneca Falls, which took place in 1848.IMG_1517

Vote Now!

Vote for the Gage Center now!

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation has been nominated for the 2015 Laci’s Tapas Bar Give Back Celebration!

Please visit Laci’s Tapas Bar’s Facebook page, and vote for Gage by liking our logo in the charities album.

All votes MUST be in by August 3rd at 3pm.

Don’t forget to spread the word to your friends and family so we can be the recipient of thousands of dollars from Laci’s Tapas Bar’s 5th Annual Give Back Celebration on Thursday, August 20, 2015.
(May only vote once)

A Letter From Matilda

Dear Friend,

It’s not often that you receive letters from people who are no longer present in body, but since I am so much with you in spirit I decided to reach out to you directly.  I hope you can find it possible to make a gift to the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation.webmjgborder2color

So much has been happening at my house and in my name! I am so proud of Sally Roesch Wagner and the board for their hard work over the past year to make sure the Gage Center kept going. I would say that I will miss Sally, who has retired to become our founding director, but we of course all know that where she goes, I am also always there.

You see, there is a lot of freedom in being a spirited spirit, for I’m able to be in several places at once. I am with Dave Kellogg as he gives tours and makes my old home come alive once again. At last Saturday’s tour, listening to a Junior Girl Scout quoting my old friend Lucretia Mott, I realized she was standing almost exactly where Lucretia once stood. I eavesdrop on inspirational and provocative dialogue concerning human trafficking (in the Underground Railroad Room) and Native-American rights (in the Haudenosaunee Room.)

I am with the 16 amazing teen women who are the current Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights. I even went along on their spring trip to DC!! Their monthly conversations and mentor interviews are complex and wide ranging. There is nothing that stirs me more than listening as these future leaders explore my ideas and their place in today’s world.

And finally I am with the board as they work so very hard to raise money – for the house, for the Girl Ambassadors, and for my legacy. I watch them writing grants, building the board, developing the gift shop – all to insure my house stays open, my beliefs are honored and my vision is empowered.

Will you help in this effort? Your support not only keeps my beautiful home in Fayetteville open for all to enjoy, but also keeps my voice alive into the future through the “Write on our Walls” campaign and the Girl Ambassadors program.

Thank you for believing in the power of change,

Matilda Joslyn Gage

P.S. I would love to hear about the best and most engaging experience you ever had in connection with my home and my legacy. Sarah Flick, our Site Director, tells me she would be happy to collect these stories if you email her. Thank you again for your support!


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Summer Newsletter

Our summer newsletter is now available! Click here for an interactive version.

Gifford Gives Gage Gift Shop Grant

Special thanks to The Gifford Foundation for their recent funding of the first phase of our proposed gift ship renovation. Our unique combination of human rights, local history, and women’s issues positions us a “one-stop-­shop” for civic minded shoppers. The gift shop is a direct extension of our mission, which is to engage the public on contemporary social justice issues. It is because of the Gifford Foundation’s generous support that we can begin to move forward and truly realize this vision.

For those who have visited the house and have seen our current gift shop, we would love your input on our decor, layout, and stock! Check out our current offerings by visiting our online gift shop.


Adena, an intern from FM

  The Gifford Foundation’s grant will help fund Phase 1 of our proposed Gift Shop renovation.

The Gifford Foundation was established in 1954 as a private foundation serving Syracuse and the surrounding Central New York community.  The Foundation supports individuals and organizations through grants and initiatives that build on community assets and promote positive change in the community.  For further information visit the website at www.giffordfoundation.org.


Girl Scouts Choose Gage

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This past month, the Matilda Joslyn Gage House hosted the end-of-year celebration for Girl Scout troop 10586. Through touring the museums exhibits and learning about the history rooted here, the troop was able to earn the “Playing the Past” badge. The badge requires each young girl to research strong women in history and present what they’ve learned, something we were more than happy to facilitate. We were blown away by the depth of research and obvious passion for women’s rights displayed by each of the 10 5th graders. Three of the girls chose to research suffragists, and one member focused specifically on Matilda Joslyn Gage.GS dress

After both parents and girls got an interactive tour of the house, it was the girls’ turn to present! Each group was allotted 15 minutes to convey their interpretation on their respective role models in the woman’s suffrage movement. Their obvious enthusiasm for women’s rights continues the legacy of equality and activism that began in this very house. It is nice to see a new generation step forward, and we hope some of these girl will apply to our Girl Ambassador Program when they’re older!

As with the many other Girl Scout Troops that we’ve hosted this year, it was a true pleasure to share an afternoon of ideas (and snacks!) with Troop 10586. We wish them well as they continue their journey towards embodying the Girl Scout mission of “courage, confidence, and character.”

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Gage Featured in Upcoming Documentary!

The Gage Foundation will be featured in an upcoming documentary! Celebrate local history with us by attending the premiere:

Trailblaze a Path Through History: Central New YorkTrailblaze_Path_logo premieres July 15 at the American Foundry in Oswego. This short film shares the stories behind Central New York’s history, and uncovers a trail of innovation and reform that has shaped our region to this day. Many forward thinkers from years past are featured, including influential suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage. Hope to see you there!

For ticket information please click here.

Girl Ambassadors in DC

Girls Ambassador Reflection: Trip to Washington D.C.

Written by: Athena Czerwinski Burkard, a sophomore from Manlius Pebble Hill

11093693_10152703182262077_1588672939_nOn April 6th, the Girl Ambassadors and mentors traveled down to Washington, DC. We played games, sang, and talked about the next two exciting days while on the bus. We arrived at the 4H Conference Center, unpacked our bags and headed out for o11090873_862064593887742_5704444530415163637_our first adventure, the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to women’s art. We saw many paintings and sculptures from modern day and Renaissance periods. These many art pieces showed us the perspectives of different women over time. Next, we walked a few blocks down to the National Portrait Gallery, where we saw a beautiful portrait of some of the most influential women of our time: The Four Women Justices! To finish the first night, we ate at a Thai restaurant, and then headed back to the 4H. The Girl Ambassadors and mentors all played games then went to bed.

The next day, we started by going to the Smithsonian Museum and The Museum of the American Indian. We had a tour guide, who explained the amazing architecture of the building, and the connections of the Native American culture to where we live in Central New York. From there, we walked to the Holocaust museum. We split up into groups and saw the different exhibits. One exhibit that I found especially interesting was the Cambodian genocides. This was an eye-opening exhibit for many of the girls. It was fascinating to see the primary sources from this exhibit, such as quotes and videos of the people affected by the event. The last museum we went to was the American History Museum. We received a special presentation from many of the curators at the museum. We learned about what their jobs are like, and their upcoming exhibit on immigration. We then saw some of the most famous artifacts including Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Julia Child’s kitchen, and the First Ladies’ dress collection. This was a great way to end our visit of the Smithsonian Museums! After that we walked the National Mall, ending at the Lincoln Memorial.



The third day was filled with Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) visits. We started off at Plan International, learning about how the organization developed their program for women. Second, we visited Women for Women International, which talked about their program and how they educate many women. They also spoke about how they educate men as well, and how that has affected the women they worked with in a positive way. It was very interesting to hear about their experiences in many different countries, and how they make it easier for women to be educated by paying them every month for their participation in the program. Afte11118312_10152703186002077_2014071827_nr Women for Women, we got to see the DC area a little more. We ate lunch, finding restaurants full of crepes and frozen yogurt. Then we headed to our last NGO, Oxfam America. Oxfam works mostly in foreign countries, but also works with American companies to make them more accountable for where they buy their goods. They also work in areas with natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.


This trip was an invaluable experience to have. All of the Girl Ambassadors bonded during the trip and got to know each other even better. We learned about women’s rights history throughout many different time periods, cultures, and modern times. It was exciting to hear everyone’s opinion during the trip on what we visited and how it connected with human and women’s rights!


To learn more about the Girl Ambassadors program, join us at this year’s Girls Ambassadors Celebration Brunch. The event is free, but seating is limited. Click here to reserve your tickets now!

Memorial Day Tour

This Memorial Day, join us in remembering Fayetteville’s Civil War veterans with a new, self-guided tour of the Fayetteville Cemetery.

Download the full brochure here.

Memorial Day Brochure


7th Grader Wins Essay Contest

Every year, Pat Bentley’s 7th Grade English class at Manlius Pebble Hill School holds an essay contest. The student who writes the most persuasive essay about an activity or local destination wins a trip for the whole class. This year’s winning essay, written by Lucia Oesterlund, brought the 7th graders to the Gage home. Check out her winning essay, as well as photos from the class trip.IMG_0191

The car stops in front of a colonial style mansion, with towering Doric columns reaching to the roof. This is the Matilda Gage house. A historic wonder that takes you back to the early nineteenth century, a time of great social change. In the middle of all this social turmoil was Matilda Gage, a woman who spoke her mind and fought for about every social justice issue there was in her day, including abolition, women’s rights, religious freedom, and Haudenosaunee rights. Not to mention that her house was one of the stops of the Underground Railroad. So now imagine learning about all these important historical movements in just one museum and about how one woman could do so much. Why go to five different museums to learn about local history, when you can go to the Matilda Gage house and learn it all? I think this would be the optimal location for the seventh grade class trip.

When visitors enter the Matilda Gage house through a lovely white door, the first thing you see is a cute little gift shop containing postcards, soaps, books and much more. This room even has an antique cash IMG_0190register open to be examined and played with. Here the tour guide will greet the class and escort us to a new room where a screen shows a short film incorporating a timeline of Matilda Gage’s life and accomplishments. After this the tour guide will lead us through several different rooms each containing a new topic and many interactive activities. The tour ends after about an hour in the gift shop where you are welcomed to buy books and souvenirs related to Matilda. Some items have a fun exception that they cost about thirty cents less for women. This is to emphasize the fact that for every dollar a man would make a woman would make seventy cents.

This tour is not just fun and interactive; it’s also very educational, including information on slavery, the Huadenasonee and 19th century local history that can easily be related to what we’re learning in history class today. The significance of Matilda Gage in US History is not well known because Susan B. Anthony attempted to erase her from history because of their different perspectives on woman’s suffrage. While Susan B. Anthony believed that the woman’s suffrage movement should combine forces with conservative religious groups to fight for the right for woman to vote, but Matilda disagreed. After Matilda Gage died Susan B. Anthony slowly began to take her name out of books Matilda had helped to write, until she became a minor figure in history. IMG_0193The Matilda Gage house tour also relates to what we are learning in history about slavery and abolition. A famous quote by Matilda Gage on slavery is, “there can be no permanent peace until the cause of war is destroyed. And what caused the war? Slavery! And nothing else. That is the cornerstone and keystone of the whole. The cries of the down-trodden millions arising to the throne of God.” Matilda Gage had a strong commitment to abolition, as well as woman’s rights.  All students should know the inspiring story Matilda Gage’s life.

IMG_0194After everyone has learned, shopped and experienced everything the Matilda Gage house has to offer, the whole class can be treated to tea and biscuits, for only an extra payment of $3 to complete this wonderful experience. The trip only costs $5 per student and is 3.7 miles away or ten minutes drive from MPH. The director of The Matilda Gage House is an MPH graduate named Sarah Flick.

Matilda Gage’s inspiring life should be known to all young women and men. She’s a great role model and her life story teaches children of all ages never to give up and never to let anything stand in the way of your dreams. Matilda Gage once said, “Do not allow the Church or State to govern your thought or dictate your judgment.”

– Lucia Oesterlund, 7th Grade


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Fundraiser: Women of the New Century

Join us at Cafe at 407 for our Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, April 18th at 6:30 PM.


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