A Hubbard Hall Fundraiser - Celebrating Susan B. Anthony, Saturday, October 17th at 5:30pm
On Saturday, October 17 at 5:30pm, we will celebrate the local legacies of Susan B. Anthony, Mary Hubbard, and the Women's Suffrage Movement.
With NY Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, we will unveil a new history marker in front of the Hall denoting the Women's Suffrage Convention held at Hubbard Hall with Susan B. Anthony in 1894. We will hold a toast in celebration of Mary Hubbard and Susan B. Anthony, and then enter the Hall to watch The Susan B. Anthony Project, a new play with original music by Bob Warren about Susan B. Anthony, Mary Hubbard and the legacy of the Suffrage Movement today. This new play was created with over 250 public school students in Cambridge, Greenwich, and Hoosick Falls, who attended in-school workshops with Hubbard Hall teaching artists to learn and write about Susan B. Anthony, the Movement, Sojourner Truth and women's rights today.
Tickets to this fundraising event are $200 and can be purchased online or by calling 518-677-2495, ext. 314. Tax deductible amount $175 per ticket.
In honor of Susan B. Anthony, a hero of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, and Mary Hubbard, owner and leader of Hubbard Hall, who partnered to advance the cause of Women’s Suffrage and to lead a three day convention here at Hubbard Hall February 8-10, 1894.
About Hubbard Hall
The Hall has been a central part of our community for over 140 years, especially since we became a non-profit community arts center back in 1978. We serve approximately 8,000 students and audience members each year with performances, workshops, classes and community events. As with many non-profits and arts organizations, the global pandemic has hit us hard and we are aiming to raise over $8,000 with this event in support of our programs for students and community members. Since the global pandemic began, we have served hundreds of students and community members with programs and performances. We currently have 15 classes running on campus, from Ballet to Irish Step, all with robust safety protocols in place. We look forward to once again expanding our services in 2021, but we cannot do it without your support. Join us!
About Mary Nye Hubbard
When Martin Hubbard died in 1884, Mary Hubbard had to sue to gain control of her estate because it was believed at the time that a woman could not run her own affairs. She won – and ran Hubbard Hall for the next 25 years. She renovated the space to make it a world class facility in 1891. She then brought thousands of artists from around the world to Cambridge, including the South African Women’s Choir, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the first female professional violinist, public lectures, political rallies, religious services, and on and on. Hubbard Hall truly became the public square of Cambridge, where everyone was welcome, where everyone could learn, laugh and cry together.
When she died in 1909, she divided her remaining wealth between the Cambridge Central School, Woodlands Cemetery and her beloved Congregational Church. She left no children or surviving family and so has been somewhat neglected by history. But she played a key role in the life of this village and in the lives of the thousands of people she inspired and supported with her work.
About Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony was raised a Quaker, living much of her childhood in nearby Battenville, NY. She fought for women’s rights, including the right to vote.
It was not an easy life. Anthony gave lectures all over the country in support of women's suffrage. In one year alone, she traveled 13,000 miles and gave 171 lectures. Many nights she had to sleep in railroad stations. She often was heckled, or worse. Gangs of ruffians sometimes broke into her lectures and threw rotten eggs at her. She was accused of undermining the home, the family, and the purity of American womanhood.
From February 8-10, 1894, Susan led a Women’s Suffrage Convention at Hubbard Hall, gathering 3500 signatures in support of striking the term “male” from the NY Constitution’s language on voting.
Susan was arrested for voting in the 1872 presidential election. But after the famous trial in 1872, she won more and more support. Younger women rallied around her. They too went out and made speeches and handed out petitions. Affectionately, they called her "Aunt Susan." Even some men were beginning to admire her. In February 1906, Susan B. Anthony made her last speech at a convention in Baltimore. She was given a 10 minute ovation. She told the women, "I am here for a little time only, and then my place will be filled... The fight must not cease. You must see that it does not stop. Failure is impossible." Susan B. Anthony was pardoned for voting in the 1872 election by President Trump earlier this year. Many people pointed out that Susan probably did not want to be pardoned, since getting into “good trouble” was part of the point.
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