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History Fair debates suffrage at Cherry Hill

The 18th annual Albany History Fair takes place May 7 from noon to 4 p.m. on the Cherry Hill grounds, 523 South Pearl St., Albany.
This year’s event will highlight the centennial of women getting the right to vote in New York State, as well as fifth-generation Cherry Hill family member Emily Rankin and her anti-suffrage activities. Activities include a circa 1917 costumed debate on the issue, “Whose Side Are You On? Suffrage & Anti-Suffrage in Albany,”  , directed by Dr. Krysta Dennis of Siena College and performed by Janet Hurley-Kimlicko, Sandra Boynton, Sydney Paluch, and Kellyrose Marry.  A talk will be given by Dr. Kori Graves of the University at Albany, SUNY.

House tours highlight the life of  Emily Rankin, with musical performances  by Mary Pierce LaFleur and Tony Opalka, and a panel discussion on Women in Politics Today by female elected officials, including state Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Common Council Member Dorcey Applyrs.
The League of
Women Voters will hold a voter registration drive.

 For information, visit http://www.historiccherryhill.org/.

To submit questions for the panel in advance, send them to liselle@historiccherryhill.org/.

The fair is free and open to the public. The Times Union is the media sponsor, and the event is supported by an Action Grant from Humanities New York.

At the conclusion of the fair, Honorary Committee members will recognize Honorary Chair Paul Grondahl with a special reception. Grondahl, former staff reporter at the Times Union,  now leads the New York State Writers Institute.

Historic Cherry Hill is located at 523 1⁄2 South Pearl Street in Albany, just off Exit 2 of Interstate 787. From the North, take Exit 2. At the light, turn left, and look for Historic Cherry Hill immediately on your right. From the South, take exit 2, and follow the ramp straight to the end. At the light turn left. Under the overpass, take anther left onto Route 32 South. Bear right onto 787’s exit ramp. At the light, turn left, and look for Historic Cherry Hill immediately on your right.


Gloria Mazure

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