ADAMS, Mass. — Susan B. Anthony's efforts to secure women the vote will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 26, with a cookout and presentation on the Town Common from 2 to 5.
The Anthony Family Reunion BBQ kicks off celebrations that will lead up to the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020. The event is free and the Adams Centennial Suffrage Committee will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers.
"We are really excited about this event because not only is it a kick off to tell everyone what we are planning for the 100th anniversary of suffrage but people will get to sit and have hamburgers and hot dogs with Susan B. Anthony," Colleen Janz, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, said.
The Adams Centennial Suffrage Committee plans to mark the centennial with a variety of events over the next three years and recognize Anthony, an Adams native.
Janz said abolitionist and suffragist Lucy Stone (portrayed by Judith Black) will be at the cookout with Anthony to meet with residents and members of the Anthony family who will be invited.
"Lucy Stone is coming to life to tell about her days as a reformer and Susan B. Anthony will walk around and meet some of her family members and meet with the children of Adams," Janz said. "We want people to realize the importance of Susan B. Anthony and corral some enthusiasm and show the children that someone from Adams can change the world."
Celebration Committee member William Kolis added that the event will also allow the committee to announce some of its plans and a fundraising drive.
Kolis said the last Anthony family reunion was held 120 years ago in Adams. Anthony attended at the age of 76.
"Her biographers said that her return to this town was one of the happiest moments in her life," Kolis said. "The Plunketts also invited her back to speak at the former pavilion which is an incredible thing because the Plunketts and Susan B. Anthony didn't necessarily see eye to eye."
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to email@example.com.
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue. Name-calling, personal attacks, libel, slander or foul language is not allowed. All comments are reviewed before posting and will be deleted or edited as necessary.
Comments are closed for this article. If you would like to contribute information on this article, e-mail us at info@iBerkshires.com
State Aid Numbers in Hand, Adams Eyes September Town Meeting
By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Staff
Chairwoman Christine Hoyt says retiring Community Development Director Donna Cesan will be recognized for her work at an upcoming meeting.
ADAMS, Mass. — Recent clarification on state aid numbers will likely lead to holding the annual town meeting in September, according to Town Administrator Jay Green.
Some municipalities have postponed town meetings and budget votes because of the state's uncertain financial picture caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Without a clear indication of what the state might be providing in unrestricted local aid and Chapter 70 education aid funds, detailed on what's commonly known as the cherry sheets, Green and the Selectmen have been hesitant to schedule a town meeting and approve a budget the town might be unable to afford should state aid numbers be slashed because of the global pandemic's effect on the economy.
Although the practice has been reinstated by the governor as part of Phase III of his COVID-19 reopening plan, the town of Adams has yet to allow tag sales within its borders. Hours after a brightly colored sign goes up on a utility pole advertising a tag sale, it is often being removed.
click for more
"Banners for Fallen Heroes" is the endeavor of George Haddad and Selectman James Bush, who worked with volunteers and American Legion Post 160 to honor those from Adams who died in service for their country.
click for more