As part of the York County Community College’s (YCCC) new American Studies Lecture Series, author and women’s rights historian, Anne Gass will be on campus on April 24th at 10:00 a.m. as the college’s guest speaker. Her presentation, Suffrage Road Trip, will share the story of America’s first-ever cross-country automobile trip for a cause. In 1915, three suffrage activists drove from San Francisco to DC with a petition demanding an amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote in America. The presentation will include photos from the trip and that era.
This hour-long presentation will be held in the mid-café and is free and open to the public.
Anne Gass speaks regularly on women’s rights history and on her great-grandmother’s role in bringing about women’s right to vote in Maine’s history. Ms. Gass is the author of Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage, published in 2014. Her article, “Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Vote to Ratify Women’s Suffrage in 1919,” appeared in the Maine History Journal in 2012. Along with other volunteers, she is helping the Maine State Museum to develop an exhibit in honor of the 100-year anniversary of Maine’s ratification of the 19th Amendment. She is also the Maine coordinator for the national Votes for Women Trail, a project of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites.
The American Studies Lecture Series will host a speaker in both the fall and spring semesters for at least the next two years as part of an NEH grant.