New Castle’s Carrie Chapman Catt & The Women’s Suffrage Movement

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. New York State awarded this right to women three years before the 19th Amendment expanded it nationwide. In honor of this significant anniversary, the New Castle Historical Society has created a special exhibition exploring the women’s suffrage movement and the life of Carrie Chapman Catt, a leading suffragist and former New Castle resident.

The exhibition features contemporary historic photographs from Westchester County Historical Society, the New York State Museum, and the Library of Congress; a 1917 petition in support of women’s suffrage, including over 800 signatures from local Westchester County women (on loan to the New Castle Historical Society from the Ossining Historical Society); an Evelyn Rumsey Cary “Woman Suffrage” Poster; and several replica artifacts related to women’s suffrage, including “Votes for Women” sashes, pennants, buttons, and plates.