Sisters in Spirit: Women Supporting Women

Women from Syracuse and Onondaga County have a long and illustrious record of supporting other women. For well over one hundred years these women have cared for, nurtured, educated, and supported other women (and many times their children) whose very lives were challenged. Whether through employment services, education, health care, politics, the law, religious conviction, or social, cultural and business/professional advancements, women in Syracuse and Onondaga County have made great strides in ameliorating the conditions of thousands of other women and their families. Philanthropists founded hospitals, educators founded schools, entrepreneurs founded businesses, doctors and nurses founded clinics, and those of various faiths founded day care and life skill centers to remedy a myriad of social ills. Women who saw a need to support and encourage others took society's challenge upon themselves to help their neighbors cope and thrive, and make their communities better places to live.

In this exhibit, Sisters In Spirit: Women Supporting Women, visitors will catch a glimpse of some of these women who accepted these challenges and the organizations they founded and/or championed. The OHA Museum recognizes and congratulates the many women who, through their tenacity and action, have made Syracuse and Onondaga County a thriving area.

In conjunction with recognizing several women and/or organizations in Syracuse and Onondaga County for their tireless efforts to assist other women, the OHA Museum has also borrowed a traveling exhibit from the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. The eight panel exhibit focuses on how the Iroquois matriarchal system influenced the women's suffrage movement of the 19th century.

The exhibit is open for viewing during regular museum gallery hours: Wednesday -- Friday, 10 to 4 and Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 4 located at 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse. Anyone visiting the museum may park in the garage located at the corner of E. Fayette and Montgomery Sts. for free the first hour and $1 for the second hour.

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