B'ville: An evening with Matilda Joslyn Gage

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation is hosting An Evening with Matilda Joslyn Gage from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday May 18 at the Baldwinsville Public Library Community Room, 33 E. Genesee St. in the village.

The program will include a skit with people in period costume reminiscing about events in Gage's life. Gage was born in Cicero in 1826 and lived in Central New York for nearly her entire life. She was an early speaker and writer for women's rights, an abolitionist, a supporter of Native American rights and a mentor to son-in-law L. Frank Baum, author of "The Wizard of Oz." A courageous freethinker, Gage challenged all forms of oppression in her time.

In addition to the skit, participants will be treated to a 19th-century abolitionist song sung by Matilda in her childhood. Gage historian Sue Boland will present a collage of pictures from Gage's life, answering questions from the audience about our homegrown suffragist.

People will hear about the vision to renovate the Gage Home in Fayetteville and create a museum of international interest with its focus on the ideas of justice, freedom and social justice to which Gage dedicated her life.

This is a free program open to the public. Come and learn about Matilda Joslyn Gage, "the woman who was ahead of the women who were ahead of their time," as writer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem has described her.

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