Photos from our “Suffragettes of Ocean Grove” Event

If you came out yesterday to our “Suffragettes of Ocean Grove” event, thank you! We loved having your smart and curious collective energy in the room.

The audience was treated to three speakers: Mary Walton, author of A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot; Dell O’Hara, history professor from Nyack College in New York City; and Gayle Aanensen, author of Summer of the Suffragists.

Enjoy these event photos courtesy of Mary Solecki.

Audience members settle in for a great presentation.

Audience members settle in for a great presentation.

 

Registration

The registration table was buzzing!

 

Our special guest, Mary Walton, author of A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot, had us captivated.

Our special guest Mary Walton, author of A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot, had us captivated.

History professor and Ocean Grove historian Dell O'Hara discusses how the women's suffrage movement was received in 19th century Ocean Grove.

History professor and Ocean Grove historian Dell O’Hara discusses how the women’s suffrage movement was received in 19th century Ocean Grove.

Gayle Aanenesen, author of Summer of the Suffragists, talks about women's suffrage supporter Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt.

Gayle Aanensen, author of Summer of the Suffragists, talks about women’s suffrage supporter Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt.

Reproduction of a tea set commissioned by Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt for a women's suffrage rally on her property in Newport, RI.

Reproduction of a tea set commissioned by Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt for a women’s suffrage rally on her property in Newport, Rhode Island.

The speakers take questions from the audience.

The speakers take questions from the audience.

Top row (L to R): Event organizer Kim Brittingham, speaker Gayle Aanensen; Bottom row (L to R): Speakers Dr. Lyndell "Dell" O'Hara and Mary Walton.

Top row (L to R): Event organizer Kim Brittingham, speaker Gayle Aanensen; Bottom row (L to R): Speakers Dr. Lyndell “Dell” O’Hara and Mary Walton.

Congratulations to our door prize winner, Fred Pachman!

Congratulations to our door prize winner Fred Pachman!

Some of our attendees posing by the photo booth.

Some of our attendees posing by the photo booth.

Left: Kim Brittingham, event organizer; Right: Author and speaker Gayle Aanensen

Left: Event organizer, Kim Brittingham; Right: Gayle Aanensen, author and speaker.

If you’d like to buy our speakers’ books, click on the book covers below.

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Funding has been provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission. 

Event: Suffragettes in Ocean Grove

Promoting suffrage on the NJ boardwalk

Suffragists campaigning on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. 

With the release of the major motion picture Suffragette on October 23rd, many will grow curious about the suffragette movement as it played out locally. Ocean Grove, a town known for its Victorian architecture and unspoiled shoreline, is one of New Jersey’s most important sites of women’s history. Here, suffrage conventions were hosted in the tabernacle and the Great Auditorium, an impressive wooden structure completed in 1894 and still standing. On Sunday, October 25, 2015, author Gayle Aanensen and history professor Lyndell O’Hara will speak about the historical intersection of suffrage and Ocean Grove. Attendees will also have the opportunity to pose as circa 1905 suffragettes in photos for friends and family.

What’s the difference between a suffragist and a suffragette? Gayle Aanensen will explain!

Dr. Lyndell O’Hara is a professor of history and the Department of Humanities Chair at Nyack College in New York City. She is the creator of the popular women’s history walking tours from the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and a frequent curator of exhibits for their museum.

NJ suffrage band

A New Jersey suffragist band. 

Gayle Aanensen is a familiar literary figure of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Since moving to Ocean Grove in 2000, she has authored two books of historical fiction: Summer of the Suffragists and The Little Rough Rider at the Jersey Shore. Her latest book, the Christmas novella Greater Than Goldtravels through time to ancient Bethlehem.

The “Suffragettes in Ocean Grove” history talk takes place Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Historical Society of Ocean Grove, 50 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove. Admission is a $20 donation per person. Advance reservations are a must. To reserve, call (732) 774-1869. Free on-street parking available. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Event is wheelchair accessible.