Author Archives: Penny Colman

An all-nighter with Susan B. Anthony

I’m working on a talk about how I get to “know” the historical people I write about. One way is doing research regarding experiences, descriptions, accounts from a contemporary of the person.  Here’s a telling account about an almost seventy-year-old … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton: A Peace with Each Other

More of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s daughter Margaret’s observations of life with ECS & SBA at ECS’s home in Tenafly, NJ: “In the evening, with a bright wood fire on the hearth, they plot and plan, in their easy chairs, work … Continue reading

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Working Together: Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

So how Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony resolve disagreements during their intense collaboration on vol. 3 of the monumental “History of Woman Suffrage”? ECS’s daughter Margaret who was living with them at the time observed: “Susan is punctilious … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt

One more photo from Val-Kill, a wall display with words of wisdom from Eleanor Roosevelt:

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Linda and I spontaneously took off today on a women’s history road trip to Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Park, Hyde Park NY.  Displays were organized around ER as a Journalist, Activist, Diplomat, Party Leader, Educator, Grandmother.  We also found … Continue reading

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Mother of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day has a mother, a proper Victorian women, arguably one of most powerful magazine editors in the mid-1800s–Sarah Josepha Hale, a woman who was widowed and “left poor” shortly before the birth of her fifth child.  Of medium height … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving

4th topic with the questions I asked in Thanksgiving: The  True Story about how to connect Thanksgiving Day to the world outside my dining room table: “Questions about the wider community: How do other people spend Thanksgiving? What do they … Continue reading

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Ragamuffins and Thanksgiving

3rd topic: “Questions about how we spend Thanksgiving: Preparing the food? Savoring the feast? Going to parades or football games? Watching television? Playing intergenerational games? Talking? Walking? Volunteering at a food pantry or homeless shelter?”  The image is of a … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Question #2

Thankfulness is the second topic for the questions I asked in Thanksgiving: The True Story, about how to connect Thanksgiving Day to the world outside my dining room table.  My questions are: When are we thankful? Just on Thanksgiving? Just … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

Writing my book “Thanksgiving: The True Story” prompted me to think about how to connect Thanksgiving Day to the world outside my dining room table. One way, I concluded in my book, is to ask questions around 4 topics: the … Continue reading

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