A woman who read Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World recently contacted me via my website: “After reading your book about their friendship, I’d love to walk where they walked, etc. I’m from Wisconsin & I wonder if they were here?!”
Here is what I know, although they may have visited on other occasions:
*February 15, 16, 1869, Milwaukee: ECS and SBA spoke at the first convention with national speakers. The convention adjourned to Madison where ECS & SBA, and Mary Livermore addressed the legislature, Governor Fairchild presiding. *March 16, 17, 1870, Janesville: ECS, who was on the lyceum lecture circuit crisscrossing the country, many months at a time, from 1869-1880, spoke in Lappin’s Hall.
*Beginning on November 8, 1886: Rev. Olympia Brown, pastor of the Universalist Church, Racine since 1878, held series of nine district conventions in company of SBA and Clara Bewick Colby. A reception was held at the home of Mrs. M.B. Erskine of Racine, which was followed by conventions at Waukesha, Ripon, Oshkosh, Green Bay, Grand Rapids, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Evansville, and in Madison, where SBA and CBC spoke in the Senate Chamber to a distinguished audience. (Source History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, p. 986.)