Historic Women of Tioga County

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

March 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM

Location: 110 Front St. Owego, NY 13827

Phone: 607-687-2460

Email: museum@tiogahistory.org

Link: http://www.tiogahistory.org

Event Description

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 8:18 AM EDT

Historic Women of Tioga County

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Tioga County Historical Society Museum will host “Historic Women of Tioga County” on Saturday, March 29th at 10:30am. Join us as Emma Sedore and Tom McEnteer describe four notable women of Tioga County who influenced the history of the county and the nation.

• Belva Bennett McNall Lockwood came to Owego as a young widow with a small daughter during the Civil War. She headed up a local school for girls, and organized Owego women to prepare care packages for soldiers at the front lines. After moving from Owego, she became the first woman in the country to argue a case before the US Supreme Court. In 1884, she became the first real woman candidate for President.

• Elaine “Pearlie” Selover was born and raised in Owego, but moved to New York City as a young woman in 1900, in search of fame and fortune. She appeared in eight major musical comedies and reviews over the next five years, including several by Flo Ziegfeld, and as a Florodora girl.

• Born in Owego, Dr. Helen Dean King was ranked among the most eminent biologists of the 20th Century. She was recognized for her scientific achievement at the turn of the century and was the only woman to hold a professorship in research work, other than Madam Curie, of France.

• Suffragette Esther McQuigg Morris, born in Spencer, NY, moved out west and became the first female Justice of the Peace in the United States. She was referred to as “The mother of Woman’s Suffrage” in Wyoming and “the most remarkable woman in the West.”

Admission is free to our museum, but donations are greatly appreciated.

The Tioga County Historical Society Museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. For more information, please call 607-687-2460, email museum@tiogahistory.org, or visit tiogahistory.org.

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