Here Comes the Parade! Sunday, April 17, 2016



We are finalizing our plans with our partner, the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association for our suffrage celebration to be held on Sunday, April 17. In addition to our march we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Lake Ronkonkoma Free Library, whose local history room was recently named in honor of Lillian DeVere from Lake Ronkonkoma. Lillian was an avid suffragist, who collected books on suffrage in her home, and later oversaw the building of the library to house them. Some of the first suffrage meetings were held in her home as well.

Here’s the plan:


  • Meet at the Lake Ronkonkoma Fire District Building (505 Hawkins Avenue), where we will park our cars and leave for the Library. Bring a box lunch and leave it in your car.
  • Proceed to the Lake Ronkonkoma Free Library, about ½ mile away. A bus will be provided by We Transport for those who do not wish to walk this first leg of the trip.
  • There there will be a short ceremony at the Library, some songs by the Island Hills Sweet Carolines, and a dedication of an historic marker. The Library is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
  • March the ½ mile back to the Fire District Building, past the historic DeVere home, waving our placards, proclaiming our fervor for “Votes for Women.” Roads will be closed by the police, so there is no worry about traffic. Transport will again be available for those who wish to ride.
  • When we reach the Fire District Building we will have our box lunches, and listen to a presentation by Ann M. Becker, PhD. Dr. Becker is currently an Assistant Professor at the Long Island Center of SUNY Empire College. Coffee, tea and desserts will be served.
  • There will also be a display of photos and information about other suffragists in the Ronkonkoma area.
  • Dress in period clothing, and bring any signs or placards you might have. We will have some for you to carry as well.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at, or call 516-524-3322. This promises to be a fun-filled celebration, both of the Library, Lillian DeVere and the suffrage movement in the Ronkonkoma area, as well as a taste of our centennial celebrations next year.

parade1Please join us!

Ellyn Okvist, Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association (

Antonia Petrash, Long Island Woman Suffrage Association (

Last year’s celebration!





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