Congratulations to our friends in East Hampton who worked so hard to secure an historical marker to honor a local suffragist, Mae Groot Manson. Many thanks to our friend Brooke Kroeger for this information and for a great photo of the dedication, held yesterday:
Mae Groot Manson was one of the great unsung heroes of the last decade of the New York suffrage movement. The “summer cottage” she shared on Main Street, East Hampton with her husband, Thomas Lincoln Manson, also a suffragist, was the epicenter of suffrage activism on the East End. [In 1890, John Singer Sargent painted her portrait–in a work now considered an American masterpiece–as a houseguest gift. (!)] She died in September 1917, almost two months to the day before the vote was won November 6. Yesterday an historical marker was mounted in front of the home, thanks to the efforts of Arlene Hinkemeyer of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons and Becky Molinaro Hanson of East Hampton Village. The Pomeroy Foundation provided the grant for the marker and an extra HT to Humanities New York for publicizing the opportunity.
Brooke Kroeger is the author of The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote, due out this fall. Check out her new page with more information: https://www.facebook.com/thesuffragents.