An historic marker honoring suffragist Ida Bunce Sammis of Huntington was unveiled today at noon, marking another step in the trail of historic markers honoring suffragists throughout Long Island. An active suffrage leader, Ida Bunce Sammis was also the first of two women elected to the New York State Assembly in 1918.
The marker was placed in front of the Sammis house at 70 Main Street, and was provided and installed by the Town of Huntington. On hand to take part were Huntington Town Historian Robert Hughes, Town Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia, and various elected officials. The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Inc. was represented by Natalie Naylor, Antonia Petrash and Sue Gersten.
The marker joins fourteen others, ranging from Glen Cove, Ronkonkoma, and Shoreham, out to East Hampton and Sag Harbor, placed in celebration of next year’s centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, finally giving US women the right to vote. Others are planned for Long Beach, East Hills and various other sites.