West Bloomfield Historical Society, 8966 Rt. 5 and 20, will host a public program by Ontario County Museum Educator Preston Pierce on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m.

Pierce will examine the final years of the New York State woman suffrage campaign, which coincided with the start of World War I. Suffragists made the case that state (male) voters should approve suffrage since women were doing many things to actively support the war effort, including enlisting in the armed forces for the first time.

In 1917, the New York State Woman Suffrage Party published their “Suffrage as a War Measure” handbill. This program explores the facts behind statements in the handbill, the winning weapon in the great struggle.

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