Richburg Wirt Historical Society 

243 Main St., PO Box181,

Richburg, NY14774

Phone 585-928-9478 (WIRT)

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Richburg-Wirt Historical Society News

“Votes For Women: The Successful Campaign in New York State in 1917” will be the special program at the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society's first meeting of the year. Please join us on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the museum, 243 Main St., Richburg, NY. Rusty Tobin, a retired historian who lives in Belmont, will present a PowerPoint presentation on the woman suffrage movement in New York State from 1893 through 1920 with a particular emphasis on Allegany County and Richburg.

Women in New York State gained full suffrage in 1917, three years before the Constitutional amendment in 1920 that gave all women in the country the right to vote. The New York State victory was the result of a statewide referendum of male voters. While most history books mention the contribution of New York City to the successful passage of the referendum, upstate rural communities were equally important to the victory. Two rural organizations, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the New York State Grange, were strong supporters of woman suffrage. The suffragists across New York State created a strong organization modeled on political party structure that led to the victory in 1917. The Allegany County Woman Suffrage Party was successful in convincing 56% of the male voters in the county to grant women full suffrage.

Following the meeting, light refreshments will be provided by Alice Dunbar.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Monday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. - Steve Appleby, Curator and Education and Program Director at the Eldred World War II Museum, will be our guest speaker. His program will focus on the large WWII collection at the RWHS. He will identify and explain the significance of many of the items in this collection.
  • Monday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. - Cindy Keeley's presentation will include information on the newly revitalized Olean Chapter of the DAR, as well as the Catherine Schuyler Chapter of the DAR in Allegany County, NY. Cindy lives in Portville and is the Registrar of the Olean Chapter DAR.
  • Monday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. - Bill Heaney, Town of Belfast Historican, will present an interesting program on the Underground Railroad and Allegany County's participation in it.

Our meetings are always free and open to the public.





Museum Open March through November on Wednesdays 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. or by appointment.

Meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m., March through November.


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