Elizabeth Smith Miller topic meeting Sunday


The author of a new book on Elizabeth Smith Miller, a leader of the 19th century women’s rights movement and popularizer of a liberating style of women’s dress known as bloomers, headlines the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Luncheon and Program, 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at Hipstir Cafe, 125 Farrier Ave. in Oneida.

Norman K. Dann, professor emeritus of political science, psychology, sociology and environmental science at Morrisville State College, will present on “Ballots, Bloomers, and Marmalade: The Life of Elizabeth Smith Miller.”

Dann is a scholar of central New York abolitionist Gerrit Smith who ives in a cottage formerly on the Smith estate in Peterboro and author of several books on the family.

Elizabeth Smith Miller was a daughter of Gerrit Smith who popularized the outfit of pantaloons and knee-length skirt called bloomers and credited with freeing women from confining corsets and long skirts. She also was part of the efforts to get the right to vote for women in New York.

Tickets for the luncheon and program are $20. Reservations are required by Oct. 30.

Raffle tickets will be sold for handmade craft items donated by artisans at this year’s 54th Annual Madison County Craft Festival.

The program follows the luncheon at approximately 2 p.m. Contact the Madison County Historical Society at (315) 363-4136, or history@mchs1900.org for more information.

The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library lat 435 Main St. in Oneida.


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