Bank donates to Stanton event

JOHNSTOWN – Berkshire Bank recently presented a check for $2,000 to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium for its fifth Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Symposium.

The conference for women will be held March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services’ VOTEC facility, Route 67.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium has finalized year-long monthly programs for 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s birth, a news release said. Stanton, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, was born and raised in Johnstown.

The symposium will focus on the road to obtaining the right to vote for women and the progress women have made since the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the release said. The theme of the Symposium will be “HerStory – 2015: Our History is Our Strength” from the National Women’s History Project, according to the release. The conference will include three sessions of workshops focusing on a then-and-now approach, the release said. Workshop choices include:

Session A: 1. Women on the Page (Authors: Greta Nettleton, Heidi Sprouse, Ruth Holland Scott); 2. From Corsets to Spanx (Sue McLane “The Victorian Lady”); 3. Midwifery: The Second Oldest Profession (midwife: Julie Tesi).

Luncheon program: A Conversation with Coline Jenkins, the Great-Great-Granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, conducted by Stanton biographer Penny Coleman

Session B: 1. Johnstown’s Radical Daughter (interview with Stanton interpreter Melinda Grube); 2. RX for Better Health – Get Outdoors (Kelly Stang); 3. You Won’t Feel a Thing (acupuncture – Jennifer Voorhees).

Session C: 1. A Glorious Woman: On “Getting to Know” Elizabeth Cady Stanton (author Penny Coleman); 2. For the Dancer Within You (Carol Mattioni); 3. Color: Then and Now (makeup of the past and present – Sherry Wieszchowski).

Registration forms for the symposium will be available soon, the release said. The $35 registration fee includes a light breakfast, lunch and admission to three workshop sessions. A $15 rate is available for students who wish to attend the symposium. There are a limited number of scholarships to cover the cost of attendance for students if needed, the release said.

The Symposium Committee is currently seeking additional contributions to fund the 2015 symposium. People wishing to donate may send a check payable to ECSWC to Jo-Ann Clear, Treasurer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium, PO Box 251, Johnstown, NY 12095. For more information, call 762-7638, email Helen Martin at or visit