National Votes for Women Trail has a number of local ties

An example of a Pomeroy marker that currently stands in Louisville, KY. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Brown)

Special to The Leader-Herald

The National Votes for Women Trail — nvwt.org — is a project of The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. It began as a virtual mobile-friendly searchable trail that was meant to show the breadth, depth and diversity of the women’s suffrage movement. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation in Syracuse was so impressed with the effort that they are funding 250 historical roadside markers to mark sites of particular importance. So now the NVWT is also a physical trail across the country. 

“The National Votes for Women Trail is our gift to the nation,” said Coline Jenkins, great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The NVWT map currently features over 1,600 sites on its virtual map. One hundred Pomeroy markers have been approved or are in the process of being approved.  

“A number of local people have helped the NVWT become a reality,” stated Nancy Brown, Co-chair of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association and Chair of the NVWT.  

Graphic designer, Linda Hinkle created the logo that is seen on the top of each Pomeroy marker. 

These markers are designed to last a century or more and will be in all 48 contiguous states.

In addition, Hinkle created the logo for the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites.

Lindsay Hinkle, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association board member, serves as the Administrative Assistant for the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites.

The interactive searchable map was created by Lauren (Brown) Harris, a 2007 graduate of Gloversville High School. 

A small tag that is added to NVWT Pomeroy markers containing a QR code which can be scanned to take a visitor directly to the map was designed by Paul Lakata of Barney’s Sign Company in Johnstown.  Once the current round of Pomeroy markers are installed, the NVWT intends to add small signs to existing signage for sites on the Trail around the country.

Debra Kolsrud, an original incorporator of The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association, is Co-chair of the New York state NVWT committee, which is in charge of nominating sites for Pomeroy markers.

When Pomeroy markers are unveiled in a community, a number of people gather to celebrate.  The NVWT has buttons, created by Proforma Shrader & Shrader in Gloversville, which are often distributed. Once the pandemic has passed, these ceremonies will once again be happening all over the country.

Finally, a promotional effort to get middle and high school girls involved in the NVWT is kicking off today on Instagram.  This effort has been designed and executed by Taylor Baird, 2010 Johnstown High School graduate.

“Fulton County should be very proud of our local involvement in this effort to shine a light on women’s suffrage history that has previously been unknown or at the very least, not celebrated.  While many individuals and organizations across the country have contributed to the growing success of the National Votes for Women Trail, Fulton County, the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, has definitely been the epicenter,” Brown noted.


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