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September 10th Schedule of Events



Delaware's 22nd Annual Chautauqua - Women's Work: Campaigning for Social Change Banner

Zwaanendael Facebook livestream and Zoom
– Thursday, September 10th

All programs are free and open to the first 100 registrants.

“What is the DAR”  – 12:00 pm

A presentation explaining how the DAR came into existence and how it supported the women’s suffrage cause by DAR board member and author, Denise Clemons of Lewes. 

Denise Clemons holds a BA in Bio-psychology from Vassar College and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She retired from a 20-year career as an executive in the technology industry and moved to Lewes in 2005. At that time, she began writing the weekly food column, Cape Flavors, for the Cape Gazette newspaper.

“Women Never Quit”—1:15pm

General Federation of Women’s Clubs Bylaws Committee member and Membership Chairman , for Delaware State Federation of Women’s Club, Henrietta Belcher-Stack will discuss overcoming ovarian cancer by focusing on the positive and staying active.

Voters at Last, Battling for the Ballot”—3:45pm

 Delaware Humanities speaker, historian and writer, Mike Dixon, will present a history of the expansion of suffrage while laying out arguments that were made by both sides of the right to vote debate.

Mike is a writer and historian focusing on community studies and social history.  He has worked to encourage public participation in historic preservation for over forty years.  He has appeared on the Today Show, the National Geographic Channel and in prestigious magazines. 

This program is partially funded by a grant from the  Delaware Humanities a state program of the  National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Old Time Radio Show6:00pm

Presented by the Possum Point Players Radio Theatre Georgetown, Del. A branch of Possum Point Players, it was founded in 1996, the brainchild of the late David Palmer. Their mission is double-pronged: to read plays aloud at monthly meetings and to present for the public staged readings of dramatic material. They create a network-broadcasting studio, complete with microphones, sound effects, and transcribed music.

“Elizabeth Cady Stanton”7:15pm

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: All Men and Women are Created Equal!
Author, lecturer, and chief philosopher of the women’s rights and suffrage movements.

Presented and Portrayed by Kim Hanley

Change does not necessarily occur easily within civilization and in the elusive effort to achieve equity for all, there are always those who would resist amending their personal status quo. Elizabeth Cady Stanton shows us that reforms which would improve human condition overall must be nurtured and fought for. A visit with Mrs. Cady Stanton is a visit with an inspirational dynamo! She will encourage her guests to arm themselves with information, law, precedent, and energy in order to carry on the fight for Equality. 

From an early age, Elizabeth Cady realized that men held unfair advantages in just about every facet of life: Education, occupation, legislation, property ownership, even in clothing style – and she was determined that she would embrace and speak out for reform. In 1848 Stanton was one of the chief organizers of the first United States Woman’s Rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. Her “Declaration of Sentiments” stated the understanding that “…all men and women are created equal…” and the Convention adopt a resolution for the necessity of Woman Suffrage – The Vote! Soon after the 1848 Convention, Susan B. Anthony would join forces with Stanton and the two would spend the rest of the century tirelessly speaking, writing, petitioning, and fighting for women’s rights in the United States. 

“To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes; to deny the rights of property is like cutting off the hands. To refuse political equality is to rob the ostracized of all self-respect, of credit in the market place, of recompense in the world of work, of a voice in choosing those who make and administer the law, a choice in the jury before whom they are tried, and in the judge who decides their punishment.”

ECS — “Solitude of Self

Kim Hanley, an actor, singer, costumer and dancer, trained and danced from an early age with the School of American Ballet and the Eglevsky Ballet in New York, as well as with the visiting Bolshoi Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Bill Hastings and Chet Walker. Ms. Hanley is also an accomplished costumer whose specialty is historical fashion. She includes among her “bigger” clients The Philly Phanatic. Kim’s academic training includes a BFA in Restoration and History of Applied Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. 

Kim began interpreting characters with AHT in 1997.  Ms. Hanley has appeared in venues that include the White House Visitors Center, National Archives, National Portrait Gallery, Frazier Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Liberty Museum, Constitution Center, Independence Visitors Center, Freedoms Foundation, Pennsylvania Historical Society, Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, JFK Memorial Library, Delaware Humanities Chautauqua and libraries throughout New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area.

Kim’s character portrayals include: Abigail Adams, Dorothy Quincy Hancock, Annie Oakley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Young Pickersgill, Betsy Ross, Molly Pitcher, Allice Roosevelt Longworth, Alice Roosevelt’s maid Anna, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and Grace Coolidge.

Kim Hanley of the American Historic Theatre portrays Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Kim Hanley of the American Historic Theatre portrays Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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