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We will be documenting our progress on this website with videos and written materials as we work with members from two families as they search for information about their ancestors. Each episode will also feature interviews with family members and experts, and will highlight locations where valuable information can be found. This video series is created for community benefit, so each episode will also be instructive as we show you how to document and preserve your own family history. Our plan is to complete four episodes by the end of 2023. 


  • Join us as we follow two families as they search for information about their suffragist ancestors.

  • The purpose of this video series is to show a step-by-step process that everyone can use to find information about their own ancestors. 


  • In each episode, we watch the families gather documents and photographs, participate in oral histories and video-taped interviews, and work with experts to help them compile their history into a readable format for future generations and for a publicly accessible database.


  • In addition to providing the public with free resources and information, this video series serves as part present-day detective story and part historical account of the movement for women's voting rights as we follow the story of three women and one man whose courage and determination led ultimately to the 19th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Etha Carroll Cowles Armstrong and Clara Carroll Cowles were leaders in the Pennsylvania and York County women’s suffrage movement. Ms. Armstrong served as the Women’s Suffrage Party of York Negro Subcommittee Chair and both sisters, at various times, were board members and representatives of numerous organizations, including their local Phyllis Wheatley Club, the Federation of Colored Women’s Club, and Crispus Attucks. They were active members of Small Memorial AME Zion Church.

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Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Louise Hall and her brother "Ollie" were dedicated suffragists. Ms. Hall worked for the cause throughout the northeastern states. In 1914, she became the organizing Secretary of the Pennsylvania Woman’s Suffrage Association. In 1915, she joined the Justice Bell Tour as the director and a speaker to help with the state's women's voting rights referendum. Mr. Hall was an enthusiastic ally, eager to support women’s suffrage. He joined his sister in Pennsylvania to drive the Justice Bell truck and serve as the official photographer.

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