Let’s Have High Tea!



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By checking out this woman’s suffrage

cookbook available online, you might find

some valuable recipes, as well as down-

home advice. Here’s the cover at the right,

followed by the cover page. “The Woman

Suffrage Cookbook” by Mrs. Hattie A.

Burr (1886) also gives you an intimate look

at the lives of our ancestors. I love the ad

for a stove, for example. It’s “unparalled”

as a “cooking apparatus.” And the ad for

“The Woman’s Journal” is classic. The

recipes are provided by a few well-known

women, but the rest appear to be much

like everyone’s suffragist Aunt Hattie.

Save the suffrage cookbook link and put the

collection to use when planning High Tea.

You’ll be inspired to cook up a storm when

preparing High Tea to honor  the suffs!

This gathering over hot tea was organized by suffrage activist Alice Paul (far right, seated). It’s an inspiration for us today. Photo: Library of Congress.






Marguerite Kearns is inspired by the life of her grandmother, suffragist and activist Edna Buckman Kearns. Marguerite says the work continues on the suffrage documentary. When completed, the work will provide entertainment and education for Votes for Women tea parties, receptions and other special occasions when people  get together to celebrate their past.

Receptions and tea parties were common during the woman’s suffrage movement to gather supporters together to discuss lobbying, the organization of parades, rallies and other events.

Oregon will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012. New Yorkers are beginning to think about how they’ll celebrate the observance in 2017. And each year during Women’s History Month and during August for Women’s Equality Day, there are numerous opportunities to move things forward. Women’s Equality Day is the anniversary of the 19th amendment in 1920 when all American women won the right to vote. August 26, 2010 was the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

“At the turn of the 20th century, women wore their best dresses and hats and went off for the afternoon for suffrage teas,” says Marguerite. “In the past, the gatherings may have appeared innocent, but they were high-powered occasions. By holding high tea and other  gatherings, we’re reminding ourselves, not only of our history, but also making a bridge to the present.”

Marguerite Kearns is a multi-media storyteller who uses film, print, photographs and audio narrative in the course of telling legacy stories. She loves to create legacy stories about family, community, the work place,  and life in these times.