The Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee (ASCCC) was appointed by the Town of Adams to create a statue and celebration that honors the accomplishments of Adams native, Susan B. Anthony. It is made up of volunteers from several town organizations. The year 2020 marks the 200th birthday of our Susan, and the 100th anniversary of the nineteenth amendment to the US Constitution, giving women the right to vote.
The ASCCC set a fundraising goal of $300,000 to fulfill two objectives:
- Create a statue in the Town Common that will provide a place for visitors to interact with both a young (approximately 6-year-old) Susan and an adult Susan. It is hoped that this could be a prominent stop on a walking tour of historic Adams locations.
- Host a 2020 Celebration in town that will include the unveiling of the statue, a large parade, fireworks, women’s conference, educational and entertaining events. This event could put a national spotlight on the Town!
Many Sculpture Proposals Have Been Received!
In January, the ASCCC received 12 sculpture proposals for the statue(s) of Susan that will be placed at the Town Common. The Committee looks forward to announcing the sculptor that has been chosen soon after the proposal review has been completed and approved by the Board of Selectman.
To-date the committee has raised nearly $23,000, with significant donations made by the Town of Adams and the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. The Adams Community Bank has made a very generous pledge to the project. When the ASCCC raises $25,000, the bank has pledged to match that amount with another $25,000. When $100,000 has been raised, the bank has pledged an additional donation of $25,000!
This week, a mailing is going to each household in Adams to raise awareness of the Celebrate Susan B Anthony 2020 project, and to ask for individual donations from residents. Any donation, large or small, brings us closer to our fundraising goal.
Please visit http://www.celebratesusanbanthony.org or like the facebook page, Celebrate Susan B Anthony, to learn more, get updates, or donate online!
The ASCCC, agent for the Town of Adams, requests creative proposals for a statue that represents both the young Susan B. Anthony, as during her time living in Adams, and the adult Susan B. Anthony, celebrated advocate of the women’s suffrage movement. Please see the details in the RFP document linked below, and address any questions to the committee through this site or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submissions: January 31st, 2018
Installation of Statue: Summer 2020
You can purchase handmade items relating to Susan B Anthony and the suffrage movement from our Etsy store. All profits support the 2020 statue and celebration fund!
Thank you to Milltown Beadworks for the beautiful ‘Susan B Anthony Line’ of jewelry to support our cause! A sample of what is available:
The Town of Adams, Massachusetts is the birthplace of Susan B. Anthony! A committee has been formed to recognize two significant anniversaries that are occurring in 2020:
February 15, 2020 – the 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony
August 26, 2020 – the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote
Many states, including Massachusetts, are celebrating the centennial of women’s right to vote, but here in Adams we wish to celebrate the founder of the women’s movement, our hometown heroine, Susan B. Anthony.
For more information on events happening throughout the state, visit www.celebratesuffrage.org
The Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee has a set an initial fundraising goal of $250,000. This amount will fund a monumental celebration beginning on Susan B Anthony’s 200th birthday, February 15, 2020 through the 100th anniversary of the amendment giving women the right to vote, August 26, 2020. Our goals are lofty and include erecting a statue of Miss Anthony and staging a parade in her honor.
The events that we are planning include speakers, authors, re-enactments, celebrity events, and a parade, just to name a few.
Your kind donation will be publicly acknowledged in several ways, including an ad in a commemorative booklet, which will be made available at every event, and on banners throughout the parade.