One hundred years ago today, on November 6, 1917, women won the right to vote in New York State. This weekend, SALT celebrated by highlighting women of distinction in Schoharie County’s history while savoring the bountiful harvest of our valley.
SALT Development will be distributing printed copies of our Schoharie County Women’s History Sampler to the Cobleskill Community Library, Middleburgh Library, Schoharie Free Library and Sharon Springs Free Library later this week. Thank you to The Times-Journal for printing the programs for us and to Karen McLaughlin Cuccinello for sharing her incredible research with us.
The evening began at historic Lasell Hall, 268 Main St, Schoharie with appetizers and wine provided by Apple Barrel Country Store + Cafe, Hubie’s Restaurant & Pizzeria and more. Guests received a Schoharie County Women’s History Sampler, printed by the Times-Journal, to learn about Schoharie County’s suffragettes, first female lawyer, jurors, doctor, town supervisor and more.
These remarkable women helped paved the way in male dominated professions and fought for women’s right. Thank you to Karen McLaughlin Cuccinello who contributed content to our program and also attended the event to share her new book, “Women Who Paved the Way At the Turn of the Century in Schoharie County: Suffrage, Politics & Other Conquests.” Also in attendance was Gail S. Shaffer, Shaffer was elected in 1980 to the New York State Assembly. In November 1982, she was re-elected with 68% of the vote, but did not take her seat in the 185th New York State Legislature. She was instead appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo as Secretary of State of New York, and took office on January 1, 1983. The longest tenured Secretary of State in New York history, she served twelve years during Cuomo’s three terms as governor taking office January 1, 1983 , until January 4, 1995.
Photographs of the appetizer hour taken by Cathleen Berry can be viewed here:
After the appetizer hour concluded, guests traveled to a local destination to enjoy a dinner prepared by the hosts, which celebrated Schoharie County’s bountiful fall season by using local ingredients from Schoharie Valley Farms, Barber’s Farm, Highland Hollow, Fox Creek Farm CSA, Cotton Hill Creamery, and more. After dinner, guests gathered at the Schoharie Free Library to close the evening with coffee and dessert provided by the women of Loaves & Fishes and Lucky Clover Artisanal Bakery in Cobleskill.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event and helped us to celebrate these women!