The Cornwall Historical Society is honored to announce that Lynn Sherr will deliver this year’s Norman Dorsen Lecture on Friday, 11 September at 5:00 p.m.
Her lecture – “They Persisted: The Fight for Our Right to Vote” – will focus on the subject of suffrage and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Sherr will talk about three generations of women who faced down seven decades of opposition to win the right to vote – a right women have had for only 100 years!
Lynn Sherr, an award-winning broadcaster and best-selling author, spent more than thirty years at ABC News, including more than twenty as a correspondent with the ABC Newsmagazine 20/20. An acknowledged authority on women’s history, Sherr wrote the biography, Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words. She co-authored Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to American Women's Landmarks, and 10 editions of “The Women's Calendar.” She served as a consultant and on-camera expert for Ken Burns’ suffrage documentary, “Not for Ourselves Alone.”
The lecture was endowed by Norman Dorsen in 2014. The fund supports an annual lecture program for the Cornwall Historical Society. Norman Dorsen (1930-2017) was a leading academic and civil liberties lawyer. He served as the Frederick I. and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and also as the counselor to the university president. He was President of the national ACLU from 1976-1991.
The Cornwall Historical Society is celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage with an exhibition titled, “STAND UP! SPEAK OUT! FIGHT ON! The 19th Amendment at 100!” The exhibition, which runs through October 17, shares the story of the division in Cornwall between women in favor of suffrage and those against it.