On Tuesday 29 January 2019, at the meeting of the San Francisco History Association, Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project reprised our blended presentation ‘America’s First Suffrage March & the Glen Park Women Behind It,’ which traces the women of Glen Park who were instrumental in the first suffrage march in the United States. After Evelyn Rose’s talk about the background of the event and the women’s involvement with this under-documented historic event, the evening concluded with the short play ‘Raise Your Gladsome Voices,’ written by Amy O’Hair and performed by Valerie Fachman and Haley Roth-Brown, and introducing Christine Konkol.

'Raise Your Gladsome Voices' playwright Amy O'Hair (left) with actors (left to right) Valerie Fachman, Haley Roth-Brown, and Christine Konkol. Photo: Josephine Coffey.
Taking bows. ‘Raise Your Gladsome Voices’ playwright Amy O’Hair (far left) with actors (left to right) Valerie Fachman, Haley Roth-Brown, and Christine Konkol. Photo: Josephine Coffey.
'My husband Theodore Pinther is not so keen on that.' Raise Your Gladsome Voices. Photo: Sharon Nadeau.
‘My husband Theodore Pinther is not so keen on that.’ Photo: Sharon Nadeau.

'I remember those months after the Quake – we had just met – we worked together under the most trying of circumstances, binding us closer…' Raise Your Gladsome Voices. Photo: Sharon Nadeau
‘I remember those months after the Quake – we had just met – we worked together under the most trying of circumstances, binding us closer…’ Photo: Sharon Nadeau
'Being a needlewoman of long experience, I knew I could in the coming four weeks—if I worked very hard—produce a flag for the march—a centerpiece for the cause—' Raise Your Gladsome Voices. Photo: Sharon Nadeau
‘Being a needlewoman of long experience, I knew I could in the coming four weeks—if I worked very hard—produce a flag for the march—a centerpiece for the cause—’ Raise Your Gladsome Voices. Photo: Sharon Nadeau
'Divisive! How can we union women back a unified effort toward the vote without the League recognizing the plight of a hundred thousand working women in this city?' Raise Your Gladsome Voices. Photo: Sharon Nadeau
‘Divisive! How can we union women back a unified effort toward the vote without the League recognizing the plight of a hundred thousand working women in this city?’ Photo: Sharon Nadeau
'We did not sing as we marched, but carried ourselves with utmost dignity. It was thrilling.' Raise Your Gladsome Voices. Photo: Sharon Nadeau.
‘We did not sing as we marched, but carried ourselves with utmost dignity. It was thrilling.’ Photo: Sharon Nadeau.
'We could not have asked for our right in a nicer way.' Raise Your Gladsome Voices. Photo: Sharon Nadeau
‘We could not have asked for our right in a nicer way.’ Photo: Sharon Nadeau
'We have come not for bouquets, but for justice!' Raise Your Gladsome Voices. Photo: Sharon Nadeau
‘We have come not for bouquets, but for justice!’ Photo: Sharon Nadeau
'The wind was chilly but we sat out on the deck. The sparkle of city lights came into to view.' Raise Your Gladsome Voices. Photo: Sharon Nadeau
‘The wind was chilly but we sat out on the deck. The sparkle of city lights came into to view.’ Photo: Sharon Nadeau

 

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