This lecture will focus on Anna Gardner’s contribution to the suffrage movement. Anna’s life embodies choices women had to make during the 19th century if they wanted a career. She was an officer of the Nantucket Suffrage Club, which was allied with the American Woman Suffrage Association. She spoke on behalf of suffrage at the Fourth Women’s Congress in 1876, presided over by Nantucket-born scientist and friend, Maria Mitchell. In 1880, Anna and twelve other Nantucket women made history by casting ballots in a local election. White will conclude by surmising what Anna would think of the continuing struggle for voting rights in the years since her death.
Read her new book, Disturber of Tradition, A Portrait of Anna Gardner before the lecture! Available online and in the Museum Shop.
Barbara Ann White is an NHA Research Fellow and retired history teacher of the Nantucket Public School system. She is the author of Disturber of Tradition: A Portrait of Anna Gardner, A Line in the Sand: The Battle to Integrate Nantucket Public Schools, 1825–1847, and Live to the Truth: The Life and Times of Cyrus Pierce, among others.