Hudson Valley YA Society: The History Girls!

Event date: 
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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This month we're celebrating great women in history. Authors Laura Elliott and Winifred Conkling chat with Lesa Cline-Ransome about some very important women who were ahead of their time and who paved the way for women's rights.

L.M. ElliottJust in time for the national tour of Hamilton, L.M. Elliott's HAMILTON AND PEGGY! A REVOLUTIONARY FRIENDSHIP, takes a look at the famous Schuyler family through the eyes of Alexander’s youngest sister-in-law. For audiences lucky enough to see the Tony Award winning production, the novel adds wonderful in-depth historical context, insights into family dynamics, and the reality of life for women during the American Revolution. Laura Elliott was a Washington-based journalist before becoming a New York Times best -selling novelist.  Elliott’s other works about the War for Independence include GIVE ME LIBERTY, a look at the American Revolution through the eyes of a young fifer in the 2nd VA Regiment.

Winifried Conkling

In 2019, the United States will celebrate 100 years since the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, a historic moment when American women at long last secured the right to vote. This groundbreaking ruling was the culmination of an almost eighty-year fight in which some of the fiercest, most passionate women in history marched, protested, and sometimes broke the law in order to achieve this huge leap toward equal rights. In VOTES FOR WOMEN! AMERICAN SUFFRAGISTS AND THE BATTLE FOR THE BALLOT, award-winning author Winifred Conkling tells the stories of the incredible women who helped achieve this important milestone.

Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lesa Cline-Ransome is the author of ten picture books for children, including FREEDOM SCHOOL and  the acclaimed, award-winning book BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET. This lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, is written in verse and illustrated by award-winning artist James E. Ransome. The book's accolades include the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, Best Book of the Year- Booklist Editors’ Choice, Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book and  the NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work–Children to name just a few. Lesa's work  focuses on African American history.