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Monday, September 26 at 10 p.m. History Detectives Visits Wolcott, NY

(Rochester, NY)History Detectives zeroes in on the Woman Suffrage movement in Wolcott, New York when a woman whose grandmother lived her life in Wolcott brought a "Votes for Women" pennant to the attention of History Detectives host Elyse Luray. The episode airs Monday, September 26 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

A Maryland woman inherited a colorful mystery from her father: a purple and gold pennant emblazoned with the words “Votes for Women.” The imagery fascinates her – four women rallying around a fifth woman who stands blowing a trumpet.  She understands the pennant belonged to her grandmother, Addie Luther Blemly. She knows her grandmother lived in Wolcott, NY, but knows little more about her life. 

History Detectives host Elyse Luray sets out to learn the significance of this pennant, and to find out whether Addie Blemly played a role in Woman Suffrage. While in Wolcott, Luray visits the Wolcott Library and the Wolcott Historical Society Carriage House, where she interviews Marjory Perez, former Wayne Co. Historian and current Lyons, NY Historian.

History Detectives is a popular PBS series where history investigators crisscross the country, delving into legends, folklore, and personal histories to discover potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes, cities, and small towns. Lion Television and Oregon Public Broadcasting co-produce the series. Find out more about the series at our website: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/


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