Cause for Rejoicing – 100+ Years of Women’s Suffrage in Chautauqua County


Every year since 2004 the James Prendergast Library has presented the Murray L. Bob Memorial Lecture, a scholarly lecture and discussion for the community. This year the speaker is local Jamestown Community College Professor of History Traci Langworthy. Ms. Langworthy has taught American, World, and Women’s History courses at JCC since 2004. She is currently at work on her Ph.D. in American Studies through Penn State Harrisburg, researching women who became star speakers on the popular lecture circuit in the late 1800s.

This year the lecture is virtual. Anne Greene, Executive Director of the James Prendergast Library, said, “we are thrilled to offer the annual tradition of the Murray L. Bob Memorial Lecture in a virtual format this year. The topic is relevant today while also celebrating the accomplishments of local women who fought for suffrage over 100 years ago. Traci will be presenting a fascinating dive into the history of women’s suffrage in Western New York.”

The Annual Murray L. Bob Memorial Lecture began to honor Murray L. Bob, longtime director of Prendergast Library and the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. The lecture is on November 12th at 7:00 PM. To participant please register for access to the online event on the library’s website The lecture registration is free. Register for the event to learn about how Chautauqua County became a leader in the national women’s suffrage movement. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the virtual presentation.

If you have questions about this event or need more information on registering, call the library at 716-484-7135 or email Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15-6:00, Thursday and Thursday 8:15-8:00, and Saturday 10:00-4:00.