Thursday, June 27, 2019

What's Your Lineage?

Have you joined a lineage society?  Did you ancestor meet the requirements by arriving on the Mayflower, participating in the Revolutionary or Civil War? If you have ever wondered about it, you won't want to miss this!

Mary Celeste, a MoSGA Board Member and long-time Kansas City resident, will be presenting Hats Off to Our Ancestors: A Lighthearted Look at Lineage Societies, at the 2019 MoSGA Conference in Columbia, Missouri.

If you think of the Mayflower Society, the Jamestown Society, and the DAR when you hear the words “lineage society,” be forewarned. This program, which will be anything but serious, may lead you to a lineage society that perfectly fits. But please be kind, Mary is putting her dignity on the line to help you zero in on this rare find!

Join us on August 2-3, 2019 at Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center.  For details and to register go to  

See you there!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Did Your Ancestor Walk the Golden Lane?

On April 5, 1919, women in Missouri were guaranteed the right to vote...for the President of the United States.  Two months before the U.S. Congress passed the women's suffrage bill, the Missouri legislature passed the "Presidential Suffrage Bill" clearing the path for the women of Missouri to vote in the presidential election.  The Missouri Women's Suffrage Association (later known as the League of Women Voters) had worked tirelessly to gain the vote since its founding in 1867.  

One of the hallmarks of the movement in Missouri was the Golden Lane that occurred during the 1916 Democratic National Convention in St. Louis.  Nearly 2,000 women lined St. Louis streets wearing white dresses with yellow sashes and carrying yellow parasols.  The men attending  the convention couldn’t help but notice the women as they walked from their hotel to the Coliseum.

One of the speakers at this year's MoSGA conference is Margot McMillen, author of The Golden Lane.  Ms. McMillen will discuss the "walkless, talkless parade" that showed  delegates that after 75 years of argument, women had made their point and carried the burdens of modern society just as men did. They deserved to vote. Women from every state and many foreign countries participated in suffrage demonstrations. 

Did you have an ancestor who came to St. Louis for the event? Or someone who worked for or against women's suffrage? Bring your stories to the August conference, or e-mail them to and Margot will try to work them into her talk.  

The MoSGA Conference will be 2-3 August.  Don't forget to register at  See you there!