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The latest statewide serial story by Mike Peterson, Illustrated by Christopher Baldwin


A brand new serial –
“From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth”
 is an 8-chapter non-fiction study is an eight-part history of the women's suffrage movement, beginning with the landmark convention in Seneca Falls and leading to the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the first national elections in which women were permitted to vote.  

"From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth" is a non-fictional history of the women's suffrage movement, including not only the story of that movement itself but of the other changes in society and how they influenced the strategies and actions of those who sought the vote for women. Besides the familiar names of suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the series will cover how abolitionists like Sojourner Truth, labor leaders like Rose Schneiderman and social activists like Jane Addams lent their talents and energies to the suffrage movement, and it will examine how efforts to free the slaves, improve the lives of the working poor and extend the right to vote to women were all part of the job of extending true citizenship to all Americans.


The story is written by Mike Peterson and illustrated by Christopher Baldwin and targets students in grades 4 through 8.

In addition to the series printed in-print or posted online, the project includes the following components:

    • A teachers’ guide with activities to enhance learning
    • A “Meet the Author” Blog available to students and teachers for open discussion about each chapter as the story progresses.
    • An MP3 audio pod cast of each chapter for use with younger, the blind or dyslexic students.
    • Free Skype or virtual “Meet the Author” sessions to any participating school who requests it.
    • A student poster contest with awards for up to 6 regional winners and matching award for the school library of each winner. This year’s contest theme: “The Importance of Voting, Leadership and Civic Participation in a Democratic Society”

With the Common Core State Standards and the emphasis of reading and analyzing non-fiction, this project will give educators perfect opportunities for collaborative learning and using technology while developing 21st Century skills.  The story, illustrations and all project components are available FREE to any members of the New York News Publishers Association.

Audio Pod Casts

Chapter 1

One Piece of a Bigger Story

Chapter 2

Speaking for Herself

Chapter 3

A Split Among Allies

Chapter 4

One Amendment Calls for Another

Chapter 5

More Women Join the Struggle

Chapter 6

The Struggle for the States

Chapter 7

A New Century, A New Generation

Chapter 8


Encourage students to submit questions and comments about each chapter to the author's blog that corresponds with this story. All posts are reviewed before they are admitted to the site. To see and submit entries to the "From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth" Blog click here.

To download a PDF copy of the Teacher's Guide click here.

Click here for the student Voting Poster contest information open to New York State Students Grades 4-8. Click here for a copy of the judging rubric. All entries MUST be received at the NYNPA offices, addressed to NYNPA, Voting Contest, 252 Hudson Avenue, Albany, NY 12210-1802 by close of business on Friday, May 8, 2015.

If you have any questions at all about this project or to sign up to participate please contact Mary Miller at or call 518-449-1667 ext. 701 or download a copy of the newspaper agreement form. Non members are welcome to run the serial for a fee of $100. Please contact Mary to receive all documents.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this project such a success! This project was made possible through support of the New York Newspapers Foundation and by generous sponsorship of the New York State United Teachers.


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