Places to visit


Penington Friends House, NYC: In operation since 1897 at 215 East 15th Street, Wilmer Kearns stayed here when the Penington was a Quaker boarding house. Later, Kearns family members rented a room there for Edna Kearns’ suffrage organizing, Wilmer Kearns had a Manhattan job, and Serena Kearns attended a Quaker school.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NYC: This museum at 103 Orchard Street in NYC offers virtual experiences, walking tours, and numerous programs to educate about immigration and living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan over 100 years ago. Life in this section of New York is highlighted in An Unfinished Revolution.


Albany, NY: The New York State Museum at the Cultural Education Center at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany, has exhibited the Spirit of 1776 suffrage campaign wagon in 2010, 2012, 2017-2018, and in 2020. The wagon used by Edna Kearns and others will be on permanent exhibit when the museum’s new renovation is complete in the future.

Huntington, NY. Historic marker on Main Street, funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation commemorating the confrontation between “antis,” “pro,” and suffrage advocates (including Edna Kearns) in 1913 before crowds of Long Island residents. Support from Long Island Woman Suffrage Association.

Long Beach, NY: On the Boardwalk, a historic marker will commemorate Edna Kearns’s visit there with Spirit of 1776 wagon in 1913, an event covered by New York Times and local media. Marker installation planned for 2021, funded by Pomeroy Foundation, with support from national Votes for Women Trail.


George School, Newtown, PA: Serena Kearns, oldest daughter of Edna and Wilmer Kearns, graduated from George School, the Hicksite Quaker secondary school in Newtown, PA. Marguerite Kearns graduated from George School, as did her sister and three brothers. Her mother Wilma Kearns and great uncle, Smythe Buckman attended.

Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia: The Delaware River waterfront area of Philadelphia set aside to commemorate the landing of William Penn and a ship full of Quakers on the ship Welcome in 1682. The ancestors of Edna Buckman Kearns constituted the largest family group arriving with Penn.

Plymouth Meeting, PA: The Quaker Burial Ground in Plymouth Meeting, PA has a marker on the grave of Edna Buckman Kearns and her parents, Charles Harper Buckman and May Begley Buckman (installed in the summer of 2020). Plymouth Meeting, PA was a center of Underground Railroad activity before the Civil War.