Matilda Joslyn Gage Center
You enter the Gage Home through the newly constructed Ruth Putter Welcome Center, located at the back of the house where a woodshed once stood. You will quickly discover that this place is not just one more dusty museum where you see how an important person lived. It is a museum of conscience in community, where the vision of human freedom and democracy that fired Matilda Joslyn Gage 150 years ago speaks to the present and resonates into the future.
This is a dynamic place of civil engagement, where people come together to dialogue about issues like human trafficking, reproductive rights, religious freedom and native sovereignty. Here the Underground Railroad, women’s rights, treaty rights and the separation of church and state join Oz as we piece together the amazing fabric of the history Gage embodies so we can better plan for the future.
This home is a unique place where we share Gage’s inspiring history of social justice and prepare the future keepers of democracy. While many historic homes have one story to tell, the Gage Home is especially significant because it interprets a rich five-dimensional segment of United States history: women’s rights, abolition, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) influence on democracy and women’s rights, the ongoing struggle to keep religion out of government and the utopian vision of peace and social justice presented in the Oz books.
Sally Roesch Wagner
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210 East Genesee Street
Fayetteville, NY 13066