Suffragette City. Women of Zonta Rally the Vote


The Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic site was the scene of mild clashes between two  ‘bobbies’ and ‘Suffragettes’ on Friday night, June 3,2016. Women from Sault and Area Zonta Club donned historical dress wear, hats, buttons & ribbons, embellished with purple, green and white.  With the rally cry  ‘Votes For Women’, they proved to be a formidable voice for change.

Ian Ganton and Tony Gallagher were outnumbered, as police constables circa 1917.

20160603_180023The Suffragette Soiree, (ECNHS) which is part of a larger 100th anniversary commemoration of the Suffrage movement in Canada, and Ontario, got underway with a rally, some adult beverages, appetizers and historical reflection.

Cellist, Kathleen Trussler provided music in the main lobby of ECNHS. Suffragette Buttons and ribbons can be purchased through the Zonta Club in the lobby of Heritage Discovery Centre all weekend.

Robin Claire Designs, (Robin Claire Lelievre and Iris Bertrandt) have crafts for sale in the lobby as well.

Beginning at 7:00 pm, the film, ‘Suffragette. The Time is Now’, starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Street and Helena Bonhma Carter was screened in the Heritage Discovery Theatre to a good sized crowd of suffrage supporters.

Kathy Fisher spoke with saultonline earlier in the week about the events planned to mark the 100 years of the Canadian Suffrage movement.

A screening of the film ‘Mary Poppins’ begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 5th. The character of ‘Mrs. Banks’, played by Glynis Johns was a Suffragette. She is depicted as a member of Emmeline Pankhurst’s (England) “Votes for Women” suffragette movement. There are still tickets available for Sunday’s screening.

Tremendous triumph by the Zonta Club of Sault Ste. Marie, all of the historical re-enactors, and staff of Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site.

For tickets and information call ECNHS at : 705-759-5443 or visit