The 1900s was a time of changing thoughts and relationships. Women were marching for their rights, while some took a more aggressive approach to get their message across, namely, Carrie Nation.

The hatchet below reads “All Nations Welcome But Carrie.” It became a bar-room staple back in the 1900s when Carrie Nation and her group—with hatchets in-hand—were laying waste to alcohol-serving establishments. Sometimes alone or accompanied by her group of hymn-singing women, they would pray while bringing destruction down on bars and their stock.

This hatchet will be featured in our upcoming Era of Change exhibition, opening late January 2019.

These were the women of the temperance movement and they, like many other groups, would play a part in a grander era of change that would occur from 1910-1930.

The Era of Change exhibition will be opening January 31, 2019.

Support provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.