Sat, Aug 14 | Lily Dale Auditorium

The Spirit Rooms of Lily Dale - featuring the Fox Sisters, Susan B. Anthony, & Mae West

The Woman's Day Committee is pleased to bring an evening of entertainment that will enlighten you about how women's rights & spiritualism came together in Lily Dale, NY.
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The Spirit Rooms of Lily Dale - featuring the Fox Sisters, Susan B. Anthony, & Mae West

Time & Location

Aug 14, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Lily Dale Auditorium, Melrose Dr, Lily Dale, NY 14752, USA

About the Event

The Woman's Day Committee is pleased to bring an evening of entertainment that will enlighten you about how women's rights and spiritualism came together in the little town that is Lily Dale, NY.

Historical photographs, newspaper clippings, re-enactments, interviews, and voice-overs bring to life the work of these important women and entertain you with scenes of us imagining them at séances and mediumship readings.

The committee, some characters, and the Humanities experts will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

Join Dr. Anne Braude of Harvard Divinity, Dr. Kimberly Hamlin of Miami University of Ohio, and Tim Malachosky, Mae West's assistant of the last ten years of her life. See bios below.  

A film brought to you by the Lily Dale Woman’s Day Event Committee and made possible in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Decentralization Grant through the Tri-County Arts Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 


Ann Braude, Ph.D., serves as the director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program and as Senior Lecturer on American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School (HDS).  Her professional activities and publications illustrate her strong commitment to creating more inclusive archives for future historians and more inclusive narratives of American religion.  Among Dr. Braude’s important contributions are her publications some of which are Transforming the Faiths of Our Fathers: The Women Who Changed American Religion, “Women’s History Is American Religious History,”  Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-century America, and Sisters and Saints: Women and American Religion.  Her teaching includes a course that shares her interest in the ways that indigenous histories and perspectives challenge the conceptual frameworks of Religious Studies.  Dr. Braude’s current research focuses on abstract painting in relation to gender and spirituality.

Kimberly Hamlin, Ph.D., teaches courses at Miami University Ohio on the cultural history of women, gender, sex, and science/medicine in the U.S. Dr. Hamlin's research focuses on the histories of women's rights, women's political activism, and the cultural construction of ideas about gender and sex. Among her publications are Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener and From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women's Rights in Gilded Age America. Her article "'The Case of a Bearded Woman': Hypertrichosis and the Construction of Gender in the Age of Darwin" earned the 2014 Margaret Rossiter Women in Science Prize from the History of Science Society and the 2012 Emerging Scholar Award from the Nineteenth Century Studies Association.  A member of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program, Dr. Hamlin lectures widely throughout the country. She also regularly contributes to the Washington Post and other popular media.  Her research has been featured in various media outlets including NPR and CBC radio, Vice, and, and she has contributed to several PBS documentaries. Hamlin currently serves as historical consultant to the Bearded Lady Project and co-hosts the Mercantile Library's Allgood-McLean "Women You Should Know" Book Discussion Series.

Tim Malachosky was Mae West’s assistant and secretary for the last decade of her life.  When he turned l8, Mae asked Tim to be her personal assistant, making appointments, accompanying her places, and generally seeing that her best interests were served.  That was in l970 and he continued to work for her until she died, in l980, at the age of 87.  After Mae’s passing, Mr. Malachosky served as a skin-care consultant at a Lancaster salon.  The biography, Mae West, published in 1973 was written by Tim Malachosky and James Greene.  Today it is rare and sought-after, selling for upwards of $700 a copy. This book commemorates the 100th anniversary of Mae West's birth.   It is profusely illustrated with black and white and color photographs of Mae West throughout the various stages of her life, and with other Hollywood icons such as Tony Curtis, Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, Ringo Starr, and many others.  Mr. Malachosky has remained publicly active in preserving an accurate account of Mae through interviews.  He has been involved in projects that keep her memory alive such as working to have a brown city sign erected in Mae West's name on Rossmore Avenue to commemorate the 50-year span that Mae West had residing in the Ravenswood Apartments as well as her groundbreaking history as a woman in Hollywood. The sign and stretch of land would be known as MAE WEST CURVE.

  • Scenes from the Spirit Rooms
  • Online Scenes from the Spirit

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