Educational video receives first place in communications contest

Orange County, California – Local residents and the Heritage Museum of Orange County were the recipient of a first-place award from New Mexico Press Women at their annual conference and awards ceremony held at Ghost Ranch near Santa Fe, NM from August 24 through August 26, 2015.

The NMPW, the largest of New Mexico’s inclusive media organizations, is also the largest state chapter in the national organization, the National Federation of Press Women.

The first-place award was for a video for a nonprofit web site, Suffrage Wagon News Channel (SuffrageWagon.org). It has been publishing since 2009. The multi-media suffrage wagon platform features videos, audio podcasts, as well as weekly news and views updates about trends, events, and perspectives about the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.

NMPW judges said that Eighty Bug’s music video, “’Spirit of 1776’: A Suffragette Anthem” was “a high-quality, engaging video with a great story well done.”

The music video “’Spirit of 1776’: A Suffragette Anthem” is available on YouTube.


The song “Spirit of 1776 by :Eighty” is available on itunes


The award-winning video of three and a half minutes highlights one version of the grassroots story of American women campaigning for voting rights from 1848 to 1920. This time span stretches from the 1848 women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY to the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. At that time, millions of women across the United States voted on November 2, 1920.

Women in California won the right to vote in 1911. The state celebrated its centennial of California women voting in 2011.

Awareness of suffrage movement history is gathering steam as more suffrage centennial celebrations are scheduled throughout the nation, according to Eighty Bugg, the songwriter and a performer in the music video. She points out that the year, 2015, is the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This will be celebrated on August 26, 2015.

Because the Heritage Museum of Orange County was able to provide a set, a wagon, a blacksmith shop, and staff support, Eighty Bug took the project a step further than just writing the song by organizing friends and family members to act and perform in the various scenes, film and edit the performance into a polished production.

The creative team for the music video includes Eighty Bug (Production/Costumes), Edwin Carungay, Lesha Maria Rodriguez (Directors/Videographers),and Jon Lagda (Art Director). The video and song featureThe Suffragist Sisters, led by Eighty (Banjolele, Ukulele, Bass and Lead Vocals), famed violinist Lisa Lui (strings) Eighty’s younger sister Savannah (Backing Vocals), Ashli Lee Christoval, and Laura Guaico, The song was rounded out by Max McVetty (percussion), JRAT (guitar, mixing and mastering) with special thanks to Adam England, Jamie Sue Hiber and The Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana, CA.

The “Spirit of 1776” wagon featured in the award-winning music video is an actual artifact now in the collection of the New York State Museum that was used by Edna Buckman Kearns. Information about the wagon is available on Suffrage Wagon News Channel at http://SuffrageWagon.org

The horse-drawn wagon that inspired the music video is considered an icon of Votes for Women campaigning because of its 1776 message of taxation without representation and a call to return to the spirit of equality and freedom that was written into the Declaration of Independence.

This vision of all men and women being created equal had not yet been realized by the time of the Seneca Falls, NY women’s rights convention in 1848. The music video highlights the tens of thousands of grassroots activists throughout the nation that it took to win voting rights over the period of 1848 to 1920.

“Patriotic protest was a significant theme during the 72-year Votes for Women campaigning,” Eighty Bug said. “I am thrilled to have been a part of this exciting project that features the rich creative talent that can be found in our community. I believe that what we are doing is so relevant even unto today, there are women around the world still struggling for equality, without the ability to vote, to own land, or to be free from tyrannical and oppressive situations. Even here in America women get paid less, and are often treated subserviently, it is something we must change, and hopefully this song, will get people to want to sing along, and create a spirit of equality that breaks old school suppressions, women and men of every color should be treated fairly, I am hopeful but aware of the deep changes we must make still in even our free society” she went on to say “ I hope that everyone will pick up an instrument and sing along, the lyrics and the chords are on the youtube page, and I encourage anyone to make a fellow video supporting women’s equality world wide.”

The horse-drawn campaign wagon, the “Spirit of 1776,” will be exhibited at the New York State Museum in 2017 during the state’s centennial celebration of the win for women’s voting rights in 1917.


Jamie Hilber at the Heritage Museum of Orange County
101 W Harvard Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 540-0404

Anamorphic at Eighty Bug
(626) 695-4280

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