Ulster Clerk Celebrates Women’s History Month

KINGSTON – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack was pleased to announce the second display in the “Historical Profiles” series. The profile featured prominent physician and suffragist Dr. Alice Divine and was on display for the month of March on the 2nd floor of the Ulster County Office Building, 244 Fair Street, Kingston.

“Dr. Alice Divine – Woman Pioneer” is the second in a series of historical profiles from the Ulster County Clerk’s Office. Alice Divine was born in Ellenville on January 20, 1868 to Dwight and Millicent J. (Hatch) Divine. In her early to mid-twenties, Alice became an active participant in the suffrage movement, serving on committees and canvassing the community.

She went on to receive her medical degree from Cornell University in 1900 and practiced for almost 50 years in her hometown of Ellenville. She was well known for her compassionate care and charitable efforts. Dr. Alice Divine was also a leader in her community, advocating for women’s rights and child welfare, as well as supporting Civil War veterans as a Daughter of the Union. As stated in her June 1950 obituary, she was a true “Woman Pioneer.”

“Alice Divine is a wonderful example of the benefits of hard work and dedication,” stated County Clerk Postupack. “She pushed the boundaries of social acceptance and fought for equal rights for all. She is a true inspiration.”

For further information about this or other outreach programs of the Ulster County Clerk’s Office, please contact County Clerk Nina Postupack at (845) 340-3040 or visit the archives online at ulstercountyny.gov/archives.

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