Anthony Museum Announces “VoteTilla” Event to Mark Suffrage Centennial

Rochester, NY – The National Susan B Anthony Museum & House has begun major plans to commemorate the centennial of woman suffrage in New York State in 2017. VoteTilla – a weeklong navigational celebration – will take place along the Erie Canal from July 16 – 22, 2017. A core group of canal boats will set out from Seneca Falls and travel to Rochester, with a concluding celebration at the Anthony Museum on Madison Street.

Throughout the week, VoteTilla boats will dock at several towns and villages along the route. Local residents and partner organizations are invited to share in the celebration by offering programming and excursions or by adding their own boats to the traveling fleet. Current partners include Bristol Valley Theatre, Canal Society of New York State, the City of Rochester, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the RIT Women’s and Gender Studies Coordinating Committee, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Susan B Anthony Neighborhood Association, the Seward House, and the University of Rochester’s Susan B Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership.

Superintendent Ami Ghazala stated, “The National Park Service at Women’s Rights National Historical Park is thrilled to partner with women’s organizations in the Finger Lakes. We strive to bring attention to historical and current stories that highlight the diversity of the United States.”

National Women’s Hall of Fame president Jeanne Giovannini stated, “This consortium will strengthen the ties and collaboration among these cultural and historical organizations, helping to bring national and international attention to the Finger Lakes Region for its significance and place in our nation’s history in the promotion of human rights.”

“VoteTilla will be a vivid reminder of the work and cooperation required to secure the vote for women,” says Anthony Museum president & CEO, Deborah L Hughes. “Educational, historical, and civic organizations and community members of all ages can come together to host events, greet the passing boats, and participate in special events, on both land and water.”

The VoteTilla celebration immediately follows both the July 4th Bicentennial Celebration of the New York State Canals and the Convention Days weekend in Seneca Falls.

For information on partnering with the Anthony Museum for this special event, please email or call our office at 585/279-7490.

Anthony Museum Announces Annual Family Tea Event

Grandparent Grandchild Tea 2014 room shot Reservations are now open for our annual Family Tea intergenerational event on

Saturday, April 23

2pm – 4pm

$35.00

(includes admission for 1 adult/1 child)

 

Whether you are a grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, or a friend, you and your special little one will enjoy an inspiring afternoon at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House!

Tour the Anthony House and learn all about the ways people communicated in the 19th century

Enjoy an informal “tea” with hot beverages and yummy light refreshments

Create hand-crafted notecards

Have your photo taken with “Susan B. Anthony”

This event is strictly limited. Advance reservations are required and may be made online or by calling our administrative office at 585/279-7490 x 10.

Grandparent Grandchild Tea 2016 Cards

United, Women Can Accomplish Much

front elevation with historic markerAfter Mary S. Anthony’s death in 1907, the house at 17 Madison Street served as both a single family home and a boarding house. In 1944, the Rochester Federation of Women’s Clubs placed a simple marker to commemorate that this was once the home of the Great Reformer, Susan B. Anthony, and her sister, a reformer in her own right, Mary S. Anthony. The placement of this marker fueled conversations about a more permanent memorial and led, one year later, to the purchase of 17 Madison Street with funds raised by the Rochester Federation of Women’s Clubs.

The Federation was recently featured in the Genesee Valley Penny Saver. To read the full article, please visit their website.

 

Museum remembers the passing of an icon

sba_fullOn March 13, 1906, at forty minutes past midnight, Susan B. Anthony died at the age of 86 in her own bed on the second floor of the house on Madison Street, her home of 40 years.

At her request, much of the ceremonial mourning of the day was not observed: no shades were drawn, no black crepe hung. Only a simple wreath of violets was placed on the front door. For two days, close friends and family came to call. Then on March 15, the world said good-bye at an immense funeral held in Central Presbyterian Church (now the Hochstein School of Music). Amid a raging blizzard, thousands of mourners filled the church and over ten thousand more passed by her flag-draped coffin that was flanked by an honor guard of women students from the University of Rochester—the school she’d finally opened up to them in 1901. Next to the coffin was a silk suffrage flag with four gold stars, representing the only states where women then could vote; pinned on her breast was a jeweled flag pin with four diamond stars, a gift from women of Wyoming, the first in our nation to win the vote, thanks to all of her efforts on their behalf.

The Rochester newspaper of the day reported: “Rochester made no secret of its personal grief. There must have been people of every creed, political party, nationality, and plane of life in those long lines that kept filing through the aisles of Central Church. The young and the aged of the land were represented. Every type was there to bow in reverence, respect and grief. Professional men, working men, financiers came to offer homage. Women brought little children to see the face of her who had aimed at being the emancipator of her sex, but whose work had ended just as victory seemed within reach. Priests, ministers…, rabbis …, came to look upon her who had more than once given them inspiration in dark moments.”

The service in the church lasted an hour and a half. It took another 2 or more hours for the thousands of mourners to file past the coffin. Finally, in late afternoon, with the snowstorm still raging, Susan B’s most intimate friends and relatives accompanied her to her final resting place in Mt. Hope Cemetery. There, beneath a simple white stone engraved only with her name and dates, she was laid to rest. The final words were spoken by her dear friend, the Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, who in tender and reverent voice, pronounced these solemn words: “Dear friend, thou hast tarried with us long; thou has now gone to thy well-earned rest. We beseech the Infinite Spirit who has upheld thee to make us worthy to follow in thy steps and carry on the work. Hail and farewell.”

Some years earlier, during a family reunion at her birthplace in Adams, Massachusetts, Susan B. Anthony had written her own epitaph. As the family gathered out in the yard on a glorious summer day, amid the horse-drawn carriages of all those who had come to call, someone remarked that the scene looked like a funeral. Anthony immediately replied:

“When it is a funeral, remember that I want there should be no tears.
Pass on, and go on with the work.”

IMG_3042Please join us for a memorial wreath ceremony on Sunday, March 13, at 11:00 am. The short ceremony will be followed at 12:30 pm by A Conversation with the CEO in our Carriage House. Anthony Museum president & CEO, Deborah L. Hughes, will provide an update and lead a discussion of future plans for the Museum. Both events are free and open to the public.

All general public tours will be available at the student rate of $5.00 that day only (members are always complimentary).

Sold Out Crowd for 2016 Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon

Layout 1Rochester, NY – Billie Jean King and Susan B. Anthony have proved a winning combination! Thanks to an overwhelming and enthusiastic response, the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House is pleased to announce that the 2016 Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon is officially sold out. This milestone, ten days before the event, is the earliest ever for this annual luncheon.

The Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon is held each year in mid-February to celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s February 15th birthday, to honor contemporary women who continue her legacy, and to raise awareness of the educational and inspirational programs offered by the Museum.

This year’s event will be held on February 10th at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center at noon.

Questions related to this event may be directed to luncheon@susanbanthonyhouse.org.

Media inquiries may be directed to Sarah Murphy Abbamonte, Director of Communications, at 585/279-7490 x 15 or sarah.abbamonte@susanbanthonyhouse.org.

Billie Jean King to deliver keynote address

BJK headshot 2013_2_ Andrew Coppa Photography (3)Rochester, NY – The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House is proud to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2016 Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon is Billie Jean King, sports icon, humanitarian, and champion of equal rights.

The annual luncheon will be held Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

A native of Southern California, Billie Jean King has won thirty-nine Grand Slam singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles during her tennis career. She famously defeated Bobby Riggs in the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” match. King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, which seeks to address inclusion and diversity issues in the workplace, and the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, and, in 2010, was appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

King’s accomplishments, both on and off the court, make her the perfect candidate to speak on the 2016 luncheon theme, Making History, a celebration of the many ways in which women leave their mark and inspire today’s women.

“When Billie Jean King entered the national tennis scene, it was commonly believed that women were inferior as athletes and competitors,” noted Anthony Museum president & CEO, Deborah L. Hughes. “She has been making history and fighting for equal rights for half a century. We are thrilled to bring her to Rochester, to honor her, and to challenge and inspire our audience.”

The Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon is held each year in mid-February to celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s February 15th birthday, to honor contemporary women who continue her legacy, and to raise awareness of the educational and inspirational programs offered by the Museum.

Questions related to this event may be directed to luncheon@susanbanthonyhouse.org.

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UPDATE 2/1/16: Tickets for this event have SOLD OUT! Thank you for your enthusiastic support!

Suffragists for Suffragette

0ca46324f477a2a6095e2c1393989186Join the Friends of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House for a very special screening of the new film,

Suffragette

Sunday, November 22, 2015 ~ 3:30 pm – 6:15 pm

The Little Theatre #1 ~ 240 East Avenue

The film, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep (as Emmeline Pankhurst), follows the early 20th century British suffrage movement.

Our screening will be followed by a talk back panel discussion featuring Jack Garner, film critic, Dr. Jennifer Lloyd, associate professor emerita at the College at Brockport, and Deborah L. Hughes, Anthony Museum president & CEO.

View the film trailer HERE.

Update, 11/20/15: This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone for your enthusiastic response!


Vision: The Friends of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, as a vital part of the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, will, through fundraising events, build a greater presence and awareness of the life, work, and goals of Susan B. Anthony.

For more information, please contact Kay Joslyn, chair.

Votes for All! A National Voter Registration Day Event

nvrd-sidebarThe National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House and the Rochester chapter of the League of Women Voters are partnering on Votes for All! – a one-day voter registration drive – on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, from 12pm – 4pm.

This event, in collaboration with National Voter Registration Day, seeks to register voters who have recently turned 18 or have recently moved, with a specific concentration on the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood.

Volunteers from the League of Women Voters will be available from 12pm – 4pm at the Anthony Museum for any and all who wish to register, update their current registration, or receive further information on voting. In addition, volunteers will be reaching out to local residents in the area through a door-to-door canvass.

The Anthony Museum will be open to visitors from 11am – 5pm for docent-led tours and special activities. A 20-minute presentation on the history and importance of voting will be presented at 1:30pm and 3pm in the Carriage House behind the museum’s Visitor Center.

National Voter Registration Day is a national effort to get as many people to register to vote as possible. The goal is not to advocate on behalf of a candidate or party, but to make sure that people have access to voting.

Anthony Museum 2015-16 Monday Lecture Series

Monday Lecture SeriesThe National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House is pleased to present the 13th season of its popular Monday Lecture Series!

This season’s exciting line-up includes guest speakers covering a wide range of topics related to the life, work, and legacy of Susan B. Anthony.

Each presentation is offered as a noon luncheon ($25) or 2 pm informal tea ($15) in our Carriage House.

Space is limited and these programs do sell out! Make your reservations for one lecture or the whole season!

To register, please call our office at 585/279-7490 x 10 or reserve online today!


2015 – 2016 Monday Lecture Series

September 28, 2015

Encouraging the Actions of Nobler Spirits: The Life of Frances Seward           Lunch is SOLD OUT!!!

Jennifer Haines, Manager of Educational Programs, Genesee Country Village and Museum

 

October 5, 2015

Bringing Susan B. Anthony into Modern Day

Dr. Catherine Cerulli, Director, Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership, University of Rochester

 

November 16, 2015

The British Suffragettes                 Lunch is SOLD OUT!!!

Dr. Jennifer Lloyd, Associate Professor Emerita, the College at Brockport

 

December 14, 2015

The Other Woman: Alice Hay Wadsworth, President of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage

Bruce Klee, former chair, Department of Dramatic Arts, SUNY Geneseo

 

January 11, 2016

First Come, Last Served: American Indian Voting Rights

Phil Weisberg, course leader, Osher LLL Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology

 

February 29, 2016

Susan B. Anthony, Hildegard of Bingen, and Getting Things Done

Dr. Honey Meconi, Professor of Music and Musicology, University of Rochester

 

March 21, 2016

Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and the Battle Over the 15th Amendment

Dr. Catherine Adams, Associate Professor of History, SUNY Geneseo

 

April 18, 2016

Stanton, Anthony, and Gage: Frenemies for Suffrage

Dr. Mary E. Corey, Associate Professor Emerita, the College at Brockport

 

May 9, 2016

Showcasing Great Women…Inspiring All! (includes book signing)

Jill Tietjen, historian and author

 

June 6, 2016

The Summer of 1848: Building a Women’s Rights Movement

Dr. Carol Faulkner, Professor of History, Syracuse University

 

Call 585/279-7490 x 10 or visit us online to reserve your seat today!