“Thank you, Susan B Anthony!” Online Exhibit Launched

Rochester, NY – The National Susan B Anthony Museum & House is proud to announce the launch of a new online exhibit, “Thank you, Susan B Anthony!”, in partnership with Google Cultural Institute.

tysba_googleThrough this virtual exhibition, users are able to view artifacts, documents, and other items from the Museum’s permanent collection that bring to light new aspects of one of the world’s greatest social reformers. Viewers will encounter a young Susan B through the cross-stitch sampler she created as a preteen, images of her as a young woman, and letters penned in her own hand.

“We are excited to share these images, some of them never before published, with the world,” said Deborah L. Hughes, president and CEO of the National Susan B Anthony Museum & House. “Telling Susan B Anthony’s story through this innovative platform will help us inspire and challenge people around the world in a new way.”

“Thank you, Susan B Anthony!” is a part of the Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, which brings together over sixty online exhibits and more than 2500 individual artifacts from forty-four institutions dedicated to the preservation of U.S. political history and the practice of American democracy. The exhibition is accessible at g.co/AmericanDemocracy or through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app for iOS and Android.

Highlights of the “Thank you, Susan B Anthony!” exhibit include:tysba_google2

  • A letter from Susan B Anthony to her aunt and uncle, pondering her future as a champion of equal rights
  • A letter by Daniel Anthony, Susan B’s father, to his brother, endorsing Frederick Douglass and his newspaper, the North Star
  • A pamphlet transcription of Henry R. Selden’s remarks on behalf of Anthony at her 1873 trial for voting


Google Arts & Culture is a product of the Google Cultural Institute and its partners designed to put the world’s cultural treasures at the fingertips of internet users and to assist the cultural sector in sharing more of its diverse heritage online. The Google Cultural Institute has partnered with more than 1100 institutions, providing the Arts & Culture platform to over 400 thousand artworks and a total of 5 million photos, videos, manuscripts, and other documents of art, culture, and history. The exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture are open for all online, for free, on the web and through their mobile app.

The National Susan B Anthony Museum & House interprets the legacy of the great reformer to inspire and challenge individuals to make a positive difference in their lives and communities. We preserve and share the National Historic Landmark that was her home and headquarters, collect and exhibit artifacts related to her life and work, and offer tours and interpretive programs to share her story with the world.

The National Susan B Anthony Museum & House is supported primarily through the contributions of its members and donors. It is not affiliated with other organizations bearing her name.

19th Amendment Celebration in the Susan B Anthony Neighborhood

Rochester, NY – The 2016 19th Amendment Celebration in the Susan B Anthony Neighborhood will take place on Sunday, August 21, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. This annual event celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women throughout the country the right to vote. The amendment is commonly known as the “Susan B. Anthony Amendment”.

Photo courtesy of 1872 Cafe
Photo courtesy of 1872 Cafe

The Celebration will kick off at 11:00 am at the “1872 Monument” just outside the 1872 Café, on the spot where Susan B Anthony and fourteen other women voted in that year’s general election. The public is invited to continue along West Main Street to the National Susan B Anthony Museum & House.

Live music and historical reenactments will be provided throughout the day in the Museum’s Courtyard. Tours of the Susan B. Anthony House will be available at a discounted cost from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Volunteers from the League of Women Voters – Rochester Metropolitan Area will be on site to register new voters or update current registered voter information. Self-guided walking tours of this 19th century Historic Preservation District will also be available.

“This year’s celebration comes at an exciting time for the Museum with women’s suffrage centennials upcoming in 2017 for New York State and 2020 nationally,” said Anthony Museum President & CEO, Deborah L. Hughes. “With the national spotlight on the upcoming election and on this incredibly important period of our history, we continue our mission to inspire and challenge individuals to make a positive difference in their lives and communities.”

US Treasury Announces Addition of Women to $5, $10, & $20

Harriet Tubman (photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)
Harriet Tubman (photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Rochester, NY – Last summer, the United States Treasury announced plans to redesign the ten dollar bill, incorporating the theme of “democracy” and the portrait of woman for the first time in over a century. The Treasury launched a social media campaign, using #TheNew10, and solicited public nominations on which woman to feature.

Now, almost a year of robust and thought-provoking discussions later, Secretary Jack Lew has announced plans to redesign not only the ten dollar bill, but also the five and twenty dollar bills. The announcement, made on April 20, also revealed plans to incorporate several women on all three bills.

Most notably, Harriet Tubman will be featured on the face of the twenty dollar bill. Alexander Hamilton, originally slated to be removed from the face of the ten dollar bill, will now remain, joined by images, on the reverse, of celebrated women’s rights advocates: Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and our own, Susan B Anthony. President Abraham Lincoln will remain on the face of the five dollar bill, while the reverse will feature a collage of images honoring the historic events, which took place at the Lincoln Memorial in DC.

“We are very pleased with the selection of Harriet Tubman,” said Anthony Museum president and CEO, Deborah L. Hughes. “Tubman gave her entire life and sacrificed much in the fight for equal rights.” Harriet Tubman was mentioned by several attendees at a town hall meeting held at the Anthony Museum last July.

The U.S. Treasury expects to unveil the new designs by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote.  More information can be found at their website: https://modernmoney.treasury.gov/

Anthony Scholar, Dr. Ann D Gordon, to visit Rochester

Photograph by Peter L. Stambler; courtesy of The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony Papers Project
Photograph by Peter L. Stambler; courtesy of The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony Papers Project

Join us for a special opportunity to meet and hear from Ann D. Gordon, PhD.

Dr. Gordon is editor of the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and recently retired Research Professor from the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

A graduate of Smith College, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in American history. Before joining the Stanton and Anthony papers project in 1982, she worked on the editorial staffs of the projects publishing the papers of Jane Addams and Woodrow Wilson. She has written numerous articles in women’s history and biography, and edited a collection of essays by scholars of African-American history, African American Women and the Vote, 1837-1965 (1997).” (http://ecssba.rutgers.edu/misc/aboutus.html)

Dr. Gordon will deliver a presentation in the Carriage House about key events in Susan B. Anthony’s life and work that connect with current events. An audience Q&A will follow her presentation.

This event is open to the public. General admission is $25.00. Anthony Museum members receive complimentary admission.

Space is limited. Advance reservations are required. Register online (http://ow.ly/10pjag) or by calling 585/279-7490 x 10.

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


(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.


Friends of Susan B Anthony Museum announce spring luncheon

The Friends of Susan B. Anthony Museum & House are pleased to announce Ginny Ryan as the speaker for their annual spring luncheon on Wednesday, May 11, at 11:30 am. She will present a keynote, entitled, “My Game-changer”.

Ginny started at Channel 13 in 1987 as a reporter. She currently co-anchors their 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm newscasts and solo anchors the 10:00 pm newscast on Fox Rochester. This year, she and Doug Emblidge will celebrate twenty-five years together as co-anchors, the longest running local anchor team. In 2017, Ginny and Don Alhart will also mark twenty-five years as the 11:00 pm anchor team.

A native of Rochester, Ginny grew up in Gates and graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School and Buffalo State College. She began her career in journalism with WENY-TV in Elmira, NY, just two days after graduation.

Ginny currently serves on the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester and volunteers her time as the emcee for several community events. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children, Jeffrey and Caroline.

To reserve your seat for this event, please call our office at 585/279-7490 x 10 or purchase online.
For more information on the Friends of Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, please visit: http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/blog/friends/

Anthony Museum to host volunteer open house

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House will host an open house event for new volunteers on

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, from noon to 4 p.m.

Interested individuals are invited to tour the historic home of Susan B. Anthony, meet key staff members, and learn what exciting volunteer opportunities are available at the Museum

In 2015, the Museum’s volunteer corps of over 120 contributed more than 9,000 hours of their time, providing docent-led tours, programs, retail operations, reception duties, and completing special projects.

For more information, visit our Facebook event or contact Volunteer Coordinator, Deb Coffey, at 585/235-6124 x 16.

Volunteers at our annual 19th Amendment Festival
Volunteers at our annual 19th Amendment Festival
Volunteers cheer on runners in the Flower City Challenge