Ann Dexter Gordon, Ph.D. to Speak at 2017 Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House is proud to announce the keynote speaker for the 2017 Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon is Ann Dexter Gordon, Ph.D., the leading authority on Susan B. Anthony and editor of the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.   Her body of work not only protects the legacy of Anthony and Stanton, but will inform feminist scholarship for generations. The annual luncheon will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.  The date corresponds with Susan B. Anthony’s 197th Birthday.

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“In 2017, we will launch New York’s suffrage centennial and our theme is Susan B. Inspires Me,” says Deborah L. Hughes, President & CEO of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.  “There is no better time to bring this leading scholar who is also an engaging speaker  to our Rochester audience.”

Gordon served as program consultant and gave an onscreen interview for the 1999 Ken Burns documentary series Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony.  Her essay “Taking Possession of the Country” appears in the companion volume to the documentary.

She is a graduate of Smith College and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in American history. Gordon is Research Professor Emerita in the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.    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).

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. Individual seats and group tables may be purchased online at www.susanbanthonyhouse.org or by calling 585/279-7490 x 10.  Corporate sponsorships are still available. Contact Lesia Telega at 585/279-7490 x 12 for more information.

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

Job Opening at the Anthony Museum

Volunteer Coordinator

National Susan B Anthony Museum & House

Position Description

 

Position Profile:

The National Susan B Anthony Museum & House preserves the National Historic Landmark where the great reformer lived for forty of her most politically active years, collects and exhibits artifacts related to her life and work, and offers programs through its Learning Center that challenge individuals to make a positive difference in their lives and communities.

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for an effective museum volunteer program designed to support a high quality visitor experience.

 

Principal Responsibilities:

1. Recruits, interviews, trains, and certifies museum volunteers

2. Develops training materials and other volunteer resources (in collaboration with Educator)

3. Fills, maintains, posts, and distributes the volunteer schedule

4. Produces a volunteer newsletter monthly (in collaboration with Communications staff)

5. Acts as liaison between volunteers and staff to facilitate good relations and communications

6. Develops and facilitates educational programs in collaboration with the Program Director or CEO

7. Assists in planning and securing volunteer staffing for educational and group programs

8. Facilitates volunteer enrichment programs and volunteer meetings

9. Plans the volunteer recognition program

10. Corresponds with volunteers as part of institutional outreach and goodwill toward volunteers

11. Attends weekly staff meetings to provide input on volunteer program and maintain communication with colleagues

12. Serves as “Visitor Center Manager” at the Visitor Center for designated shifts

 

Reports to: President and CEO

Employment Status: Part-time, Hourly

This position is budgeted for 19 hours per week, including 5-8 hours of “Visitor Center Manager” time.

 

To apply, send cover letter and resume with references to:

President & CEO

National Susan B Anthony Museum & House

17 Madison Street

Rochester, NY 14608

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.

Members Only Event with Dr. Ken Florey

Dr. Ken Florey (provided photo)
Dr. Ken Florey
(provided photo)

Members of the National Susan B Anthony Museum & House are invited for a special member-only event with Dr. Ken Florey on the evening of Friday, August 19!

Professor Kenneth Florey is a long-time specialist in Woman Suffrage Memorabilia, his collection having been recognized both here and abroad for its comprehensiveness. He has published two books on suffrage: Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: an Illustrated Historical Study and American Women Suffrage Postcards: a Study and Catalog.

All members are invited to a reception with Dr. Florey at 6:30 pm in the Carriage House behind the Visitor Center at 17 Madison Street and to view his exhibit Original Artifacts from the Susan B. Anthony & New York State Campaigns. You will also have an opportunity to purchase his books for signing!

As space is very limited, please let our Membership Director, Lesia Telega, know as soon as possible but no later than August 12, if you will be able to join us! She can be contacted via phone at 585.279.7490 x12 or email at lesia.telega@susanbanthonyhouse.org.

“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

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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.

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/

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.

 

Not in the Rochester area? You can still get in on our town hall meeting!

On Tuesday, July 21, the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House will host a town hall meeting to discuss the U.S. Treasury’s proposal to feature a woman on the redesigned ten dollar bill by 2020.

For those not in the Rochester area, the Museum will broadcast the meeting via Livestream.com. To access the online video, please visit http://ow.ly/PUrNf

The community is also encouraged to contact the U.S. Treasury directly by visiting their website, https://thenew10.treasury.gov/ or by using #TheNew10 on social media.