Anthony Museum Raises Concern over Continued Misuse of Anthony’s Name and Legacy

Rochester, NY – In light of recent events in the world of American politics, the National Susan B Anthony Museum & House today reiterated its nonpartisan educational mission to inspire and challenge individuals, through Susan B Anthony’s life and work, to make a positive difference in their lives and communities.

 

Today, presidential candidate, Donald Trump, announced his intention to create a “pro-life coalition” headed by Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List. This coalition would work to support Mr. Trump’s previously declared commitments to the anti-abortion movement and to encourage voter turnout in key battleground states. The Susan B. Anthony List is a 501(c)(4) organization. Along with its affiliated political action committee, the SBA List Candidate Fund, this organization has long raised concerns for the Anthony Museum and those dedicated to protecting the legacy of the great reformer. Neither organization is in any way affiliated or in partnership with the National Susan B Anthony Museum & House.

 

“Not only does the Museum maintain a nonpartisan perspective,” said president and CEO, Deborah L. Hughes, “but it would not be in keeping with Susan B. Anthony’s legacy to endorse a political candidate. We are pleased that this once-reviled woman has earned such a high place of honor and authority that individuals and organizations seek her as their champion, but the National Susan B Anthony Museum & House is here to tell the authentic story of her life and work, rather than to use her name for a political agenda.”

 

The National Susan B Anthony Museum & House, a 501(c)(3) educational entity, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting Anthony’s life and work in a historically accurate and responsible manner. It is not affiliated with any other organization bearing the name of Susan B Anthony.

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Please send any inquiries re: this statement to president & CEO, Deborah L. Hughes.

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.

From our president & CEO…

This past year has been one of triumph and challenge. In so many ways, Susan B. Anthony’s life and work seem more relevant than ever as we head into 2016.

The Anthony Museum began 2015 with an exciting Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon focused on the accomplishments of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Lynn Sherr addressed a sold out crowd of more than 1,000 guests who were moved and inspired by the life story of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space.  Our theme, “Thanks to Susan B., We Can Reach For the Stars”, inspired many to contribute their own video messages of thanks.

In March, the United States commemorated the March on Selma fifty years earlier, but as the year unfolded, we were confronted with many ways in which racism is a part of our present world, not just a subject to be learned from our history books.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 also celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer. Susan B. Anthony envisioned a day when no one would face the barriers or injustice of prejudice; however, recent court challenges and new legislation in some states continue to demonstrate what she knew to be true: the vote is so powerful that there are those who will contrive to control it for their own ends.

Thanks to the release of the feature film, Suffragette, this fall, we experienced a surge of international interest in women’s history. The Friends of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House hosted a sold-out screening of the film, which was followed by a panel discussion of the history behind its powerful story.

Just this past month, we celebrated the empowerment of women in Saudi Arabia as they cast their ballots and ran for local office for the first time. This despite the fact that Saudi Arabia is still an absolute monarchy that limits many basic rights and freedoms for both men and women. We are reminded of those women in the United States who were enfranchised at the local or state level, but waited another three decades or more before they would have a vote in their national government.

A reporter once asked Susan B. Anthony how she endured the decades of work for woman suffrage with mostly losses to show for her efforts. She responded, “Defeats? There have been none. We are always progressing.”

In that spirit, THANK YOU for helping us keep Susan B. Anthony’s vision alive. The world still needs her message of equality, freedom, and justice for all.

~Deborah L. Hughes, president & CEO

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!