VoteTilla is a week-long navigational celebrating 100 years of women’s voices and votes in New York State that will take place along the Erie Canal, and end with a weekend celebration in Rochester,  July 17-23, 2017. With a core of five rented canal boats, VoteTilla will set out from Seneca Falls, NY and travel to Rochester, finishing the journey with a parade to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House on Saturday, and celebrations around town.

The goals of VoteTilla

  • Commemorate and celebrate the centennial of woman suffrage in NYS

  • Promote the history of woman suffrage, its people, places, issue, and relevance today

  • Provide an opportunity for individuals, groups, and communities to collaborate through a creative, engaging, participatory, and celebratory educational experience

Frequently asked questions are listed and answered here.

Join the Celebration!

You can join us along the route!

Along the way, local residents and organizations will share in the VoteTilla celebration by offering programming and side trips or adding their own boats to the traveling fleet. Visitors to the area are invited to join in the celebration by viewing the fleet of canal boats as it passes through towns and canal locks along the way; watching  the reenactments; and joining us for programs and events along the route.

Go to the SCHEDULE tab for a daily list of where VoteTilla will be at any given time, and for scheduled events.

If you want to view our boats as they pass, the NYS Canal System map is an excellent resource, with  NYS Thruway exits, nearby lodging and campsites, and other amenities listed.

VoteTilla will be a vivid reminder of the work and cooperation required to  secure the vote for women, as educational, historical, and civic organizations and community members of all ages come together to host events, greet the passing boats, and participate in special events,  on both land and water.

Click to download the VoteTilla Notice to Boaters .

Loved a speech from VoteTilla and want to learn more? Click to read our Historic Speeches


Partnerships Program Proposals


Schedule of Events

This schedule  is subject to change.

Leaving Seneca Falls on Monday, July 17 and arriving in Rochester on Friday, July 21, the VoteTilla boats will dock at several towns and villages along the canal.

You are invited to join us in the celebration by coming to watch our boats, watching a reenactment, or joining us for a program. If you want to view our boats as they pass, the NYS Canal System map is an excellent resource, with  NYS Thruway exits and nearby lodging listed.

The “Last Mile” of the route to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House will be celebrated with a parade on Saturday, July 22.

Click to download the VoteTilla Notice to boaters.

If you would like to read the speeches presented at VoteTilla, and more, visit the Historic Speeches page

Monday, July 17

10 am —Depart Seneca Falls
3:45pm—Arrive Clyde – Landing address is  1 Meadow Street, 14433
•4:15— Official Welcome
• 4:30 – Carol Faulkner book signing (near the picnic area)
• 5:30-6:30pm Community Picnic
• 6:00-7:00pm Bluegrass Band
• 7:00- 8:00 VoteTilla Reenactors Programming “Roots of Social Reform”; Location: Grass by the pavilion

Scholar in Residence: Ann D. Gordon
Monday’s Featured Scholar: Carol Faulkner
Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Tuesday, July 18 

9am— Depart Clyde
11:05am—Arrive Lyons . Landing address is  23 Water Street, 14489
• 11:15am-12:15pm – Program at the Hotchkiss Peppermint Museum
• 1:00-1:30—Program at Ohmann Theater *Free to the public – Reenactment of  a 1903 Susan B. Anthony speech to the National Grange Convention in Syracuse, NY

1:45pm—Depart Lyons
2:25 pm  – Exit Lock E 27
3:05 pm  – Exit Lock E 28A
4:15 pm  –  Exit Lock E 28B
4:35pm—Arrive Newark.  Landing address is 199 Van Buren Street, 14513
• 4:30-8:30pm—Taste of Wayne County *ticketed event
• 5:15-6pm  VoteTilla Reenactors Programming “Strategies for Reform”; Location: “Soap Box” orators at the landing site 
• 6:30-7:30pm –“Inez: The Suffrage Herald” one-woman show on Inez Mulholland by actress Melissa Jessel, Bristol Valley Theatre at the Newark Garden Hotel Banquet Room,  NOTE: time may change
• 6:00-8:30pm— band “Frankie and Jewels” (country & classic rock)

Scholar in Residence: Ann D. Gordon
Tuesday’s Featured Scholar: Karen Pastorello
Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Wednesday, July 19

9am—Depart Newark
10:45—Arrive Palmyra.  (Landing address is 100 Division Street, 14522)
• Festivities but no formal programming; reenactors at site
12:30pm—Depart Palmyra
1:25 pm—Exit Lock E 29
2:00pm —Arrive Lock E30 – “Macedon and Women’s Rights” 30 min. poster session near Lock 30;  Whistle stop
4:00—Arrive Fairport   (Landing address is 400 Packets Landing, 14454)
• 6:15-7:00 VoteTilla Reenactors Programming “Belief, Conscience, Power”;  Location: area near Gazebo
• 7:00-9:00pm —Open Museum, Perrin Street

Fairport community presentations are scheduled throughout the evening

Scholar in Residence: Ann D. Gordon
Wednesday’s Featured Scholar: Susan Goodier
Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Thursday—July 20

Update —  In the event of rain this afternoon, The First Presbyterian Church (21 Church Street, Pittsford NY 14534) will be used for the reenactment program.

10am—Depart Fairport
11:35—Arrive Pittsford (Landing address is 24 State Street (Library), 14534)
• 12noon-2pm—Scholars Luncheon with Tamar Carroll, Christine Kray, and Hinda Mandell: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historicizing the 2016 Presidential Election, Pittsford Library, *ticketed event . 

• 3:30 AKWAABA Reenactment: “A Time in the Life of FrederickDouglass, Shields Green, and A Woman Called ‘Moses’”
• 4:00-5:00 VoteTilla Reenactors Programming  “A union in fact, a union in spirit”
• 5:00-7:00pm—Smugtown Stompers (Gazebo)

Historic Pittsford programming takes place throughout the afternoon and evening, including children’s programming, book signings, and voter registration.

Scholar in Residence: Ann D. Gordon
Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Day Five  Friday, July 21

9am—Depart Pittsford
9:55am—Exit Lock E32
10:40am—Exit Lock E33
11:35am—Arrive at Genesee River Junction
11:45 – 12:00 Airplane flyover with banner “VOTES FOR WOMEN”
1:30pm—Arrive Corn Hill Landing
(Landing address   288 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, NY 14608)
1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – Guided tours of “Because of Women Like Her…Winning the Vote in New York State,” Woman Suffrage Centennial Exhibition, Harold Hacker Hall, Rundel Memorial Building, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave. Tours leave from the brick courtyard next to West Edge Restaurant’s patio, Corn Hill Landing.
• 1:30 p.m. Corn Hill Greets the Fleet – VoteTilla concludes its weeklong navigational celebration of women’s voices and votes when it arrives in Rochester, Corn Hill Landing. Music by Coreopia; welcoming remarks by Kathy Hodges, First Vice Regent, Irondequoit Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, City Historian Christine Ridarsky, and Corn Hill Historian Jim DeVinney.
• 2:00-3:00pm— VoteTilla Reenactors Programming;  Location: Corn Hill Landing
• 3:00 AKWAABA Reenactment:  “Cargo. . . No Loss or Damage”
• 4:00pm— Telos Trio at Corn Hill Landing Site

5:00–10:00pm– City of Rochester ROC Women’s Music Fest, Concert at Parcel 5, Musical acts Meshell Ndegeocello, MC Lyte, Joan Osborne, Mikaela Davis, and Teagan and the Tweeds will take the stage;  food trucks on site.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the event or through ticketmaster.com

Scholar in Residence: Ann D. Gordon
Friday’s Featured Scholar: Victoria Wolcott
Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Day Six  Saturday, July 22

10:30am—Because of Women Like Her Parade: The “Last Mile” of the route to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House will be celebrated with a parade.  [Registration required for groups or individuals marching—Registration closes Midnight, July 10] 11:15— Suffragist City Celebration “Pass by and get on with the work”

• Food truck(s) on site

• 12:30 pm Stool Ball in the Park Genesee Country Village Women’s Baseball Team

•1:00pm in SBAH&M Carriage House:
World premier of Election Day 2016 – A collaborative short documentary film by Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group

• 2:00–2:30 pm: Blanch Stuart Scott reenactor Judy Stiles will present a 15-minute program, followed by Q&A.

•2:30–3:00 pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: Presentation and book signing with Julie Cummins, author of Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott; Women Explorers; and Women Daredevils.

•3:00 pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: Documentary screening “Election Day 2016” – A collaborative short documentary film by Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group

3:00-5:00pm Forward into Light, Old Songs folk-theater performance which tells the story of American and NYS women’s suffrage in song and narrative. Under the big tent in park, reserved seat $20 (Photos, Videos, and Press Release here!) Purchase tickets here.

Day Seven  Sunday, July 23

10:00 amAn Equal Right to Act: Remembering the Rochester Woman’s Right Convention of 1848. First Unitarian Church,  220 Winton Rd., Rochester

12 – 4 p.m. AAUW Suffrage Centennial Picnic, Perkins Mansion, 494 East Ave. Fried chicken, salads, cakes, and pie. Music and costumed historical reenactors, including Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass. All are welcome! Share stories of family suffragists and ring the Remembrance Bell in honor of their legacy. Tour the mansion and view a display of suffrage memorabilia, including buttons, newspaper articles, photos, books on the history of suffrage, and a suffrage cartoon collections. Tickets available at http://perkinsmansion.brownpapertickets.com/. $10 adults, $5 children, $5 tours.



The VoteTilla celebration immediately follows both the July 4 Bicentennial Celebration of the New York State Canals and the July 15-16 Convention Days weekend in Seneca Falls.


2017 Suffragist City Parade – Saturday, July 22

The 2017 Suffragist City Parade:  Because of Women Like Her will take place in Rochester, NY at the end of VoteTilla. If you are interested in marching, please refer to the Terms & Conditions below or download the PDF. The Registration form is at the bottom of this page.

Parade registration is Closed. You can still participate as a spectator, and join in the celebration at the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood! Please join us!!

Parade line-up begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, at the Riverside Festival Site at the corner of Court Street and Exchange Boulevard in Downtown Rochester. Step-off from the staging site is 10:30 a.m.

Marchers: We recommend that you park in the Court Street Garage. After the parade and the Suffragist City Celebration  a shuttle can  return marchers to the Court Street Garage. 

Please read the Terms & Conditions for information on the Parade line-up and safety. Participants will receive their line-up assignment by email no later than NOON on Monday, July 16, 2017.  This assignment will specify the order in which participants will  line up in the staging area. The line-up information will also be posted on the VoteTilla.org website.

2017 Suffragist City Parade Terms & Conditions

The 2017 Suffragist City Parade: “Because of Women Like Her…” will commemorate and celebrate the centennial of woman suffrage in New York State. The theme of this year’s parade is “Because of Women Like Her….” The purpose of the parade is to:

  • Promote the history of woman suffrage, its people, places, issues, and relevance today;
  • Provide an opportunity for individuals, groups, and communities to collaborate through a creative, engaging, participatory, and celebratory educational experience;
  • Celebrate women who have made a difference in our lives — share their images, share their names, share their accomplishments.

By registering for the Parade, all Applicants and their Participants agree that they and their parade entry shall be supportive of and appropriate to the purposes of the Suffragist City Parade, as stated above.

Each group may carry a banner with their group name.


Parade Route
“Because of Women Like Her” Parade Route

The Basics:

  • The Parade takes place Saturday, July 22, 2017, regardless of weather. There is no rain backup date for the Parade. Select your dress and prepare your parade décor with the weather forecast in mind.  Please be sure to bring your own water, sunscreen, and hats as needed.
  • Lineup begins 9:00 a.m. and the parade begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • Participants must enter staging area from Exchange Boulevard.
  • Participants must lineup according to instructions for numbered spaces, which will be provided by July 16.
  • From the staging area, the .75-mile parade route will take participants:
    West on Court Street
    North on Exchange Boulevard
    West on Broad Street
    West on Main Street
    North on Madison Street
  • Marchers, vehicles, floats and horses: North on Madison Street, past the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, to Anthony Square Park.
  • Vehicles, floats, and horses: will continue North on Madison Street to Silver Street, and turn east on Silver Street, cross King St and park at Data Vault Storage parking lot.

Before the Parade:

  • Staging area number assignments and detailed route information will be sent to each Applicant via email. Please share this information with your parade participants.
  • All participants (or designated group leaders) must check in with the Parade Marshals at the staging area along Court Street. Do not come to the staging area before 9:00 a.m. to allow the Parade Volunteers to set up the staging area without distractions.
  • Participants must march in their assigned sequence location.
  • If you are decorating your entry at the staging area, remember to bring your own materials. You are responsible for all items that you brought with you and you must take them with you when you step off. Bring bags to recycle and/or dispose of your own waste.

All Parade Participants:

  • You may NOT THROW or DISTRIBUTE anything as you march.  Violators will be held responsible for all cleanup costs and/or fines. Be mindful of children!
  • Walkers, monitors, and floats/float riders are not allowed to sell items.
  • Explosives or open flames are not allowed. We discourage use of water guns, water balloons, cannons, etc.
  • Marching Units assume all responsibility for the safety of all monitors, marchers, spectators, bystanders, and property. The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House is not responsible for any loss, damage, or injuries caused to participants, spectators, or animals during the Parade, along the parade route, or in the SBA Neighborhood and Anthony Square Park.
  • The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House reserves the right to remove any person or unit from the staging area, parade route, or Anthony Square Park that, in its opinion, is a hindrance to the progress of the parade, places other participants or spectators in danger, or violates any of the rules.
  • To keep the Parade safe for all, you are encouraged to observe all laws, watch for Police and Marshals’ direction at all times, be observant of what is going on ahead of you, and be aware of what spectators are doing.
  • This celebration of woman suffrage and the contributions women have made and continue to make to our community and our country may draw protestors. We are advised NOT to interact with them. Ignore them and move forward past them in a calm and orderly fashion. Police and Marshals will be present to monitor our safety.

Floats and Vehicle Entries

  • Floats may NOT be higher than 13 feet or wider than 25 feet. There are street lamps, wires, and curves along the parade route. Consider these factors when designing and decorating your entry. All floats must have walkers or monitors on all four sides to ensure the float does not interfere with street lamps, wires, and pedestrians.
  • Decorations must be properly secured to withstand the wind, rain and/or hot sun for the 3- to 4-hour duration of the Parade, from staging to completion.
  • Make sure your float can safely accommodate all riders. To prevent injuries, each rider must be able to easily grab hold of a reinforced portion of the float. Anyone riding on a float is responsible for his or her own safety.
  • The SPEED LIMIT is 5 mph! Be prepared to stop occasionally along the Parade route.
  • Parking of floats and vehicles participating in the parade is the responsibility of the designated group leader.
  • To exit the parade, all floats and vehicles will go to the end of Madison Street, turn right onto Silver Street and proceed to the Data Vault Building where you can park and unload safely. Please obey all traffic signs along the way, but do not make any unnecessary stops along Silver Street so that parade traffic keeps moving forward.
  • It is the responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that each vehicle that enters the parade lineup area and/or participates in the parade has liability insurance, and that the driver has a valid driver’s license. These must be presented upon request. Failure to provide either will disqualify the Individual, Organization or Business from participating in the Parade.


Thank you for participating in the 2017 Suffragist City Parade!



Frequently asked questions are listed and answered here.

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