September 2016

From the Membership Director

Dear Members,

Thank you to all who were able to join us on August 19 for a special member-only event with Dr. Ken Florey! What a beautiful evening to meet with Dr. Florey, view his exhibit "Original Artifacts from the Susan B. Anthony & New York State Campaigns”, and spend some time with fellow members in the beautiful courtyard at the Susan B Anthony Museum & House!

Dr. Florey was a member of the English Department at Southern Connecticut State University until his retirement in 2009. He and his wife, Emilia van Buegen, traveled to Rochester from Connecticut to join us for our special member-only event and the 19th Amendment Celebration.

Dr. Florey has been an avid collector of suffragist memorabilia for over thirty-five years and has amassed one of the best collections of post cards, buttons, sheet music, posters, ceramics, advertising cards, and ribbons in North America.

Dr. Florey is also the author of two books on the topic: Women's Suffrage Memorabilia: an Illustrated Historical Study and American Women Suffrage Postcards: a Study and Catalog.

For those who were unable to join us, please see: to learn more about Dr. Florey and his collection.

Also a very big thank you to all our members, volunteers, reenactors, musicians and guests that helped make this year's 19th Amendment Celebration so special and successful!

With fall approaching, 17 Madison Street is transitioning from a very busy tourist season to our program season. We are all very excited about the 2016-2017 Monday Lecture Series! Please check out the complete listing in this newsletter! I hope to see many of you on September 26! Although most of the luncheons sell out quickly, there's usually room for one or two new guests at the 2:00 pm tea. Come join me for a great lecture, some tea and cookies! You will not be disappointed!

Your ongoing support of the Anthony Museum through membership, donations, and attendance at our events has a significant impact on our efforts to inform and inspire.

Please consider making an additional gift this summer to the Annual Fund as we commemorate 150 years from the time Lucy Read Anthony purchased the modest brick home on Madison Street.

Thank you for helping us "make history" at the Anthony Museum!

- Lesia Telega
Membership Director

A Fantastic Day Celebrating the 19th Amendment

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 19th Amendment Celebration and to all of you who helped pull it off! We started the festivities at the voting site on West Main Street, but the heavy rain chased us inside 1872 Cafe. Some brave souls marched back to the Museum after the rain let up a bit!
On our campus, we had TWO Susan B. Anthony's offering inspiration for our audience. Mariedeliz Bain made three presentations as Susan B. Anthony, accompanied by her brother, Maxwell Bain, who was portraying Frederick Douglass. Barbara Blaisdell looked on with approval.

The League of Women Voters provided information about voter registration, and our Nursing Friends helped visitors learn about the connection between the suffrage movement and the nursing profession. The City of Rochester presented us with the "cards" that had been signed at Susan B. Anthony's gravesite in Mount Hope Cemetery.
he musical acts in the courtyard and the display in the Carriage House of Dr. Florey's Woman Suffrage Memorabilia Collection were great hits. 150 visitors toured the Museum while many others enjoyed the festivities around the grounds and neighborhood.

Dawn Noto provided tours of the neighborhood and there were activities at 540 West Main and Philomena's.

For an aggregate of media coverage on this year's event, please visit our blog.

View more photos on facebook.

Celebrating the Votes for Women Trail
an interactive trip on the Erie Canal

Seneca Falls to Rochester, New York
July 16 - July 22, 2017

The Anthony Museum 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 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, the Women's Rights National Historical Park, the National Women's Hall of Fame, and the University of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership.

The VoteTilla celebration will follow the July 4th Bicentennial Celebration of the New York State Canals and the Convention Days weekend in Seneca Falls. It will be an exciting summer to be on the Canals in the Finger Lakes in 2017.

Stay tuned for more fun details!

Announcing our 2016 - 2017 Monday Lecture Series!

The National Susan B Anthony Museum & House is pleased to present the 14th 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 x10 or order online.

2016 – 2017 Monday Lecture Series
September 26, 2016
Ballots, Bloomers, and Marmalade – The Life of Elizabeth Smith Miller
Norman K. Dann, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Morrisville State College, and author

October 3, 2016
Jemima Wilkinson and Religion in Revolutionary America
Dr. Paul B. Moyer, Professor of Early American History, the College at Brockport

November 7, 2016

Lydia Folger Fowler, Phrenologist for Suffrage
Dr. Jennifer Lloyd, Associate Professor Emerita, the College at Brockport

December 5, 2016
Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty Friedan: A Memoir
Alida Brill, author

January 23, 2017
Kicking Off 2017 – The New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial
Christine L. Ridarsky, Rochester City Historian

February 27, 2017
The Ladies of Rochester’s Central Medical College, 1850-1852
Jane Oakes, MA

March 13, 2017

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Democratic Process
Andreas Meyris, PhD candidate, the George Washington University

April 3, 2017
Susan B. Anthony, Transatlantic Travel, and the International Council of Women
Dr. Jean Elisabeth Pedersen, Associate Professor of History, Eastman School of Music

May 22, 2017
Mary Church Terrell: A Black Woman’s Perspective on Suffrage and Civil Rights
Dr. Alison Parker, Professor of History, the College at Brockport

June 19, 2017
Orchestrating Change: Amy Kirby Post and Woman’s Rights, 1828-1888
Dr. Nancy A. Hewitt, Emeritus Professor of History and Women’s Studies, Rutgers University

Call 585 279-7490 x10 or visit our website to reserve your seat today!

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Visits Anthony Museum to Announce 2020 Legislation

Read about it on our blog!

What’s in a Vote: Susan B. Anthony’s Legacy

As we arrive to the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, it is easy to forget what women had to endure in order to obtain the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony dedicated her life to the women’s suffrage movement to pursue “a genuine democracy, where every citizen- women as well as men- shall be crowned with one national symbol of equality- the ballot,”1 outlining the importance of a ballot as,

“What is a ballot? What does your right to vote in this country, men and brethren, say to you?... It says, “Your judgment is sound, your opinion is worthy to be counted.” That is it. And now, on the other hand, what does it say to every possible woman, native and foreign, black and white, rich and poor, educated and ignorant, virtuous and vicious, to every possible woman under the shadow of our flag? It says, “Your judgment is not sound, your opinion is not worthy to be counted.”2

As we celebrate the 96th anniversary and anticipate the upcoming election, we look back at the radical work done during the suffrage movement, particularly the admirable dedication and courage of Susan B. Anthony. One of her most memorable and valorous acts took place on November 5 in 1872, when she illegally voted, later resulting in her arrest.

Anthony continued to encourage women to vote long before the 19th amendment, in 1885 writing a letter where she states, “... I do hope some of them will get their votes into the ballot box- and then- I hope some street corner grocery man will complain of them- so they will have to go through the courts- Still to get the votes in- & counted- and no suit- would be a tacit assent to their legality.”3

Today, we enjoy the spoils of Anthony’s turmoil. Though Susan B. Anthony wasn’t alive to see the 19th Amendment passed, her lifetime of fighting for her rights as a U.S woman citizen reminds us that as we look forward to the upcoming election, we should also look back and remember how our right to vote came to be, which I will be doing this upcoming election when I vote for the first time. I was lucky enough to register to vote at the 19th Amendment Festival right outside Susan B. Anthony’s house. It is easy to forget that not even 100 years ago, women were unable to vote, and we forget to practice our civic duty and vote to have our voices heard.

-Katerina Szylo
Intern, Summer 2016

1 Stanton, E. C., Anthony, S. B., & Gordon, A. D. (2006). The selected papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (Vol. IV). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. pg. 231

2 Stanton, E. C., Anthony, S. B., & Gordon, A. D. (2006). The selected papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (Vol. V). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.  pg. 124.

3 Stanton, E. C., Anthony, S. B., & Gordon, A. D. (2006). The selected papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (Vol. IV). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. pg. 444

The 2020 Quilt Project

The National Susan B Anthony Museum & House is working on an exciting collaborative textile project that honors women’s history.

The “2020 Quilt” celebrates the Centennial Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that granted women the right to vote in 1920.

The quilt is designed to fasten together with ribbons so it may be complete with one block or hundreds of blocks. The entire quilt or just sections of it can be publicly displayed in places such as community centers, libraries, and schools.

Any person or organization can participate by submitting one or many squares. The design must represent either a person, place, or event related to the suffrage movement, related social reforms, or women’s history or an issue of “Unfinished Business” related to the 1848 Declaration of Sentiments, the suffrage movement, or to the women’s movement.

For more details on specifics on submission, see the concept document here.

A Celebration of a Remarkable and Generous Volunteer and Researcher

The Susan B Anthony Museum & House has so many dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. On this, the month of her 90th birthday, we'd like to focus on one of our longest standing members and volunteers, Colleen Hurst. Colleen has reached an age milestone that is remarkable, but she is remarkable to us because of who she is and the ways she has made us a better museum.

Colleen became interested in Susan B. Anthony upon moving to Rochester approximately 45 years ago. She was interested to learn that this had been Susan B. Anthony's home and, spurred on by her minister at the Unitarian Church, where Anthony had been a member, began to delve deeper into the history. Beyond her research, she also began collecting Susan B. Anthony and Woman Suffrage memorabilia. We are so lucky that Colleen chanced upon this area of history that caught her interest. The House has so benefited from her passion.

Colleen became an early member of the House, and years later increased her involvement and became a docent. She has been a member of our Board of Trustees and has been designated a Trustee Emeritus. Colleen has worked with Program Director Annie Callanan to develop programming featuring her collection and has been a member of our Collections & Education Committee since its inception. Her skilled research,  sense of humor, collaboration, and curiosity in these capacities as a volunteer have been invaluable as the Museum has grown.

Not only has Colleen been generous with her time, but she is also a member of our Circle of Influence and has made museum quality gifts to the Museum from her personal collection of artifacts. One such item is an original certificate from National American Woman Suffrage Association that has the signatures of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Harriet Taylor Upton.

President & CEO Deborah Hughes comments, "Besides Colleen's very generous and delightful spirit, another quality that makes her stand out as a museum volunteer is her meticulous research skills and her commitment to accuracy. We can always trust what Colleen brings to the table."

We wish Colleen a lovely birthday and thank her so much for all she has brought to the Susan B Anthony Museum & House.

Welcome, Amanda Packard!

Amanda joined the staff of the Anthony Museum at the beginning of August as our new Registrar in the curator's office. A Registrar is responsible for implementing policies and procedures related to the care of an institution's permanent collection of objects, particularly related to the task of tracking, documenting, and cataloguing the objects as they are received, stored, moved, exhibited, packed, or loaned.

Amanda holds a B.S. in Museum Studies from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and she has completed collections internships with RIT, Macedon Public Library, and Rochester Museum & Science Center. You will find her working in the archives on Mondays.
This new, part-time position is an important building block as we continue to improve our professional standards and practices in caring for our invaluable collection. She will also be rotating into the schedule as a Visitor Center Manager on some Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  Please join us in welcoming Amanda to our amazing team of staff and volunteers.

Congratulations, Sarah!

In May, our Director of Communications, Sarah Murphy Abbamonte, earned her Masters in Public Administration, with a concentration in nonprofit management, from the College at Brockport.

Sarah began her tenure at the Anthony Museum as a volunteer in 2011, serving as receptionist, shop cashier, docent, and program assistant. She joined the staff in late 2013, first as an office assistant and later as a visitor center manager on Sundays. Following the retirement of Ellen Wheeler in 2014, Sarah came on board as Communications Director.

Later this month, Sarah will step down from her roles here at the Anthony Museum as she steps into a new role as the Member and Alumni Engagement Strategist for the Girl Scouts of Western New York.

We offer Sarah our heartfelt congratulations and wish her well in her new position.

Join Our Team for the George Eastman Museum Photo Finish 5K

The sixth annual George Eastman Museum Photo Finish 5K will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 8 am. With an urban course through Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts, the run/walk is open to all—from competitive runners and people using wheelchairs, to casual joggers, dedicated walkers...even entire families!

Also called "The Philanthropy Challenge," the race aims to raise funds for George Eastman Museum as well as other nonprofit organizations that make Rochester a great place to live and work. The race is unique among Rochester running events in that George Eastman Museum staff and volunteers manage all of the event organization, but participants may form teams to raise funds for the charities of their choice. This approach honors both George Eastman’s commitment to good health and wellness, and his enduring philanthropic legacy, which continues to benefit the entire Rochester community.

The Susan B Anthony Museum & House has a team! Please join us as a runner, a walker, or a sponsor!
Join the team as a donor or a racer via our CrowdRise page, and sign up to race here.

Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer at the Anthony Museum?

Save the Date! For Our new Volunteer Training and Orientation in October & November

Carriage House
Saturday, October 22 9-11:30 am
Saturday, October 29 9-11:30 am
Saturday, November 5, 9-11:30 am

Annie Callanan, our Education, Program Director will be conducting new orientation, training and reviewing the thirteen standards from the Best Practices for Museum Volunteers from the Association of Museum Volunteers and discussing how they translate to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.

Pass it on to someone you know who may be interested and consider joining us yourself!

To register, please contact our office at 585/279-7490 x 10.

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