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: womansuffragememorabilia.com 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
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.
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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.
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!
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun! And they certainly can, with these adorable, white 5 inch Teddy Bears! This is a great gift item, stocking stuffer for the upcoming holiday season, or even a "just because" gift for that special little girl in your life! The teddy bear is proudly wearing a Girls Can Do Anything! Button. The price is just right! $5