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Visit Rochester in 2020 and arrive where women’s rights took off! Rochester and the Finger Lakes are the home of the women’s suffrage movement.

Rochester has a special role in the women’s suffrage movement, as it is the home of suffragist Susan B. Anthony – one of the most important figures in U.S. history. Today guests can visit Susan B. Anthony’s National Historic Landmark Home at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.

Discover the lasting legacy of the women’s rights movement in Rochester and the Finger Lakes.

Day 1

  • Walk through history at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, Rochester's first National Historic Landmark, was home to the legendary suffragist, abolitionist and civil rights leader during her 40 most politically active years. She served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from her home on Madison Street. It was a hub for planning strategies, organizing campaigns, writing speeches, and preparing petitions. 

  • Pay your respects to both Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass at Mount Hope Cemetery. Jean Brooks Greenleaf, a former president of the NYS Woman Suffrage Association, is also buried in Mount Hope.

  • Stop and see the Let’s Have Tea statue in Susan B. Anthony Square. The statue depicts famous friends Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass engaged in conversation while sharing tea.

  • Stop for a refreshment at the 1872 Café, a modern café in the same location where Susan B. Anthony cast her ballot when she voted (illegally!) in a federal election in 1872. Outside of the restaurant is a bronzed ballot box representing this important act in American history.

  • Check out the artifacts and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center that address women’s suffrage and civil rights. RMSC holds a large number of items that belonged to Susan B. Anthony in its collection, and this collection can be toured by request.

Day 2

  • Follow along the Women’s history Trail and head to Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor. Ganondagan is perched on a high hill overlooking miles of countryside just a 20-minute drive from downtown Rochester, and is the only New York State historic site dedicated to Native American history. Visitors can explore the Seneca culture with a visit to an authentic longhouse, tour marked nature trails featuring herbal and medicinal plants, and learn about Seneca agriculture, society, and arts and crafts. Seneca culture was built on a matriarchal system, and there is a strong connection between the American suffrage movement and the Seneca people.

  • Continue heading south to the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua, the site of Susan B. Anthony’s trial in 1873 for voting illegally in a federal election in November, 1872.  

  • Next stop is the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. The park, operated by the National Parks System, tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls on July 19-20,1848.  It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today.

  • During your visit to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, be sure to visit the Wesleyan Chapel, which was the location of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. The convention in Seneca Falls was soon followed by another convention in Rochester – and with that the movement was born.

  • The third stop in Seneca Falls is the National Women’s Hall of Fame, an inspiring and impressive tribute to our nation’s most accomplished women, from its founding to its present. 

2020 + SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. Rochester will play an important role in this national celebration. In addition to celebrating the suffrage centennial, 2020 also marks Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday, as well as the 75th anniversary of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.

  • Votercade 2020: To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment in the U.S. the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House has launched Votercade 2020. Inspired by Susan B. Anthony’s commitment to carry her suffrage message to audiences across the country, Votercade 2020 brings a 21st-century message about the power of the vote to historic and cultural sites around the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Details on the planned events are outlined in the attached.

  • Celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s 200th Birthday on February 15.

  • Suffragist City Parade in downtown Rochester on September 12, 2020.

  • The Rochester Museum & Science Center will host an exhibit on inspiring and historic women with ties to Rochester and the Finger Lakes, opening in Fall 2020.

  • The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has two Philharmonic weekends in late January and early February that pay tribute to Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

  • The City of Rochester will debut a custom logo to commemorate Anthony’s 200th birthday.