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Learning on Saturday that Joe Biden is president-elect and Kamala Harris is vice president-elect is exciting to people associated with the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.

WEOS Reporter Greg Cotterill caught up with three Pennsylvania residents, Brook McDermott, Debra Condon and Jeff Hamilton, who have been planning to celebrate - what they hoped would be - the election of the Biden-Harris ticket.

Condon said that they started planning the trip to the Finger Lakes last month.

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City of Rochester officials are anticipating big crowds at Mount Hope Cemetery on Tuesday, with the potential for thousands of people paying respects to suffragist Susan B. Anthony.

An estimated 10,000 or so people filed past the grave of Susan B. Anthony prior to the 2016 presidential election. Pat Corcoran, president of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery, said there is the potential for another big turnout.

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The City of Rochester has devised a plan to protect Susan B. Anthony’s grave and keep a new tradition alive.

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While President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Mount Rushmore as part of an Independence Day celebration later this week, plans are underway for another type of commemoration, marking the contributions made during the women’s suffrage movement.

Christina Korp is the producer of a project called Look Up to Her, and it is one of the ways the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission is helping celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was written to guarantee and protect a woman’s constitutional right to vote.

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The Rochester Museum and Science Center is thinking ahead to the time when it can reopen.

On Tuesday, it said it plans to open a new exhibit this fall that's inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and celebrates the stories of regional innovators.

The exhibit, scheduled to open in October, is called,  The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World.

Kathryn Murano Santos is senior director of collections & exhibitions at RMSC.

Susan B. at the symphony

Jan 31, 2020

This year’s observances of Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday celebration and the centenary of the 19th Amendment are momentous events, but at first glance they may not seem to inspire musical celebrations. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is prepared to prove otherwise this weekend and next.

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People in Downtown Rochester celebrated "equality for all people" on Saturday with the third annual Suffragist City Parade. The event drew hundreds to Madison Street for a block party celebration at Susan B. Anthony Square. 

President and CEO of the Susan B. Anthony House, Deborah Hughes, said the parade is a precursor for the many milestone celebrations taking place in 2020.

This week in 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony illegally voted in the presidential election. Two weeks later, she was arrested and fined $100.

On this Election Day, we reexamine this moment in history and ask ourselves what lessons we can learn. What would Susan B. Anthony say to people not planning to exercise their right to vote? Our guests:

One hundred years ago, it wasn't a foregone conclusion that the 19th Amendment would survive. It came down to Tennessee, which became a kind of battleground. Some of the biggest figures of the time fought for and against suffrage.

Author Elaine Weiss details the struggle in her new book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. Weiss will be the keynote speaker for the Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon in Rochester.

She joins us to discuss her book, and we address other issues related to equality in modern times. Our guests:

VoteTilla is a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of woman suffrage in New York State. Boats will take a week-long journey on the Erie Canal, stopping at a number of cities from Clyde to Rochester, to commemorate the history of woman suffrage. Activities include reenactments of speeches by activists, films, a parade, and more.

We talk about the celebrations and the history with our guests:

  • Deborah Hughes, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House
  • Bruce Schwendy, co-chair of the Fleet Committee for VoteTilla, and board member for the Canal Society of New York State
  • Jenni Werner, literary director and resident dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center and board member for the ImageOut Film Festival
  • Anne Coon, professor emeritus at the College of Liberal Arts at RIT, writer, and independent scholar

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