Along with my quest to introduce more positive female role models (sorry Cinderella) we’ve been reading fabulous children’s books about the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. I know at nearly 5, the Bean is too young to fully comprehend how lucky she has it today, but when I mention these two names she now understands that they had some part in it.
We had the opportunity to visit the National Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY. The museum is an educational tour of one of the most famous civil rights leaders and key reformer of women’s rights. Anthony lived on Madison Street during the most politically active time in her life and the house served has a headquarters to the women’s rights movement. The museum is part of a quiet residential area and without the plaques in front, the average walker passing by may have no notion of the movement that was part of the block’s history. No photos were allowed inside the home but we did get to see the parlor room where Anthony was famously arrested for trying to vote in the 1872 presidential election! Although, Anthony never experienced women having the right to vote in her lifetime she paved the way for others to make this a reality.
The museum serves as an amazing community resource through various programs, largely geared towards women, and focusing on professional development for teachers, lecture series as well as very Girl Scout related activities.
The museum teaches about the connection between the women’s suffragist movement within the context of the larger civil rights movement and the abolition of slavery. Although the Bean was a trooper, this tour is best designed for kids over the age of 8. Although some of the content in the 45 minute tour is above the head’s of the younger audiences, there’s still an opportunity for a lesson or two in the small park across the street. Within the Susan B. Anthony Square there is a larger than life bronze sculpture of the leader of the abolitionist movement, Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony at tea. It’s a lovely tribute to two heroes of the civil rights movement and may be more memorable for younger kids.
Go See It!The National Susan B. Anthony House 17 Madison Street Rochester, NY 14608 585.235.6124 www.susanbanthonyhouse.org
Disclosure: Our visit to Rochester was hosted by Visit Rochester.