FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CENTENNIAL NYS WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE COMMEMORATION TO BE HELD AT SITE OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY TRIAL JUNE 17
CANANDAIGUA, NY — The Ontario County Historical Society and The 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State with a Susan B. Anthony Legacy Event on Saturday, June 17 from 7 – 9PM. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will begin with a 7PM reception and exhibit at the Ontario County Historical Society (55 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY) before attendees march at 7:45PM to the Ontario County Courthouse (27 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY) — the site of the historic June 17 -19, 1873 Susan B. Anthony trial — for the remainder of the event. As part of the festivities, attendees are encouraged to dress as suffragists in period costume.
For more information and updates, visit ochs.org or call 585-953-5651.
The Susan B. Anthony Legacy event is being held on the 144th anniversary of the start of Anthony’s historic trial: June 17, 2017
7:45PM Reception at Ontario County Historical Society
Exhibit: “Votes for Women: the Suffrage Movement in Ontario County”
8:00PM March to Ontario County Courthouse
8:00PM Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass welcome and address
8:10PM Canandaigua Academy Women’s Chorale: “Women’s Battle Song”
8:15PM Canandaigua City Mayor Ellen Polimeni Proclamation
8:20PM Historian Preston Pierce: “A Persistent Memory: Recalling the Anthony Trial”
8:35PM Presentation by Susan B Anthony House Executive Director Deborah Hughes
8:50PM Farmington Town Historian Donna Hill-Herendeen: “The Farmington Quaker Connection to the Women’s Suffrage Movement”
8:55PM Quaker Reflection and Candle-lighting
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SUSAN B. ANTHONY TRIAL
In November 1873, Susan B Anthony registered to vote and cast a vote in an election in Rochester, NY. For this act, she was charged with a federal crime for voting without the legal right to do so as “a person of the female sex”. On June 17, 1873, Anthony’s trial began at the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua, NY; she was found guilty on June 19, 1873.
The trial brought attention to and built support for the women’s suffrage movement. After continued years of hard work and perseverance by thousands of suffragists, women won the right to vote in New York State in 1917 and nationally in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.
Ontario County Historical Society Contact:
Ed Varno, Director