Greetings from Jeanne Gehret!
I’m happy to announce the 2017 publication of my book on Daniel Read Anthony and his bride Anna Osborn. It’s called The Truth About Daniel and it’s Book One of the Dauntless Series, so hold on–there’s lots more!
I am a longtime Susan B. Anthony impersonator who became interested in SBA’s extended family a few years ago. My Anthony explorations have taken me all over the Northeast and as far asLeavenworth, Kansas, where Daniel Read Anthony settled with his bride. Join me on this blog to explore people and places that were memorable to the Anthonys. Sometimes, to really get into character, I have appeared in costume.
I first became interested in Susan B. Anthony when I visited her Madison Street home in Rochester, New York. I quickly became a docent there and availed myself of all that homestead had to offer—a multitude of books, artifacts, and unwritten lore. I soaked up the atmosphere of that haven that refreshed her and sent her forth to new battles. With reverence I handled and read all the Anthony correspondence in the archives of the Rochester Museum & Science Center and curated an exhibit at that museum on the family’s memorabilia.
Having witnessed school tours of her home, I realized that there was no comprehensive children’s biography of her and set out to write it, which resulted in the 1994 publication of my book Susan B. Anthony And Justice for All. (That book is being revised for later in 2017.) Being of similar stature, features, and coloring, I have given costumed portrayals of her since 1994 in schools, libraries, museums, and public fairs. Updating these presentations became easier and more interesting as the internet made more information available. And whenever we took a trip anywhere in the Northeast, we visited places she would have frequented, including homes of people like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, William Lloyd Garrison, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, and many others and cities like Albany, Washington, and Philadelphia.
When I’m not reveling in nineteenth-century treasures, I work as a licensed massage therapist and enjoy English Country Dancing almost every week, sometimes in costume. My husband and I have logged almost six thousand miles on a tandem bicycle. Stoker power!
Contact me if you’d like more info about my costumed portrayals: Jeanne@verbalimagespress.com