Author Jeanne Gehret

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Greetings from Jeanne Gehret!

2017 has been a wonderful year with the publication of two books about Susan B. Anthony and her family.

I first became interested in Susan  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.

That home, where she went for refreshment before embarking on new battles, seeped into my imagination. 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, which was revised in 2017 as the Suffrage Centennial Edition.

Since my stature, features, and coloring resemble Susan’s, I have given costumed portrayals of her since 1996 in schools, libraries, museums, and public fairs. Updating these presentations became easier and more interesting as the internet made more information available.Click here for more on my costumed portrayals, including a video clip.

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. Her birthplace in Adams, Massachusetts provided a wonderful glimpse of her roots.

In 2012 I presented Susan in Leavenworth, Kansas, where Susan’s brother Daniel  settled with his bride. Join me on this blog to explore people and places that were memorable to the Anthonys. My discovery of Susan’s larger-than-life brother led to the publication of The Truth About Daniel, first in the Dauntless Series of historical novels.

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!

 

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Jeanne Gehret, AKA Susan B. Anthony, at Legler Barn

Jeanne Gehret, AKA Susan B. Anthony, at Legler Barn

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9 thoughts on “Author Jeanne Gehret

  1. I am proud of Susan B. Anthony’s legacy, and was very proud to once again, vote, but I am deeply disturbed by the pictures in the media of people defacing her grave with their “I Voted” stickers. I don’t think this is the way to honor her legacy, and it is in fact, a criminal act. Social media is in a frenzy sharing pictures of it, but I would love to know what her surviving family members think. If it was my relative, I would not want strangers pasting stickers on their headstone or monument….

  2. I’m doing a spot of research for an article touching on Edgartown’s history, and was excited to discover this connection between the Osborne family and Susan B. Anthony.

    Thank you for a very helpful blog!

    • I can’t get enough of Edgartown’s history, Amelia. When you finish your article, will you post a link here, please?

  3. I am descended from Wallace Anthony, who from my understanding is Susan’s uncle, Daniel’s brother. Wallace had a daughter Caroline who married Charles Sutphen. Their oldest child was a daughter Izzora. Izzora was my grandmother, tho I never met her as she died when my father was only 17. My mother is 90, but remembers Grandma Caroline. I have one small picture of her, and a picture and Civil War diary of Wallace. I also have a “photo” of a Jacob Anthony with his second wife Polly Howe. I do not know the connection. I grew up in Central NY state, and knew all my life I had a connection to Susan, of which I have always been proud! I have visited Seneca Falls….and did you know that the bridge there was featured in the movie “It’s a Wonferful Life”? How perfect!

    • In Susan B.’s authorized biography, there is a picture taken in 1897 of the extended family. The photo is in Ida Husted Harper’s Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol 2, p. 939. Perhaps you would recognize your ancestor there!

  4. Hello, I am writing from Writers & Books, Rochester’s (New York) literary center. I am putting together a series of events in March related to our annual community reading program, Rochester Reads. The book we have selected, Queen of the Fall by Sonja Livingston, is a memoir/book of essays that includes topics such as the growing up female in the 1980s, and honors such woman as Susan B. Anthony. I am wondering if you are still appearing as Susan B. and where you live now? Thank you.

    • Hi, Karen, I live in the Rochester area and am well-acquainted with WAB! Yes, I am still doing appearances, and would be happy to hear about your event. Once I know your date, I can let you know how that might work with other March programs I am doing.

  5. I have used the book in the past with my middle school students and had no idea that the author was local. I am so excited and thrilled to have “Susan B. Anthony” talk to my 7th graders next week. Jeanne, thanks for being so accommodating and working with me on such short notice!

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