Sharing Anthony history is Jeanne Gehret’s passion, whether it’s through writing or performing. Museums, libraries, schools, and private groups have all enjoyed her insider’s look at Susan B.’s family and surroundings.
Ms. Gehret has numerous appearances scheduled in the Rochester, NY area in 2017, with more TBA. Keep reading for the current schedule in addition to descriptions of public author visits and school visits.
Currently scheduled: (*indicates those in celebration of NY State’s centennial of woman suffrage):
- *4/27/2017 Penfield (NY) Public Library, “All for Suffrage,” 7-8:30 PM
- 5/7/2017 Susan B. Anthony Birthplace, Adams MA, Author Talk, 3-4:30
- *5/13/2017 Rush (NY) Public LIbrary, “Tea with Susan B.,” 3-4:30
- 5/15/2017 Central Library (Rochester, NY), Time and topic TBA
- *5/17/2017 Oasis (Rochester, NY) “All for Suffrage,” 2:30-3:30
- *7/19/2017 Fairport (NY) Library, “Failure is Impossible,” 7-8:30
- *7/20/2017 Pittsford (NY) Library, “Failure is Impossible,” 7-8:30
- 9/15-22/2017 Date TBA–Leavenworth County Historical Society Author Talk
- *10/17/2017 Perinton (NY) Historical Society, Author Talk, 7-8:30
- 10/21/17 Irondequoit (NY) Library, “Failure is Impossible,” 1 -2:30 pm
- *11/4/17 Rush (N&) Library, “All for Suffrage,” 11-12:30
- *10/19/2017 Brighton (NY) Public Library, “All for Suffrage,” 7-8:30
DESCRIPTIONS OF PUBLIC AUTHOR VISITS:
Susan B. Anthony’s whole family put themselves on the line to promote equality for women and African-Americans. These startling relatives, though rooted in the Quaker values of nonviolence and frugality, included soldiers, radical publishers, and people of privilege.
Trace the family’s comings and goings across early America, from Martha’s Vineyard to the Kansas frontier. Some of the family members you will meet:
- the brother who fought with John Brown,
- the dying sister who voted illegally with Susan, and especially…
- Susan’s brother Daniel Read Anthony, who, before settling down as a Kansas publisher, was a Jayhawker, guard for President Lincoln, Union colonel, and streetfighter
The author speaks as a history buff and researcher (not in costume). This riveting 60-90-minute program for adults includes a Powerpoint presentation with archival photographs. If appropriate, Ms. Gehret will sign copies of The Truth About Daniel afterwards.
- Jeanne Gehret takes on the costume and vibrant persona of Susan B. Anthony eight years after Anthony voted. She gives background on the social conditions prompting Anthony’s fight for women’s rights, but also stresses the reformer’s strong activism for abolition and temperance.
- Set against a fascinating backdrop of archival Powerpoint images.
- For elementary school through adults. One hour includes question-and-answer period.
Failure Is Impossible is suitable for grades 2 through 6 and can be tailored to a 40- minute time frame
All for Suffrage: Susan B. Anthony’s Kin is suitable for high school in a 42-60 minute format.
Bedbugs and Mobs:
- Ms. Gehret speaks as author, allowing her to give a 21st century perspective on Miss Anthony. Dramatic accounts of Anthony’s intrepid travels highlight the risks and inconveniences she endured to abolish slavery and champion women’s rights.
- Her Powerpoint presentation includes photos and illustrations from the 19th century depicting Anthony’s birthplace and adult home, her Quaker upbringing, and the social conditions prompting her reform work.
- For middle school, 42-60 minutes not in costume.
Based on Jeanne Gehret’s 2017 book The Truth About Daniel, a historical novel set during the Civil War. This program can be a stand-alone event or a week-long writer-in-residence for high school. Major topics will include:
- Defining historical fiction
- Establishing a setting
- Developing the characters
- Plotting a story arc
- Weaving themes
- Interacting with a time period
MORE INFORMATION: Jeanne@ verbalimagespress.com 585-746-7239
HISTORICAL PERFORMER, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, INTREPID RESEARCHER
Since 1995, Ms. Gehret has presented Miss Anthony in costume in three states and curated an exhibit on the Anthony family for Rochester Museum & Science Center. More than an actress learning lines, Jeanne has delved deeply into one character for more than two decades.
Ms. Gehret’s fascination with “all things Anthony” began when she served as docent in Miss Anthony’s home in the early ’90s. Her 1994 biography Susan B. Anthony and Justice for All was available in 100 classrooms in the Rochester City Schools. Before that, her groundbreaking children’s books The Don’t-give-up Kid (1990) and Eagle Eyes (1991) received much critical acclaim.
In 2012 Ms. Gehret expanded her scope of research to include Susan’s brothers and their lives in Kansas. This has resulted in the 2017 release of The Truth About Daniel, her new historical novel for adults.
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