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Jeanne Gehret fleshes out the Anthony family’s life and times in these historically rich presentations. To schedule, call 585-746-7239.

All For Suffrage: Susan B. Anthony’s Kin 

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–minute program for adults includes a Powerpoint presentation with archival photographs. If appropriate, Ms. Gehret will sign copies of The Truth About Daniel afterwards.

Failure Is Impossible

  • 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.
  • Click here for a short video clip of this presentation.

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Daniel: Antebellum Romance

Meet Susan B. Anthony’s gun-toting brother from Kansas as he decides to woo an upper-crust heiress from Martha’s Vineyard.

Jeanne reads excerpts from the book, discusses the challenges facing these two historical lovers (distance, social class, age difference), describes Victorian courting customs, and explains how she blended fact with fiction. This topic is suitable for a book group; the author will provide discussion questions if requested.

Bedbugs and Mobs

Susan B. Anthony traveled widely to achieve her goals. This 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. Dramatic accounts of Anthony’s intrepid travels focus on the winter of mobs (for antislavery) and the summer of bedbugs (for women’s rights). 60 minutes, middle school to adult.