Punchbowl that belonged to the Anthony family. Photo by Jeanne Gehret
Daniel Anthony, the father of Susan B. and her siblings, was of such an independent mind that he married “out of Meeting,” i.e. someone who was not a Quaker. In fact, he married a girl who had been his student, a Baptist named Lucy Read. For this he was temporarily ousted from the Meeting, as he was at numerous other times during his life. Continue reading →
Join me at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum next Sunday, February 15 for her birthday celebration. We’ll have a festive gathering and refreshments, and I will present “Reminiscing With Susan.”
Every year the Museum celebrates Susan’s birth with a party near the house where she was born in Adams, Massachusetts. Nestled at the base of Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts, this home is where Susan was raised in a loving Quaker household. Her family of eight frequently shared their home with others including her maternal grandparents and as many as 11 young women who worked in her father’s mill. I like to look out the bedroom window at the mountain whose heights inspired her for as long as she lived.
The Birthplace Museum celebrates the regional and familial influences that shaped this woman who gave her life to three reforms: woman suffrage, abolition, and temperance. The home includes many textiles and furnishings appropriate to the 1820s, as well as literature and other memorabilia associated with her later career.
Susan B. Anthony House, Rochester, NY. Photo by Jeanne Gehret
Would there have been a 19th amendment if Susan B. had not tried to vote in 1872? Possibly not. If her vote had been calmly counted instead of causing an uproar, maybe millions of women would have voted in the 1880 election. Continue reading →