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Susan B. Anthony celebrated at annual birthday fundraiser

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The words “organize, agitate, educate,” part of a famous phrase by Susan B. Anthony were echoed by presenters during an inspirational event in honor of the iconic women’s rights leader.

Over 600 people gathered at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Wednesday to continue the long tradition of celebrating Anthony’s birthday which is actually February 15, 1820.

Local and state elected leaders participated in the annual fundraiser. Deborah L. Hughes the President and CEO of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House shared why they don’t currently advertise their tours and programs.

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Hughes says there have been times when they can’t accommodate the crowds who come from all across the world to visit the National Historic Landmark on Madison Street in Rochester. Several years ago, the Anthony Museum Board of Trustees launched a $25 million campaign to expand the campus and build an interpretive center. Hughes explained they still need $6 million to complete the project. Construction of the 1500-square-foot building is expected to begin in the Spring.

In addition to the collectors’ items, t-shirts, and other merchandise on sale at the birthday celebration, eventgoers also had the opportunity to purchase the book “Overground Railroad” by award-winning author Candacy Taylor. Taylor served as the keynote speaker.

“It’s easy to get lost in the history books and say this is what was and let’s celebrate that. The nostalgia factor is really seductive but at the same time it’s really important to figure out what it is people can learn from what you see and actually implement some kind of change and I think that is what Susan B. Anthony was always doing,” said Taylor during an interview before the event.

In her book, Taylor writes about the “Green Book” a guide published by Victor Green from 1936 to 1967. The so-called “bible of black travel” helped black travelers who couldn’t eat, sleep, get gas, or shop at most white-owned businesses to identify safe places across America and eventually other countries.

“People of all races are hungry for this history,” explains Taylor.

During her speech, she encouraged the audience in the same manner Susan B. Anthony would when she spoke of women’s rights, equality, and justice. Taylor challenged people to find the one thing they can do to make a difference in the world around them.

“I want people to believe in the possibility of change and not just say that we’re going to change things but if you believe in that possibility then you can think of ways to really impact and connect with people to provide some kind of solution,” said Taylor.

WROC was among the event sponsors and News 8 Evening Anchor Theresa Marsenburg emceed the celebration. In a surprise announcement, Kitty Van Bortel, Owner of the Van Bortel Auto Group donated $100,000 as she encouraged others to help the museum meet its fundraising goal.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The words “organize, agitate, educate,” part of a famous phrase by Susan B. Anthony were echoed by presenters during an inspirational event in honor of the iconic women’s rights leader.

Over 600 people gathered at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Wednesday to continue the long tradition of celebrating Anthony’s birthday which is actually February 15, 1820.

Local and state elected leaders participated in the annual fundraiser. Deborah L. Hughes the President and CEO of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House shared why they don’t currently advertise their tours and programs.
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Hughes says there have been times when they can’t accommodate the crowds who come from all across the world to visit the National Historic Landmark on Madison Street in Rochester. Several years ago, the Anthony Museum Board of Trustees launched a $25 million campaign to expand the campus and build an interpretive center. Hughes explained they still need $6 million to complete the project. Construction of the 1500-square-foot building is expected to begin in the Spring.

In addition to the collectors’ items, t-shirts, and other merchandise on sale at the birthday celebration, eventgoers also had the opportunity to purchase the book “Overground Railroad” by award-winning author Candacy Taylor. Taylor served as the keynote speaker.

“It’s easy to get lost in the history books and say this is what was and let’s celebrate that. The nostalgia factor is really seductive but at the same time it’s really important to figure out what it is people can learn from what you see and actually implement some kind of change and I think that is what Susan B. Anthony was always doing,” said Taylor during an interview before the event.

In her book, Taylor writes about the “Green Book” a guide published by Victor Green from 1936 to 1967. The so-called “bible of black travel” helped black travelers who couldn’t eat, sleep, get gas, or shop at most white-owned businesses to identify safe places across America and eventually other countries.

“People of all races are hungry for this history,” explains Taylor.

During her speech, she encouraged the audience in the same manner Susan B. Anthony would when she spoke of women’s rights, equality, and justice. Taylor challenged people to find the one thing they can do to make a difference in the world around them.

“I want people to believe in the possibility of change and not just say that we’re going to change things but if you believe in that possibility then you can think of ways to really impact and connect with people to provide some kind of solution,” said Taylor.

WROC was among the event sponsors and News 8 Evening Anchor Theresa Marsenburg emceed the celebration. In a surprise announcement, Kitty Van Bortel, Owner of the Van Bortel Auto Group donated $100,000 as she encouraged others to help the museum meet its fundraising goal. Read More Community EventsRochesterFirst  

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