Rochester Festival Will Mark Suffrage Movement

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Susan B Anthony HouseThe annual Susan B. Anthony Festival will be held on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Susan B. Anthony Square Park between Madison and King streets in Rochester to celebrate the 93nd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women throughout the country the right to vote.

Music and entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon in the park. Food vendors and unique crafts vendors will sell their goods. Free walking tours of this historic 19th century Historic Preservation District will also be offered. Tours of the Anthony House will be available beginning at 11 a.m. at the special admission price that day only of $5.00 for all ages.

The event, presented by the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association and the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, recognizes the date—August 26, 1920—when the 19th amendment was officially declared law by the Secretary of State after it was ratified by the required 36 states.

This year the event is on the exact date—August 18, 1920—when Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the amendment. The event honors the women and men who struggled so long—over 72 years—and so hard—often at personal danger—to achieve equality for women. Many of those who worked so fervently in the cause, including Susan B. Anthony, did not live to see the amendment finally ratified.

The Susan B. Anthony preservation district offers opportunities to see the major renovation and construction work that is taking place on West Main Street, one of the last intact 19th-century Rochester neighborhoods.

For more information, visit or call 585-279-7490, ext. 10.


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