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Brimestone, Booze, and the Ballot: An Evening with Susan B. Anthony and Matilde Jocelyn Gage
The Rosendale Theatre
Rosendale, NY
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Brimestone, Booze, and the Ballot: An Evening with Susan B. Anthony and Matilde Jocelyn Gage
Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are celebrated as the mothers of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Then who was Matilda Joslyn Gage? Why was she written out of the history of the Suffrage movement? Join us at the Rosendale Theatre to find out the reason.

The Rosendale Theater, in conjunction with the Susan B. Anthony House, The Matilda Joslyn Gage House and Votes For Women:2020, is proud to present Sally Roesch Wagner, Executive Director of the Gage House and Deborah Hughes, Executive Director of the Anthony House, in a compelling dialogue that explores the split between the three founders of the Suffrage Movement.

The rupture between these two powerful forces of the early suffrage movement is told via the reading of correspondence between the two. In a unique juxtaposition, Sally Roche Wagner (Gage director) reads Susan B Anthony's letters while Deborah Hughes (Anthony director) reads Gage's correspondence. Through this dialogue, an understanding is reached between the two--or so it seemed. But after Gage's death, Anthony and Stanton wrote Gage out of the suffrage movement...and out of history.

After the performance, the audience is invited and encouraged to join the dialogue.

Deborah Hughes journey to museum leadership was unusual. An ordained minister, Deborah has served on the pastoral staff of three urban churches. She has served as a trustee and director of a number of boards and councils, particularly those focused on social service or justice issues in the areas where she has lived (Rochester, Detroit, NYC). She has provided leadership for hurricane relief teams in New Orleans, flood relief in Iowa and participated in peacekeeping trips to El Salvador and the Middle East. Deborah is a strong advocate for human rights and equal opportunity for all, especially those who suffer discrimination based on gender, race religion, sexual orientation of economic circumstances.

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner is a nationally recognized lecturer, author and performance interpreter of women's rights history. Sally is one of the first women to receive a doctorate in the US for work in women's studies and a founder of one of the countries first women's studies programs. Dr. Wagner appeared in the Ken Burn's PBS documentary "Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony for which she wrote the accompanying faculty guide. She also was the historian in the PBC special, "One Woman, One Vote". The theme of Sally's work has been telling untold stories. Her monograph, She Holds The Sky: Matilda Joslyn Gage reveals a suffragist written out of history due to her principles. Gloria Steinam describes Gage as "ahead of the women who were ahead of their time"

This performance is a fundraiser for the Susan B Anthony House (Rochester NY), The Matilda Joslyn Gage House (Fayetville, NY) and Votes for Women:2020. Tickets are priced at $20.20 in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Women's Right to Vote in 2020. All of the entities are non-profits and your contribution is tax deductible.



The Rosendale Theatre (View)
408 Main Street
Rosendale, NY 12472
United States

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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