Canandaigua event spotlights Susan B. Anthony, local suffragists

A local trial that reverberated across the nation 144 years ago will be commemorated this Saturday.

Members of the Ontario County Historical Society and 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse will team up June 17 to host a multiple-venue experience — the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Event — on the 144th anniversary of the start of Anthony’s historic trial in 1873.

The evening launches with a 7 p.m. reception at the Ontario County Historical Society, which will spotlight the exhibit “Votes for Women: the Suffrage Movement in Ontario County.”

At 7:45 p.m., attendees, who are encouraged to dress in period attire, will make a symbolic march to the steps of the Ontario County Courthouse, joined by sign-holding suffragists, also in period attire.

Upon arrival at the courthouse, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass will share first-hand perspectives through portrayals by Barbara Blaisdell and David Anderson at 8 p.m.

The Canandaigua Academy Women’s Chorale will perform “Women’s Battle Song,” followed by a formal proclamation by the city and a presentation by Susan B. Anthony House Executive Director Deborah Hughes.

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