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Votetilla a week-long navigational celebration taking place along the Erie Canal from July 17-22, 2017, honoring the New York State women's suffrage Centennial in the Finger Lakes Region.

Votetilla is a week-long navigational celebration taking place along the Erie Canal from July 17-22, 2017. 

With a core of three historic canal boats, VoteTilla will set out from Seneca Falls, NY and travel to Rochester, finishing the week with a parade and celebration at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. 

Along the way, local residents and organizations will share in the VoteTilla celebration by offering programming and side trips or by adding their own boats to the traveling fleet.  VoteTilla will be a vivid reminder of the work and cooperation required to secure the vote for women, as eduational, historical and civic organizations and community members of all ages come together to host events, greet the passing boats and participate in special event, on both land and water. Join reenactors celebrating the Centenial and women's right to vote!


Monday, July 17

10 am —Depart Seneca Falls
3:45pm—Arrive Clyde – Landing address is  1 Meadow Street, 14433
•4:15— Official Welcome
• 4:30 – Carol Faulkner book signing (near the picnic area)
• 5:30-6:30pm Community Picnic
• 6:00-7:00pm Bluegrass Band
• 7:00- 8:00 VoteTilla Reenactors Programming “Roots of Social Reform”; Location: Grass by the pavilion

Scholar in Residence: Ann D. Gordon
Monday’s Featured Scholar: Carol Faulkner
Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Tuesday, July 18 

9am— Depart Clyde
11:05am—Arrive Lyons . Landing address is  23 Water Street, 14489
• 11:15-12:15am – Program at the Hotchkiss Peppermint Museum
• 1:00-1:30—Program at Ohmann Theater *Free to the public – Reenactment of  a 1903 Susan B. Anthony speech to the National Grange Convention in Syracuse, NY

1:45pm—Depart Lyons
2:25 pm  – Exit Lock E 27
3:05 pm  – Exit Lock E 28A
4:15 pm  –  Exit Lock E 28B
4:35pm—Arrive Newark.  Landing address is 199 Van Buren Street, 14513
• 4:30-8:30pm—Taste of Wayne County *ticketed event
• 5:15-6 VoteTilla Reenactors Programming “Strategies for Reform”; Location: “Soap Box” orators at the landing site 
• 6:30-7:30pm –“Inez: The Suffrage Herald” one-woman show on Inez Mulholland by actress Melissa Jessel, Bristol Valley Theatre at the Newark Garden Hotel Banquet Room,  NOTE: time may change
• 6:00-8:30pm— band “Frankie and Jewels” (country & classic rock)

Scholar in Residence: Ann D. Gordon
Tuesday’s Featured Scholar: Karen Pastorello
Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Wednesday, July 19

9am—Depart Newark
10:45—Arrive Palmyra.  (Landing address is 100 Division Street, 14522)
• Festivities but no formal programming; reenactors at site
12:30pm—Depart Palmyra
1:25 pm—Exit Lock E 29
2:00pm —Arrive Lock E30 – “Macedon and Women’s Rights” 30 min. poster session near Lock 30;  Whistle stop
4:00—Arrive Fairport   (Landing address is 400 Packets Landing, 14454)
• 6:15-7:00 VoteTilla Reenactors Programming “Belief, Conscience, Power”;  Location: area near Gazebo
• 7:00-9:00pm —Open Museum, Perrin Street

Scholar in Residence: Ann D. Gordon
Wednesday’s Featured Scholar: Susan Goodier
Click here for Scholars’ Bios


Thursday—July 20

10am—Depart Fairport
11:35—Arrive Pittsford (Landing address is 24 State Street (Library), 14534)
• 12noon-2pm—Scholars Luncheon with Tamar Carroll, Christine Kray, and Hinda Mandell: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historicizing the 2016 Presidential Election, Pittsford Library, *ticketed event
Purchase luncheon tickets here
• 3:30 AKWAABA Reenactment: “A Time in the Life of FrederickDouglass, Shields Green, and A Woman Called ‘Moses’”
• 4:00-5:00 VoteTilla Reenactors Programming  “A union in fact, a union in spirit”Location: Gazebo
• 5:00-7:00pm—Smugtown Stompers (Gazebo)

Scholar in Residence: Ann D. Gordon
Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Friday—July 21

9am—Depart Pittsford
9:55am—Exit Lock E32
10:40am—Exit Lock E33
11:35am—Arrive at Genesee River Junction
11:45 – 12:00 Airplane flyover with banner “VOTES FOR WOMEN”
1:30pm—Arrive Corn Hill Landing
(Landing address   288 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, NY 14608)
1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – Guided tours of “Because of Women Like Her…Winning the Vote in New York State,” Woman Suffrage Centennial Exhibition, Harold Hacker Hall, Rundel Memorial Building, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave. Tours leave from the brick courtyard next to West Edge Restaurant’s patio, Corn Hill Landing.
• 1:30 p.m. Corn Hill Greets the Fleet – VoteTilla concludes its weeklong navigational celebration of women’s voices and votes when it arrives in Rochester, Corn Hill Landing. Music by Coreopia; welcoming remarks by Kathy Hodges, First Vice Regent, Irondequoit Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, City Historian Christine Ridarsky, and Corn Hill Historian JimDeVinney.
• 2:00-3:00pm— VoteTilla Reenactors Programming;  Location: Corn Hill Landing
• 3:00 AKWAABA Reenactment:  “Cargo. . . No Loss or Damage”
• 4:00pm— Telos Trio at Corn Hill Landing Site

5:00–10:00pm– City of Rochester ROC Women’s Music Fest, Concert at Parcel 5, Musical acts Meshell Ndegeocello, MC Lyte, Joan Osborne, Mikaela Davis, and Teagan and the Tweeds will take the stage;  food trucks on site.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the event or through

Scholar in Residence: Ann D. Gordon
Friday’s Featured Scholar: Victoria Wolcott
Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Saturday—July 22

10:30am—Because of Women Like Her Parade: The “Last Mile” of the route to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House will be celebrated with a parade.  [Registration required for groups or individuals marching—Registration closes Midnight, July 10] 11:15— Madison Street Block Party “Pass by and get on with the work”

• Food truck(s) on site

• 12:30 pm Stool Ball in the Park Genesee Country Village Women’s Baseball Team

•1:00pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: 
World premier of Election Day 2016 – A collaborative short documentary film by Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group

• 2:00–2:30 pm: Blanch Stuart Scott reenactor Judy Stiles will present a 15-minute program, followed by Q&A.

•2:30–3:00 pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: Presentation and book signing with Julie Cummins, author of Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott; Women Explorers; and Women Daredevils.

•3:00 pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: Documentary screening “Election Day 2016” – A collaborative short documentary film by Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group

3:00-5:00pm Forward into Light, Old Songs folk-theater performance which tells the story of American and NYS women’s suffrage in song and narrative. Under the big tent in park, reserved seat $20 (Photos, Videos, and Press Release here!)

 Sunday—July 23

10:00amAn Equal Right to Act: Remembering the Rochester Woman’s Right Convention of 1848. First Unitarian Church,  220 Winton Rd., Rochester

12 – 4 p.m. AAUW Suffrage Centennial Picnic, Perkins Mansion, 494 East Ave. Fried chicken, salads, cakes, and pie. Music and costumed historical reenactors, including Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass. All are welcome! Share stories of family suffragists and ring the Remembrance Bell in honor of their legacy. Tour the mansion and view a display of suffrage memorabilia, including buttons, newspaper articles, photos, books on the history of suffrage, and a suffrage cartoon collections. Tickets available at $10 adults, $5 children, $5 tours.