Speaker and Performers Bureau
Available Speakers and Performers
The presenters listed below have agreed to participate in the 100 events for 100 years.
Please contact individuals for scheduling, stipend, and travel requirements.
Suffrage Centennial Opening Performer
Date and time of the event to be announced.
Margaret Colin, who played the title role in The Second Mrs. Wilson, will open the Suffrage Centennial in Adams MA, the Birthplace of Susan B Anthony.
Edith Wilson was the unofficial Acting President of the United States during President Woodrow Wilson’s illness, and during the passage of the Susan B Anthony Amendment in 1920. Her role during her husband's illness was so significant, some refer to her as the first female President.
Colin has played starring roles in over 40 movies, including Independence Day, Pretty in Pink, and Three Men and a Baby.
She is well known for her recent Television appearances in Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, and as Eleanor’s mother in Gossip Girl.
Colin just completed a successful starring role in City of Conversation on Arena State in Washington, DC.
Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti’s portrayal of historical women introduces untapped history, drawing on a wide array of primary historical resources. For the past 20 years Gwendolyn has engaged audiences with performances giving voice to real life accounts, struggles, self-determination and triumphs of women she portrays. Each performance is infused with her unique finger print giving an integral portrait of a historical event or person. To invite Gwendolyn to perform, or speak, at your next event please email her at email@example.com
Actress - Voice-Over Artist - Presenter
Sheryl Faye Presents Historical Women is proud to present eight one-woman shows about Helen Keller, Clara Barton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne Frank, Amelia Earhart, Sally Ride which ties into STEM, and my newest show Abigail Adams! These shows are currently performed at schools, historical societies, camps, libraries, senior centers, ladies organizations and more.
Mary Ann Brown
From Massachusetts to Kansas: Suffrage Westward Bound
Mary Ann Sachse Brown will delve into the fierce commitment to freedom and independence represented by pioneer women. Susan B Anthony and her family’s colorful history in that struggle, as well as equality for slaves, makes the wild west come alive through its women.
Kansas, Sachse Brown’s home state, passed a suffrage amendment seven years before the US Constitution.
Mary Ann played a major role in Kansas Suffrage Centennial Celebration in 2013 by curating the Susan B Anthony Family exhibit at the Leavenworth County Historical Society. She is the author of Celebrating Women of Leavenworth County and was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the Kansas Museums Association.
Susan B. Anthony’s personal motto was, “Failure is impossible.” I believe that I’ve adopted that motto in my portrayal of her. Invite me to visit your classroom or group, and I will share a glimpse into Susan’s life and her dedication to women’s suffrage. For more information, and to schedule Linda McKenney for YOUR event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Convicting Susan B
In this interactive program, Fincken portrays Prosecutor Crowley who is assigned the judicious task of punishing Susan B and perhaps squelching the suffrage movement. The audience members will help Hank by playing the roles of judge, witnesses, and jury at Susan B. Anthony’s trial.
There is no set script. Participants utilize role-playing techniques to recreate the trial. Will Susan B. Anthony be found guilty again? Using sound nineteenth century logic, Prosecutor Crowley will attempt to convince all attendees that the time is not right to give women the vote.
The Relevance of History in the Classroom: Past and Present
John Fea is the Professor and Chair of History at Messiah College with specialities in Early American History and History Pedagogy. He will present "The Relevance of History in the Classroom: Past and Present."
Papers and Lectures presented at the Organization of American Historians, Omohundro Institute Annual Conference, Lilly Fellows Program in Arts and Humanities, Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution, Conference on Faith and History, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, New Jersey Forum, Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting, Meeting of the American Society of Church History, Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic, Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Reading, Authorship, and Publication.
Only the Message Mattered: A Music and Narrative Presentation About the Great Susan B. Anthony
A moving, memorable and educational portrait of a remarkable crusader for human rights, Only the Message Mattered is a 45-minute presentation of songs and musically underscored narrative written for piano, cello, and voices.
We come with a portable sound system, electric piano, and cello.
Additional information, recordings, and photos are at www.onlythemessagemattered.com
Steve is an folk singer and student of suffrage history. He performs a program of original music, dialogue and readings celebrating the work of Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Fredrick Douglass and other champions of women’s suffrage.
Paul W. Marino
Berkshire Historian and Walking Tours of the Past
Researcher extraordinaire, lecturer, and entertainer, Marino can make even cemeteries come alive. Perfect for guests of all ages 2 to 102.
Marino is the Program Director at Northern Berkshire Community Television Corporation in North Adams, MA.
A Visit by Susan
Jeanne Gehret portrays Susan B at age 50, telling stories of her travels to win the vote. 19th century American history and language arts come alive in her reenactments.
Gehret, award winning author of Susan B. Anthony and Justice for All, has performed at The Women’s History Museum (Seneca Falls), the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY, the American Association of University Women, and Women In Communications.
Her engagements, as Anthony or herself, take place at schools, community organizations or private events. Ms. Gehret welcomes the opportunity to tailor presentations to your audience/venue.
American Proverbs About Women
Proverbs, a branch of folklore, reveal what we think as a culture. An examination of what we say about women is very revealing of a mindset and traditions that have often been damaging to the reputation of and opportunities for women in our society.
Eric and Patricia Anthony
Suffrage Concertinas by Anthony Family Descendants
Eric Anthony, classical guitarist has a bachelor of music degree from New England Conservatory of Music. He has concertized in Spain, India, and in the United States, most notably as the televised soloist at the Granados Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts. He is currently based in Boston, where he performed with the Ramon de los Reyes Flamenco Dancers, Anthony was the featured guitarist for many years at the Harvard Club of Boston.
Patricia Anthony, flutist, has music degrees from the Boston University School for the Arts. She has performed in Europe, Canada, and in the United States as a soloist and ensemble member of various organizations including the Brookline Symphony Orchestra.
Performances have covered a wide variety of venues, from recitals at colleges and on public radio in Cambridge. Eric and Patricia are members of the Anthony Family Board of Descendants at the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum.
Harriet Beecher Stowe: How She Fought Slavery "Like a Girl"
Harriet Beecher Stowe is buried at Phillips Academy in Andover. Mass. She accomplished a transformation through her writing in a time when few women could speak out. Rosenberg-Neparsteck first presented her research on Stowe at the Conference on Popular Culture in Toronto.
Ruth has published more than 20 books on regional history and has served for 25 years as the Municipal Historian in Rochester NY, the city where Anthony lived her later life.
An educator at heart, Ruth has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College, and elementary schools throughout New York State in an effort to share local history. She has recently retired to focus full-time on her writing and her non-profit organization www.heronsbend.com.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin: One Man’s Performance
Relive Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic that advanced suffragists’ abolition efforts.
Kevin O’Brien is a seasoned actor whose work includes live historical enactments, mystery shows and original works.
Besides Uncle’s Tom’s Cabin, O’Brien’s impressive collection of audio book performances include Macbeth and Great Expectations.
Modeling Motherhood: Women Rights' Leaders & Their Daugters in the 19th Century
Modeling Motherhood: Women Rights' Leaders and Their Daughters in the 19th Century
Lucy and Alice Stone Blackwell, Massachusetts
Abby Kelley Foster and Alla Foster, Massachusetts
Suzanne Schnittman, Ph.D, taught history, with an emphasis on Women’s Studies, at Hobart William Smith College and in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
Dr. Schnittman’s inclusive presentations has played a leading role in the interfaith dialogue movement. She currently is writing a book on 19th century suffrage leaders and their daughters.
The Quilting Bee: A Venue for Suffrage Dialogue
Connie Logan is a juried award-winning quilter from the Berkshires. Connie oversaw the work of nearly 40 quilters in the recreation of Susan B Anthony’s LeMoyne Star quilt, which Susan completed at age 15 years. The re-creation is on display at the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum.
Connie’s presentation discusses the importance of quilting bee gatherings before the 19th Amendment was ratified.
Suffrage Fashion and Women's Rights: Making the Connection
Lynda Myer, Massachusetts textile historian, and entrepreneur, Lynda Myer speaks about the social context of 19th c women’s clothing and how it delayed women’s progress. Next to advocacy for suffrage, dress reform was the 2nd most discussed topic in Susan B Anthony’s Revolution.
Myer has over two decades of experience lecturing on a wide range of antique fashion related topics throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, & Vermont. Emphasis on the early 19th century to mid-20th century periods. Specific focus on the historical, technological & political influences of individual eras through lecture & display of original period garments.
Historical 19th and 20th Century Clothing Displays
Greg LaFave’s has amassed a significant collection of suffrage-wear. Imagine the march across Massachusetts in 1913 with sisters and friends in their signature white pushing baby carriages.
LaFave’s historical displays are perfect for Libraries, Museums, Civic and Celebrations.
Women and Asylum Incarceration During the 19th Century
Many women were placed in Asylums during the 19th century at the behest of their husbands. Reasons for incarceration during that time would be intolerable today. Social status at the time also played an important part in the reasons why women were easily sent to mental institutions. In Illinois at this time it was possible for a husband to commit his wife into the state asylum almost unilaterally, without judicial or other public review, so long as one doctor agreed and the asylum super- intendent was willing to accept her.
Colleen was featured on the front page of the New York Times for her work with The Willard Cemetery Project. She is recipient of Seneca County Citizen of the Year, was given an award for her poetry at the Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
Colleen is a member of the Board of Directors of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, MA.
Suffrage in Style
Peltier, a former homeschooler from Williamstown, is currently a Junior at Mount Holyoke College studying History, English, and Archaeology. She began an internship at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in summer of 2015 and is currently in the process of recreating one of Susan B. Anthony’s dresses to be displayed around the commonwealth.
Cassie plans to use her developing costuming skills to recreate suffragist outfits based on her ongoing research of women’s clothing in the 19th and early 20th century.
Walking in Susan's Footsteps
Using the Town of Adams as his prop, Jim Loughman will make Susan’s childhood come to life. The Quaker Meeting House, the cemetery, Lucy Reed Anthony’s Baptist Church, and of course the Anthony homestead paint a picture of what life was like for a Quaker family in 1820.
Loughman serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Adams, MA, Historical Society, and is parliamentarian par excellence on the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum Board of Directors. He is an attorney with Donovan & O’Connor. He and his wife Robin are frequent docents at the Birthplace Museum.
Suffrage Postcards: The Social Media of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries.
Carol Crossed, author of the August 2019 book Vintage Tweets:Suffrage Era Postcards will exhibit and discuss a sampling of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace extensive collection of over 600 postcards. These are often humorous anti-suffrage cards, as well as holiday, children, and animal themes.
Crossed has received the Susan B Anthony Award by Common Ground of Upstate NY and the World Food Day Stamp for the Food for People Network. She appears on the Women’s Wall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
She received the 2009 Woman of Achievement Award from the Berkshires Business Professional Women’s Association for her purchase and restoration of the home where Susan was born.
Crossed is available to speak on the subject of early feminists and nonviolence and presentations about early postcards and the social commentary they provide.
Early Life in a Mill Town: A Quaker Girl Named Susan
Author and presenter Kristen Demeo’s love for regional history has revealed itself in many of her published titles, including The Rails of Northern Berkshire, The Legend of Mt. Greylock: a History of a Mountain, and Jefferson's Cheshire Cheese. Her children’s book Susan, a biography of Susan B Anthony as a child, opens the eyes of young people to explore the importance of family and faith, education and community. Kristen's presentation will bring her audience back in time through a first person, story telling format, threading the quilt of Susan's early life for audiences of all ages.
Kristen has been an educator for over two decades, and is presently a Teacher of Kindergarten. She holds a Masters in Education in curriculum development and instructional leadership and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, MA, where she resides.
Karen Swallow Prior
The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More
Because women kept in the parlor and out of Parliament, Hannah More was lesser known that the heroic William Wilberforce with whom she co-conspired to abolish slavery. More’s writing and poetry awakened women to the inequality that surrounded them and strengthened their resolve to speak.
Karen Swallow Prior, a Professor of English at Liberty University, authored Fierce Convictions: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist, the biography of Hannah More in 2014. In 2013, Prior received the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013, was named Faculty of the Year by the Multicultural Enrichment Center in 2010, received the University’s Sigma Tau Delta Teacher of the Year Award, and was the 2003 recipient of the President's Award for Teaching Excellence.
Prior is a member of Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States.
Antonia Petrash was born and raised in New York City; her family later moved to Plainview, Long Island.
She began writing for local newspapers and publications, and wrote More Than Petticoats: Remarkable New York Women, and More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Connecticut Women and her 2016 release New York's Remarkable Women: Daughters, Wives, Sisters, and Mothers Who Shaped History.
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