Organ Grinders at the Transportation Museum
Sunday, August 25, 2019, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The New York Museum of Transportation features a century-old entertainment tradition.

Visitors to the museum will delight to barrel organ music played by several “organ grinders” and their unique instruments. Enthusiasts of this early form of musical entertainment will be cranking out tunes from a variety of vintage wind instruments, bringing back the sights and sounds from more than a century ago.

Organ grinders were itinerant showmen who traveled through cities and towns, often with a pet monkey or other animal. On street corners and aboard trains and trolleys, they played their tunes for the coins donated by enthralled listeners captivated by the unique sound of the barrel organs.

The New York Museum of Transportation will echo with these sounds while visitors get an up close experience, listening, watching and trying their hands at making the music themselves.

No reservations are needed, and trolley rides are included in the admission price of $8 adults, $7 seniors age 65 +, and $6 youths age 3 – 12. Under age 3 are free.

The New York Museum of Transportation is located at 6393 East River Road, just 20 minutes from downtown Rochester and easily reached from Exit 11 off I-390.

(585) 533-1113.

Suffragettes UNITE!

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth C. Stanton are coming to Rochester KeyBank Fringe 2019!

Thursday, Sept. 19th - 6:30pm

 Ann Mitchell will perform Suffragettes UNITE! at the 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival on Thursday, Sept. 19th - 6:30pm at the 

The Avyarium Theatre (274 Goodman St. N. Suite D242, Rochester NY 14607 - located at The Village Gate, Entrance B - 2nd floor).

Tickets are $10 at, where more information is also available. Remaining tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before curtain.

EMANCIPATION! “War if We Must!” Journey back to a time when women, oppressed and underestimated by society, fought valiantly against the status quo to achieve the rights that we enjoy today.  Suffragettes UNITE! is a theatrical portrayal of select woman’s suffrage leaders’ speeches orated during the long battle for the woman’s right to vote.  Ann Mitchell opens her ‘women’s convention’ with the impassioned words originally spoken by Sarah C. Owen in Rochester, NY.  Mitchell’s passionate portrayal features the charm and rhetoric of the 19th language written and spoken by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony.  The one - woman costumed performance culminates with a musing, “On Being A Woman” written by Ogden, NY school teacher Sarah Jennie McCleery in 1883.
Suffragettes UNITE!  began as a simple self-written speech for Ann Mitchell’s winning talent portion in the local Jr. Miss Pageant. Over the years her interest in the early suffrage movement inspired her to research more on the women and their speeches. Suffragettes UNITE! has enhanced countless history lessons, Girl Scout groups, churches and women’s organizations. 

 "..well-acted and historically accurate."  - Patricia Uttaro, Director of the Rochester Public Library & Monroe County Library System

"The impact of Ann Mitchell’s performance was profound.’" -    John Deserto, American History Teacher, Spencerport

“Thanks for your dynamic program on Woman’s Suffrage. ~ The soil of the minds of the students has been tilled for planting future seeds.”  Churchville History teacher

“I felt as if Elizabeth C. Stanton, and other women portrayed, had spoken directly to us; giving their message with the sincerity of their beliefs as prevalent today as yesterday.”   -  P. Lloyd, “The White Church” Congregational Church of Spencerport

 “Thank you again for your passion – you were great.”   Women’s Forum of Kodak Employees

Suffragettes UNITE! ticket link:  

Check out upcoming Historical Events in our area

The Underground Railroad in Upstate NY & New York’s African American Civil War Soldiers

– with Author Marjory Allen Perez

Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 pm

Author Marjory Allen Perez will visit West Bloomfield Historical Society on to discuss her books on regional African American history.  Final Stop, Freedom: the Underground Experience in Wayne County, New York, brings the travelers on the Underground Railroad to life and shows how freed and escaped slaves re-established their lives in upstate New York.  Freedom, A Shared Sacrifice: New York’s African American Civil War Soldiers, shares personal stories and images of area residents who fought in the black units of the Civil War and the families they left behind.  These soldiers served in regiments such as the well known 54th, featured in the movie “Glory.”  

The program is free of charge, open to all and includes a book signing. 

8966 NY-5 West Bloomfield NY

(New York)