The historic, 150-year-old horse chestnut tree which stood in front of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House (Anthony Museum) died during the winter of 2018, and was felled by the City of Rochester Forestry Department for safety reasons on June 14.  Because of the tree’s significance, Deborah L. Hughes, President and CEO of the Anthony Museum persuaded the City to save the logs. With the collaboration of the City of Rochester Forestry Department, Bill Morse/Wm. B. Morse Lumber Co., Becky Wehle, President of Genesee Country Village & Museum (GCV&M) and Shawn Havranek of Sodus, NY, the logs from this tree will be milled, dried, and stored for future use.

The sawing and piling for drying took place on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The milling event was free and open to the public, and the Anthony Museum had representatives on hand to discuss the tree’s history and significance. The lumber from the tree will naturally air dry over the next few years. In the fuuture, the lumber will be used for projects yet to be determined.

This iconic tree was mature at the time Susan B. Anthony lived at 17 Madison Street in Rochester, and it was witness to many key events in the life of the noted suffrage activist, including her arrest for voting in 1872, and the crowds that gathered at her house on her death in 1906. This tree was recently featured in the book, Wise Trees by Diane Cook, Len Jenshel, and Verlyn Klinkenborg, and published by Abrahms.

This Susan B. Anthony article is an example of the types of news items used by organizations, policy makers, and 2020 advocates in preparation for the 2020 national suffrage centennial. This newsy press release was distributed by the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester, New York. is a public service featuring the events, programming, and planning leading to the 2020 national votes for women centennial.

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  1. A wonderful tree! I hugged it while it was still alive in 2012. Kindly, Deborah Hughes handed me what might be the last chestnut it produced. I keep the nut in a safe and honored place. I love that Susan B. Anthony loved and protected nature along with everything else she did!

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