Rochester Reform Trail Website is Live!

In my recent post about the Rochester Reform Trail (NEH Landmarks Workshop), I promised to post when the website for this program went live. And now it has! Below is the exciting new link to the website, and below that are some bits and pieces of the site that I have pulled into this post for the reader’s convenience. (K-12 social studies teachers – this is particularly aimed at you, so read on!!!)


Welcome to the Rochester Reform Trail website! Thanks for your interest in our National Endowment of the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop hosted by the College at Brockport, State University of New York, and the State University of New York Research Foundation. We are hosting two week-long workshops in July of 2014. We hope you will apply to join us in Rochester, New York, for a landmark exploration of the reform movement.

In the early nineteenth century Rochester was at the center of a national effort to reform American society. Confident in their ability to harness the industrial power of the Genesee River and the technological marvels of the Erie Canal, Rochester citizens embraced an ideology of progress. Organizing to overcome the many social and domestic problems that derived from the industrial and transportation revolutions, Rochester’s citizens soon tackled national issues like slavery and women’s rights. National figures like Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass and Charles Finney made Rochester their home, and turned the frontier boomtown into a hotbed of progressive thought and action. Working alongside nearby leaders like Elizabeth Cady Stanton of Seneca Falls, they led the nation in the battle against long-entrenched notions of racial and gender inferiority. More than 150 years later Rochester’s landscape is still marked by their efforts; walking along the streets of Rochester you will come across their historic homes, or wander through an aqueduct which long ago transported them even as it transformed their world. Douglass and Anthony rest here still, buried not far from each other in Mt. Hope Cemetery. The workshop explores their efforts to reform American society through visits to landmark reform sites, brief talks and seminar discussions with scholarly experts, and readings.


NEH Summer Scholars chosen from the applicant pool will be awarded a $1200 stipend to defray travel and accommodation costs. The director has arranged for block of rooms at a discounted rate for NEH Summer Scholars at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The seminars will meet at the Strong Museum of Play, one of the nation’s most interactive and experiential museums. I hope you will apply and be able to join us in Rochester for the summer of 2014!

Below are some more details about the workshop and how to apply but if you have any questions please contact me at Hope to hear from you soon!


Here is an idea of the schedule that will take place during the two week sessions:

Monday:  The Industrial Revolution in Rochester
Landmark Sites: Broad Street Aqueduct and .
Tour Leader: Thomas Hack, City of Rochester Chief Structural Engineer
Speaker: Workshop Director, Jose R. Torre (College at Brockport, SUNY)

Tuesday:  The Second Great Awakening in Rochester
Landmark Site: Packet boat trip along the Erie Canal.
Leader: Captain of the boat The Mary Jameson
Speaker: Professor Erik Seeman (University at Buffalo, SUNY)

Wednesday:  Frederick Douglass’s Life and Work in Rochester
Landmark Sites: Talman Building; Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony gravesites, Mount Hope Cemetery; Frederick Douglass Project, Rush Rees Library, University of Rochester.
Leaders: Workshop Director and Rush Rees Library faculty.
Speaker: Professor Richard Newman (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Thursday:  Women’s Activism in the Rochester Region
Landmark sites: Seneca Falls National Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home
Leaders: National Park Service Historical Guides
Speaker: Associate Professor Carol Faulkner (Syracuse University)

Friday:  Susan B. Anthony and the Fifteenth Amendment
Landmark Site: The Susan B. Anthony House and Historic Neighborhood
Leader: Susan B. Anthony Hour Tour Guides
Speaker: Professor Alison Parker (The College at Brockport, SUNY)


Again, this workshop is specifically aimed at k-12 Social Studies teachers, and will provide them with a great experience and lasting benefits. If you know a teacher who may be interested, direct them to the website or our social media pages to learn more and contact the director!

Here is a recap of how you can learn more about the Rochester Reform Trailand how you can get in touch:
Rochester Reform Trail website 
Rochester Reform Trail on Facebook
Rochester Reform Trail on Twitter 

(The Twitter and Facebook pages are great for anyone interested in Rochester history. While they do share information specific to the Reform Trail workshops, they are also a great resource for news in local history, archaeology, culture, historical quotations, this-day-in-history facts, and generally just a great resource for Rochester history lovers!)


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