Rochester Sites of Interest
Rochester offers a wide range of cultural events and historic sites of interest. Comprehensive information is available at www.cityofrochester.gov; however, several highlights are described below.
Susan B. Anthony House, home of the famous activist for 40 years of her life, is located fairly close to campus. The house was the site of her arrest for voting in 1872 and the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association during her tenure as the group’s president. (Her sister, Mary, was the first female principal of a Rochester City School.) The house is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM. It offers a range of tour options; more information is available at www.susanbanthonyhouse.org. The area around Anthony’s home features several monuments honoring her as well as Frederick Douglass.
Mount Hope Cemetery, the final resting place of both Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, is adjacent to campus. This 196 acre cemetery is open daily from 7:30 AM to 8 PM. Guided tours are available through the Friends of the Mount Hope Cemetery (www.fomh.org).
George Eastman House (GEH) was the home of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak and benefactor of the University of Rochester. Eastman lived in the house from 1905 until his death in 1932. The 35,000 square foot mansion and surrounding gardens house exhibitions on Eastman’s life. GEH is also home to the International Museum of Photography and Film, a national historic landmark; during the conference, they will be featuring an exhibition of the photography of celebrated documentary photographer Lewis Hine. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM. GEH is also the home of the Dryden Theatre, which shows films from its own extensive holdings along with selected new, foreign, and independent films. The theatre was built in 1951 after GEH received a donation from Eastman’s niece. Films are screened using the original projectors installed over 50 years ago. More information about both GEH and the Dryden is available at www.eastmanhouse.org.
The Strong Museum of Play blends traditional museum exhibits with a children’s museum. It features the National Toy Hall of Fame, a working carousel built in 1918, and an indoor butterfly garden. Strong Museum of Play is open from Monday to Thursday 10 AM – 5 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM, and Sundays 12 PM – 5 PM. More information is available at http://www.museumofplay.org.
The Rochester Museum and Science Center boasts a thirteen-acre campus with three levels of hands-on exhibits. It is also the home of the Strasenburg Planetarium, which features daily shows. More information is available at http://www.rmsc.org.
The High Falls Center is focused on the history of the Rochester area; it includes hands-on, multimedia exhibits, artwork and photographs. It also boasts an excellent view of High Falls itself. It is walkable to the Susan B. Anthony historic district. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM -5 PM.
Rochester also boasts several beautiful parks. The two closest to the University campus are Highland Park and Genesee Valley Park. Highland Park has a conservatory, walking trails, and a memorial for Rochester veterans of the Vietnam War. It also houses Warner Castle, a Gothic-style residence once home to Rochester lawyer Horatio Gates Warner, which is now the headquarters of the Rochester Civic Garden Center. Genesee Valley Park, which is located along the Genesee River close to campus, is home to excellent picnic sites open spaces. Both parks were designed by famed landscape architect Frederic Law Olmsted.
Geva Theatre, located downtown, was founded in 1972. Geva has presented 315 plays since its inception, and it serves 16,000 local children through their programming every year. The main stage seats 524, while the smaller stage seats 180. More information about shows is available at www.gevatheatre.org.
The Little Theatre, located in Rochester’s East end, opened in 1928 as part of a proposed chain of small theatres. They offer “art films that appeal to the intelligent and sophisticated”; the theatre itself is in an art-deco style, designed by local artists and architects. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. More information is available at www.thelittle.org.
For baseball fans, the Rochester Red Wings More information is available at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t534
If you are staying after the conference, you might be interested in weekend trips to some of the following nearby sites:
Genesee Country Village and Museum (https://www.gcv.org/)
GCV is a one of the largest living history museums located in the country, located in the small hamlet of Mumford, about 20 miles from Rochester. On the museum property is the 19th-century village (The Historic Village), the John L. Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art, the Genesee Country Nature Center, the Carriage Museum, the Silver Baseball Park and the Heirloom Gardens.Visitors may stroll the beautiful Heirloom Gardens with a horticultural interpreter, view rare pieces of American art at the John L. Wehle Gallery, enjoy high tea at Hosmer’s Inn, watch vintage 19th-century base ball games (including women’s teams), or - for the more adventurous - try a weekend living the Pioneer Experience.
Letchworth Park (http://www.letchworthpark.com/)
Located 35 miles southwest of Rochester, Letchworth State Park covers 14,350 acres along the Genesee River including New York state’s highest waterfall. Visitors may explore the region's rich heritage of the Seneca Indians through the restored Seneca Council House and the grave of Mary Jemison, hike, fish, camp, go whitewater rafting and canoeing, or take a hot air balloon ride.
National Baseball Hall of Fame (http://baseballhall.org/)
Located in Cooperstown, the Baseball Hall of Fame is an independent, non-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime. Learn about the Hall of Fame, enjoy the multimedia Baseball Experience, view exhibits, see the library collection at the Giamatti Research Center, or entertain the children at the Sandlot Kids’ Clubhouse.
Niagara Falls (http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/)
A three hour drive from Rochester, Niagara Falls is one of the natural wonders of North America. Dine at the Top of the Falls Restaurant, stand within feet of the Falls at the Cave of the Winds Tour, meet the legends and daredevils of Niagara in the Niagara: Legends of Adventure movie, make friends with the sea life at the Aquarium of Niagara, watch a fireworks display above the Falls every Friday and Sunday evening, and let the water cascade around you during the Maid of the Mist boat ride.
Shaw Festival (http://www.shawfest.com)
Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, the Shaw Festival features performances by the second largest repertory company in North America. Beyond the shows, visitors are also encouraged to check out various backstage tours or engage in Q & A sessions with members of the company.
Stratford Shakespeare Festival (http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/)
Located in Stratford, Ontario, the Shakespeare Festival offers a wide variety of theatrical shows, performed by a number of the greatest American, British, and Canadian actors. In addition to the shows, visitors may also check out backstage tours, pre-show talks, and explore the festivities and vendors along the Avon River. The nearby town of Shakespeare is also a popular tourist destination.