Pro-Life Advocate Hired to Run Museum at Susan B. Anthony’s Birthplace Home
by Steven Ertelt
December 28, 2009
Adams, MA (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life advocate has been hired to run the museum at the home of renowned pro-life women’s rights leader Susan B. Anthony. In 2006, Carol Crossed, a longtime New York pro-life advocate who has been a leader with Feminists for Life of America and Democrats for Life, purchased the historic home.
Crossed purchased Anthony’s historic Massachusetts birthplace on the 100th anniversary of her death and turned it into a museum.
Now, former Feminists for Life vice president Sally Winn has been hired as the museum’s executive director.
Crossed told the local iBerkshires news web site that the hire helps the museum focus on communications and promotions as it prepares to open this winter.
"We are grounded and rooted in history, we have 10 exhibits that are near completion [and] now it’s a matter of promoting the museum and educating the public about Susan B. Anthony," she told the web site. "Since 2010 is the 90th anniversary of the Anthony [19th] Amendment; it’s a very appropriate time to take it to a new level."
Winn starts her new position in January and Crossed said she brings communications, administrative and fundraising skills to the museum.
"Part of communication is getting our message out that will attract donors. We now have a museum [and] that it will be up and running; now its [focus is] education and [Anthony’s] legacy," she told IBerkshires.
Crossed said the museum will include information on Anthony’s pro-life views — which run contrary to the abortion advocates who use her for their efforts.
"We have pro-life articles and statements, those kinds of things are going to be one-tenth of the museum," she said. "That is a particular part of her legacy that is unsettled, that attention will be drawn to … we’re not going to censor her comments in that regards."
Anthony referred to abortion as "child murder" in her publication The Revolution and she refused to accept advertisements for drugs that would cause an abortion.
She also foresaw the problems women who had abortions would face, saying abortion would "burden her conscience in life."
The museum plans a ribbon cutting ceremony for its grand opening on February 14.
The museum held an initial open house in February where Crossed announced that two phases of renovation and preservation were completed.
"We have a new roof, a state of the art heating system and site stabilization. The second floor is a modern space for an office and storage. Guests will have an opportunity to register as friends and supporters of the museum and to offer written suggestions," Crossed said at the time.
Feminists for Life of America promoted the open house, which celebrated the suffragist’s birthday on Sunday, February 15.
Serrin Foster, the group’s president, told LifeNews.com at the time that she appreciated Crossed’s hard work in preserving the home.
"Our congratulations and sincere thanks go to Carol Crossed, who purchased this important home for generations to come, and the Birthplace Museums board of directors for their efforts to restore the home and their exciting plans to create a museum worthy of Anthony," she said.
Susan B. Anthony was born in the Adams, Massachusetts home in 1820. Linda and James McConchie purchased the home in 1998 with the intention of turning it into a museum but they were unable to complete the project.
Located at 67 East Road, the Federal style home was built by Anthony’s father, Daniel, in 1818 and his famous daughter was born there two years later. The house has been on the National Register of Historic Places for 24 years; the dream of making the house into a museum has persisted since 1910.
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