8/10/08 A Potpourri of Public Art

guide: Peter Hahn

departs from Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Ave)
Sunday, August 10 at 3pm

9/14/08 A Labor History Bike Tour

After a brief orientation the tour will leave RoCo at 3 pm and visitdowntown sites celebrating the history of Rochester’s workers — theirjobs, their issues, and their unions. Stops include the convention center,where famous orators spoke; the aqueduct, which launched the city¹s economy;the first labor lyceum site; the centers of grain milling and the productionof cigarettes, clothing, shoes and cameras; the headquarters of the centrallabor bodies; the sites of the union-run Labor Chest, an anti-chain storecampaign, the first demonstration of the 1946 General Strike, and more. Thetour will conclude with Q&A at RoCo with Jon Garlock, co-author of theRochester Labor History Map/Guide, and All these Years of Effort, freecopies of which will be available.

guide: Jon Garlock
departs from Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Ave)
Sunday, September 14 at 3pm

City Hall Common Council chamber, site of the Labor Lyceum from 1897 to 1911 Erie Canal aqueduct, rebuilt 1842 Reynolds Arcade, housed Altman's Rochester Union Label Store
Reynolds Arcade, site of Rochester Central Trades & Labor Council, 1903-1932 Hoyt's shoe factory, in Gorsline Building informational picket at the Eastman Theatre: the first public action of what became Rochester’s 1946 general strike
the original Erie Canal aqueduct, built in 1823 by convict labor Kimball's cigarette factory, site of major Knights of Labor strike in 1883

6/29/07 From Grave to Cradle: Sites, Insights and Foresights of Great Rochester Innovators

This tour will travel to Mt. Hope Cemetery, the first municipal rural landscape cemetery in the country. After visiting their current locations in the cemetery, we will visit significant sites around the city of Rochester where some of these innovators made their earlier marks on the world. Included will be Hiram Sibley and Don Alonzo Watson (Western Union, Purchase of Alaska), Henry Augustus Ward (Ward’s Natural Science Establishment), George Baldwin Selden (Automobile), James Goold Cutler (Mail Chute) and Josephus Requa (Machine Gun).

guide: Ron Richardson

Western Union Wooden Conduits Hyram Sibley Cutler Mail Chute Box Cutler Mail Chute System
Selden Patent Ward family home The Billinghurst-Requa Volley Gun

8/3/07 Emma Goldman: Rochester’s Most Famous Rebel

J. Edgar Hoover described Emma Goldman as “the most dangerous woman in America.” This tour will travel to the sites where Emma worked and lived in Rochester and address why Hoover hated her and millions of men and women throughout the world loved her. George Campbell McDade, is the author of “If I Can’t Dance, Its Not My Revolution!” a play about the life, times, triumphs and trials of Emma Goldman.

guide: George Campbell McDade Audio Tour

Emma Goldman, New York ca. 1890 Progressive Working People’s Lyceum (or Labor Lyceum) Progressive Working People’s Lyceum (or Labor Lyceum)
Progressive Working People’s Lyceum (or Labor Lyceum) Progressive Working People’s Lyceum (or Labor Lyceum) Progressive Working People’s Lyceum (or Labor Lyceum)

8/31/07 Down By The River: Obscure Rochester River History

This tour will travel to High Falls and follow the Genesee River Gorge north along Saint Paul St., parts of the River Trail, and Lake Avenue. Along the way will visit some historic, and not so historic sites important to Rochester’s history. The underlying theme will be the Genesee River Gorge area, but many lesser known, and obscure historical facts will be presented, such as High Falls daredevil Sam Patch, Rochester’s connection to the 1977 New York City blackout, the 1972 Brink’s armored car heist, a foiled suicide lottery, and one of Rochester’s most colorful historical figures “Rattlesnake” Pete, famous for treating goiter by wrapping Rattlesnakes around patient’s necks. We’ll also be visiting some city landmarks that include The Underground Railroad at Maplewood Rose Garden, memorials to Henry Lomb, and George Eastman (Mr. Eastman’s tomb at Kodak Park), Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, and Kodak’s Hawkeye Plant.

guide: Erik Olsson

Sam Patch the famous jumper Kodak Hawkeye Plant
Rattlesnake Pete Rattlesnake Pete Rattlesnake Pete
Construction of Veterans' Memorial Bridge Construction of Veterans' Memorial Bridge Construction of Veterans' Memorial Bridge Veterans' Memorial Bridge

9/30/07 Not-So-Smugtown After All: Political Protest and Direct Action in Rochester History *(this tour departs at 4pm)

This tour will visit sites in and near Downtown Rochester where people have taken their political, social, and economic grievances to the streets, and often prevailed. The physical landscape has changed somewhat, but the sites still bring history back to life -a history that includes the Vietnam anti-war movement (the “Flower City Conspiracy,” etc.), the rise of organized labor (1946 General Strike), the Civil Rights movement (especially the misnamed “Race Riot” of 1964) protests and civil disobedience against Reagan-era US attacks on Central America, and popular agitation against urban poverty and injustice.

guide: Jack Bradigan Spula