Program: A resident of Rochester, Fidelia was the Women's Rights Editor for the Rochester Era and owned an interest in Truth for the People, an advocacy newspaper dedicated to "the best interest of the people politically, morally, and socially."
In 1874, Fidelia was one of ten men and women chosen to represent Rochester and Avon Township at the Michigan State Women's Suffrage Associations' annual meeting in Lansing. She and her fellow delegates waged a campaign to drum up support for a women's rights amendment to the state constitution. Although the proposal was eventually defeated, Fidelia continued her quest for universal suffrage through lectures and writing, publishing several volumes of poetry and essays.
Maureen Thalmann will share her knowledge of this woman who was a writer, lecturer, and missionary. Minister Fidelia Gillette was hailed as a "thinker of uncommon breadth" for her efforts in the fight for women's suffrage during the 1870s.
Free for Museum Members | Non-Members $5 Adults