Rose O’Keefe has enjoyed helping residents in the Rochester and western New York area renew their pride and interest in local history. Besides local area history, Rose has written two books on the life of Frederick Douglass and his family members in the Rochester area. Through her history books and regional history fairs, Rose has brought together community groups, vendors, authors and speakers with local audiences.
Upcoming Rose O'Keefe Presentations
19th-Century Notables in Mt. Hope Cemetery
Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30 at Frederick Douglass Community Library,
971 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620.
Get a glimpse of locals from George Washington's Drummer Boy, Nathaniel Rochester, abolitionists Frederick and Anna Douglass, and more.
Rose has been talking about Western New York history and Frederick Douglass family history on the News!
Click here to see her TV interview about Special Delivery with Mark Gruba, Rochester Channel 8.
Testimonial about Frederick and Anna Douglass in Rochester New York from Celeste-Marie Bernier, co-author of If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and the Family in the Walter O. Evans Collection: .. Even more recently, in 2013, Rose O'Keefe published her ground-breaking book Frederick and Anna Douglass in Rochester, New York: Their Home Was Open to All. She pulls no punches regarding the difficulties besetting scholars: "Although researchers have devoted decades to cataloguing five thousand pieces of his public writings, speeches and travels in the marvelous series, 'The Frederick Douglass Papers', details about the family are much harder to come by." (October 2018)