Rose O’Keefe enjoys sharing Rochester and Western New York history. In addition to writing three local area histories, Rose has written two books on the life of Frederick Douglass and his family. Through her books and talks, Rose brings to life little known history for local audiences.
Rose O'Keefe Presentations
African-Americans in Mt. Hope Cemetery
3/10/2020 at The Gables, Brighton
3/3/2020 at Ogden Library
2/8/2020 at Rundel Library, Rochester
Anna Murray Douglass
2/9/2020 Calvary St. Andrews Church, Rochester
2/15/2020 at Frederick Douglass Library, Rochester
The Douglass Family in Rochester, NY
2/18/2020, Perinton Historical Society, Fairport
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)