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Rochester Children's Book  Festival

Evans Collection at Scotland National Library

Learn how Walter Evans became a collector of 400 years of African-American history and art, including rare F. Douglass family letters.

Monday February 4 at Frederick Douglass Community Library, 971 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620

Saturday April 27 at Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia

A slide presentation on Rose's book Frederick and Anna Douglass in Rochester, NY: Their Home Was Open to All

Tuesday February 12 

Sponsored by the Greece Historical Society.

Greece Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd, Rochester, NY 14612


19th-Century Notables in Mt. Hope Cemetery

Get a glimpse of locals from George Washington's Drummer Boy, Nathaniel Rochester, abolitionists Frederick and Anna Douglass, and more.

Thursday, January 3 at a monthly local history series at Charlotte Branch Library, 3558 Lake Ave, Rochester, 14612

Thursday, June 13 at St. Albans - St. Cecilia Guild, Christ Church in Pittsford, NY.


19th Century Notables in Mt. Hope Cemetery

Thursday April 19, 2018

Light refreshments 6:30 p.m.; presentation 7 p.m.

Ellwanger Estate B&B, 625 Mt. Hope Ave.

$15 includes donation to Landmark Society Gardens.

Reservations at: rosehistory@gmail.com

19th Century Notables in Mt. Hope Cemetery


Sunday, February 25 at 2 PM


Calvary St. Andrews Church

Averill Avenue, Rochester 14620

Free for all; donations accepted


Alternative Fair

First Unitarian Church, Winton Rd N. in Rochester

Dec. 1, 5-9 pm and Dec. 2, 10 am - 4 pm

Rochester Children's Book Festival 2017 at MCC

Saturday, November 4 10 AM - 4 PM

Slide presentation by Rose O'Keefe at 10:15 on 19th Century Notables in

Mt. Hope Cemetery.

RACWI and Altrusa Club Book Festival to Go

School 17, Rochester, NY

October, 2017

​Armchair Tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery

May 6, TM District 65 Conference, Downtown Rochester

April 17 at Gates Historical Society, Gates Town Hall

April 13 at Chestnut Court at St. Johns Meadows.


February 7 at the monthly meeting of the genealogy group at the

Ogden Farmers’ Library. 

Frederick and Anna Douglass in Rochester, NY

April 10 at F Douglass Community Library, Rochester




Rochester Children's Book Festival 2016 at MCC

Saturday, November 12 10 AM - 4 PM

Presentation on Armchair Tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery;

Frederick and Anna Douglass and their Contemporaries.


Frederick and Anna Douglass and their Circle in Mt. Hope Cemetery

Presentation October 23

Penfield Presbyterian Church


May 16, 6:00 to 8:00

Author Rose O’Keefe teams up with story teller D’lores Simmons for a slide show and historical talk honoring the women in the Douglass family circle.

Location: Ellwanger Estate, 625 Mt. Hope Ave

Tour the gardens at 6:00; refreshments on the porch at 6:30; slide show at 7:00.

Tickets $20, to benefit the historic Ellwanger gardens.

Reservations required: rosehistory@gmail.com


Reading: Special Delivery: From One Stop to Another on the Underground Railroad,
Children’s Book Fair

Barnes & Noble

1305 Mt. Hope Ave. Rochester, NY.

Saturday, February 13



Western NY Children's Book Festival

Buffalo, NY


Self-Published Book Festival

Downtown Rochester Public Library


In addition to talks and tours to private groups this fall, Rose will be giving a short talk on the Douglass family at the annual:

Rochester Children's Book Festival

Monroe Community College


Third Thursday History Shows

Odd Fellows Building

357 Gregory Street


Thursday Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

Local history author Rose O’Keefe will present at slide show, “Frederick and Anna Douglass in Rochester, NY.”


Thursday July 16 at 7 p.m.

Veteran history author Richard Reisem will present a slide show, “Myron Holley, Rochester’s Unsung Hero.” 





Fri. Dec. 6 (5-9 pm) and Sat. Dec. 7 (10-2), First Unitarian Church Alternative Faire, 220 Winton Road.


Tue. Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Highland Park Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting and Holiday Sale, Artisan Church, Clinton Ave.



Mon. Nov. 3, presentations at lunch and tea at S.B Anthony House, 17 Madison St.

Sat. Nov. 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Roch. Children’s Book Festival at MCC, 1000 E. Hen. Rd

Sat. Nov. 22, 10 a.m., Book Signing, Fairport Historical Museum, 18 Perrin St., Fairport

Sat. Nov. 22, 2 p.m., Show & Tell, MoodMakers Books, Village Gate, 302 N. Goodman St.



Wed. Oct. 15, noon news brief on WROC TV Ch. 8. Click here to view the video of this interview with Mark Gruba about Special Delivery: From One Stop to Another on the Underground Railroad.


Wed. Oct. 15. Good Day Rochester on WHAM TV Ch. 13. Click here to view the video of this interview with Norma Holland and others about Special Delivery: From One Stop to Another on the Underground Railroad.


Wed. Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Show & Tell, Barnes & Noble, 3349 Monroe Ave, Pittsford



14 - 1 PM Author appearance at Mount Hope Cemetery prior to the Frederick Douglass tour from 1-3 pm.



30 - Wellness on Wednesdays, Immanual Lutheran Church, Webster, "Historic Genesee Country, 1142-1872"



  • Interview with Rochester TV personality Mark Gruba. Click here to see the interview about Frederick and Anna Douglass in Rochester, NY

  • Presentation at the Amerian Association of University Women, Rochester, NY

With Sally Valentine at RCBF 2016

Book Talk and Signing at Barnes and Noble

Great Talk at Calvary St Andrews in Rochester

Authors and Illustrators, RCBF 2016

Click picture to view Rose's

TV interview about

Special Delivery.

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