Actors to recreate Susan B. Anthony trial

WARREN – The 28th annual Trumbull County Women’s History celebration will be held at noon on March 22 at Packard Music Hall in Warren. Doors open at 11 a.m.

The program is titled “The Trial of Susan B. Anthony,” featuring actor Hank Fincken, who has toured for more than 25 years, including with Ohio Chautauqua, portraying prosecuting attorney Richard Crowley.

On Nov. 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony and 15 of her female friends voted in the national election.

Participants at the event will utilize role-playing techniques to recreate the trial using 19th century logic. There is no set script. Crowley will attempt to convince all attendees that the time in the 1870s is not right to give women the vote. Crowley has been assigned the task of punishing Anthony and perhaps squelching the suffrage movement.

Local participants will help Fincken by playing the roles of judge and witnesses, and the audience will be the jury at Anthony’s trial.

The annual event has brought in different speakers over the years.

Esther Gartland is serving as chairwoman of the celebration. She and committee member E. Carol Maxwell recently visited Probate Judge Thomas Swift’s courtroom, where a plaque is located in his court noting the location was once a scene of the local women’s suffrage movement. The plaque is in honor of Harriet Taylor Upton, a suffrage leader, whose home is the current Upton House on Mahoning Avenue.

Upton brought the national headquarters of the Women’s Suffrage Movement to Warren from 1903 to 1910. Every major suffragist, including Susan B. Anthony, Catherine Cady Catt and Anna Howard Shaw, worked from this office to secure the right to vote for the American woman.

Upton gave 32 years of her life to the cause, serving 18 years as national treasurer and 18 years as president of the Ohio Women’s Suffrage Association.

The 19th amendment giving women the right to vote was added to the Constitution in 1920.

Reservations are due by March 9. For tickets, call 330-360-0901.