Kate's 150th

Kate Gleason, Visionary: A Tribute on Her 150th Birthday

Kate Gleason, Visionary: A Tribute on Her 150th Birthday

Kate Gleason’s name is so familiar to everyone in the RIT community that it can obscure our recognition of her many and varied accomplishments.  Born in Rochester on 25 November 1865, she was an entrepreneur and innovator who became internationally recognized for her acumen in business promotion and community development.   Continue reading “Kate Gleason, Visionary: A Tribute on Her 150th Birthday”

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About the Exhibition

This exhibition serves as a tribute to Kate Gleason’s multifaceted achievements in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, banking, and building.

This exhibition was produced by a faculty committee from the College of Liberal Arts at RIT, and the website was created by undergraduate Museum Studies students (see acknowledgements). To learn more about the Museum Studies program at RIT, please click here.

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We wish to thank the following for their generous support of this exhibition: College of Liberal Arts, RIT; The Wallace Center, RIT; RIT Archives; East Rochester Department of Local History; Gleason Corporation; Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester; Moving Image Research Collections, University of South Carolina; Local History and Genealogy Division, Rochester Public Library; Rochester Historical Society; Special Collections, Lavery Library, St. John Fisher College; and Janis F. Gleason’s The Life and Letters of Kate Gleason (RIT Press, 2010). Continue reading “Acknowledgements”

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2015 in review

An annual report for this blog was generated by To view an excerpt see below.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 630 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

To view the complete report, click here.

Thank you for your interest in this site and in our exhibition. To learn more about the undergraduate Museum Studies program at RIT, click here.

Scavenger Hunt Rules

The clues will be released on the days of the #popinpopup at 8 am, 12, and 3. Deadline for each day is 11:59 pm. Post your answers to Instagram or Twitter and tag @kates150th. You must attach a photo of your answer as proof. First person to submit the correct answers each day wins the daily prize.

Trading Cards

Come to the exhibition each week to collect a full set of Kate Gleason Trading Cards. A set of four will be issued each week of the show. Collect all 16!

Cucumber Pickles!

Come to the exhibition in the Sunken Gallery to pick up a copy of a recipe for pickles. This recipe is recorded in the “Black Book.” Here Kate recorded a wide range of information from her personal and professional life, including recipes, clothing and domestic expenses, and notes on travel as well as philanthropic donations and attendance at meetings. For more, visit Rochester Voices.

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by Alissa Roy

Scavenger Hunt

While the onsite exhibition has brought together evidence of Kate Gleason’s life and work, there’s more to this story. There are many other items referencing Kate, however they could not be moved into the exhibition space. For instance, our College of Engineering is named in Kate’s honor. To bring together these items and to share them with our visitors, we’ll launch a scavenger hunt on Friday, November 20 where you can learn more about Kate through items on our campus! Follow @kates150th on Twitter and Instagram to participate.

PopUp @ SCOB

Did you know that Kate Gleason was the first female bank president in the US without family ties to the institution? Learn more when you stop by the popup exhibit at the Saunders College of Business on Wednesday, December 2 from 11:30-1:30. Treat yourself to cupcakes and stickers as we honor Kate!

PopUp @ SAU

Did you know that Kate Gleason was a suffragist? Learn more when you stop by the popup exhibit at the Center for Women & Gender on Monday, November 23. Treat yourself to cupcakes and stickers as we honor Kate!

PopUp @ SLA 1475

Did you know Kate Gleason designed houses? Learn more when you stop by the popup exhibit at the school of architecture on Monday, Nov. 30 for cupcakes and stickers!

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