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2019

Women’s Rights National Historical Park Honors Black History Month with Special Programs

Seneca Falls, NY— In honor of Black History Month, and as part of a series of special programs commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will host two speakers in February to talk about the intersection of gender and race in the women’s suffrage movement. Both programs are free to the public and will take place at the park’s visitor center, located at 136 Fall Street in downtown Seneca Falls.

On Saturday, February 15 at 11 am, Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, Associate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the College at Brockport (SUNY), will present “Fannie Barrier Williams: 100 Years after Suffrage and the Legacies of Race, Gender, and Civic Voice.” Her talk will spotlight Fannie Barrier Williams (1893-1918), an African American suffragist, writer, orator, and social justice reformer from western New York who worked with Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and Ida B. Wells Barnett. Williams was born in Brockport, NY, and in 1870 was the first African American woman to graduate from the Brockport Normal School, now The College at Brockport (SUNY). Fighting in an era fraught with racial discrimination, Williams became a major, nationally recognized figure on social justice, civil rights, and gender issues. Despite her extraordinary accomplishments, Williams is not a familiar name in US suffrage or women’s rights history. Placing Williams front and center in commemorating the centennial passage of the 19th amendment, this talk takes up questions on race, gender, and empire with a focus on the mythologizing of equality for all women as it intersects suffrage movements.

On Saturday, February 29 at 2 pm the public is invited to hear Dr. Laura Free, Associate Professor of History at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, present “Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Racist?” How do we deal with the complicated history of racism in the women’s suffrage movement? How can we recognize the milestone accomplishments of early feminists, while also holding them accountable for their harmful, elitist views? This talk grapples with the complicated race- and gender-politics Elizabeth Cady Stanton engaged in in the 1860s, exploring how her racism informed her feminism. It seeks to contextualize her actions within her contemporary political moment, as well as to recognize and bring to light the troubling racism of one of the founding foremothers of American women’s rights activism.

To learn more about exhibits, programs and events available at the park, visit us online at www.nps.gov/wori or www.Facebook.com/womensrightsnps, or call the park at (315) 568-0024.

About Women’s Rights National Historical Park In 1848 five women organized the First Woman’s Rights Convention and wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, stating that “all men and women are created equal.” Women’s Rights National Historical Park commemorates the convention and preserves the sites associated with the convention and its organizers, including the Wesleyan Chapel, the Stanton House, the M’Clintock House, and the Hunt House. The park’s visitor center offers an orientation film and exhibits. Tours of the houses are offered seasonally.


National Underground Railroad
Training Event

Underground Railroad

Crossings: Bridging the Authentic Underground
Railroad Past to the Present

September 11 ~ 14, 2019

Niagara University
5795 Lewiston Road
Niagara Falls NY 14109
716-286-8700

The public is encouraged to attend.

For more information:
https://asalh.org/underground-railroad-training
Diane Miller Diane_Miller@nps.gov

Program Schedule: https://asalh.org/underground-railroad-training/eventschedule
Registration: https://asalh.org/underground-railroad-training/underground-railroad-registration
Vendors: https://asalh.org/underground-railroad-training/exhibitor-form/
Field Sessions Sept. 11 & 14 https://asalh.org/underground-railroad-training/field-session-tours
Lodging: http://hyattplaceniagarafalls.com (Enter the group code G-NTFT for special rates)

HYATT PLACE NIAGARA FALLS,
310 Rainbow Boulevard South,
Niagara Falls, New York, United States, 14303 716-285 5000

Underground Railroad 2

Women’s Rights National Historical Park

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 19, 2019


Contacts: Stephanie Freese, Stephanie_Freese@nps.gov, 315-568-2991

Women's Rights National Historical Park to host Citizenship Ceremony

SENECA FALLS, NY – A citizenship ceremony will take place inside the Wesleyan Chapel at Women’s Rights National Historical Park at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 26, 2019. The ceremony is co-sponsored by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the National Park Service. 20 participants will take the oath of allegiance on the site where women first demanded the full rights of citizenship, including the right to vote.

The National Park Service and USCIS partnership agreement helps introduce new citizens to some of the nation’s most significant natural resources and cultural heritage sites. These historic and picturesque sites provide an ideal backdrop for citizenship ceremonies, where new citizens can learn about and reflect on American identity and the responsibilities of citizenship.

The Honorable Marion Payson, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York will preside over the ceremony and administer the oath to the new citizens. Also participating in the ceremony will be Andrea Dekoter, Acting Superintendent, Women’s Rights National Historical Park and a keynote address will be given by Nadia Shahram, Esq. The Geneva Chapter of League of Women Voters will staff a voter registration booth. The Seneca County Area Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the First Presbyterian Church will sponsor a reception in the Visitor Center after the event.

“We are honored to host this ceremony at a site that embodies the American democratic process and inspires us to follow in the footsteps of those who came before us,” said Superintendent Andrea DeKoter.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. For more information, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-2991.


We need volunteers to work our
booth at the New York State Fair!!

Volunteer 2

We are looking for volunteers to help staff our display at the NEw York State Fair on August 26, 2019. We will need staffing from 9:00 am to 9:00pm. We are supposed to have 2 people at the booth at all times. I plan to be there the full day, but would need a small break. Volunteer spots are available on a first come first given basis. Entrance ticket and parking are included for volunteers who commit ASAP.

Name: Equality day at the Fair
Date: August 26, 2019
Available Times: 9:00am - 9:00pm

Sign Up to Volunteer

Thank you for all you do to make our community a better place!

Sincerely,
Melissa Almeyda, Office Manager


Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Memorializes a Founding Father’s Slaves

Women’s Rights National Historical Park presents the solo exhibition The Other Side – Charles, Caesar, Harry, Sam, Pompey, Lon, and Isaac, a series of photographs by New York artist Xiomáro. The 12 large prints will be on view from July 1 to August 31, 2019 at the Visitor Center’s gallery on the second floor.

The Other Side is the first artistic photographic collection to examine the slave cemetery at the William Floyd Estate in New York. The estate is part of the National Park Service, which commissioned Xiomaro to create the images. William Floyd (1734-1821), is a founding father and general who served under George Washington. Floyd represented New York in the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, where he set his signature to the Declaration of Independence in July 1776.

The photographs on exhibition show the undated wooden crosses of the little-known slave cemetery on Floyd’s estate. The crosses bear generic slave names and are set apart on the other side of a fence from the elaborate individualized stones of the Floyd family cemetery. The exhibition is intended by the artist to serve as spiritual memorials to the laborers—both enslaved persons and paid servants of color—who worked on Floyd’s plantation. The photographs have a wistful, dreamy quality that evokes a sense of melancholy and introspection.

In addition, the crosses, put in place sometime in the 1870s, represent in part the Floyd family’s evolution from slave ownership to active military service in the Union army during the American Civil War. The photographs were first exhibited at African Burial Ground National Monument in New York City.

Xiomaro (SEE-oh-MAH-ro) is an internationally-recognized artist and speaker whose photography of the National Parks has been covered by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and CBS Eyewitness News. His work has been widely exhibited at venues such as Harvard University and New York City’s Fraunces Tavern Museum. He is the author of Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing)—with a foreword by Senator Joe Lieberman—that tells the story of Julian Alden Weir, a leading innovator of American Impressionist painting whose farm will be commemorated on the US quarter in 2020.

The gallery at the Women's Rights National Historical Park Visitor Center is located on the second floor of 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, New York 13148, and the exhibition runs from July 1 to August 31, 2019. For visiting hours call (315) 568-0024. A free print and limited edition exhibit ebook can be downloaded at www.xiomaro.com.


Women’s Rights NHP News Release

Immediate
Stephanie Freese, 19th Amendment Centennial Coordinator
315-515-7625
05/02/2019

Seneca Falls, NY- Suffragists used tunes from commonly known songs or hymns and added their own lyrics to create anthems of the women’s rights movement. These songs addressed women’s status, relationships, and shared their dreams and goals. Women’s Rights National Historical Park is happy to present the music of the suffrage movement.

On May 18 at 1 – 4 p.m., the park will be hosting a “Music in Your Park” event including The Rochester Oratorio Society and the Albany Symphony. The event will take place in the Wesleyan Chapel, located at 126 Fall Street.

Resonanz Vocal Ensemble looks ahead to the Centennial of Women's Suffrage with a suite of Suffragist anthems that compelled a nation to action, newly restored and arranged from century-old sources by Eastman School of Music faculty member and pianist Jeannie Guerrero. The program also contains a stirring musical profile of Suffrage pioneer and Underground Railroad conductor, Harriet Tubman, by Robert DeCormier, the longtime arranger for Peter, Paul and Mary, and "I'm Told I'm A Citizen," from Mrs. President, by New York composer Victoria Bond. Eric Townell conducts. Resonanz, the touring ensemble of the Rochester Oratorio Society, performs for public celebrations, library concerts, school assemblies, private engagements and collaborations with leading arts organizations across Western New York. Resonanz will perform at 1 p.m.

At 2 p.m. the park will present a ranger-led Orientation Talk in the Chapel discussing the park and its various properties, the societal shifts that led to the 1848 Convention, the relationships among the organizers, and the importance of place and time at the start of the suffrage movement.

I AM I AM I AM is brought to us by the Albany Symphony. I AM I AM I AM is a collective dedicated to examining traditional gender norms and roles and addressing the ways in which society and specifically classical music perpetuate stale stereotypes about the place of women in the twenty-first century. They strive to celebrate the autonomy of the female body and being, shedding light on the role of women in our industry and society at large. I AM I AM I AM will perform at 3 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about Women’s Rights National Historical Park, including hours and upcoming programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024. Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS) and Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS).



We will be hosting a Victorian themed Candle Lit Christmas Tour at the Gage Center on November 23rd, coinciding with the annual Fayetteville Christmas Tree Lighting.

To prepare for it we invite you to join in the following ways:

  • Join the Center decorating party on Friday November 16th starting at 5:30
  • Bake period food for the event (event is the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Lend us Victorian Christmas decorations
  • Meet and Greet at the November 23 event

Bring your kids/grandkids to our decorating party! There will be tasks and games for children.

Please let us know if you 'd like to be part. You can email: matildajgagefoundation@gmail.com, or give us a call at (315) 637-9511.

We hope you'll join in on the fun this holiday season!


The Women’s Rights Alliance of New York State invites you to be part of our Women’s Rights Conference in November by sending your ideas for a presentation, panel or workshop.

The Alliance and the Conference will celebrate the 2020 Women's Suffrage Centennial by exploring race, class and culture in the women’s suffrage movement and sustaining women’s rights after 2020 in New York State.

Please take a few moments to review the attached material about the conference, the committee and the Alliance membership goals.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

WRANYS Executive Committee

Call for Papers


2018

Woman, Church and State

October 23, 2018 8:30 - 10p.m. EST

Presented by Kathleen Bishop

Kathie will discuss the most crucial writings and work left to us today in Gage’s feminist classic, Woman, Church and State, which was originally published in 1893. This work was so controversial that the local school library would not allow the book on their shelves, and Anthony Comstock threatened to arrest anyone who allowed young people to have access to it. These writings continue to be controversial today but are central to why women have not gained full rights as predicted by Gage. She understood that is was far more than gaining the right to vote but also included awareness and changing of the power the church and state had over women then (and still do). As an additional feature, Kathie, who is an antique collector, will present her experience of hunting for treasures for the Oz room and the importance of the antiques that she found.

To secure your spot for this session for only $15, click here

There is still time to sign up for all four fall sessions, and you can get access even if you missed one!

If you'd like to secure a spot in all four fall webinar sessions for only $50, click here

Registration for this session will close at 2:00pm on Tuesday October 22nd

We hope you'll join us!


Young Women and Gage

October 02, 2018 8:30 - 10p.m. EST

Presented by Angelica Shirley Carpenter

Angelica has written the first biography of Gage for young people, Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist, which will be published in September 2018 by the South Dakota Historical Society Press, just in time for our webinar visit with her!

Curator Emerita of the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature at California State University, Fresno, Angelica has authored four other biographies for young people, Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. Frank Baum, RobertLouis Stevenson, and Lewis Carroll. A past president of the International Wizard of Oz Club, she is an advisory board member for the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the American Library Association.

This promises to be another fun and informative session.

To secure your spot for this session for only $15, click here

There is still time to sign up for all four fall sessions, and you can get access even if you missed one!

If you'd like to secure a spot in all four fall webinar sessions for only $50, click here

We hope you'll join us!


Women's Rights National Historical Park Announces Convention Days 2018: July 20th – 22

Seneca Falls, NY-- Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP) is pleased to announce Convention Days 2018. In 2018, we are exploring the power of words to commemorate the 225th birthday of the reformer, orator, and preacher, Lucretia Mott; the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass; and the 170th anniversary of the First Women’s Rights Convention. This year’s theme, “You have pens and voices,” comes from an 1841 call to action by Lucretia Mott. Events are free and include children’s activities, art projects, live music, living history programs, speakers, and much more. Highlights include presentations with keynote speaker- Robbin Jorgensen, CEO and founder of Women Igniting Change® Friday and Saturday, children’s activities with Miss Tara and Miss Martha from the Seneca Falls Library Friday and Saturday, and take-home crafts with local artist Sandra Shutter on Friday and Sunday. Friday at 3:00 pm Women’s Rights National Historical Park is happy to host “Honoring Our Legacy: Remembering Esther Blake and Mary Curry in Preserving the Wesleyan Chapel” with a reception following. At 7:00 pm the Seneca Falls Community Band will begin a night of music continued by Symphoria, featuring Grammy Winning artist Joanne Shenandoah in the greenspace by the Historic Knitting Mill, the future home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Saturday, speakers include Christopher Densmore and Wendy Chmielewski from Swarthmore College, a conversation with Living Historians Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and an exciting community art project conducted by Art Force 5 from Alfred University. At 4:00 pm, come to the live taping of the Stuff you Missed in History Class podcast in the Wesleyan Chapel. At 7:30 pm, the opera Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Matilda Joselyn Gage will be performed in the Wesleyan Chapel. Convention Days activities will occur throughout Seneca Falls. Be sure to check out the entire schedule and other community museums for special events. We look forward to fun-filled weekend- rain or shine. Public parking is available throughout town, and accessible parking is available behind Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitor Center. For more information about Convention Days or Women’s Rights National Historical Park including hours and programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024.


Women's Rights National Historical Park and SHEROES United Commemorate the Tea Party that Started a Revolution

Seneca Falls, NY – On July 9 Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the non-profit, non-partisan group SHEROES United arecelebrating the 170th anniversary of the tea party that launched the Women’s Rights Movement with a living history program and panel discussion. The program will be from 10:30AM to 3:30 PM in the Wesleyan Chapel. The chapel, the original venue of the 1848 convention, will play host to academics, community members. A Collective Personal Bill of Rights will be introduced on the day. It will incorporate contributions from women and from many sectors of society. The program will be livestreamed via Facebook at @WomensRightsNPS and National Park Service staff will be live on Twitter at #WomensRightsNPS.

One hundred and seventy years ago on July 9, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Coffin Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt met for tea in Waterloo, NY. During the afternoon, these five key members of the women’s rights movement expressed their views about the lack of basic women’s rights and just ten days later joined 300 other people at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Fall for what would become the first women’s rights convention in the United States.

On July 21, 1848, a total of 68 women and 32 men signed a Declaration of Sentiments that borrowed words from the Declaration of Independence. The organizers added two controversial words. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men and women are created equal”. The local newspaper the Oneida Whig called it “The most shocking & unnatural event ever recorded in the history of Womanity!” The women continued to fight at great personal risk. They prevailed.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP at info@SuperwomanCampaign as soon as possible as seats are limited.

SHEROES United is a non-partisan 501c3 that provides education, training, mentoring, and leadership opportunities to help women rise so they can give back.

For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit the website www.nps.gov/wori or call (315)568-2991. Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS), Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS), and Instagram (WomensRightsNPS).


Women’s Rights National Historical Park Celebrates Independence Day with “The Diary of Theodosia Ford”

Photographs by Xiomaro*

Seneca Falls, NY – Women’s Rights National Historical Park celebrates Independence Day with the debut exhibition The Diary of Theodosia Ford - Photographs by Xiomaro. 12 images tell the dramatic story of a young widow’s unsung role in the American Revolution by giving up her family’s New Jersey home to George Washington for use as his headquarters during the worst winter of the war. Admission is free and the photographs will be on view from July 1 to August 31, 2018 at the Visitor Center’s gallery on the second floor.

General Washington spent the winter of 1779-80 at the home of Theodosia Ford, who persevered through the deaths of several family members including her toddler. Ford’s 12-room Georgian Revival mansion became Washington’s headquarters as it was strategically located between Philadelphia and the British stronghold in New York City. Conditions were harsh. The house was crowded with the General’s assistants, servants and slaves, his wife Martha, and other notable individuals to the Revolution such as, Alexander Hamilton, Marquis de Lafayette, Philip Schuyler, and Benedict Arnold. The winter of 1779-1780 recorded more than 20 snowstorms, described by a soldier as “cold enough to cut a man in two.”

The exhibition of 12 images are drawn from a collection of almost 100 photographs of the Ford mansion that Xiomaro was commissioned to create for the National Park Service at New Jersey’s Morristown National Historical Park. Each 17”x25” image is accompanied by a compelling narrative written by the artist. “The events and dates are factual, but I presented Theodosia’s story as an imagined diary that dramatizes what her feelings might have been as she and her four children lived through this very difficult time in history,” explains Xiomaro.

The artist used only existing window light with a sparing use of a technique called “light painting” to create ethereal photographs with rich color, detail, and dramatic contrasts of light and shadow. In addition to the framed images, two are presented as “photo ceramics.” Xiomaro applied adhesives and finishes over photographic prints to fuse them onto black 12” ceramic tiles giving the images a luminous textured surface.

Xiomaro is an internationally-recognized artist and speaker whose photography has been covered by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and CBS Eyewitness News. His work has been widely exhibited at venues such as Harvard University and New York City’s Fraunces Tavern Museum. Next year, Arcadia Publishing will release his photo book, Weir Farm National Historic Site, about Julian Alden Weir, the father of American Impressionist painting.

The gallery at Women's Rights National Historical Park Visitor Center is located on the second floor of 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, New York 13148, and the exhibition runs from July 1 to August 31, 2018. A free limited edition exhibit e-book of photographs can be downloaded at www.xiomaro.com, which includes free entry into a giveaway of a softcover book about the Ford Mansion and a 5”x7” print.

For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit the website www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024. Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS), Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS), and Instagram (WomensRightsNPS). Join the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park at www.womensrightsfriends.org. If you would like to receive email announcements about other upcoming events, just send an email to wori_information_desk@nps.gov to subscribe.



Want to learn more about Gage’s influence on Oz, what it meant to offer her home as a station on the Underground Railroad, why she received an Honorary Adoption into the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk nation and why she lost her rightful place in history? Then sign up for our new webinar series here and learn from:

* a descendant of Harriet Tubman

* the premier Baum expert

* a traditional Haudenosaunee woman

* the author of a newly-released Gage biography for young adults

* the executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism

*Full session details and ticket prices can be found here*

PLUS: A new look at Gage’s feminist classic, Woman, Church and State, and a fascinating update on the adventures of our Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights.

Join our moderator, Dr. Kathie Bishop and our host, Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner for this informative and entertaining series.

Sign up here and do it soon! Webinar begins May 15.



Women’s Rights National Historical Park is pleased to present
a special art exhibit featuring the work of both students and teachers
from Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls, NY.

The exhibit begins Wednesday, April 4, 2018, continues through the end of the month, and will feature selected work by talented Mynderse students, and three of their gifted teachers.

This exciting collaboration is possible thanks to Andrew Day, Art Teacher at Mynderse Academy who participated in the National Park Service Teacher Ranger Teacher program last summer with Women’s Rights National Historical Park. The exhibit is free and open to the public.


Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls is seeking Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs)

We have positions in visitor services, facilities and maintenance, interpretation and education, and administration.

It is our goal at Women’s Rights National Historical Park to employ the skills and experience that each volunteer extends. We only ask that you be at least 16 years of age and commit to share the mission and goals of the National Park Service.

Volunteer Coordinator Denise DeLucia will hold two Informational gatherings for interested potential volunteers in the Guntzel Theater at the Visitor Center at 136 Fall Street --Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 10:00am. Please RSVP with Denise DeLucia at 315-568-2991 x3004 or at denise_delucia@nps.gov.

Women's Rights National Historical Park presents Saturdays with Stanton

Seneca Falls, NY – Women’s Rights National Historical Park is excited to share Saturdays with Stanton for Women’s History Month. Each Saturday in March, at 1:00pm in the Wesleyan Chapel, Dr. Melinda Grube, professional living history interpreter, will discuss topics such as Family Life (March 10), Stanton and the Irish (March 17), Women’s Rights 1848 (March 24) , and the rise of reform movements in 19th Century Central and Western New York (March 31). Tours of the newly renovated Elizabeth Cady Stanton House at 32 Washington Street, Seneca Falls will be offered each Saturday during Women’s History Month between 10:00am and 12:00pm.

Melinda Grube, PhD, a descendant of a Seneca Falls abolitionist family, has followed an educational path inspired by women’s rights history. Dr. Grube is an adjunct lecturer of history at Cayuga Community College and has portrayed Elizabeth Cady Stanton for educational programs, lectures, and events in Seneca Falls and throughout New York State for over a decade.

Women’s Rights National Historic Park is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit the website www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-2991.

Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS), Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS) and Instagram (WomensRightsNPS)

Join the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park at www.womensrightsfriends.org.

If you would like to receive email announcements about other upcoming events, just send an email to wori_information_desk@nps.gov to subscribe.


Music in the American Wild Celebrates Women’s Voices Past and Present at Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Seneca Falls, NY – On March 3 at 2:30 p.m., Music in the American Wild (MAW) will perform at Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY. MAW will celebrate the voices of American women past and present with music by Amy Beach, Joan Tower, and a brand-new commission by Caroline Mallonée. The new work, Solitude of Self, is inspired by the words of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, whose Seneca Falls home is a central site of Women’s Rights NHP. Mallonée, who describes her piece as, “At times dramatic, stark, optimistic, indignant and dark,” joins a dynamic program for winds, strings, and voice that showcases music of the suffragette era and today.

Music in the American Wild began as a celebration of the 2016 National Park Service centennial. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the ensemble commissioned 11 pieces and premiered them in a seven-park tour in summer 2016, including performances in Olympic National Park’s Hoh Rainforest, and Mammoth Cave’s deep underground caverns. This performance at Women’s Rights National Historical Park breaks new ground for MAW, shifting the focus to a historical interpretation of our cultural “wild;” and honoring the accomplishments of Americans who have fought to have their voices heard throughout history.

Music in the American Wild’s collaboration with Women’s Rights NHP launches a new MAW initiative of performances inspired by American women, building up to the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment. MAW director Emlyn Johnson says that, “We hope our concert provides a unique opportunity for visitors to explore this local National Park site, and gain a fresh perspective on its rich history.”

The free concert will take place on March 3rd at 2:30 p.m. in the Wesleyan Chapel located at 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls, NY 13148. For more information about Music in the American Wild, please see www.musicintheamericanwild.com or contact musicintheamericanwild@gmail.com.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School of Music.

For more information about the park including hours and upcoming programs, please visit the website www.nps.gov/wori or call (315)568-0024. Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS), Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS) and Instagram (WomensRightsNPS). Join the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park at www.womensrightsfriends.org. If you would like to receive email announcements about other upcoming events, email to wori_information_desk@nps.gov to subscribe.


David Mills Performs the Poetry of Langston Hughes

Seneca Falls, NY-- What better way to celebrate Black History Month and the Harlem-Renaissance writer Langston Hughes-affectionately known as Shakespeare in Harlem- than two, hour long, one-person-dramatic renditions of Langston Hughes’ poems and short stories at Women’s Rights National Historical Park on February 24, 2018? Performances will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Wesleyan Chapel located at 136 Fall Street in Seneca Falls, New York. Each show will be followed by a question and answer session. Performances are free and open to the public. In addition, they appropriate for all ages.

Mr. Mills’ show is no mere recitation of Hughes’ work. Actor and writer David Mills’ performance takes the audience on an odyssey spanning five decades- from the 1920s-through the 1960s- of Hughes’ writings, where Mr. Mills portrays Hughes’ notable characters, such as Madam Alberta K. Johnson. Mr. Mills enacts excerpts of Hughes’ iconic, poetry collection “Montage of A Dream Deferred,” too. Hughes’ work lends itself to dramatic interpretation because Langston frequently wrote persona poems (poems in the first-person voices of people such as the aforementioned Alberta K.)

Mr. Mills brings to life Hughes’ black characters- individuals who migrated to Harlem during the early 20th century and resided there through the 1960s. His performance highlights Hughes’ unending love for Harlem- with its foibles and fantasies, its beauty and brutality. Mr. Mills plays both white and black Americans, young and old, and male and female characters whom Langston created.

The show explores Hughes’ penchant for both humor and pathos; and Mr. Mills dramatically interprets Langston Hughes’ contribution to modernist poetry- the blues poem. Hughes’ classic pieces such as “I’ve Known Rivers,” “Mother to Son,” “Theme for English B” and “I, Too” are enacted alongside lesser-known, but equally powerful Hughes poems such as Merry Go Round, and Advice, giving the audience a nuanced look at Langston. Mr. Mills also performs the short-stories “Thank You Ma’am.” The hilarious, ironic and little-known Hughes short story, “Rock, Church.” is one of the show’s centerpieces.

For more information about Women’s Rights National Historical Park, including hours and upcoming programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024. Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS) and Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS). If you would like to receive email announcements about other upcoming events, just send an email to wori_information_desk@nps.gov to subscribe.


Women March Coverage

Spectrum News with Betty

Channel 13, Rochester news with Melina


Women March in Seneca Falls2018 is proud to announce confirmed presenters (to-date) for the 1st Anniversary March & Rally, “per-Sisters for Women’s Equality,” commemorating the 700 historic women’s marches of 2017:

Conveners: Sally Roesch Wagner, Executive Director; Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue; Louise Herne, Haudenosaunee Bear Clan Mother; and singer Brandi Taylor, student, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Speakers: Rev Leah Ntuala; Shauna O’Toole; Juanita Perez Williams; Arlette Miller Smith; Yvonne Taylor; Karen King; Nadia Sharam; Tammy Mills.

All supporters of women’s rights as human rights are encouraged to gather in solidarity on January 20, 2018, 10am, at Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, birthplace of women’s rights in America. Speakers will focus their remarks on the Unity Principles of WMinSF: ending systemic racism & sexism; environmental justice; equal pay; eradicating violence against women; gender parity in elected office; LGBTQIA, immigrant, and disability rights; passage of the proposed ERA; and, reproductive rights/self-sovereignty.

Women March in Seneca Falls 2018 is a peaceful, non-partisan, inclusive march and rally. Event partners: Auburn Public Theater; Café XIX; CNY NOW Chapter; Finger Lakes WOMAN; National Women’s Hall of Fame; Rochester NOW; The Gould; Town of Seneca Falls; W.I.L.L.

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The world premiere of the opera, "Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage," is set for 4pm Sunday, January 21 at the Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse, N.Y. Witness the story of Matilda Joslyn Gage, the lesser known third member of the "triumvirate" of early women's suffragists -- the other two being Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This opera tells how they came together in the early 1850's, then had their great split in 1890, resulting in Matilda being "pushed aside," and right out of the history books. Along the way, we also discover how Matilda fought for others who had been "pushed aside," including African-Americans and Native Americans, and how she came to believe that all freedom struggles are equal and interconnected.

This opera tells the story of a woman of courage and integrity publicly defying 19th century laws that forced complicity with slavery and denied women their autonomy and liberty and the right to vote. This story shines a light on a remarkable corner of the world known as Central New York that became a hub of free thought and radical activism for ending slavery and promoting Native American rights as well as social justice.

The Society for New Music commissioned Ithaca-based composer Persis Parshall Vehar to write this opera, with funds from NYS REDC. How many cities the size of Syracuse can boast of a world premiere of an opera created by a regional composer about a regional heroine and brought to life by regional performers?

The libretto by Gabrielle Vehar brings to life a pivotal period in CNY history, dramatically chronicling Mrs. Gage's significant contributions during the first third of this 3 generation battle for equal rights for women. This fully-staged production with orchestra is made possible in part with funds from the Central New York Community Foundation.

Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students/seniors. Tickets for the show can be purchased here, or by calling the Society at 315-251-1151.

We hope to see you there!

Warm regards,

Sally

Sally Roesch Wagner, Founder/Executive Director



Help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment

The beautiful Town of Seneca Falls, New York is recognized nationally as the birthplace of women’s rights.

To honor our rich and empowering history, we’re proud to announce the planning of a year-long celebration that will take place in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment’s ratification.

Simply take a “2-0” photo in front of a historical landmark or site in your town and send it to us! By adding to our digital wall, you’ll become part of an ever-growing gallery with photos from around the world. For more details visit senecafalls2020.com.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton Luncheon

A Suffrage Centennial Reading

I hope to see many of you at this exciting event!
Warm regards,

Sally

Sally Roesch Wagner, Founder/Executive Director


Women’s Rights National Historical Park is Proud to Showcase
the ‘Women of Rochester Dress’ from November 1st-25th, 2017

Seneca Falls, NY – Women’s Rights National Historical Park is proud to showcase the ‘Women of Rochester Dress’. It will be on display from November 1st to the 25th, 2017.

The project started as a way to present Smart Textiles, this dress grew into a way to showcase the many contributions of remarkable women with connections to Rochester, NY. The body of the dress fabric incorporates the names of over 100 women including the creators. The panels highlight a number of women from a broad diversity of fields with national or international impact.

The dress features women from Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to Antoinette Blackwell and Harriet Tubman. It also highlights the contributions of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) mothers, who influenced and provided a model for women’s rights activists.

This project was funded in part by grants from the RIT Provost, an NSF Advance Grant (1209155), the RIT Cary Endowment; donations from Rosco GAMfloor and DUpont; as well as support from the faculty, staff, and students at Rochester Institute of technology and Brockport College.

Created by professors Marla Schweppe (concept, research, 3D models, Design /RIT), Shu Chang (research, 3D printing and electronic implementation, Media Sciences/RIT), Christine Heusner (research, fabric printing, Media Sciences/RIT), Gail Battaglia (dress design and construction, SUNY Brockport), Nuchjarin “Woon” Pareeratanasomporn (design and fabric printing, Media Sciences/RIT), Amanda Carroll (button designs, Media Sciences/RIT), Matthew Sisson (electronics, Mechanical Engineering/RIT), Bradley Dunn (3D design, Industrial Design/RIT), Dakota Bolt (3D printing, Biomedical Engineering/RIT), Pawan Padmakar Khake (Screen Printing, Media Sciences/RIT), Sanyukta Sanjay (materials procurement, Media Sciences/RIT), Kate Gibbons (stitching, SUNY Brockport), and Morgan Perrin (stitching, SUNY Brockport).

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100 Years of Women's Suffrage in NYS Celebration
Where: The Palace Theatre
2384 James Street Syracuse, New York 13206
When: Monday November 6th, 5:00 - 9:00PM

100 Years

Doors open at 5pm with suffragist specials being served in The Palace Commons Room.

Local women's groups will be tabling and local women artists will be featured. Matilda Joslyn Gage herself (a reenactor) will be greeting guests and speaking her piece.

Colleen Kattau will be opening the show with a new, original song to honor Gage and her contributions to the movement. A screening of the film "Suffragette" will begin at approximately 6:30.

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Center will be bringing our Haudenosaunee influence on women's rights exhibit, as well as the exhibit from the NY State Museum and items from the Gage Center for sale and give-away.

Tickets are $7.90 pre-sale. (The typical woman earns 79 cents on the dollar as compared to her male counterpart).

To purchase tickets for this exciting event, click here.
We hope to see you there!

Warm regards,

Sally

Sally Roesch Wagner, Founder/Executive Director



Women’s Rights National Historical Park is Proud to Announce ‘What We Carried’:
This Exhibition Offers Personal Perspective of Iraqi and Syrian Refugees

Seneca Falls, NY – Women’s Rights National Historical Park will be proudly displaying ‘What We Carried’: This Exhibition Offers Personal Perspective of Iraqi and Syrian Refugees. This exhibition will display more than 85 images which will illustrate common threads binding all of humanity. It will run from December 1st to January 14th.

Since 2003, more than four million Iraqis have left their homes and relocated in hopes of creating a better future for themselves and their families in a setting free of war and uncertainty. Many Iraqis sought refuge in Syria only to find another dangerous situation. Approximately 140,000 of these refugees have immigrated to the U.S., the majority with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and a small memento to remind them of home. To document their life-changing journey and shed light on the trials and tribulations refugees experience in their search for stability, renowned freelance photographer and author Jim Lommasson has created a project documenting what it means to leave everything behind.

What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria is a traveling exhibition of the Arab American National Museum. Lommasson invited Iraqi and Syrian refugees to share a personal item significant to their travels to the United States, such as a family snapshot, heirloom dish or childhood toy. Lommasson photographed each artifact and then returned a 13" x 19" archival print to the participant so the item could be contextualized by the owner. Exhibition visitors will receive firsthand insight into the consideration of what objects, images and memories might be chosen if one was forced to leave his home forever.

Jim Lommasson is a freelance photographer and author living in Portland, Ore. Lommasson’s book Exit Wounds: Soldiers’Stories – Life After Iraq and Afghanistan (Schiffer, 2015) and traveling exhibition is about American veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and their lives after their return from war. To read more about Lommasson visit his website:http://www.lommassonpictures.com/What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria was funded in part by The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), the Oregon Arts Commission and the Arab American National Museum.

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SAVE THE DATE
NOVEMBER 6, 2017

WomensActivism.nyc at the NYC Department of Records and Information Services
Women’s Salon and Director JoAnne Akalaitis
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
The Women’s Resource Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College

honor the women who won the right to vote in NYS in 1917 and people fighting for justice today with

100 Years

A celebration of women's activism in New York on the occasion of the Centennial Date of Women’s Suffrage in New York State

November 6, 2017
6pm – 8pm

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
155 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
FREE

CELEBRATION!
Women's speeches, writings, drama, poetry, music from the past and present
Multi-media installations and live site-specific performances
Women's Suffrage sing-along
Open mic and food
Surprise take-away gifts
All Welcome.



First Amendment-First Vote! Civic Engagement Project for Pre-voting Aged High School Girls; Seminar anticipated February 2018

The Friends of WRNHP are lead partners with Women March in Seneca Falls, NY on First Amendment-First Vote! which focuses on the civic empowerment of pre-voting age, high school girls. There is also an ever-growing list of organizations and individuals who have signed on as supporting partners (financially and with in-kind resources) to the project. This summer, Melina Carnicelli of Women March in Seneca Falls, NY and I met with and obtained commitments from 4 school districts (Geneva, Seneca Falls, Southern Cayuga, and Waterloo) to each recruit approximately five girls to participate in a pilot seminar on the history of the women's movement in Seneca Falls, the path to suffrage, Amendments I and XIX, the underrepresentation of women in public elected office, and the voting registration process in NYS. The broad goal of this seminar, tentatively scheduled for February 16, 2018 at the Park, is to provide participating girls with the tools, knowledge, opportunity, and confidence to envision themselves as leaders and political change agents. Participating girls will also be required to volunteer at the Park during the summer of 2018 and register to vote and cast their first ballot when eligible; girls must also satisfy a certain number of suggested activities/requirements, including running for student government at their school, conducting an interview with a woman politician, etc. Please see the attached rack card (designed by Christine Alexander of Women March in Seneca Falls) for more information.


Women’s Rights National Historical Park is pleased to present
Carrying the Torch: Girl Scout Convention on Women’s Rights
Friday, October 13-Saturday, October 14, 2017 Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Carrying the Torch

This first-ever collaboration between Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways (the regional Girl Scouts council), the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and National Women’s Hall of Fame commemorates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State while celebrating how girls of today carry the torch of equal rights through civic engagement.

The two-day convention is free and open to all Girl Scouts. Activities will include:
• guided learning tours of Women’s Rights National Historical Park and historical sites Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, M’Clintock House and Wesleyan Chapel
• visits to the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill (future home of the Center for Great Women) and National Women’s Hall of Fame with special Girl Scout alumnae designations placed on inductee placards—including Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low
• a press conference celebrating the convention and the new Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York Girl Scout Patch
• a special interactive re-enactment of the reading of the Declaration of Sentiments
• a panel discussion (the “Convention”) in which girls and women leaders will discuss how the past influences the present and future—featuring GSNYPENN CEO Julie Dale, Women’s Rights National Historical Park Superintendent Noemi "Ami" Ghazala, Co-President of the National Women’s Hall of Fame Betty M. Bayer, 2007 Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Judith L. Pipher and special guests to be announced
• a Pop-Up Girl Scout Boutique and customer service center for member support • a special “GS Torchbearers” evening reception at the historic Gould Hotel for any Girl Scout alumna (age 21+ ) with others who were scouts and supporters of the movement (note: this event is $20 per person and requires a pre-paid ticket, includes complimentary cocktail and hors d'oeuvres)

Learn more and register at www.gsnypenn.org/torch.
Have questions? Email info@gsnypenn.org or call 1.855.213.8555.

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Women’s Rights National Historical Park is pleased to present
“George Washington Returns to Gotham”
An art exhibition by Felipe Galindo Feggo

Seneca Falls, NY – Women’s Rights National Historical Park is pleased to present “George Washington Returns to Gotham” an art exhibition by Felipe Galindo Feggo.

New York city artist Felipe Galindo presents “George Washington Returns to Gotham”, an exhibition of humorous works on paper featuring an imaginary visit from America’s First President to present-day New York. Influenced by historical imagery from the 18th century, the artist creatively interweaves the past and the present in a series of whimsical images, creating a unique world in which George Washington interacts with locals, explores the different neighborhoods, learns about modern customs and ultimately enjoys the vibrant mixture of cultures in the contemporary metropolis.

Reviewing the series, Ruth Lilienstein-Gatton wrote in Manhattan’s The Uptown Collective: “Felipe Galindo sets the father of our country in the modern landscape of Washington Heights. With unassuming cartoon lines and simple bright colors, Galindo’s panels are sweet, anachronistic jokes about our celebrated forefather facing off with multiculturalism as well as gentle jabs at the history of cultural hegemony. Seeing Washington flipped into the outsider role reminds us that American history includes a continuous shift of peoples from places and that collisions of culture can be funny.”

About the artist: Felipe Galindo (Feggo) creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animations, fine art and public art. Born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, he resides in New York City. Studied Visual Arts at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His humorous drawings have appeared in publications like The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Mad, Nickelodeon, Highlights, etc. and numerous European publications. He is the creator of Manhatitlan: Mexican and American Cultures Intertwined (J. Pinto Books.) He designed “Magic Realism in Kingsbridge,” a series of public artworks in glass for the 231st Street subway station #1 line, commissioned by the MTA. www.feggo.com

Media inquiries: The artist is available for interviews and media appearances, by appointment (by phone, email, Skype, and in person.)

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Women's Rights National Historical Park Announces
Women’s Equality Week, August 19-27, 2017

Seneca Falls, NY –Women’s Rights National Historical Park is proud to announce Women’s Equality Week which will highlight 27 women that have made serious contributions in their fields since the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. This nine-day celebration will include daily “Chapel Chats” on eight important women, as well as a display commemorating an additional 19 women outstanding in their field. 

The accomplishments of these women, made possible by passage of the 19th Amendment, in fields such as Activism, Government, Literature, and Athletics will be honored each day by a different ranger from Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Rangers will offer two presentations per day 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on one woman who has made strides in her field. 

Presentations begin on 8/19/2017 with Civil Rights Activist Ruby Nells Sales, Jeannette Rankin, US House of Representatives 8/20, Serena Williams, Athlete 8/21, Jackie Cochran 8/22, Anthropologist Margaret Mead, 8/23, Author Zora Neale Hurston, 8/24, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin 8/25. All eight women will be celebrated throughout the day on Women’s Equality Day with presentations on Saturday August 26, 2017, and finishing the week with Maya Angelou 8/27. 

There will be a further performance by the Bristol Valley Theater at 2 pm on Women’s Equality Day ‘Excerpts from Silent Sky’ by Lauren Gunderson.

For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit the website www.nps.gov/wori or call (315)568-2991. For a full list of programming during Convention Days, visit go.nps.gov/ConventionDays2017 

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Harold Holzer on Abraham Lincoln: an ESAHA exclusive

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

The Cooper Union, NYC, NY

Archives Partnership Trust Director Janet Braga recently caught up with 2017 Empire State Archives & History Award honoree Harold Holzer and discussed the ongoing legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. We wanted to share three gems from their interview, below.

Harold Holzer
Harold Holzer speaking at the 2016 Lincoln Forum Symposium. Photo courtesy of Henry F. Ballone.

JB:  Why Lincoln?

HH:  For me, from the beginning, Lincoln represented not only the greatest writer on American democracy, equality, and opportunity, but the living embodiment of those principles - after all, he not only spoke about a "new birth of freedom," he literally rose from log cabin to White House, and promised those who fought to save the Union that they were doing so to make sure their sons could do so as his own father's son had. As a bonus, that great, sad face ushered in the age of modern political image-making, which has always been a passionate interest of mine - not to mention an early professional occupation.

Abraham Lincoln
Earliest Known Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, circa 1848. From NYS Archives Series A3045-78.

JB:  What was your biggest "aha" moment that bonded you with him?

HH:  No question: it was the day our 5th grade teacher brought in a hatful of names - folded-up pieces of paper containing the names of dozens of dead white men, as I recall - and each of us lined up to choose one at random.  I don't know what spirit was guiding me that day, but I selected Lincoln. And the rest is history. We were told to head upstairs to the school library, choose a book from the open stacks, and write a "composition" about our man.  I chose the right subject, and an inspiring source - The Lincoln Nobody Knows by Richard Nelson Current, later a friend and mentor - and I was off. It helped that it was the period of the Civil War centennial. It also helped that we taught our kids American history back then. And that I was blessed to have a terrific teacher to encourage me.

1862 telegram from President Lincoln to Governor Morgan (NY)
1862 telegram from President Lincoln to Governor Morgan (NY) urging him to send as many troops as he could, as quickly as possible. From NYS Archives Series A4149-78.

JB:  What parallels do you see between Lincoln's time and today?

HH:  I'm always cautious about making comparisons, because every election seems like the most important ever, and every crisis seems "the worst since the Civil War." We're certainly a bitterly divided country again today, although, to be sure, blue-and-red splits are not as bad as blue-and-gray. Here's one parallel that I think is indisputable. Lincoln and Trump - and most of the most epochal presidents in between - adapted to revolutionary communications technologies to reach and influence their followers. With Trump it's Twitter. With Lincoln it was the telegraph. And in between we've had FDR and radio, JFK on television, and Barack Obama on social media. Whatever your politics, you have to hand it to these innovators - they were criticized for their reliance on "new media," but their mastery of communications put them in office.  


Elizabeth Nyamayaro
Elizabeth Nyamayaro
UN Women
UN Women
HeForShe Global Solidarity Movement
HeForShe Global Solidarity Movement

Women's Rights National Historical Park Announces our
Convention Days Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Nyamayaro

Seneca Falls, NY –Women’s Rights National Historical Park is proud to announce that Elizabeth Nyamayaro will be the keynote speaker for Convention Days 2017, July 14-16. Ms. Nyamayaro is Senior Advisor to Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women and the Head of the HeForShe Initiative, a global solidarity movement which seeks to engage men and boys as advocates for gender equality. A strong advocate for women rights and economic empowerment, she has worked at the forefront of Africa’s development agenda for more than a decade in both the public and private sector, and previously held positions with UNAIDS, World Health Organization and the World Bank. Prior to UN Women, she was Director External Affairs & Policy, Africa and part of the Corporate Strategy Office at Merck. Born in Zimbabwe and a Political Scientist by training, Ms. Nyamayaro holds a MSc in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Elizabeth will be giving her presentation: “HeForShe Global Solidarity Movement” on July 15th, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in Declaration Park at Women’s Rights National Historical Park. HeForShe is inviting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality; Women’s Rights National Historical Park - Declaration Park

For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit the website www.nps.gov/wori or call (315)568-2991. For a full Convention Days schedule visit go.nps.gov/ConventionDays2017

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Women's Rights National Historical Park Presents:
“Show and Tell: Cross-cultural Dialogue through Islamic Fashion”
By Etin Anwar

Seneca Falls, NY –Women’s Rights National Historical Park is proud to present “Show and Tell: Cross-cultural Dialogue through Islamic Fashion” on July 15th during Convention Days 2017. 

The event invites audiences to view the Islamic fashion show and participate in cross-cultural dialogues about diversity in Muslim women’s garb. The collection aspires to honor suffragist colors: white, purple, gold, and green. The goal of the event is to bridge cultural differences and foster dialogue, collaboration, and friendship. 

Etin Anwar is Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY. She is a scholar who has written and edited a number of publications, book chapters, and articles. Her first book is entitled: Gender and Self in Islam (Routledge, 2006). She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Genealogy of Islamic Feminism: Patterns and Trends in Indonesia. She has also been featured in the WXXI TV documentary called Muslim Women in Our Midst: The Path to Understanding in conjunction with America at the Crossroads (2006). Her work on Islamic fashion can be seen at www.modish.xyz. She has previously shown her work at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Skidmore Colleges. 

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Women's Rights National Historical Park Announces the Grand Opening
of the Newly Furnished Stanton and M’Clintock Homes

Seneca Falls, NY –Women’s Rights National Historical Park is proud to announce the opening of the newly furnished Elizabeth Cady Stanton and M’Clintock houses. During Stanton’s time in Seneca Falls, she lived in her home for 15 years. During this time she frequently hosted important civil rights leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith, Lucretia Mott, and a host of others. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House will be open Saturday July 8 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

The M’Clintocks were involved in nearly every reform activity in Western New York. They hosted temperance, abolition, and women’s rights leaders regularly, raised money for those in need, ran a school for girls, and were involved in the underground railroad. Two days before the first Women’s Rights Convention Elizabeth Cady Stanton met the M’Clintocks in their parlor to draft the Declaration of Sentiments. They made a statement that would shock the world. The M’Clintock House will be open during Convention Days July 14-16 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

With the assistance of Linda Viertel of Serendipity Boutique,  both, the Stanton Home and the M’Clintock have been furnished with period furniture to improve the visitor experience.  

Women’s Rights National Historic Park is open Friday through Sunday from 9:00 am to

5:00 pm. Beginning July 9th the park will be open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit the website www.nps.gov/wori or call (315)568-2991.

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Women's Rights National Historical Park Announces
Convention Days 2017, July 14-16, 2017

Seneca Falls, NY –Women’s Rights National Historical Park is proud to announce the Convention Days 2017 which commemorates the First Women’s Rights Convention in the United States in 1848. The three-day festival will include historical actors, live music, children’s activities, art demonstrations, theater performance, movie screenings and 24 participating organizations.


Photo Credit Tonia Galban

Saturday July 15th has been declared Indigenous Women’s Day. A proclamation in the morning will be followed with a concert by Joanne Shenandoah as well as cornhusk and basket-weaving demonstrations by Ganondagan State Historic Site. Additional programming will highlight the contributions of indigenous peoples to the Women’s Rights Movement.

Elizabeth Nyamayaro
Elizabeth Nyamayaro
UN Women
UN Women
HeForShe Global Solidarity Movement
HeForShe Global Solidarity Movement

The Convention Days keynote speaker is Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary General, from UN Women. Ms. Nyamayaro will speak on the HeForShe Global Solidarity Movement Saturday July 15 at 11:00 am in Declaration Park.

For full programming and information please visit: go.nps.gov/ConventionDays2017

Women’s Rights National Historic Park is open Friday through Sunday from 9:00 am to

5:00 pm. Beginning July 9th the park will be open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit the website www.nps.gov/wori or call (315)568-2991.

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All programs are free and open to the public.


You are invited CONVENTION DAYS Procession July 16

Good afternoon, dear friends.

We hope that you and other members of your organization are planning to join us at the 2017 Convention Days Procession in Seneca Falls, from the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House to Declaration Park, Saturday, July 15, 2017, 9am. We are celebrating both the First Women's Rights Convention of 1848, and the Centennial Suffrage of Women winning the right to vote in New York State. FRIENDS of WRNHP/Women March in Seneca Falls PROCESSION Committee invites you, your organization, family and friends to join with banners and placards supporting women’s rights; please wear suffrage white or period costume.

Line-up begins at 8:00am in front of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, 32 Washington Street, Seneca Falls, NY. Let's make this THE year to show solidarity with our foremothers…169 years later!

Register your group on Facebook.

Questions & information, contact: marilyntee@aol.com or apepsemmo@gmail.com


Women's Rights National Historical Park Presents “A Cross-Cultural Dialogue
on Islamophobia” Workshop by Professor Etin Anwar

Seneca Falls, NY: This workshop will take place in the Wesleyan Chapel at Women’s Rights National Historical Park on Saturday May 27 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. This workshop addresses common stereotypes about Muslims and Islam in the context of contemporary America. It invites participants to share their stories and backgrounds, while also discussing strategies each has developed to help address Islamophobia given the media’s frequent misrepresentation of Islam and its followers. This workshop discusses what Islam means to Muslims and how they feel about being Muslims in America. It engages participants to reflect on why appreciation toward religious and racial diversity makes America better and stronger.

Instructor Etin Anwar is Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY. She is a scholar who has written and edited a number of publications, book chapters and articles. Her first book is titled: Gender and Self in Islam (Routledge, 2006).  She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Genealogy of Islamic Feminism: Patterns and Trends in Indonesia. She has also been featured in the WXXI TV documentary called Muslim Women in Our Midst: The Path to Understanding in conjunction with America at the Crossroads (2006). Anwar’s role as a teacher, scholar, and as an active member of the international community shows her deep commitment to the promotion of social justice and peace.

Women’s Rights National Historic Park is open Friday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit the website www.nps.gov/wori or call (315)568-2991.

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All programs are free and open to the public.


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Women's Rights National Historical Park to Host the
Laugh Convention Comedy Night in the Wesleyan Chapel

Seneca Falls, NY – On Saturday May 13th at 7:00 pm, The Laugh Convention Comedy Night comes to the Wesleyan Chapel at Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. It will be the park's first-ever standup comedy show, and will feature an all female-identified lineup of comedians. The show is produced by Seattle comedian Aila Slisco who will be joined on stage by a talented selection of Central and Western New York natives, including Rochester's Madelein Smith, Kelsey Claire Hagen, Andrea Springer, Rachel Blithe and Auburn's Beth Beer Cuddy. We hope you'll join us for this exciting evening!


A Sustainable World of Equality & Peace: A Women's Suffrage Centennial Event

When
Friday, May 19, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Roberson Museum and Science Center
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Binghamton, NY 13905

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Good morning WAC members,

The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission is excited to invite you to the upcoming program, “The Extraordinary Harriet Tubman: From Slavery to Freedom and Beyond”, presented by Dr. Judith Wellman as part of the Trailblazing Women Speaker Series. The program will be held on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 6:00pm at the future home of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center at the Niagara Falls Amtrak Station, located at 825 Depot Ave W, Niagara Falls, NY 14305.

This program is offered in collaboration with the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. The Trailblazing Women Speaker Series celebrates Western New York's connections to Trail Blazing Women in the Centennial Year of Women's Suffrage in New York State. The goal of the series is to expose the citizens and communities of Western New York to the life stories of remarkable women who have made great contributions to the quality of life, both locally and nationally.

We hope that you join us for The Extraordinary Harriet Tubman Program, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about Tubman's incredible journey, bravery and actions that helped many freedom seekers during the time of the Underground Railroad. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the new Niagara Falls Amtrak Station and the preserved 1863 former U.S. Custom House that will house the Heritage Center, which is scheduled to open in March 2018. Healthy snacks will be provided by Wegmans, and some of our partners will have materials on display.

More information can be found on the attached program flyer and press release, and on our website events page, niagarafallsundergroundrailroad.org/events. Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested and join our Facebook event page, https://www.facebook.com/NiagaraFallsUGRR/. Thank you!

Warmly,
Ally Spongr

Women's Suffrage Rally


Benjamin Center to cohost women’s suffrage centennial ...

Two weeks from today (April 21-22), SUNY New Paltz is presenting WOMEN IN POLITICS: Past, Present, and Future, A Conference Commemorating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State.  The Benjamin Center, in collaboration with Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, History, and Political Science, and partnering with the FDR Library and the League of Women Voters, has organized a program that highlights the connections between New York women’s struggle for the vote, their political activism up to the present, and the unfinished agenda of women’s rights today.

This conference will be a unique opportunity to foster discussion about a wide range of women’s movements between faculty, students, scholars, activists, politicians, and the public.  Our hope is to open an intergenerational dialogue about women’s political activism and the current state of the movement to advance women’s human and civil rights.

Today I am writing to promote the second day of the program, which will take place on the SUNY New Paltz campus. This chrage for this program is $35, including a continental breakfast, panels by prominent scholars, activists, and politicians, a box lunch, a keynote address by Black Feminist author and activist Barbara Smith, and a workshop for K-12 teachers.

You can learn more about the conference and register here:

https://sites.newpaltz.edu/news/2017/03/benjamin-center-to-cohost-womens-suffrage-centennial-conference-april-21-22/

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Registration is now open for “Women in Politics: Past, Present & Future,” a conference commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State, which ...

Registration for Saturday the 22nd will close on April 17th.  We can accept walk-ins on the day, but will not be able to provide lunch unless you have registered in advance.

The first afternoon and evening of the conference, on Friday April 21st, will take place at the Wallace Center of the FDR Library.  There are a few seats left for this part of the program, which will include remarks by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (schedule permitting), as well as League of Women Voters Executive Director Wylecia Wiggs Harris, a keynote address by noted Eleanor Roosevelt scholar Allida Black.  Further details are available on the conference website, but if you are interested in attending you should register as soon as possible.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to write directly to:  

Susan Lewis, Associate Professor of History, SUNY New Paltz

lewiss@newpaltz.edu


GOVERNOR CUOMO AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCE NEW GIRL SCOUTS PATCH CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN NEW YORK

New Patch Program Teaches Girl Scouts about New York History and Encourages Girls to be Advocates

Lt. Governor Hochul Unveils Patch at Event Joined by Girl Scouts Leaders from Across New York at National Museum of the American Indian

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a new Girl Scouts patch celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage in New York. Women in New York gained the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th amendment granted suffrage to women across the United States. The patch program is a partnership between Girl Scouts councils and the New York State Women's Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. All seven Girl Scouts councils in New York will participate in the patch program, giving girls across the state an engaging way to learn about the history of the women’s movement in New York and envision how they can lead for justice.

"From the birth of the women’s suffrage movement with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to the strongest in-the-nation paid family leave and the Women’s Equality Act, New York has remained on the forefront of the battle for women’s rights and gender equality," Governor Cuomo said. "This new patch is a great opportunity for girls across New York to learn about the importance of the fight for women’s suffrage as they become the next generation to lead the movement for equality and justice for all."

Lieutenant Governor Hochul was joined by representatives from the seven New York Girl Scouts councils and Girl Scouts from across the state at a ceremony celebrating the patch program, held at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.

"This year marks a great opportunity to celebrate women’s accomplishments and contributions to our history, including fighting for the right to vote," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "The women’s suffrage Girl Scouts Patch is the next step in the Girl Scouts’ history of advocacy and empowerment on behalf of girls and women, and I look forward to joining with these girls throughout the coming year to learn and share about women’s equality. The patch is a key part of the Women's Suffrage Commission’s work to inspire the next generation of young women who want to rise up and achieve great things themselves."

The patch program, developed by the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, asks New York Girl Scouts to think about what justice means to them, how the Women’s Rights Movement is a part of their lives today, and encourages them to make advocacy a part of their lives. They must learn the names of key suffragette leaders and the definition of civil disobedience, visit (virtually or in person) key sites in the women’s rights movement, create a suffrage banner, and play games popular for girls 100 years ago, among other things. View the patch here and the patch program here.

The seven New York Girl Scouts Councils participating in the patch program are:

· Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York, Inc.
· Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc.
· Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc.
· Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Inc.
· Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.
· Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, Inc.
· Girl Scouts of Western New York

The Women's Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, is organizing statewide programs to commemorate women's suffrage between 2017, 100 years from when women won the right to vote in New York State, and 2020, which will be a century after the 19th Amendment was ratified. The Commission’s programs will celebrate the accomplishment of women’s suffrage and the central role of New Yorkers and New York State in this milestone, while also helping shape the future to ensure a more just and equitable society for all. To get involved, visit www.ny.gov/suffrage.

Mary Buszuwski, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, said, “We here at Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York are pleased to work in collaboration with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, the NYS Women’s Suffrage Commission, and our sister Girl Scout Councils in New York State on this patch program in recognition of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York. The civics component of Girls Scouting is critical in helping girls understand the importance of voting and the electoral process. Not just here, but around the world. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Our hope is that this patch program will encourage all of our girls to have a better understanding of the significance of participating in our democratic system, from exercising their right to vote, to running for office, to serving their constituents with the same passion for service and values that they learned as a Girl Scout.”

Barbara Murphy Warrington, CEO Girl Scouts of Greater New York, said, “At the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, we believe in the power of every girl to make her community, her state, and the world a better place. Our new women's suffrage patch program builds on our advocacy education efforts by encouraging our nearly 30,000 girls to learn about the importance of civic action and become advocates for their own causes. We are proud to work with the Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, the Women’s Suffrage Commission, and our sister Girl Scouts across New York State to educate girls about the importance of voting, civic engagement and the history of women’s equality.”

Donna Ceravolo, Executive Officer and CEO of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, said, “We are thrilled to have our Girl Scouts be a part of this special centennial anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement. It’s important for our girls to know the historic accomplishments of women over the last century and this patch program will help girls across the New York State learn all about the fight for the vote. Our founder, Juliette Gordon-Low, has instilled a progressive spirit in this organization that has been carried on throughout all of our initiatives. Today, it’s women such as Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, who will help further inspire this next generation of young women to continue to pave the way for equality. We thank her for her leadership and we look forward to participating in this exciting event."

Judith Cranston, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York, said, “New York has long been a leader in the women’s rights movements, and I am thrilled to work with the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. The new Girl Scout suffrage patch will ensure our scouts learn about women’s history in New York, and follow in the footsteps of women like Susan B. Anthony to become future leaders in the process.”

Yvonne Grant, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, said, “Girl Scouts began in 1912 at the height of the women’s suffrage movement. The young women in our council are delighted to participate on this momentous occasion as we celebrate the centennial of women’s right to vote in New York State.”

Julie Dale, CEO of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc., said, “The first convention on women’s rights was held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, an historic town in our council. These pioneering women were audacious and remind us that all people must be accepted as equal. As modern Girl Scouts, we continue their mission and guide girls to become leaders who have the courage and conviction to stand for what they believe in. It is only fitting that we celebrate these early women who recognized the importance of coming together and shared their voices to win the right to vote.”

Patricia Page, CFO and Acting CEO of The Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, said, When New York women won the right to vote 100 years ago today, they changed the national political landscape. Through Girl Scouting, we give girls the independence, confidence, and skills they need to empower themselves and others, so that they too can create the change they want to see in the world. We are excited to partner with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and NYS Women’s Suffrage Commission to further the conversation about women’s suffrage and the history of the role women have played in democracy. We believe this patch will inspire the next generation of young women to fight for justice and equality, and to become more civically engaged."


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Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Partnership with Finger Lakes Pride Festival, the LGBTQ Services at the Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, and the We Exist Coalition of the Finger Lakes Presents “The Good, The Bad, and The Funny”

Seneca Falls, NY- Women’s Rights National Historical Park is honored to partner with the Finger Lakes Pride Festival, LGBTQ Services at the Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, and the We Exist Coalition of the Finger Lakes to present an open mic event "The Good, the Bad, and the Funny" on Saturday May 20 at 2:00 pm in the Wesleyan Chapel.  The event features transpeople sharing thought-provoking stories followed by a question and answer session.

Shauna Marie O’Toole, Outreach Coordinator with LGBTQ services states, “Coming out as Transgender or Gender Expansive is a tough gig. Everything about you changes! Every social interaction is changed.  The expectations that society puts on all of us change! It's a tough journey and worth the price we pay to be authentic! There are stories that come with every journey.  Come hear our stories about the GOOD, the BAD, and the FUNNY!”

Ami Ghazala, Superintendent of Women’s Rights National Park, states, “The National Park Service has a mission to tell all Americans’ stories.  The recently released LGBTQ Heritage Theme study and the opening of Stonewall National Monument in New York City are a few of the numerous examples of how the agency fulfills this mission.”


Women’s Rights National Historical Park Presents Performances by Living Voices “Hear My Voice: How Long was the Fight for Women’s Suffrage?”

Seneca Falls, NY –Join Women’s Rights National Historical Park for performance by Living Voices: "Hear My Voice" in the Wesleyan Chapel on Friday March 31st. Show times are: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.

Living Voices combines dynamic solo performances with archival film and sound, turning history into a moving and personal journey. How long was the fight for women’s suffrage? Join the 72 year battle that won half of America’s citizens the right to vote.

The Story: Jessie is the daughter of a political columnist from Tennessee, growing up in Washington, DC during the early 1900s with dreams of being as important to her father as her younger brother is. When her Great-Aunt Charlotte, a longtime suffragist, comes to Washington, she introduces Jessie to the movement. Jessie begins to learn about the history of the women who started the movement, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the new generation who have continued the fight, like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns—and those who oppose it, including her own parents. Despite their objections, Jessie becomes deeply involved in the suffrage movement, comparing their fight for democracy to the one her brother Will fights for overseas as a soldier in World War I. As tragedy strikes both at home and abroad and the battle for the vote continues to escalate, everyone in Jessie's family must face their own decisions about what they believe is right and the actions they are willing to take on this pivotal issue.


 

Women March in Seneca Falls to host a panel discussion of media professionals, “People for Free Press…a First Amendment Right” 

Seneca Falls, NY – Women March in Seneca Falls to host a panel discussion of media professionals, “People for Free Press…a First Amendment Right,” March 25, 2017 at Women’s Rights National Historical Park (the Park) Visitors Center, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY, 1-4pm. 

Panelists include: Christina Abt, freelance journalist, radio commentator, and author, Crown Hill, A Novel of Love, Life and The Afterlife; Jeff Cohen, Associate Professor of Journalism, Ithaca College and author, Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media; Steve Collins, Statehouse Reporter, Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME; David Connelly, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Cayuga Community College, former managing editor of The Citizen, Auburn, NY, and publisher of Finger Lakes Business Almanac; Michael Connor, Park Foundation Program Associate and former executive editor of the Post Standard, Syracuse, NY; Ellen Leahy, social media strategist, freelance writer and blogger; Jackie Majerus, Executive Director, Youth Journalism International.

This non-partisan, inclusive event seeks to inform about the U.S. Constitution’s right of a free press. Melina Carnicelli, Women March in Seneca Falls member said, “Our goal is to support media outlets and their professionals against attempts to degrade or diminish the media’s vital role in a free society.”  Panelists to focus remarks on the First Amendment right to a free press and their personal/professional experience with efforts in the US to diminish that right. Q&A to follow presentations.

Park Superintendent Ami Ghazala stated, “We are pleased to offer diverse programming to encourage civic dialogue.” Space is limited to 75 registrants; admission is free. Women’s Rights National Historical Park is wheelchair accessible.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/people-for-free-pressa-first-amendment-right-tickets-32593785891

Info & Updates: https://www.facebook.com/Women-March-in-Seneca-Falls-2017-689489234546231/ Contact person: Melina Carnicelli, mcarnice@roadrunner.com


Women’s Institute for
Leadership and Learning Presents

Stanton and Carnicelli

1848 vs 2017 HOW AND WHY

International Women’s Day March 11, 2017

2:30pm

Wesleyan Chapel

Women’s Rights National Historical Park


GOVERNOR CUOMO AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HOCHUL KICK OFF CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL IN NEW YORK

Women’s Suffrage Commission Launches Website, Exhibits in Capitol’s East Gallery; Empire State Plaza Concourse Commemorates New York’s Leadership in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Women’s Suffrage Commission Convenes for First Meeting of 2017

Events and Celebrations Planned Across New York State to Mark Centennial


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today celebrated the beginning of Women’s History Month and marked this year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York. To commemorate the centennial, the state today launched the Women’s Suffrage Commission’s website: www.ny.gov/suffrage. The website launched today provides information about upcoming events across the state, profiles New York suffragists and takes visitors on a tour of New York’s historic destinations relevant to the suffrage movement and women’s rights.

"This month, we celebrate the critical role that New York played in the fight for a woman’s right to vote from the Seneca Falls Convention all the way to the passage of the Women's Equality Agenda in 2015 because in New York we know that women’s rights are human rights," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage all New Yorkers and visitors alike to visit one of these exhibits and trace the historic timeline that New York’s women pioneered and to learn about the obstacles that they conquered in the fight for equality."

New York was home to the first-ever Women's Rights Convention, held in Seneca Falls, on July 19 and 20, 1848 and organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Sixty-nine years later, on Nov. 6, 1917, women in New York State won the right to vote.

“New York women have an enduring legacy in the pursuit of equal rights that began nearly 170 years ago in Seneca Falls, and as a result of their advocacy this state passed women’s suffrage three years before the rest of the nation. This year we celebrate the accomplishments of the women who led the fight for equality, setting the stage for future battles against workplace discrimination, in support of pay equity, and to preserve a woman’s right to make decisions about her health care," said NYS Women’s Suffrage Commission Chair, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "As the state’s highest ranking elected woman, I consider it my mission to inspire the next generation of women to rise up and shape a more just, equitable society."

The 14-member NYS Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, will plan and execute a series of statewide programs starting in 2017, which marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York, and lasting through 2020, a century after the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting all women in the United States the right to vote.

“As someone who benefitted greatly from the suffragists’ efforts, I am proud that OGS is highlighting their accomplishments in these special tours and exhibits,” Commissioner RoAnn Destito said. “I encourage everyone to take the time and learn about New York’s place in history as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement and as one of the first states where women were granted the right to vote.”

“New York was the birthplace of the modern women’s rights movement and we have a responsibility to build on that legacy and continue the progress,” said Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “Our state has been fortunate to have many strong women who worked, sacrificed and fought to build a fairer and more equal society.  Women’s History Month is a chance to recommit ourselves to come together to support women and pass pro-women legislation.”

"This year's centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this momentous achievement," said Senator Betty Little, who sponsored the legislation creating the commission.  "I am incredibly honored to serve on the suffrage centennial commission with Lieutenant Governor Hochul and many other accomplished women. Generations of women before us struggled, sacrificed and persevered, assuring our right to vote and creating a chance for us to lead.  We must make the most of this important time to educate a younger generation of the historical significance of women's suffrage and our State’s unique role in women gaining the right to vote nationally."

“Throughout history, NYS has been a national leader in advancing women’s rights,” said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. “As we recognize the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the state, it is important to note that 58 women currently serve in the State Legislature, a percentage higher than the national average. The Legislative Women’s Caucus is honored to continue the tradition of promoting issues and concerns of importance to women across the state.”

“For over 100 years, New York State has played a pivotal role in the women’s rights movement, and the City of Albany is proud to be the capital of that progress,” said Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan.  “As the City of Albany’s first female Mayor, I am proud that our City carries forward that same commitment to equity and equality to this day. Thank you to Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Hochul for honoring the important role that women have played and continue to play in the history of our great State.”

As part of New York’s recognition of Women’s History Month, a number of exhibits will be available for public viewing in both the Empire State Plaza and the New York State Capitol Building. The exhibit “Women’s Suffrage in New York State,” located in the Capitol corridor which connects the state house to the Empire State Plaza, will include imagery of pro- and anti-suffrage propaganda with historic photographs of the women who organized and marched until the vote was won. The exhibition offers a glimpse of this historic struggle and groundbreaking victory for women’s rights.

The exhibit, “New York State Women’s Suffrage 1917 – 2017 | The Fight for the Vote and the March for Full Equality,” is located in the East Gallery on the second floor of the Capitol and traces the almost 70-year struggle for the vote. The exhibit highlights the lives of 12 influential Suffragists and the critical role they played in securing the vote by African Americans and working women. This month-long exhibit features the “Spirit of 1776” wooden suffrage wagon in which a Long Island Suffragist and her eight-year-old daughter traveled throughout Long Island and Manhattan during the summer of 1913 to spread the importance of votes for women, a 1917 banner carried by Suffragists, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 1854 address to the New York State Legislature.

One of the highlights of the New York State Capitol is the Great Western Staircase, which features a gallery of historic Americans brought to life in elaborate stone carvings. As the staircase was nearing completion, it was observed that not one famous woman was represented. Located in the area just outside the Empire State Plaza Visitor Center and Gift Shop this exhibit will feature photographs of the six carvings of women that were added to the staircase: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, Frances E. Willard, Molly Pitcher, Elmina Spencer, and Susan B. Anthony.

Also on view outside the Visitor Center is the mural Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, which was created by students from the Monroe Community College Art Department in Rochester. Known for being a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, Tubman later became a strong supporter of the women’s rights movements.

Throughout the month of March, special one-hour Capitol tours focused on the suffrage movement will be available to visitors. The tours will feature artifacts selected to showcase the suffragists’ journey. For more information about the Capitol tours, visit www.empirestateplaza.org.

In addition, events and celebrations are also planned across New York State to mark the centennial.

In Seneca Falls, Convention Days is an annual three-day event scheduled for July 14-16, 2017, that continues to build on the ideas of the 1848 convention. The Women’s Rights National Historic Park, also in Seneca Falls, still echoes with the memories of the first women’s rights convention in the McClintock Home, the home of convention leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, where the convention was planned and the Wesleyan Chapel, where the convention met. Convention Days in Seneca Falls is an annual three-day event scheduled for July 14-16, 2017, that continues to build on the ideas of the 1848 convention.

During VoteTilla Week, scheduled for July 16-22, 2017, participants will travel in canal boats from Seneca Falls to Rochester, concluding with a final celebration at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. Along the way, boats will dock at towns and villages for historic re-enactments, speeches and music, co-hosted by local groups and partner organizations including the Canal Society of New York State, Seward House and the University of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership. Also in Rochester, the Central Library of Rochester, which will be honoring the centennial with an exhibit titled "Because of Women Like Her," a collaboration between a number of partners that aims to draw visitors into the history and its contemporary implications.

In Fayetteville, near Syracuse and the site of the 1852 National Women’s Rights Convention, visitors can tour the home of suffragette Matilda Joslyn Gage. Gage, along with Anthony and Stanton, was a founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association. The museum looks at Gage’s work and strives to focus attention on current social justice issues. Shakers were also early proponents of women’s rights and suffrage and the Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, in partnership with Bard College at Simon’s Rock, will be presenting a special exhibition, walking tour and public and academic programs this year in honor of the centennial.

Information on these, as well as other important historical sites connected to New York’s leading role in the fight for racial and LGBT equality and justice are available at www.paththroughhistory.com and www.iloveny.com/milestones

To learn more about Governor Cuomo’s efforts to protect and advance women’s rights, visit: https://www.ny.gov/programs/new-york-s-promise-women.


Women’s Rights National Historical Park Presents: A Program titled:
"Seward Feminism" Being Presented by The Seward House Museum

Seward HouseSeneca Falls, NY – Women's Rights National Historical Park is pleased to partner with the Seward House Museum in Auburn, NY. The Seward House will be presenting a program titled "Seward Feminism" in the Park's Visitor Center Guntzel Theater on Saturday March 11th at 1:00 pm.

Kick off Women’s History Month with a road trip to Seneca Falls! Although often overlooked because of the national shadow cast by Secretary of State William Henry Seward, the women of the Seward family contributed greatly to the spirit of reform sweeping through mid-19th-century America. Join Jeff Ludwig, the Director of Education at the Seward House Museum, at the birthplace of Women’s Rights to learn more about the proud legacy of Seward feminism.


Women’s Rights National Historical Park Presents:
A Designer Jewelry Exhibit by Artist Janis Long

Seneca Falls, NY – Women’s Rights National Historical Park is pleased to showcase a jewelry exhibit by Janis Long for the entire month of March in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Ms. Long will provide a talk on her eclectic jewelry designs on Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 PM at the park's Visitor Center located at 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.

The Artist - Janis Long, a native of Ontario, Canada and currently a resident of Keuka Lake began creating one of a kind jewelry pieces 25 years ago by using vintage buttons, belt buckles, Bakelite game pieces and other found objects. She later performed her magic with sterling silver, copper wire, and metal to capture the beauty of her semi-precious stones and to create works that are eye-catching. The secret to her distinctive work is found in her attention to detail and by applying various types of patinas and textures to metal pieces.

She has shown her work in numerous museums, art galleries and gift shops in the states of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. In addition to her design work, Janis conducts classes and workshops.


Women March in Seneca Falls 2017 (full coverage on Fingerlakes1.com)

Women’s Rights National Historical Park Presents: “A Life Filled with Horses and Travels” Art Exhibit by Bernadette Bos Seneca Falls, NY- Women’s Rights National Historical Park Presents: “A Life Filled with Horses and Travels” Paintings by Bernadette Bos February 1st through February 26th 2017.

Bernadette Bos has expressed herself through her art in a number of media and drawn from a wide range of subject matter. A native of The Netherlands, Bernadette spent over two decades training competition horses in Belgium, England, Australia, New Zealand, California, Japan and New York, respectively. While living and traveling there she has gained a tremendous amount of inspiration, and a strong appreciation for distinctive cultural imagery and memorable landscapes which she now uses in her art. Bernadette has worked in oils, acrylic, pastels, pencil, and encaustics.

In addition to her paintings, Bernadette has worked as a decorative painter and muralist, having executed interiors of numerous residences and restaurants in Long Island and New York, including a mural for "The Bar Below", a restaurant located in The New Yorker Hotel, a famous Art Deco landmark in Manhattan. After having lived on Long Island for 15 years, she has lived in Geneva since 2012. Her work will be on view in the Visitor Center’s second floor Exhibit Room during visiting hours.


Women March in Seneca Falls 2017 (full coverage on Fingerlakes1.com)

The volume of participants certainly exceeded expectation. An estimated 10,000 marchers gathered in Seneca Falls at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park at 10 am for  a march to stand in solidarity with women across the U.S.

Several marches and rallies were scheduled around the country. Locally, similar events took place in Ithaca, Rochester, and Syracuse. However, only one of those events took place in the birthplace of Women’s Rights.


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FREE Workshops on New York State Preservation Grants!

Low Bridge, Everybody Down! 

Do you know of a not-for-profit or municipality that needs help getting a preservation project off the ground? From Albany (well, Schenectady) to Buffalo, the League is offering FREE info sessions on Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), the signature grant programs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League!
Tuesday, Jan. 31 
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Buffalo

At the Market Arcade Building, co-sponsored by Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and NYSCA. 
Wednesday, Feb. 1 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Seneca Falls

At the Wesleyan Chapel, co-sponsored by the Women's Rights National Historical Park, Landmark Society of Western New York, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and NYSCA. 

Thursday, Feb. 2 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Syracuse

At the Erie Canal Museum, co-sponsored by the City of Syracuse, Erie Canal Museum, Preservation Association of Central New York, Crawford & Stearns Architects & Preservation Planners, CNY Arts, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and NYSCA. 

Wednesday, Feb. 15
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Schenectady

At the Schenectady County Public Library, co-sponsored by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and NYSCA (list in formation).
 

Secretary Jewell Establishes Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

Harriet Tubman


Women March in Seneca Falls 2017 Women March

Women March in Seneca Falls 2017 is an opportunity on January 21 to participate in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington to demonstrate the strength, power, and courage of women in America. The March begins at 10am with an outdoor rally at the Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, New York, site of the first convention for women's rights held in 1848.

Marchers are asked to convene at First Amendment Declaration Park, between Visitor's Center & Wesleyan Chapel, and wear white, purple or gold hat/cap, gloves, scarves to highlight colors worn by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and activist Suffragettes as an instant means of visual recognition of their women's rights movement.

Historic Seneca Falls is the US Birthplace of Women's Rights; it was chosen for this local march by central New York organizers as a reminder to EVERY local, state, and national elected and appointed government official that women's rights activists are carrying on the political traditions of their foremothers. Organizer and event spokesperson, Melina Carnicelli, said, "As a result of the 2016 US election cycle, women are recommitted to be ever vigilant in their political activism. Women, and men, who support the hard-fought gains made over the past 150 years, are watching that rights belonging to women MUST NEVER BE DIMINISHED in our country, only uplifted. We call on all supporters of women's rights as human rights to walk with us on January 21."

Marchers will walk the five block route from First Amendment Declaration Park to First Presbyterian Church on Cayuga Street, where Alice Paul in a 1923 speech introduced what has become known as the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. A 2-hour indoor rally at the Church is free and open to all at the end of the march route. The program schedule features speakers and musical performances on political issues of deep concern to activists throughout the United States. "Call to Action" information tables by local civic groups will be located in the annex building adjacent to the Church.

Women March in Seneca Falls2017 is an inclusive march and is free to join.

Event Partners: Women's Rights National Historical Park; Friends of WRNHP; Central New York NOW Chapter; Emma Bauso Designs; Auburn Public Theater; Town of Seneca Falls, NY; First Presbyterian Church, Seneca Falls; WomanMade Products; Planned Parenthood Council of Western & Central NY; and many individuals who support this cause.

"We've chosen the path to equality; don't let them turn us around."

-Geraldine Ferraro


Women’s Rights National Historical Park Presents
“All Things Wild and Wonderful” Quilt Exhibit by Sylvia R. Apple

Seneca Falls, NY- Women’s Rights National Historical Park Presents “All Things Wild and Wonderful” an exhibit of quilts and hangings by Sylvia R. Apple January 4th, 2017 through January 31st.  The quilts in the exhibit will focus on nature and wildlife. The quilts are created using hand painting, three-dimensional piecing, and applique. Found objects and unusual fabrics add drama and life to the pieces.

Sylvia Apple is a resident of Seneca Lake, who is well known for her innovative approach to quilt design.  She is a graduate of Penn State University’s Honors Program in Integrative Art and has exhibited her work in numerous national exhibits and competitions, including a solo exhibit at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah KY.  She has worked on commissions for the White House, the William Penn Museum and numerous private and professional collections around the country.

The natural world with its mystical qualities is a major source of Ms. Apple’s imagery. Elements such as water, air, earth and fire play an important symbolic role in this imagery.  Her study abroad of ancient pictographs and stone carvings has greatly affected her visual work.  At the same time, modern artists such as Matisse and Kandinsky and Pollock inspire her. She has taught many classes and workshops around the country, but still sees herself as a student of life, as well as of art.



Join

Friends Newsletter & Annual Report - July 2018

We are delighted to update you on some of the projects and programming supported by our generous donors. We hope you will be pleased to learn that much of the Friends’ recent work has focused on providing educational opportunities to actively involve youth in our beloved Park. Click here to download the newsletter (.pdf)


The Underground Railroad Room

Presented by Michele Jones Galvin - Tuesday August 21st, 8:30pm EST

“Aunt Harriet,” Michele Jones Galvin refers to Harriet Tubman. A descendant of Tubman, Michele and her mother, Joyce Stokes Jones, wrote the first biography of the iconic legend from a combination of family knowledge and extensive research. Michele will share with us excerpts from their book, Beyond the Underground: Aunt Harriet, Moses of her People, and the process of writing it. She and Sally will look at the Underground Railroad in Central New York then and today. While slavery is everywhere outlawed, there are more enslaved people than ever before in the world today. Gage offered her home as a station on the Underground Railroad, risking imprisonment and financial ruin. She also documented sex trafficking in 1893. Syracuse is a city through which workers are currently trafficked.

If you would like to sign up to join this session please click here! once you sign up, you'll be sent instructions on how to join the on-line webinar through your computer. If you are unable to take part on August 21, you can still sign up and listen to the recorded session at any time. Listen, and take part with questions and responses from the convenience of your home! All speakers and Kathleen Bishop are donating their services, so enjoy the webinar while you support the Gage Foundation.

If you are interested in joining the second set of our webinar series in the fall, details can be found here and tickets for all four sessions can be found here.

Women's Rights National Historical Park - Convention Days 2018 held July 20th – 22

Seneca Falls, NY-- Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP) is pleased to announce Convention Days 2018. In 2018, we are exploring the power of words to commemorate the 225th birthday of the reformer, orator, and preacher, Lucretia Mott; the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass; and the 170th anniversary of the First Women’s Rights Convention. This year’s theme, “You have pens and voices,” comes from an 1841 call to action by Lucretia Mott. Events are free and include children’s activities, art projects, live music, living history programs, speakers, and much more.

Highlights include presentations with keynote speaker- Robbin Jorgensen, CEO and founder of Women Igniting Change® Friday and Saturday, children’s activities with Miss Tara and Miss Martha from the Seneca Falls Library Friday and Saturday, and take-home crafts with local artist Sandra Shutter on Friday and Sunday.

Friday at 3:00 pm Women’s Rights National Historical Park is happy to host “Honoring Our Legacy: Remembering Esther Blake and Mary Curry in Preserving the Wesleyan Chapel” with a reception following. At 7:00 pm the Seneca Falls Community Band will begin a night of music continued by Symphoria, featuring Grammy Winning artist Joanne Shenandoah in the greenspace by the Historic Knitting Mill, the future home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. 

Saturday, speakers include Christopher Densmore and Wendy Chmielewski from Swarthmore College, a conversation with Living Historians Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and an exciting community art project conducted by Art Force 5 from Alfred University.  At 4:00 pm, come to the live taping of the Stuff you Missed in History Class podcast in the Wesleyan Chapel.  At 7:30 pm, the opera Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Matilda Joselyn Gage will be performed in the Wesleyan Chapel. 

Convention Days activities will occur throughout Seneca Falls. Be sure to check out the entire schedule and other community museums for special events. We look forward to fun-filled weekend- rain or shine. Public parking is available throughout town, and accessible parking is available behind Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitor Center.

For more information about Convention Days or Women’s Rights National Historical Park including hours and programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024.

 



2017

The Entire Network Team Wishes You and Yours

A VERY ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY SEASON

And

A HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

There is lots planned for 2017 including our Spring Conference at Colgate University on March 15th.
Mark your calendar, more information coming soon.


Dear Woman Suffrage Centennial Friends,

This note is both an invitation and a product announcement.

Syracuse Cultural Workers is going to publish a series of 6 blank 5x7 notecards with quotes by NYS Suffrage leaders on the front, and photos, bios and a NYS centennial blurb on the back.

You are invited to send your favorite quotes (40 words max!) by January 4, 2017. Please send your quotes to marie@syracuseculturalworkers.com and include a brief bio if the woman is relatively unknown.

If we use your suggested quote, you'll receive a free package of 6 cards.

These cards will be available for you to sell at your centennial events at a discount of 50% or 60%. We will have an attractive display that holds the 6 different cards and enhances your sales.

The button shown in the attachment in this email is available now.

Its retail is $2.50. Your price, for resale, is $1 for 25 or more.

There are some additional suffrage products on our website: Theme - Woman Suffrage. Plus a large number of woman/feminist themed products.

In solidarity,

Dik Cool, Founder and Publisher
Syracuse Cultural Workers

Hear Our One Voice


Stanton and Anthony Statue Fund awarded $500,000 Challenge Grant
from New York Life Insurance Company

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund and the New York Life Insurance Company Join Forces to Break The Bronze Ceiling in New York City's Central Park; New York Life donates $500,000 Challenge Grant toward creation of the Park's First Statue of Real Women, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument

Pam Elam, President of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund Inc., announced today that a $500,000 Challenge Grant had been awarded to The Statue Fund by New York Life to help create the first statue of real women in the 163-year history of New York City's Central Park.  Ms. Elam stated that presently NYC's Central Park only includes statues of Mother Goose, Alice in Wonderland, Juliet (with her Romeo), and numerous representations of the female form (like angels, nymphs and allegorical figures).  Elam said; "The real women who helped build this city, state and nation were nowhere to be found - UNTIL NOW.  The Stanton and Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument will ensure that many of the 42 million people who visit Central Park each year will become more aware of a history that fully and fairly includes the vast and varied roles women have played in it.  Our statue project will honor all the women who fought for the vote and the timing is right, as we get ready to celebrate the New York State Woman Suffrage Centennial in 2017; the National Woman Suffrage Centennial in 2020; and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Susan B. Anthony in 2020.  Thank you, New York Life, for helping us achieve our goal."

Heather Nesle, President of the New York Life Foundation, noted the direct connection that New York Life had with Susan B. Anthony: "New York Life is pleased to join The Statue Fund in honoring women in history.  In addition to our commitment to diversity and women's issues, this grant was appealing to us due to the proud historic relationship New York Life had with the Anthony family.  Susan B. Anthony used money from her New York Life insurance policy to guarantee that women students would be admitted to the University of Rochester.  In addition, Anthony's father and several male relatives were New York Life agents.  We are pleased to support the effort of The Statue Fund to honor Anthony and all those who battled to achieve Votes for Women, the largest non-violent revolution in this Nation's history.  We hope that every cent of the $500,000 New York Life Challenge Grant will be matched by donations from supporters of women's equality to help The Statue Fund meet its total budget target of $1.5 million dollars."

Pam Elam offered this summary of The Statue Fund's hopes: "Let this statue be an instant history lesson for all the people who see it. Let this statue remind people to examine social change movements to learn from the past and do a better job of carrying on the fight for equal rights and justice in the future. Let this statue challenge municipalities across the nation to honor all those who have made their cities great by including tributes to women and people of color in their public spaces.  But first and foremost, let's acknowledge the debt we owe to the valiant women who have come before us, be inspired by their legacies, and complete their journeys toward equality."

The New York City Parks Department has approved both The Statue Fund's proposal for a statue with the two figures of Stanton and Anthony and the names of other suffragists included in the design as well as the statue location requested by The Statue Fund at Central Park West and West 77th Street.  The Statue Fund is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and all contributions to the group are tax-exempt.  For further information or to make a contribution to match the New York Life Challenge Grant, please contact The Statue Fund at www.monumentalwomen.org or Post Office Box 150-074, Van Brunt Station, Brooklyn, NY 11215.



2016

In Celebration of Native American Heritage Month Women's Rights National Historical Park Presents Art Exhibit by Artist Pedro Huamani

Seneca Falls, NY - In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, from November 2 through 30, 2016, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will be exhibiting the works of renowned artist Pedro Huamani. A reception will be held for the public to meet the artist at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park’s Visitor Center on Saturday, November 5th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Pedro Huamani’s exhibition features paintings that examine the mysticism of zoomorphic and anthropomorphic influence in pre-Colombian Peruvian art. Among the works on display will be “Winged Man”, an oil on linen painting. It shows the desire of the people to expand on their humanity by morphing with a bird to search for their gods. Pedro Huamani’s work “The Musician: Pre-Colombian” was awarded Best in Show at last year’s Color: vivid, vibrant, and vital exhibition at R. Dixon Gallery in Seneca Falls, NY.

It is Pedro Huamani’s desire to make an exceptional artistic representation of the ancient Peruvian inhabitants and bring back their culture full of mysticism and an exotic world.


Public Lecture Series: Sentiments and Declarations
“A Perfect Nuisance: Working-Class Women and Neighborhood Development in Civil War St. Louis”

Seneca Falls, NY - A public lecture series, Sentiments and Declarations with "A Perfect Nuisance: Working-Class Women and Neighborhood Development in Civil War St. Louis" by Hobart and William Smith Colleges Assistant Professor of American Studies, Elizabeth Belanger will take place on Thursday, October 27th at 6:00 pm at Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

"A Perfect Nuisance" examines civilian complaints against confederate sympathizing women in St. Louis, providing an overlooked perspective on the spatial politics of a divided city during the Civil War. The research documents how working class women enlisted the powers of government to enforce their own views of their neighborhood, and in doing so, they buttress their own claims of influence and legitimacy over those spaces. At the heart of "A Perfect Nuisance" is the story of how one scholar used a collection of sources which others had looked at through the lens of military history or dismissed as simply evidence of fights between women, to rethink how these documents speak to a distinctly working-class and gendered experience of the city.

The Sentiments and Declarations series is a partnership between Women's Rights National Historical Park, The National Women's Hall of Fame, Women's Studies Department, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and Student Affairs, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


POSTER EXHIBIT AND PANEL DISCUSSION
FOCUS ON SUFFRAGE AND EXERCISING RIGHT TO VOTE

Seneca Falls, NY - An exhibit of posters created by upstate New York designers urging residents to get out to the polls this November opens on October 24, 2016 at Women’s Rights National Historical Park. The poster exhibit is organized by the Upstate New York chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) as part of a national non-partisan Get Out the Vote initiative. A panel discussion, Populating the Polls: Then and Now, will kick-off the exhibit at 5:30pm on October 24. The panel will explore the history of suffrage, contemporary hurdles at the polls and the visual culture of suffrage and voting to provide context for the exhibit. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session between the panelists and the audience. The exhibit will close on November 30, 2016. Superintendent Ami Ghazala of Women’s Rights National Historical Park stated, “We are thrilled to host the exhibit and the panel. We hope all Americans will exercise their right to vote.”


Senator touts Women’s Suffgrage Centennial Commission Act in visit

UTICA — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was in Utica on Monday, stumping for the bipartisan Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act (S.3073) during a visit to the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute.

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Celebrate the Bi-centennial of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse

Everyone is invited! Come and bring family and ffriends to help us celebrate the Bi-centennial of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, corner County Route 8 and Sheldon Road, Farmington.

Poster PDF

Highlights:

Saturday

Sunday

  • 11:00 a.m. Quaker meeting, featuring Mona Polacca, one of the International Council of Thirteen Grandmothers.
  • 12:30—Awards to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mary Anne Krupsak, NYS’s first woman Lt. Governor
  • 1:30—Farmington Friends choir
  • 2:00—Bullis, a play about John Lapham Bullis, who grew up in Farmington-Macedon community and became a lifelong soldier, fighting in the Civil War and heading Buffalo Soldiers, African American and Native American troops, after the Civil War. Come one! Come all! Looking forward to a memorable and lively weekend!

 

Telling the stories of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
at Daily Messenger

CANANDAIGUA — Every woman in America who casts a ballot in an election has Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to thank. Their struggle for a woman's right to vote was central in improving the lives of all women.

But their story is not well known.

Read More about this at the Daily Messenger


 

Global Mural Conference and Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Partner for Women’s Suffrage Mural Event

Seneca Falls, NY- Women’s Rights National Historical Park is pleased to partner with 2016 Global Mural Conference.  For 20 years the Global Mural Conference has convened, every two years, to celebrate and discuss the role of murals in communities all over the world.

The Conference is presented by the International Global Mural Arts & Cultural Tourism Association (the Association) to promote economic development in communities through the arts and culture by supporting the creation of partnerships between cities, artists, local business and commerce, economic development authorities and tourism organizations.

The Association was founded in 1997 in Chemainus, BC, Canada by Dr. Karl Schutz, who helped the town become a major tourist attraction through its murals programs. See “The Little Town That Did” published in the Smithsonian Magazine.

http://www.globalartsandtourism.net/global/html/smithsonian.html

This year’s conference will be held from September 18 – 24, 2016 at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa 99 Woodcliff Drive, Fairport, NY where Artist Charles Johnston will paint a suffrage mural for Women’s Rights National Historical Park visitor center.  Charles Johnston, aka “C5” is a painter, sculptor, and muralist who has been creating public art for 25 years in concrete, mixed media and bronze. He explores motifs that are both site-specific and concept focused.

Superintendent Ami Ghazala stated, “Women’s Rights National Historical Park is thrilled to partner with the Association and artist Charlie Johnston. As we approach 2017, the New York State Suffrage Centennial, and 2020, the National Suffrage Centennial, we expect the mural to draw international and national visitors to Seneca Falls, the site of the first women’s rights convention.


In Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Women's Rights National Historical Park Presents Art Exhibits by Artists Andrea Arroyo and Felipe Galindo

Seneca Falls, NY – In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 17th through October 15th, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will be exhibiting the works of world renowned artists Andrea Arroyo and Felipe Galindo. A reception will be held for the public to meet the artists at Women’s Rights National Historical Park’s Visitor Center on Saturday, September 17th , from 2­:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 

Andrea Arroyo’s exhibition, “Natural (S)elections” features drawings and site specific works that examine the status of women in society and commemorate extraordinary historic and contemporary women. Among the works on display will be “Women of the Forest,” a piece consisting of layered paper and acetate scrolls featuring female figures. This work references mythological stories while connecting the real life leaders of the Women’s Movement past and present. Andrea Arroyo is an award winning artist whose work is in the permanent collections of The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Museum of Mexican Art, and the New York Public Library.

Felipe Galindo ‘s exhibit titled, “Manhatitlan, Mexican and American Cultures Intertwine” is an award winning project inspired by the convergence of Mexican and American cultures. “Manhatitlan” is a name Galindo coined that merges the word Manhattan (the Lenape-Algonquin name for Manhattan) with the Aztec name of Mexico City, Tenochtitlan. Galindo creates humorous art in a variety of media and his drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, The International Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Mad Magazine, and other publications world-wide. Currently, his artwork is featured in the MTA’s Poetry in Motion posters in subway cars throughout New York City and his permanent public art project, “Magic Realism in Kingsbridge” is installed on the 231st Station in New York City.


Mikah Meyer to Visit Women’s Rights National Historical Park during
Visit to all 413 US National Parks in One Continuous Trip

Seneca Falls, NY- Women’s Rights National Historical Park is pleased to announce Mikah Meyer will be visiting the park on Monday September 12th. Meyer of Travel Beyond Convention (TBC) is going on a world record national parks trip around the country. He plans to visit all 413 National Parks in one continuous trip. Meyer will be at the park at 1:00 pm, and will be attending the Wesleyan Chapel tour at 1:30 pm.

 Meyer is on a unique journey. TBC says “In 2005, days after his father's funeral, 19-year-old Mikah embarked on his first independent road trip. What was initially planned as a post-freshman year getaway quickly turned into a transformative experience that showed Mikah the healing power of road trips. Since then, he has taken one road trip a year to honor this experience. 

With April 29, 2016, marking the 11th anniversary of his father's passing from cancer, Mikah is honoring his dad's love of driving by making life out of death and launching his journey to experience all 413 units of the U.S. National Park System. This double world record trip will not only make him the youngest person to experience every unit, but the sole person to do so on one continuous trip. He has been featured by 100+ media outlets, including the Washington Post, USA Today, FOX Television, the Lincoln Journal Star, Classical Singer Magazine, Discovery Networks, Virgin Radio, Global TV, the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park, LogoTV, Good Morning Washington, the Washington Blade, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.” 


GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW YORK STATE

Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Celebrates the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service

Seneca Falls, NY- The National Park Service is turning 100 years old on August 25 and Women’s Rights National Historical Park invites everyone to join the party.                                                    

Birthday Events

·         All day: Junior Ranger programs at the Visitor Center.

·         10:00-12:00 PM: Tours of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton house with Dr. Melinda Grube as Mrs.               Stanton. 

·         1:00 PM: Rangers and Elizabeth Cady Stanton will seal a time capsule with various items that           signify equality for individuals.

·         6:00 PM: Guntzel Theater, Dr. Darla Shaw as Alice Paul discussing Alice’s connection to                     Seneca Falls.

·         7:00 PM: Wesleyan Chapel, the Liza Mousious Quintet will perform original music and lyrics             in the styles of Jazz, Classical, R&B and Theatre. Liza Regina Mousious is a former National            Park employee premiering original compositions to commemorate the National Park Service’s            100th birthday.


Women’s Rights National Historical Park was established in 1980 to tell the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20, 1848.  It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today.  The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-2991.  Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS) and Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS). Join the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park at www.womensrightsfriends.org.


GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW YORK STATE WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE COMMISSION

14-Member Commission Hosts Inaugural Meeting in Seneca Falls,
Birthplace of Women’s Rights Movement

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Elected Commission Chair

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the kick-off of New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, which will be responsible for a series of statewide programs that celebrate women's suffrage in New York State. The 14-member commission will work to promote the anniversary of women's suffrage between 2017, marking 100 years from when women won the right to vote in New York State and 2020, a century after the 19th Amendment was ratified.

"New York State has always led for women's rights since the movement's inception in Seneca Falls in 1848 to the passage of the historic Women's Equality Agenda in 2015," said Governor Cuomo. "As we reflect on how much progress our state and nation has made through the last century, we must also remember how much work still lays ahead as we continue to fight for true equality."​

"We will be taking the message of women’s equality all across the State over the next three years, celebrating the accomplishments of women and their contributions to our history," said Commission Chair Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "At the same time, as the state’s highest ranking elected woman, I hope we can inspire the next generation of young women who want to rise up and achieve great things themselves."

The New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission was sponsored by Sen. Betty Little and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and signed into law by Governor Cuomo in November. During its inaugural meeting, members of the Commission outlined plans for commemoration events to take place over the next three years that highlight historic achievements for women.

The Commission is made up of the following representatives:


    · Rose Harvey, Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

    · Dr. Jennifer LeMack, New York State Museum Chief Curator of History (appointed by commissioner of education)

    · Howard Zemsky, President, CEO and Commissioner of Economic Development

    · Dare Thompson, President of the League of Women Voters of New York State

    · Noemi Gazala, Superintendent of the Women's Rights National Historical Park

    · Deborah Hughes, President of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House

    · Sally Roesch Wagner, Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation

    · Susan Zimet, President of 2020: Project Women, Inc.

    · Kathleen Neville, Board Member of the New York Council for the Humanities


In addition, the Commission will include the following appointees:

    · Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor (appointed by Governor Cuomo)

    · Sen. Betty Little (appointed by the temporary president of the Senate)

    · Eve Waltermaurer, Director of Research and Evaluation at The Benjamin Center, SUNY New Paltz (appointed by the speaker of the Assembly)

    · Senator Velmanette Montgomery (appointed by minority leader of the Senate)

    · Christina Lotz, Seneca County Clerk (appointed by minority leader of the Assembly)
New York State is home to the first-ever Women's Rights Convention, held in Seneca Falls, on July 19 and 20, 1848 and organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Sixty-nine years later, on Nov. 6, 1917, women in New York State won the right to vote. Three years later, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting all women the right to vote as protected by the United States Constitution.

Naturalization Ceremoony

Women’s Rights National Historical Park to Host Naturalization Ceremony
Embrace Citizenship – Experience America Through Your National Parks

Seneca Falls, NY - Candidates from multiple countries will become new citizens during a ceremony at Women’s Rights National Historical Park on Friday, August 26, 2016. This is one of many naturalization ceremonies taking place in national parks during Citizenship Week under a partnership between the National Park Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The theme is “Embrace Citizenship – Experience America through your National Parks.”

These 20 candidates represent multiple nations throughout the globe. Noemi Ghazala, Superintendent of Women’s Rights National Historical Park stated “How fitting to take the oath of citizenship here at Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Our National Parks are a uniquely American idea. It is an honor to welcome these new citizens here at Women’s Rights National Historical Park.”

The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26, in the Wesleyan Chapel at Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Parking is available behind the Visitor Center.

“I can’t think of places more appropriate to welcome a new generation of American citizens, than national parks” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “These parks, which are owned by all Americans, are not only places of stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife, but across this country more than 400 national parks preserve our nation’s fascinating history and protect our rich cultural heritage. From the Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico to Ellis Island in New York City, national parks ensure our nation’s artifacts and records are protected for generations to come.”

The National Park Service and USCIS partnership agreement helps introduce new citizens to some of the nation’s most significant natural resources and cultural heritage sites. These historic and picturesque sites provide an ideal backdrop for citizenship ceremonies, where new citizens can learn about and reflect on American identity and the responsibilities of citizenship.


Celebrating Summer

Summer Programs at Women's Rights National Historical Park In honor of the First Day of Summer, Women's Rights National Historical Park is excited to announce its Healthy Parks and Healthy People initiative for Summer 2016! Starting this week, throughout the season, we will be offering:

FREE Yoga in the Park, thanks to Om Studio, EVERY Saturday morning from 9:00am-10:15am in Declaration Park (Between the Visitor's Center and Wesleyan Chapel) Open to All Levels!

Ranger-Guided 'Walking Through History' Tours, from the Visitor's Center to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, at 11:00am Wednesday through Saturday.

Ranger-Guided Kayak Tours will be offered every Sunday (weather permitting) from 9:00am-1:00pm. Bring Your Own Kayak! Registration is required- feel free to call (315) 568-0024 or email emily_hauck@nps.gov for more information!

Happy Summer!!!

American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and National Parks on the Air Event to Mark National Park Service Centennial

Seneca Falls, NY- American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and Women’s Rights National Historical Park are partnering for National Parks on the Air event to mark the National Park Service Centennial. ARRL hopes that this program will encourage ham radio operators to learn more about national parks in their area, challenge them to explore new public lands, and share their hobby with the next generation.

The Squaw Island Amateur Radio Club (SIARC) will activate communications from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm at Women’s Rights National Historical Park visitor center at 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY on Sunday, July 10, 2016. This activation will consist of amateur radio operators and radio equipment used to contact other amateur radio operators in the United States and around the world.

Founded in 1914, the American Radio Relay League is the national association for amateur radio in the US. Today, with more than 161, 000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States and the primary source of information updates in the ham radio world.

Amateur Radio is a hobby and public service whereby people set up and use two-way communications equipment. Over 750,000 Amateur Radio operators are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, and are trained in communications techniques and basic electronics theory. It is fun, scientific, and educational.

Superintendent Ami Ghazala stated, “Women’s Rights National Historical Park is thrilled to partner with the Squaw Island Amateur Radio Club to offer diverse opportunities in the Finger Lakes and beyond.” The public is invited to visit the park and to learn more about amateur radio.


Women's Rights National Historical park to Hold Discussion in Commemoration of LGBT Month

Women's Rights National Historical park to Hold Discussion in Commemoration of LGBT Month Seneca Falls, NY- In commemoration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Month), Women’s Rights National Historical Park will hold a public discussion on historical and current LGBTQ civil rights struggles on Saturday, June 25th at 1:00 pm in the Wesleyan Chapel. Featured speakers will be Megan Springate, PhD candidate, University of Maryland and the National Park Service’s Prime Consultant to the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative along with Ethan Lewis, the LGBT Program Assistant at the Cortland, NY LGBT Resource Center. LGBT Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan which are widely recognized as a catalyst for the modern civil rights movement in the LGBT community.

The National Park Service LGBTQ Heritage Initiative project will identify places and events associated with the story of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans and will explore how the legacy of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals can be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations.

The National Park Service LGBTQ Heritage Initiative is one of a number of heritage initiatives to commemorate minorities and women who have made significant contributions to our nation's history and culture, including studies related to the history of Latinos, women, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The National Park Service is America's storyteller and protector of the places where America's history can be found and is dedicated to sharing more diverse stories of our nation's history. We hope you can join us for the discussion.

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Beacon Plans Dedication Margaret Fuller Historic Marker

Beacon, NY: On Saturday, May 21, 2016, the City of Beacon, New York will hold a ceremony to unveil an historic marker dedicated to women's rights activist, Margaret Fuller. This marker commemorates the historic visit of the noted American journalist and critic to then Fishkill Landing in the Fall of 1844. Fuller resided here for seven weeks while writing America's first feminist work, Woman in the Nineteenth Century. The book’s publication profoundly impacted the women’s rights movement, inspiring the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

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"Distraction Abstraction - a bipolar odyssey"An Art Exhibit by Roberta Estes Opens at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Seneca Falls, NY- Women’s Rights National Historical Park is pleased to announce the opening of artist Roberta Estes’ new art exhibit titled, “Distraction Abstraction – a bipolar odyssey.” The exhibit will be on display in the park’s gallery space now through June 30th. Estes lives and creates her art in Seneca Falls and is known for her bold, bright, and colorful abstract paintings. Estes states, “Within the last year, I embarked on an introspective journey. For me, these paintings visually express the process of releasing layers -and years- of secrecy and censure. I believe now is the time for an open conversation about mental illness to challenge negative stigma and false perceptions. I am bipolar, but it is merely a distraction… it does not define me as a person: being an artist does.”

The National Alliance for Mental Health has designated the month of May as Mental Health Month. The organization works to open the discussion on mental health and fights stigma, provides support, educates the public, and advocates for equal care. By highlighting these issues during May, it provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of Americans who are affected by mental health conditions. According to the organization, approximately 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family.

Estes further states, “The paintings in this exhibit represent a journey toward realization, and acceptance, that any designation concerning my mental health does not have the power to constrict nor define me. In the end, these paintings released me. They are distraction abstraction. No labels. No conflict. Just art.” An artist’s reception for Roberta Estes will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the park’s Visitor Center as part of the Seneca Falls Art Walk event.


Women's Rights National Historical Park Press Release :

“Running the Rough Road to Equality:
a True History of the Pioneer Days of Women’s Running”
at Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Seneca Falls, NY- Women’s Rights National Historical Park, in partnership with the National Women’s Hall of Fame, invites the public to attend a panel discussion titled, “Running the Rough Road to Equality: a True History of the Pioneer Days of Women’s Running” on Friday, May 6th, at 1:30 pm in the park’s Wesleyan Chapel. Featured panelists will be Katherine Switzer and Roger Robinson.

Switzer, an athlete, author, spokeswoman, commentator, and advocate, is best known as the woman who, in 1967, challenged the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon and became the first woman to officially enter and run the event. Her entry garnered worldwide attention when a race official tried to forcibly remove her from the competition. This was captured in a photo that became one of Time-Life’s “100 Photos that Changed the World.” Having been denied many athletic opportunities herself, Kathrine is a tireless advocate for female athletes and, after organizing a global series of 400 women’s races in 27 countries, was instrumental in making the women’s marathon an official event in the Olympic Games. She has authored hundreds of articles, three books, and has won several Emmy’s for her sports commentary.

Robinson is a runner, writer, scholar, educator, and Professor Emeritus of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A world championship representative for England and New Zealand, he later set age-group records at the Boston and New York City marathons, and has returned to a high ranking in the over-70 age-groups. As a running journalist, Robinson has been an advocate for women's running since the 1960s, and paralleled that as a senior academic, introducing and contributing to one of the earliest programs in literary women's studies. His scholarly publications include a book on Katherine Mansfield, and the only modern edition of the historically important utopian feminist novel of 1889, Anno Domini; or Woman's Destiny, by Julius Vogel, who as Prime Minister introduced the world's first women's suffrage legislation, passed in the New Zealand Parliament in 1893.

Following the discussion, a book signing, featuring the works of both Switzer and Robinson, will be held in the park’s Visitor Center.


I Love My Park Day at Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Seneca Falls, NY- Join us at Women’s Rights National Park on May 7th for the 5th annual Parks and Trails New York I Love My Park Day. This year’s park project will be the Chamberlain Property where we’ll be cleaning up the waterfront and winter debris, planting flowers, and laying the foundation for a non-powered boat ramp from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring your lunch and we’ll bring the tools! Meet your ranger at the park’s Visitor Center at 136 Fall Street at 9:00 am for orientation and we’ll all walk to the Chamberlain Property on a guided tour. To register visit: https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/i-love-my-park-day-volunteer-registrationfingrlak/.

There will be over 100 historic sites and state parks throughout New York participating in this year’s I Love My Park Day. This includes National Park Service sites and public lands managed by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Volunteers will work to beautify public lands by cleaning up parks and beaches, planting gardens and trees, working on construction projects, and improving trails and wildlife habitats.  Last year, 200 volunteers improved ninety-five parks and sites in New York State. We hope to see even more volunteers attend the event this year.


“Home, Democracy, and Citizenship- or?”

Seneca Falls, NY- Women’s Rights National Historical Park in partnership with Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will host a lecture titled, “Home, Democracy, and Citizenship- or?” on Thursday, April 28th at 5:00 pm in the Guntzel Theater. This is a talk about ‘Home’ and democratic citizenship. What did Settlement House workers mean by ‘Home’ at the beginning of the twentieth century? Did Reformers complicate or contradict their idea of ‘Home’? Professor Mink discusses these questions in the context of his new work on Jane Addams and Reformers advocating tenement reform, including public kitchens and baths, AND the concept of “Public Housekeeping.” Taking his work one step further, Professor Mink inquiries into the consequences of Reformers’ ideas on notion of the family (and more specifically women’s roles within the family) and democratic citizenship. The Sentiments & Declarations Lecture Series events are co-sponsored by Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.The program will take place on Thursday, April 28th at 5:00 pm in the Guntzel Theater, located in the park Visitor Center, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148. The event is free and open to the public.


WOMEN VOTED IN NEW YORK – BEFORE COLUMBUS
Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner Featured Speaker on April 14, 2016


Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner will be the featured speaker for the 3rd “Geneva Public Library’s Famous Author Series” sponsored by the Foundation for the Geneva Public Library. Dr. Wagner will present on Thursday evening April 14 at 7:00 pm in the Geneva Library Reading Room.

Imagine that women have the right to choose all political representatives, removing from office anyone who doesn’t make wise decisions for the future. Living in a world free from violence against them, women will not allow a man to hold office if he has violated a woman. Economically independent, they have the final say in matters of war and peace and the absolute right to their own bodies.

This is not a dream. Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women have had this authority – and more – since long before Christopher Columbus came to these shores.

Dr. Wagner will present this opportune topic in discussion about her book, “Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists”. This story of friendship between Native American and settlers, about which she has written extensively, models a superior life style that influenced the United States from democracy to feminism.

Awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz) and a founder of one of the first college-level women’s studies programs in the U.S. (CSU Sacramento), Dr. Wagner currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Honors Program at Syracuse University. Author of numerous women’s history books and articles telling the “untold stories”, her publications range from pioneer women to suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage. She is currently working on a compilation of the best stories from her six-volume Daughters of Dakota series.

She wrote the faculty guide for Not for Ourselves Alone, Ken Burns’ documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and appeared in that film and other PBS women’s history programs. Dr. Wagner was selected as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E-News in 2015. Founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville, NY, and author of articles on historic house museums, she received the Katherine Coffee Award for outstanding service to museology from the Mid Atlantic Association of Museums in 2012.

About the Foundation for the Geneva Public Library

The Foundation for Geneva Public Library was established in July 2011 solely to help provide a firm financial basis for Geneva Public Library. The Foundation will seek and accept donations in many forms; cash, securities, bequests, and, subject to board approval, antiques, charitable remainder trusts, fine art, and real property. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) incorporated organization and all contributions are fully tax deductible.


Happy Birthday, Susan B. Anthony
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Premiere of "Daughters of the New Republic: Sarah Bradford and Harriet Tubman" to be held at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Seneca Falls, NY – Women’s Rights National Historical Park is pleased to host the premiere showing of “Daughters of the New Republic: Sarah Bradford and Harriet Tubman” on Saturday, April 9th at 1:00 pm in the park’s Guntzel Theater. The film’s maker, Linda Robertson, Professor of Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will be introducing the historical documentary about Susan Bradford’s life and times in Geneva, NY and her collaboration with Harriet Tubman in writing Tubman’s well known biographies.

Bradford wrote two works on Tubman, one in 1869 and the other in 1886, utilizing extensive interviews with Tubman. Proceeds from the books were used for Tubman’s support. Bradford lived in the Bradford House in Geneva, NY, which now houses the Hobart and William Smith Admissions Office. In the preface of Bradford's first biography of Harriet Tubman she states,  “By the graphic pen of Mrs. Stowe, the incidents of such a life as that of the subject of this little memoir might be wrought up into a tale of thrilling interest, equaling, if not exceeding, anything in her world-renowned "Uncle Tom's Cabin;" but the story of Harriet Tubman needs not the drapery of fiction; the bare unadorned facts are enough to stir the hearts of the friends of humanity, the friends of liberty, the lovers of their country.”   We hope you can join us for the showing of this very special film.

Women's Rights National Historical Park is Partnering with WCNY to Host 4th Annual Women Who Make America Awards

Seneca Falls, NY- Women’s Rights National Historical Park is excited to partner with WCNY to hold its 4th Annual Central New York Women Who Make America Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will take place Friday, March 4th at 11:00 am in the Wesleyan Chapel. In this ceremony, women from across the local area will be honored for their extraordinary contributions in a variety of fields. Elizabeth Cady Stanton will be an honored guest – one of the local women, a Maker herself, who changed America in 1848. Robert J. Daino, WCNY president and CEO stated, “Across Central New York, women are making remarkable contributions to our community. WCNY is honored to share their stories, using our multimedia platforms—TV, radio, web, print, and social media—to reach and inspire others.” Women’s Rights National Historical Park is honored to be a part of celebrating the lives of women who continually pave the way for future generations. Visit Women's Rights National Historical Park to experience the first Women's Rights Convention held in 1848 and learn about the state of the women's movement today, civil rights, and human rights. For more information, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024.

Where do the grapes go?

Seneca Falls, NY Women’s Rights National Historical Park, in collaboration with Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, are pleased to present the next segment of the Sentiments and Declarations series, “Where Do the Grapes Go?” on Thursday, February 25th at 5:00 pm in the park’s Guntzel Theater. Speaker Julia Hoyle will take us inside the life and times of grapes, from vines to wines.

Hoyle, one of the many young women who have entered the wine making industry in the past 10 years, is seeing the Finger Lakes Region come into its own and is part of the winemaking community fostering this growth. For Hoyle, winemaking is an intriguing mash-up of art and science: “There is no one standard formula to making wine, least of all in the Finger Lakes. Decisions about a wine’s style can be dictated by the growing season or what occurs in the cellar.” On the quest for a beautiful wine, Hoyle often returns to the word, “balance.” “Balance, when truly found, is profoundly beautiful. Whether it be in a wine, on a plate of food, or amidst one’s busy life schedule, the quest for balance is arguably one of the things that makes us human.” Join us to find out why the Finger Lakes region is a draw for young winemakers. Come learn more about what’s in a glass of wine, and how a glass of wine extends to this vibrant industry and the challenges of living and loving being a winemaker.


Where do the grapes go?

Public Lecture Series Women's Rights National historical Park Seneca Falls, N.Y. Sentiments & Declarations Spring 2016 Thursday, Feb. 25 5p.m., Guntzel Theater "Where do the grapes go?" Read More


One Hundred Years Ago Today, February 3, 1916

Harriot Goes to Kansas

One hundred years ago today Long Island resident Harriot Stanton Blatch was tired of waiting for New York to give women the vote, and so announced she was buying another residence in Kansas. Kansas law stated that if a woman owned property in the State for six months she could then vote there. Harriot (daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton) reasoned that if she could vote in federal elections in Kansas she could influence legislators to vote for the 19th Amendment, thus enfranchising all women throughout the nation. It does seem sad that women had to resort to such wily solutions, but their perseverance paid off in the long run.

The read the whole story of Harriot’s Kansas purchase click here: newspapers.com/clip/4196910//


National Parks Maintenance Backlog Reaches $11.9 billion

Seneca Falls, NY – The National Park Service (NPS) this week released its Fiscal Year 2015 deferred maintenance statistics for national parks. The $11.9 billion nationwide total was up from the $11.49 billion reported at the end of FY2014. Women’s Rights National Historical Park has $1.4 million in deferred maintenance – part of the $11.9 billion deferred maintenance backlog across the National Park System.

Deferred maintenance is necessary work on infrastructure such as roads and bridges, visitor centers, trails, and campgrounds that has been put off for more than a year. Aging facilities, increasing use of park facilities, and insufficient maintenance funding contribute to the growing backlog. Our list of deferred maintenance projects is about 50 percent non-transportation assets.

Congressional funding for the National Park Service in 2016 includes an additional $90 million for non-transportation maintenance. Congress also passed a new highway bill which will provide a $28 million increase for transportation projects in parks this year. Funding for transportation-related maintenance and construction will continue to rise, by $8 million per year for five years, until it reaches $300 million per year in 2020.

Park Superintendent Ami Ghazala noted, “The funds Congress provided for 2016 will help us as we move toward the goal of restoring our highest priority non-transportation assets to good condition. With Congress still considering a Centennial bill, we look forward to having additional resources to reach the goal of having those high priority assets restored to good condition.”

Ghazala further added, “We invite the world to discover the special places in the National Park System, such as Women’s Rights National Historical Park, during our centennial celebration. We need to have facilities that can accommodate guests and provide the best possible visitor experience.”

Deferred maintenance figures by type, park, and state are available at go.nps.gov/deferredmaint   

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The Underground Railroad in the Seneca Falls and Waterloo Area

Seneca Falls, NY- Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry and Women’s Rights National Historical Park are partnering to bring Walter Gable, Seneca County Historian, to Seneca Falls to present his program titled, The Underground Railroad in the Seneca Falls-Waterloo Area. The presentation will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 1:00 pm in Women’s Rights National Historical Park’s Guntzel Theater.

The Seneca Falls-Waterloo area was a hotbed of anti-slavery activism in the years preceding the Civil War. While certainly not all area residents were anti-slavery in their beliefs, active individuals and groups were doing as much as they could to support abolitionism. Who were these people? Was there a connection between the abolition movement and the evolving women’s rights movement?

Gable will show how this activism was a logical outgrowth of the economic transformation taking place in the area and the reforming zeal evolving out of the Second Great Awakening.  Gable’s talk is fueled by information uncovered in the 2005-06 Cultural Resources Survey of the Underground Railroad in Seneca County sponsored by the Seneca County Historian’s Office and funded by a Preserve New York grant from the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Humanities.

We hope you join us for this fascinating look at our nation’s history which occurred here in our local communities. 

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National Youth Film Competition Called The America I Am

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, the Statue of Liberty NM has partnered with Tribeca Film Institute to launch a national youth film competition called The America I Am. It's a call for youth across the country to submit short films exploring their personal connection to the American Experience. The way it works is students will submit a rough video draft of their film by February 12. Of the thousands of submissions we hope to receive, we will select five finalists to move forward into the next phase. Each of the five finalists will receive $1000 production budget and will be mentored by industry professionals to hone their craft and to help polish up their film entries. During National Park Week, the final version of their short films will premiere on April 21 at a red carpet event for 2016 Tribeca Film Festival®. The films will show again later that same evening at a NPS Centennial Celebration event at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island where the winners will be announced. For additional info, the shared website is theamericaiam.org Poster

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Seneca Falls, NY

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Seneca Falls, NY- Kids of all ages, come to Women's Rights National Historical Park on Saturday, January 16th, to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday! The activities start at 11:00 am in the Visitor Center with Reading Ranger and stories of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy followed by hands-on art projects and games. Visitors can also spend their day discovering the park exhibits, joining a ranger for a tour of the Wesleyan Chapel, and exploring the activities in the Underground Railroad Classroom. The fight for civil rights did not end with Martin Luther King Jr. Women’s Rights National Historical Park continues to commemorate not only the struggle for women’s rights, but the struggle for all human and civil rights.

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2015

A Celebration of the 200th Birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Saturday, November 14, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Women’s Rights National Historical Park
136 Fall Street
Seneca Falls, New York 13148

Inspired by the Past ... Addressing the Future

A Winter Wheat Gathering
At The Wesleyan Chapel
The Women and Men of the 19th Century In Conversation at the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

200th Birthday Celebration
The Gould Hotel
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

Birthday Poster PDF

Women's Activism NYC Site

Penny Coleman Site

Tribute to the Disappeared Exhibition
at Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Seneca Falls, NY- Artist Andrea Arroyo will present her exhibit, “Tribute to the Disappeared,” at Women’s Rights National Historical Park from November 7 through December 31, 2015.  The exhibit honors the thousands of men and women who have disappeared in Mexico, as well as other victims from around the world who have suffered injustice.


“Tribute to the Disappeared” is an ongoing project started by Andrea Arroyo after the disappearance of forty-three Ayotzinapa youths, from the Mexican state of Guerrero on September 26, 2014.  Just as the AIDS Memorial Quilt brought attention to the AIDS epidemic, this project aims to bring public attention to another epidemic; that of the countless innocent lives lost due to injustice, war, poverty and displacement.  Over 200 international artists and thirteen organizations and collectives are participating in the project.

The park will display prints sent by artists from around the world. Their art commemorates December 10th, International Human Rights Day, and the one year anniversary of the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students.  The exhibition also features a community participation component, in which the audience is invited to write messages for the families of the disappeared.  The messages will be delivered to the families in Mexico once the exhibit has come to a close.

Andrea Arroyo is an award-winning artist with an extensive track record.  Her artwork is widely exhibited, collected, and published.  Andrea has been the subject of over 150 features in the international media, and in publications such as The New York Times and The New Yorker.  Arroyo curates exhibitions focusing in socially relevant issues, such as: “I Have a Dream-50 Years of Change”, “September 11-Past, Present, Future,” “Art Without Borders” and “AriZONA, Artists Respond to the Immigration Issue.”

Women, Witches, and Halloweens Past

Seneca Falls, NY—This Halloween, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will host a lecture by Dr. Cynthia J. Koepp, Professor of History at Wells College. Dr. Koepp’s talk, "Examining a Stereotype: Women and the Witchcraze, 1560-1690,” analyzes the connections between the invention of the printing press and changes in thinking that contributed to the development of the witch stereotype and their widespread persecution. The lecture will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 31st in the Guntzel Theater on the main floor of the park’s visitor center, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY.  
Between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm Elizabeth Cady Stanton, leader of the women’s rights movement, as portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube, will discuss connections in the Quaker, Spiritualist, and suffragist communities and examine the M’Clintock family’s  explorations into animism, séances, and magnetism. Additionally, a reenactor in period attire will provide tales of Halloween and harvest traditions in the mid-1800s.

All events are free and open to the public.

 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th Birthday Party!

Seneca Falls, NY- Come celebrate Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday with Mrs. Stanton and her friends! On November 14th Women’s Rights National Historical Park will commemorate Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s life and legacy with an evening full of special events.

The evening begins at 4:00 pm with a “Winter Wheat Gathering” inside the Wesleyan Chapel, site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. Dramatic re-enactments by historical researchers, biographers, and interpreters will honor Mrs. Stanton’s women’s rights activism. Among the women’s rights pioneers featured in period attire will be Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth. Hear Stanton’s colleagues in their own words describe the importance of her speeches and writings. The conversation will continue as scholars offer their reflections on the status of women today and the continuing struggle for women’s equality.

At 6:00 pm, the event will move just a few doors down Fall Street to the Gould Hotel for a reception with birthday cake, punch, and dancing. Can’t make it to the celebration? We invite you to send your birthday wishes to Mrs. Stanton to be displayed in the visitors’ center. For electronic and video birthday sentiments, please forward them to wori_information_desk@nps.gov and for cards and letters, please mail them to Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY, 13148.

All events are free and open to the public. The public is invited to dress in 19th century period attire.

Bicycle Ride for the 19th Amendment

Rescheduled for Sunday, October 25th. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Contact Women's Rights National Historical Park with any questions.

Seneca Falls, NY- In 1896, Susan B. Anthony said of the bicycle, “it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” On Sunday, October 25th, you can be a part of this tradition and participate in the bike ride “Wheels of and for Change.” As part of the Sentiments & Declarations series, this 19-mile long ride will commemorate the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

The ride will begin at 10:00 am in front of Women’s Rights National Historical Park’s Visitor Center at 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY. Liv Cycling Ambassador Suzanne Hartman will lead this non-competitive ride. A biking enthusiast, Ms. Hartman said, “I ride for all day adventure, for fun, for exercise, to connect to nature and to others.” The ride will take place rain or shine. Riders should have a bike in good working condition, a helmet, be comfortable riding in a group, have the ability to average 12 mph, and bring food and water, repair tools, and no headphones.

The Sentiments & Declarations series events are co-sponsored by Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. We hope you can join us on October 18th.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-2991.  Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS) and Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS). If you would like to receive email announcements about other upcoming events, just send an email to wori_information_desk@nps.gov to subscribe. All programs are free and open to the public.

Women in Business: A Path to Success

Seneca Falls, NY- On Sunday, October 25th at 2:00 pm, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will host lawyer, author, filmmaker, and speaker Valerie Alexander to present a lecture on her book How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”.) Despite graduation rates from colleges, law schools, business schools, and film schools that equal or surpass that of men, women continue to occupy less than 20% of high ranking positions in almost all industries. What barriers and obstacles continue to hold women back from reaching the top of their fields?

Please join us for this provocative lecture as author Valerie Alexander explores the historical, sociological, and anthropological reasons that women are held back in the workplace, what women can do to adapt, and be rewarded in ways that will further careers. Valerie’s talk is based on recent findings in the fields of biology, anthropology, and brain science which deepen our understanding of the gendered brain, as well as her own workplace experiences as a securities lawyer, rec-sector investment banker, and screenwriter.

Valerie AlexanderValerie Alexander is an author, speaker, and filmmaker who started her career in the Silicon Valley as an IPO lawyer, venture capital consultant, investment banker, and new media executive. After returning to Indiana for a year to care for her mother, she transitioned into the entertainment industry as a screenwriter and director.  Valerie was one of two lead attorneys on the E*TRADE IPO, and as a screenwriter has worked with Joel Schumacher, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Ice Cube. She has directed more than 50 commercials, short films, and PSAs, primarily in support of marriage equality and raising awareness of online bullying.

This program is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held in the park’s Visitor Center at 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-2991.  Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS) and Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS). If you would like to receive email announcements about other upcoming events, just send an email to wori_information_desk@nps.gov to subscribe. All programs are free and open to the public. 

Find Your Park and Recognize Women’s Herstory: LGBT activist
Kitty Lambert-Rudd to speak at Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Seneca Falls, NY- Do you know about the 99 ways to find your park? Join in celebrating the National Park Service’s 99th birthday, and find your park at Women’s Rights National Historical Park! Check off #70, and recognize women who are making history now. We are proud to host LGBTQ activist Kitty Lambert-Rudd, who will present two talks on her experiences in the fight for marriage equality and in grassroots organizing on September 12th.

On Saturday, September 12th, Kitty will present two talks at Women’s Rights National Historical Park. At 11:30 AM, she will present “How Women Made Marriage Equality Happen: New York and Nationally,” and at 3:30 PM, she will discuss “The Secret Power - Women and Grassroots Organizing.” Both talks are free and will take place in the national park’s Visitor Center, located at 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, New York, 13148.

Kitty’s life of advocacy began when, in 2004, she and her partner, Cheryle Lambert-Rudd, formed their own grassroots activist group, OUTspoken For Equality, which was a key player in the fight for marriage equality. They became aware of the need for marriage protections when, years ago, Cheryle experienced a medical emergency and hospital staff denied Kitty access to her or any information about her condition.

Together they have survived 3 heart attacks, two separate occurrences of cancer and Cheryle’s seizure disorder. They knew the only solid and unarguable protection for them would be legislated protections through civil marriage.

The New York State Pride Agenda honored Kitty and Cheryle with their 2007 Star Award, the greatest honor given by the Pride Agenda. More recently, Kitty attended a cocktail reception at the White House with President Obama and Vice President Biden honoring the work that was done in Western New York by grassroots activists in June of 2011, just weeks before her marriage to Cheryle.

At the stroke of midnight, July 24th, 2011, with cicadas singing in the trees and the sky ablaze with stars, Kitty and Cheryle Lambert-Rudd became the first same-sex couple to be wed in New York State. They were married on the edge of Niagara Falls in front of nearly 1,000 of their closest friends and family…and the world.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit our website
at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-2991.  Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS) and Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS). If you would like to receive email announcements about other upcoming events, just send an email to wori_information_desk@nps.gov to subscribe. All programs are free and open to the public. And to learn more about the 99 ways to find your park, check out the complete list at www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/nps99.htm.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park Welcomes 4th Grade Students Through Every Kid In a Park Initiative

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Women’s Rights National Historical Park Welcomes 4th Grade Students Through Every Kid In a Park Initiative

New National Program Encourages Families and Classes to Visit National Parks

Seneca Falls, NY – Women’s Rights National Historical Park invites all 4th grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting today, 4th grade students can now go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

“During the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks, and we’re offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover everything that national parks offer,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We hope these free passes for fourth graders will introduce 4th graders, their classes, and families to our national treasures, places where they can run and play, explore and learn.”

Women’s Rights National Historical Park offers a variety of activities that fourth graders and their family can enjoy, including a self-guided junior ranger book, a scavenger hunt, education programs, and guided kayak tours during the summer.

To receive their free pass for national parks, fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website and play a game to access their special Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from September 1st, 2015 through August 31, 2016. The website also includes fun and engaging learning activities aligned to educational standards, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips and other important and helpful information for educators and parents.

In addition to providing every fourth grader in America a free entry pass for national parks and federal public lands and waters, fourth grade educators, youth group leaders and their students across the country will also participate in the program through field trips and other learning experiences. Women’s Rights National Historical Park offers on-site field trips and distance learning opportunities for fourth grade classes.

The goal of the Every Kid in a Park program is to connect 4th graders with the great outdoors and inspire them to become future environmental stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks and other public lands for years to come. The program is an important part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration in 2016, which encourages everyone to Find Your Park.

Every Kid in a Park is an administrative-wide effort, launched by President Obama, and supported by eight federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Education, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at Women’s Rights NHP!

September 15th-October 15th:

Seneca Falls, NY - In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), Women's Rights National Historical Park presents the exhibitions “Women of the Water” by Andrea Arroyo and “Frida Kahlo Loves NY” by Felipe Galindo, renowned Mexican-born, New York City-based artists. The exhibitions will be on view in the park Visitor Center, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY from September 18 to October 25, 2015. An artist reception is scheduled for Friday, September 18, from 5:00-8:00 pm. The exhibitions are free and open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

Arroyo’s exhibition examines the status of women in society and their struggles and accomplishments while commemorating extraordinary historic and contemporary women. Among the works on display is “Women of the Water”, a piece featuring female figures on paper cutouts intertwined with lace. This site-specific work evokes past and present life along the Finger Lakes and honors the indigenous women of the area and the organizers of the First Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in 1848. The exhibit includes a series of works that depict mythical and historical women of achievement from around the world.

Galindo presents a series of works from his project “Frida Kahlo Loves NY”, inspired by Kahlo’s visits to New York City in the 1930s and 1940s. Galindo created whimsical narratives featuring the artist Frida Kahlo, that imagine the impact the “Big Apple” might have had on her art and life. This project presents a unique take on Khalo’s life and story as a groundbreaking female artist, and commemorates the past and present vitality of New York City.

Andrea Arroyo is an award-winning artist with an extensive portfolio. Her work is in the collections of The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Museum of Mexican Art, The Richmond Museum, and The New York Public Library. Ms. Arroyo’s work has been published extensively, including in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Andrea Arroyo - The Women of Sugar Hill
Andrea Arroyo - Women of the Water
F. Galindo Feggo - Frida and King Kong
F. Galindo Feggo - Frida Kahlo Loves NY

Felipe Galindo creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animations, fine art and public art. His drawings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Mad Magazine, and other publications worldwide. His animations have been featured in TV programs such as MTV’s Liquid TV, and in numerous film festivals and cultural institutions worldwide, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.

For more information about the artists please visit: www.andreaarroyo.com and www.felipegalindo.com

For more information, please visit the Park's website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024. All sites within Women’s Rights National Historical Park are free and open to the public. Follow the park's social media sites for Facebook and Twitter to learn more about our upcoming programs. If you would like to receive email announcements about other upcoming events, just send an email to wori_information_desk@nps.gov to subscribe. All programs are free and open to the public.

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Women in World War II

Saturday, September 5th:

Seneca Falls, NY- There is no mistaking the fact that women played a major role during World War II. Women took on the jobs men left behind when they went to war. They built and flew the planes needed on the front lines. They bandaged and healed wounded soldiers at home and overseas. As women seized larger roles on the home front and front lines, they often experienced long separations from their husbands, sons, fathers, and brothers serving the country. Through these separations women wrote scores of letters to their loved ones offering love and support that gave these men hope and courage which helped win the war.

On Saturday September 5th Women’s Rights National Historical Park will host “Women in World War II,” a special lecture and exhibit opening beginning at 1:00 pm in the park’s visitor center at 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY.

At 1:00 pm Dr. Susan Lewis will present her lecture “ILU: I Love You”, the story and love letters of two teenagers from the Bronx separated by war. Dr. Lewis is the Associate Professor, Deputy Chair, and Graduate Advisor, of the Department of History at SUNY New Paltz. The lecture will take place in the park’s Guntzel Theater.

After the lecture we invite you to attend the opening of a new exhibit “Remember to be a Lady, Forget you are a woman” – The WAVES of World War II. This exhibit looks at the women who played a major role in the United States Navy during WWII and how their place in history changed the future of women in the military. This exhibit will be on display Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in the park visitor center through the month of December.

The special lecture and exhibit are free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the Park's website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024. All sites within Women’s Rights National Historical Park are free and open to the public. Follow the park's social media sites for Facebook and Twitter to learn more about our upcoming programs.

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An Evening of Classical Music by Women Composers

Thursday, August 27th:

Seneca Falls, NY- The Wesleyan Chapel, site of the first Women’s Rights Convention, will ring with classical music composed by women and performed by renowned Operatic Soprano Teresa Ringholz.

On Thursday, August 27th Women’s Rights National Historical Park will host Ringholz for a performance of vocal works composed exclusively by women. Ringholz has been a professional singer for over 30 years. She has lived and worked singing opera in Europe and has performed for audiences world-wide. Some history of the composers along with spoken translations will provide an educational and inspiring evening. 

The vocal performance will be accompanied by Sonja Shelton on the piano.

The program will be offered at 7:00 pm in the Wesleyan Chapel next to the Visitor Center at Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY. This performance is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the Park's website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024. All sites within Women’s Rights National Historical Park are free and open to the public. Follow the park's social media sites for Facebook and Twitter to learn more about our upcoming programs.

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Canal Splash!

Seneca Falls, NY – Celebrate with Women’s Rights National Historical Park the history, culture, recreational appeal, and beauty of the New York State Canal System and Erie Canalway Trail during Canal Splash! Women’s Rights National Historical Park will host special programs on Saturday, August 15th highlighting the importance of canal systems to the growth of the United States and New York State.

Start the day by joining park rangers on a kayak tour of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal at 9:00 am, leaving from the Seneca Falls Community Center boat launch. Paddle through history as we follow the flow of events that led to the Women’s Rights Movement. The pace will be slow and we'll be stopping for every eagle and osprey along the way AND, we'll be locking through Lock 2 & 3 for a total of a 49' drop! We plan to be on the water for about four hours so please plan your supplies accordingly.  Don't have a kayak?  Just call Fuzzy Guppies at 315-539-8848.

At 1:00 pm, inside the park’s Wesleyan Chapel next to the Visitor Center, a family concert will be held featuring Dan Duggan, known nationally for his wizardry on hammered dulcimer and guitar, and Peggy Lynn, recognized for her soulful songwriting and extraordinary vocal versatility. Dan and Peggy combine original and traditional songs and tunes with masterful harmonies and inventive arrangements.  On stage, their enthusiasm and humor will charm you!

At 2:00 pm, join a ranger for an interactive canalside walking tour about the other women of Seneca Falls: the factory women who worked all along the canal in textile mills. How do women’s rights in Seneca Falls go beyond the right to vote? Step off from the park’s Visitor Center at 136 Fall Street and journey along the water to learn about the working waterfront of Seneca Falls. The tour will last about an hour and involve some extensive walking, so come prepared to enjoy our time outside!

Women’s Rights National Historical Park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-2991.  Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS) and Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS). If you would like to receive email announcements about other upcoming events, just send an email to wori_information_desk@nps.gov to subscribe. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women Donated to Women's Rights NHP

The Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women Donated to Women's Rights NHP

On July 19, 2014, attorney, educator, activist, and adjunct faculty member at SUNY Buffalo Law School Nadia Shahram unveiled the Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women during the Convention Days celebration at Women's Rights National Historical Park.

One year later, on July 19, 2015, Shahram returned to donate this historic document to the park during the 167th anniversary celebration of the first Women's Rights Convention of 1848. Superintendent Ami Ghazala accepted the donation during a ceremony held in the park Visitor Center to mark this special occasion.

The public can view the document now on display in the Visitor Center, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY. Admission to the park is free.

Convention Days 2015 Poster

Dear Friends Old and New,
I am sorry to report that our own Connie Morse passed away on July 14, 2015 She was a loyal Friend and even thought of us in her passing. Please pass this obituary onto to others who may be interested.

Once a Friend, Always a Friend
Marilyn
President

 


2010

Women’s History Display Reception
Tuesday, March 23 5pm-6:30pm
Fulton Co. Chamber of Commerce
2 N. Main Street in Gloversville-NY

Local women’s groups organized contributions for the display, which include original artwork, local history and memorabilia. ECSHA is unveiling for the public the Women of Influence Quilt made by the BBGs, a local quilting group, who donated it to ECSHA for a raffle, proceeds benefitting our Student Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 available at the chamber or contact Debra Kolsrud 518-848-3552. Winner drawn on August 26 – Women’s Equality Day at the ECSHA celebration event.

*****SAVE THE DATE*****
ECSHA Annual Meeting
Saturday, April 10 9:30am-11am
First Presbyterian Church
37 S. Market St., Johnstown-NY
The Church of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
More information & agenda to follow in separate mailing.

*****SAVE THE DATE*****
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Sunflower Garden Tour 10am-3pm
Johnstown-NY Gardens
Tickets: $25/each (includes lunch at Union Hall Inn Restaurant)
FREE admission for ECSHA Members
More information available on website.

www.elizabethcadystantonhometown.org

We look forward to seeing you on these occasions.

The American Association of University Women, Buffalo Branch
and Friends of the Women's Rights National Park, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter

present

The Ninth Annual International Women's Day Celebration and Discussion

To Learn More (Please Click Here)


2009

New citizens sworn in at Wesleyan Chapel

Twenty foreign-born U.S. residents took an oath of allegiance and became American citizens in a naturalization ceremony at Women's Rights National Historical Park on August 13, 2009. This was the fourth such ceremony held at the Wesleyan Chapel.

Friends Finger Lakes chapter executive committee members Adriene Emmo, Fran Wenderlich and Helen Kirker (L-R) with Citizenship Judge Marian W. Payson at the reception following the naturalization ceremony.

For the fourth year in a row, Women's Rights National Historical Park was host to a Naturalization Ceremony for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). On August 13, 2009 20 foreign-born residents, representing 11 different countries, swore an oath and took the pledge of allegiance to become American citizens. The ceremony in the Wesleyan Chapel before the Hon. Marian W. Payson of the U.S. District Court of Western New York was followed by a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Women's Rights National Historical Park.

 

Adriene Emmo honored by New York Senate

Adriene Emmo (center) was presented with the New York State Liberty Award by Senator Michael Nozzolio (left) for her longtime contributions to Seneca Falls. Mayor Diana Smith (right) was on hand to offer congratulations.

Finger Lakes chapter president and national board member Adriene Emmo was recognized for her longtime contributions to Seneca Falls when she was presented with the New York State Liberty Award by Senator Mike Nozzolio on July 17. The Liberty Award recognizes citizens for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts and achievements, and is the highest award bestowed on civilians by the New York State Senate.

Emmo has been the driving force behind most of the community programs in Seneca Falls for years, including “Convention Days” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” celebrations. She is president of the Seneca Falls-Waterloo Kiwanis Club, vice-president of the Society for Mutual Assistance (SMS), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Seneca Falls Museum of Waterways and Industry.

A Seneca Falls native, Emmo works as a bankruptcy consultant for Logan and Co. and has been serving as Director of the Seneca Falls Heritage Area for the past three years.

In making the presentation, which came as a complete surprise to Emmo during this year’s Convention Days, Senator Nozzolio said: "The New York State Senate Liberty Award is the Senate's highest honor. It is presented to citizens who have merited special commendation for their actions on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers and their community."

 

Visitor Center to receive lighting makeover

As a result of the federal government's economic stimulus program, the National Park Service will receive $750 million for nearly 800 projects, one of which will be the installation of energy efficient lighting in the Park Visitor Center, which opened in 1993. This project is budgeted for $105,000.

In making the announcement, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said the NPS projects are "an investment in telling the story of America to future generations through our national parks by conserving our awe-inspiring landscapes, our rich culture, and our great heritage."

Acting NPS Director Dan Wenk said funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will make a difference in our national parks. "We will fix trails, invest in energy efficient vehicles, build new visitor facilities, clean up abandoned mine sites, increase our ability to generate power from the sun, and finally complete overdue maintenance on our buildings and roads," he said.

There was no indication when the lighting project at Women's Rights National Historical Park will begin.

A full list of NPS projects and their progress can be found on line at www.interior.gov/recovery/nps

 

Coline Jenkins reflects on Stanton's legacy

In the spring issue of the National Parks Conservation Association magazine, Coline Jenkins, Friends member and great, great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, wrote about Stanton's legacy, and her hopes to pass the story on to future generations . The article can be accessed online at:  

 http://www.npca.org/magazine/2009/spring/american-woman.html

Jenkins was a special guest and speaker at last summer's 160th anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls. 

 

Friends celebrate Susan B. Anthony's birthday
           Lynn Sherr and Adriene Emmo
         Adriene Emmo and Doris Meadows               

Members of Friends of the Women's Rights  National Historical Park attended the celebration of Susan B. Anthony's 189th birthday at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on February 11, 2009. Guest speaker Lynn Sherr, award-winning journalist and author of two books on Susan B. Anthony, related stories and anecdotes about the suffragist leader and talked about the gains that women have made in recent years and the challenges that still lie ahead. She noted that while there are national holidays celebrating great American men, there is not yet a day dedicated to the memory and contributions of a great American woman. "We have not yet reached the post-racist and post-feminist stages of our history," Sherr said.

The Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon is organized each February by the Susan B. Anthony House of Rochester, a National Historic Landmark which offers tours and programs to perpetuate Anthony's vision of women's rights and equality. Learn more about the Susan B. Anthony House at www.susanbanthonyhouse.org.


2008

 Seneca Falls Dialogues provides inspiration for women's rights
and human rights issues

Seneca Falls Mayor Diana Smith, a member of Friends of the Women's Rights National Historical Park, served as M.C. for the First Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues at the New York State Chiropractic College October 11 and 12, 2008.

This weekend of "Leadership, Learning and Celebrating Women's Human Rights" was held in conjunction with the 160th anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention, the signing of the Declaration of Sentiments and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The program, which attracted more than 100 participants, featured guest speakers, panel discussions, films and student presentations on a variety of topics related to women's and human rights. Participants also had an opportunity to add their signatures to the book of rededication for the Declaration of Sentiments passed at the 1848 Women's Rights Convention.

Conference organizers intend to present this program every two years and establish a Women's Institute for Leadership and Learning as an ongoing educational extension of the Seneca Falls Dialogues.

 

Nan Johnson testifies on behalf of Women's History Project Act

Nan Johnson, founding President of the Friends of the Women's Rights National Historical Park, appeared before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands in Washington on September 11, 2008 to advocate on behalf of HR 3114, a bill to authorize the establishment of a "Votes for Women History Trail" in New York State in connection with the WRNHP.

To read Nan's testimony, click here.

To read a feature on Nan, click here.

 

Declaration of Sentiments Rededicated at
Women's Rights National Historical Park

Coline Jenkins (center), great great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, is the first to sign the Book of Rededication of the Declaration of Sentiments of 1848 at the 160th anniversary of the Declaration and the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls. Jene Radcliffe-Birch (left), organizer of the ceremony, and Seneca Falls Mayor Diana Smith join in the signing.

The Book of Rededication will be on display for members of the public to sign at the Heritage Area Visitor Center, 115 Fall St. (lower level), in Seneca Falls.

  The Declaration of Sentiments of 1848 were rededicated in a moving ceremony at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls on Sunday, July 20, 2008 as part of the 160th anniversary celebrations of the first Women's Rights Convention held on that site. Featured speakers included noted women's rights author and advocate Jean Shinoda Bolen, longtime Seneca Falls resident and businesswoman Joyce Sinicropi and Seneca Falls Mayor Diana Smith.

   The ceremony was preceded by a march of women's rights supporters from the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, principal organizer of the 1848 Convention, past the Ted Aub sculpture "When Anthony Met Stanton" and on to the Wesleyan Chapel at the Women's Rights National Historical Park. The march was led by women's rights historian Dr. Melinda Grube portraying Stanton and Jene Radcliffe-Birch, President of the One Volice Alliance and organizer of the event.

To view a slide show of the march and ceremony, click here.

To see other Convention Days photos, click here.

 

 Heroic Girlz receive "In Her Footsteps" award at
Friends 10th anniversary celebration

"Heroic Girlz" Emma Parrish Post, Thea Ezinga, Devyn Yurko and Elon Michaud (clockwise from top left) were honored at Friends 10th anniversary celebration July 19, 2008.

The four girls who researched and portrayed famous women as 11-year-olds in the stage play and film "Heroic Girlz" were presented with  Friends' "In Her Footsteps" award during the celebrations of the 160th anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention July 19, 2008, in Seneca Falls. The ceremony also marked the 10th anniversary of Friends, which was established in 1998 after the 150th anniversary of the Convention.

The "In Her Footsteps" award was introduced in 2002 to honor young people who personify the spirit and efforts of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and stand out among their peers as future leaders. The four girls, now 14 and 15, were present with members of their families to accept their awards and an honored page in the "Book of Lives and Legacies" at the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.

"Heroic Girlz" was also featured at the One Voice Alliance film festival in Seneca Falls on July 20.

 To read the full story, click here.

 To view a slide show of the celebrations, click here.

 

Nan Johnson Legacy Project to provide interns for
Women's Rights National Historical Park

Nan Johnson (center) with members of Friends Finger Lakes Chapter (L-R) Helen Kirker, Adriene Emmo, Mary Luckern and Fran Wenderlich at June 23 kick-off reception.

The Nan Johnson Legacy Project was launched at the American Association of University Women House in Rochester, NY on June 23, 2008. The project is an endowment fund established in honor of the founding President of Friends of the Women's Rights National Historical Park to provide interns year-round at the site of the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY.

Nan Johnson has been a tireless leader on behalf of political and social causes throughout her career. She served in the Monroe County Legislature from 1976 to 1996, was majority leader in 1978-79, and was the first woman to run for the Monroe County executive. She was founding Director of the Susan B. Anthony University Center at the University of Rochester and in 1998 organized a gala to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, which led to the establishment of the Friends of the Women's Rights National Historical Park. Nan and her husband Bill, a retired university professor, now live in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. 

For further information or to donate to the Nan Johnson Legacy Project, please contact Co-chairs Patricia Knapp (pskfpt@yahoo.com) or Lois Niland (lfn5@cornell.edu) or write to:         The Nan Johnson Legacy Fund, 494 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.

To view a slide show of the kick-off reception, click here.

 

Kate Clifford Larson gives inspirational talk on
Harriet Tubman at M'Clintock House
 

Professor Kate Clifford Larson of Simmons College in Boston highlighted the Memorial Day weekend program at Women's Rights National Historical Park  with an inspirational talk on Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman on May 24, 2008 at M'Clintock House in Waterloo, NY. Author of the 2004 definitive biography, "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero," Larson pointed out that Tubman has not received the recognition she deserves as a true American patriot and that while there are 60 children's books about the former slave, Larson's is only the third full Tubman biography and the first since 1943. 

 

Author Jill Norgren presentation on Belva Lockwood at WRNHP

  

In her recently published book "Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would be President," prize-winning legal historian Jill Norgren recounts, for the first time, the life story of one   of the 19th century's most surprising and accomplished advocates for women's rights. Lockwood was Washington's first prominent female lawyer and ran for President in 1884 and 1888 as the National Equal Rights Party candidate.

In celebration of Women's History Month, Norgren talked about Lockwood's life and signed copies of her book on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Women's Rights National Historical Park. She also explained the feud that developed over the years between Lockwood and suffragist Susan B. Anthony. Norgren is a writer and professor emerita of government and law at City University of New York.

 

When Pross met Stanton
   

Artist Katherine Pfeffer Pross presented her new portrait "Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Seed of Consciousness," at Elizabeth's Bloomers Gallery in Seneca Falls on March 8, 2008. The 4' x 5' work shows Stanton sitting at the desk where she wrote the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 with a suffrage banner in the background. The original portrait will be hung permanently in the National Women's Hall of Fame when the hall moves into its new home at the former Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls.

Signed and numbered prints (22" x 27.5") are available for $200 and prints with a personal remarque from the artist for $275, with $150 being tax deductible as a donation to the Hall. Contact the National Women's Hall of Fame at 315-568-8060 or www.greatwomen.org.

 

Rights vs. Rights: An Improbable Collision Course Pioneers
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass worked together

In a New York Times feature, Mark Leibovich analyzed the relationship between the women’s rights and civil rights movements in American history and implications for the 2008 Presidential race.

Leibovich wrote:

“Breakthrough politics can be a zero-sum game, with distinct groups striving for a finite piece of the change pie. It brings to mind that the civil rights movement and the women’s movement have a long, complicated history dating back to abolitionism and the origins of modern feminism. While they have been philosophical allies, sharing goals and ideals, there have also been periodic collisions that could bespeak an inevitable friction as Barack v. Hillary moves forward and, potentially, in directions far less seemly than they have to date.”

Quoted in this article is Dr. Sara Evans, a professor of history at the University of Minnesota and a member of Friends National Advisory Council.

To read the entire feature, click here.  

 

Historic 1816 Quaker Meetinghouse Stabilizied         

Richard Deys of Macedon carries an old wagon jack down the stairs as he works to stabilize the 1816 Quaker Meetinghouse in Farmington.  (Photo courtesy Democrat and Chronicle)

The Friends of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse announced in 2008 that stabilization of the site had been completed and fund-raising would begin to restore the historic structure, which played a significant role in the 19th century abolitionist and women's rights movements. Under the leadership of Judy Wellman and Helen Kirker, both members of the Friends of the Women's Rights National Historical Park, the Meetinghouse Friends raised more than $25,000 to stabilize the building, which had been severely damaged by a storm in 2006 and was in danger of collapsing. The National Park Service will be undertaking a study on the possibility of acquiring the meetinghouse and making it part of the Women's Rights National Historical Park.


2007

Friends Workshop well received by elementary
and middle school teachers

Workshop Coordinator Rick Kollins with (L-R) presenters Cindy Parrish, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Eleanor Stearns), Meg Agnew and Judy Wellman. In photo at right, workshop participants and presenters enjoy an Italian buffet lunch at Buon Amici restaurant in Seneca Falls.

Friends of Women's Rights National Historical Park all-day workshop on Friday, November 2, 2007, was attended by 20 elementary and middle school teachers, who gave high praise to the program designed to provide strategies and resources for integrating women's history into the New York State Social Studies curriculum for Grades 3 through 8.

Historian Judy Wellman, author of "The Road to Seneca Falls" and project supervisor of a new web site of women's history curriculum resources for teachers and students, was keynote speaker. The other plenary session was presented by teacher/ filmmakers Cindy Parrish and Meg Agnew, who recently won the award for best children's short film at the prestigious Moondance International Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The workshop was part of Friends' "Elizabeth and Me" program, which connects school-aged children to the issues faced by Elizabeth Cady Stanton when she organized the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848.

To view a photo album of this event, click here.

To read more about the "Roads From Seneca Falls" web site, click here 

 

Sandra Day O'Connor visits WRNHP
Friends President Marilyn Tedeschi makes presentation to Sandra Day O'Connor.
O'Connor and Superintendent Tina Orcutt examine documents.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and 20 other women attorneys visited the Women's Rights National Historical Park on October 21, 2007. O'Connor, first female Supreme Court Justice (1981-2006), was presented with copies of Judith Wellman's book "The Road to Seneca Falls" and Melina Mara's photographic collection "Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate" by Friends President MarilynTedeschi and the visitors signed a copy of the Declaration of Sentiments and toured the Wesleyan Chapel, the Declaration of Sentiments Waterwall and Stanton House. Justice O'Connor also made her first visit to the National Women's Hall of Fame, into which she was inducted in 1995. The visit was arranged by Norma Schwab, wife of the current Dean of the Cornell University Law School, Stewart Schwab, who served as O'Connor's law clerk in 1982-83.

To view a photo gallery of Justice O'Connor's visit, click here.

 

Women's Hall of Fame Induction

Friends were in attendance at the New York Chiropractic College on October 7, 2007, for the induction of nine new members into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.  Among the inductees was Martha Coffin Wright, one of the five organizers of the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848, who was represented at the ceremony by her great-great grandson James Livingston. In 2004, Livingston and his wife Sherry Penney published their biography of Wright, entitled "A Very Dangerous Woman."

To read about all the inductees, click here.

To view a photo album of Friends at the induction ceremony, please click here.

 

Friends welcome Russian visitors to Seneca Falls

Photo courtesy of Deborah Lutjen, Project Coordinator, World Services of La Crosse, Wisconsin.                  

Four historical site administrators from Russia were guests of Friends and the Rochester chapter of the American Association of University Women in Seneca Falls on September 24, 2007. The delegation visited the Women's Rights National Historical Park and the National Women's Hall of Fame and were given a tour of Seneca Falls by Richard Burtless. One of the visitors made a presentation of her work site in northern Russia during a lunch meeting at Buon Amici restaurant.

 Votes for Women's History Trail Legislation in Congress
Louise Slaughter
Hillary Clinton

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. LouiseSlaughter have introduced the National Women's Rights History Project Act to create a Votes for Women's History Trail linking sites in New York State significant in the struggle for women's suffrage and civil rights. The auto route would be part of the Women's Rights National Historical Park and would include signage, exhibits and interpretive programs. The Act would also expand the National Register of Historic Places online database dedicated to women's history.

For more information on the Votes for Women's History Trail, click here

 

"Roads From Seneca Falls" Website established to provide
educational resources for teaching women's history

Historian and Friends member Judy Wellman (center) announced the establishment of "Roads From Seneca Falls" at the Women's Rights Historical National Park on July 19, 2007, the 159th anniversary of the nation's first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls. The website was developed by SUNY Oswego and Syracuse University's School of Information Studies to make web-based materials related to women's history and leadership easily accessible for K-12 teachers and students. Pictured with Wellman are Park Superintendent Tina Orcutt and Billie Luisi-Potts, retired Director  of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Click here for more information on the web site.

Click here to visit the web site.

 

Fergus Bordewich at WRNHP 

Author Fergus Bordewich with Helen Kirker, Coordinator of Park Volunteers for Friends Finger Lakes Chapter.  

Noted journalist and author Fergus Bordewich discussed his recently published book "Bound for Canaan"  at the Women's Rights National Historical Park on July 28, 2007.  The book has been critically acclaimed as the first comprehensive work on the Underground Railroad in more than a century and reveals much previously unknown historical information about the efforts of Quakers, women's rights advocates, reformers and abolitionists to help black Americans escape slavery. According to Bordewich, the Underground Railroad was not as "underground" or "clandestine" as previously believed.

Click here to read reviews of "Bound for Canaan"

 

Proposal for Wesleyan Chapel Preservation

The National Park Service has released the results of its environmental assessment and preferred alternative for the preservation of the Wesleyan Chapel, site of the First Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. The complete document is available at htttp://parkplanning.nps.gov/ and to receive a written copy of the report, please call 315-568-2262

 

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