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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.
Info & Updates: https://www.facebook.com/Women-March-in-Seneca-Falls-2017-689489234546231/ Contact person: Melina Carnicelli, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
Seneca 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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the Schenectady County Public Library, co-sponsored by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and NYSCA (list in formation).
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."
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.