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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…

Friends celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s birthday

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…