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.


Raising Awareness

The Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization that supports the mission of the Park to promote awareness of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls and its significance. 

Our Mission is to inspire individuals to support this Park, the birthplace of Women’s Rights in America.

Our Vision is to insure, in perpetuity, the preservation of the Park for the inspiration and full achievement of equality for all.

To achieve this end, the national Friends organization raises funds for Park initiatives, including the preservation of Park historical sites and educational programs.



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