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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

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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.


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.

Sidelines Book Club Gloria Steinems Life On the Road -
Kirsten Gillibrand and Gloria Steinems discuss everything from the importance of talking circles in organizing to the importance of electing more women to Congress.


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.


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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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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

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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

 

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)

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.

 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.

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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