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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 19, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Binghamton, NY 13905

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Good morning WAC members,

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

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

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

More information can be found on the attached program flyer and press release, and on our website events page, Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested and join our Facebook event page, Thank you!

Ally Spongr

Women's Suffrage Rally

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

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

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

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

You can learn more about the conference and register here:

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

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

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

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

Susan Lewis, Associate Professor of History, SUNY New Paltz


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Register here:

Info & Updates: Contact person: Melina Carnicelli,

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International Women’s Day March 11, 2017


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

Women’s Suffrage Commission Convenes for First Meeting of 2017

Events and Celebrations Planned Across New York State to Mark Centennial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about Governor Cuomo’s efforts to protect and advance women’s rights, visit:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FREE Workshops on New York State Preservation Grants!

Low Bridge, Everybody Down! 

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


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

Seneca Falls

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

Thursday, Feb. 2 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.


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

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


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

Secretary Jewell Establishes Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

Harriet Tubman

Women March in Seneca Falls 2017 Women March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Geraldine Ferraro

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

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

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

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

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