We want to keep you all dry so given the 70% chance of rain tomorrow we're going to reschedule our outdoor pot luck a week, and hold it next Thursday, August 5 instead.

Now that we are able to have visitors, we want to bring back our traditional potlucks, with a few changes.


6:00 p.m.

We’ll meet outside, weather permitting.
Bring your own meal. While we would love to have a traditional potluck we don't want to take any risks with sharing items at this time.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park Hosts
Virtual Convention Days 2021: From the Pages to the Streets

Seneca Falls, NY— Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP) is pleased to announce Virtual Convention Days 2021: From the Pages to the Streets, a series of online programs being held July 16-18, 2021.

Convention Days has been a signature event in Seneca Falls for many years. This annual event allows visitors to engage with women’s history, focusing on the revolutionary 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention through art, storytelling, speakers, and special programming. The park will continue this tradition virtually this year due to COVID-19.

This year’s Convention Days theme, “From the Pages to the Streets,” focuses on how women’s writing in the first wave of the women’s rights movement translated into powerful activism and real social change.

“The Declaration of Sentiments was only one of the significant writings that helped further the movement toward equality for women,” said Event Coordinator, Stephanie Freese. “Articles in newspapers, personal correspondence, satire, poetry, and even journals motivated others to support the cause, and help us better understand the intentions of suffragists.”

This year’s keynote speaker is author and scholar Ellen Carol DuBois. DuBois is one of the nation’s leading historians of women’s fight for the vote. She taught at the University of Buffalo and, for the last three decades, at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her most recent book, published by Simon and Schuster in February 2020, is Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote. This is the first comprehensive history of the seventy-five-year-long U.S. woman suffrage movement to appear in more than a half century.

Online dialogue and a live question-and-answer session following the keynote will allow virtual visitors to participate in discussions about the impact those words from the past continue to have on women’s rights today. Living history portrayals, along with presentations by scholars, artists, and park rangers, will aim to provide context and insight into lives and choices of those activists for social change.

This year, the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Park Service, and the Seven Valleys Writing Project will also be hosting “Writing for Empowerment,” a virtual writing workshop, as part of the commemoration. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to discover their own voice and explore the tools used to fight for social justice--before the internet and social media.

A schedule of events, including full details of the weekend’s programs, and workshop registration information, is available on the park website http://www.nps.gov/wori/planyourvisit/virtual_convention_days_2021.htm and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/womensrightsnps/

Reform, Revolution, & Relatedness: Registration Open for Summer ’21 Teacher Workshop

Public Affairs Contact: Janine Waller 315.568.0024
June 1, 2021 – For Immediate Release

Seneca Falls, NY— Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP) is pleased to announce our Summer 2021 Virtual Teacher Workshop: Reform, Revolution, & Relatedness. This four-day workshop will be hosted remotely, July 12-15, 2021. The workshop is free and open to educators at all grade levels, in all subject areas.

Through presentations by subject matter experts, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions, teachers will learn about social reform and revolution through the context of women’s history. Special attention will be paid to social activism at the intersections with race and religion.

Educators at Women’s Rights NHP will introduce the concept of place-based learning and help teachers explore how to carry the practice into their classrooms. Participants will also have ample opportunity to work in small and large groups to develop and share lessons plans which meet specific curriculum requirements for their district and discipline.

“We’re excited to offer this opportunity for teachers to explore the stories from women’s history and work with them to bring richness and relevance to their classrooms,” said Chief of Interpretation and Education Janine Waller. “The intersectionality explored in this workshop creates a perfect opportunity for interdisciplinary instruction. Teachers will be able to utilize placed-based teaching to create a more diverse and memorable experience for their students.”

To register for the workshop, interested teachers should email a letter of interest, including their school contact information, discipline, and grade level to WORI_Education@nps.gov by June 25, 2021. All 24 hours of this workshop may be submitted for continuing education units. Space is limited.

For more information on Women’s Rights National Historical Park, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/wori or call 315.568.0024.

Suffrage Centennial Exhibit Now on Display

Radical Optimism exhibit entrance NPS

Seneca Falls, NY- Women's Rights National Historical Park and The Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park are pleased to announce the opening of Radical Optimism: The Enduring Power of the Women Who Won the Vote at the Fall Street Visitor Center. The exhibit on the second floor of the museum was commissioned by the Friends as part of the commemoration of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920.

Radical Optimism features an overview of generations of women who dedicated themselves to the struggle for women’s voting rights. Spanning more than 80 years—from the first female public speakers to the vote that changed the future for American women—the exhibit brings viewers through the challenges and obstacles facing the suffragists, even those from within their own movement, and explores how they remained motivated, hopeful, and steadfast through years of frustration, conflict, and division.

“We are excited to tell this complex, yet hopeful story about the women who fought for their voting rights.” says Superintendent Ahna Wilson. “It is especially inspiring to see how they organized for a common goal and persisted in their struggle for equality, despite all the conflict and setbacks.”

“Everyday women from all walks of life made sacrifices and endured countless setbacks in their fight for suffrage,” says Friends’ President Emily McCarter, “but they also found camaraderie and purpose in their work. They were empowered by a radically optimistic worldview—one in which change felt possible.”

In recognition of the State of New York and Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for safe conduct during the COVID-19 pandemic, Women’s Rights is also highlighting the exhibit through an online display and virtual walk-through on the 19th Amendment page on the park website and the park’s social media channels.

This exhibit was funded, in large part, by the Preserve the History of Women’s Rights in America Fund, established in 2015 by the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park. The fund was created to protect and preserve park resources and support exhibits dedicated to the legacy of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY, and to the ongoing Women’s Rights Movement in America.

The Fall Street Visitor Center in Seneca Falls is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM to 4PM.

The Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park support the National Park through fundraising, advocacy, preservation efforts, educational programming, and exhibit development. Further information is available at the Friends’ website, www.womensrightsfriends.org, or on Facebook (@WomensRightsFriends).

For more information about Women’s Rights National Historical Park, including hours and upcoming programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024. Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS) and Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS).

Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Unveils Digital Collection of Hunt Papers

Seneca Falls, NY--Women's Rights National Historical Park is pleased to announce the digital availability of a set of personal and business papers held by the Jane and Richard Hunt family and private owners for more than 140 years. The Hunt Family Papers includes over 1,100 plans, contracts, essays, store records, and correspondence dating from 1828 to 1856.

"This collection gives us a window into the past,'" said Gene Freese, Acting Superintendent. “From details of the architecture in Waterloo, to a glimpse into the family relationships and business dealings of Richard Hunt, this collection is a treasure trove. I invite everyone to dig in and learn more about this prominent New Yorker and the family who helped lay the groundwork for the national suffrage movement."

The park is highlighting the collection through an online “Hunting in the Hunt Papers” scavenger hunt on Facebook, starting January 4, 2021. You can participate at https://www.facebook.com/womensrightsnps

While the park has owned the papers for some time, the newly digitized collection is made available online thanks to the dedicated work of the staff at Northeast Museum Services Center. The service center assists with the preservation, protection, management, documentation, and conservation of National Park Service museum and archival collections throughout the northeast. The official park website https://npgallery.nps.gov/wori hosts the collection.

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation

On August 26 top musicians, changemakers and activist icons put on an amazing virtual concert and rally to increase votes by and for women.

Now you have another chance to see Women Take the Stage if you missed it then!

Join Gloria Steinem, Dolores Huerta, Alicia Garza, Vanessa Williams, Lily Tomlin, Billie Jean King, Judy Gold, Sweet Honey in the Rock, The Chicks, Indigo Girls, BETTY, the B-52s’ Kate Pierson, poet Staceyann Chin, founder of The Representation Project Jennifer Siebel Newsom and many more.

Opening the show is NY’s groundbreaking Attorney General, Letitia James.


Changemakers Leadership Academy

Women’s Rights National Historical Park & Friends of Women’s Rights NHP Educator (2) Position Descriptions

Seeking 2 Expert Educator Assistants

Honorarium: $3,000.00 each (2 installments)


The Mission of Changemakers Leadership Academy is to facilitate experiences that will inspire young people to be more engaged citizens. Changemakers is intended to motivate civic engagement through interactions with community leaders and powerful historic women who led the Women’s Rights Movement.

During a week-long seminar, participants will discover their own unique position as a changemaker in the global community. Participants will be challenged to think critically about the roles and responsibilities of citizenship and the foundations of ethical leadership.

This academy aims to cultivate a new generation of self-assured leaders by exploring leadership principles in partnership with the following community organizations.

Leadership Areas

Community Organizations

Activism Law Religion Business Education

Women’s Rights NHP

National Women’s Hall of Fame SBA Museum and House

Seneca Falls Business Association Seward House and Museum Canandaigua Court House

First Presbyterian Church, Seneca Falls Ganondagon State Historic Site

Harriett Tubman National Historical Park NY State Legislature


The selectees will work closely with Denise DeLucia, Education Specialist, Women’s Rights NHP, and Emily McCarter, President, Friends of Women’s Rights NHP and will collaborate with each other throughout the process.

The selectees will design a weeklong 2021 summer seminar agenda, incorporating leadership principles in partnership with the community organizations listed above. Selectees are asked to finalize the Seminar’s daily schedules and all necessary logistics. They will also be tasked with creating digital content and designing a daily leadership journal to culminate in a capstone project/presentation.


  • Be an organized, self-starter

  • Experience creating educational content for middle and/or high school aged youth.

  • Proven use of creating digital and on-site units of learning.

  • Success using a variety of techniques and tactics.

  • Understanding of the planning and logistics of creating and scheduling daily field trips and activities

  • The ability to collaborate for optimum results

  • Understanding, and knowledge of leadership concepts and women’s history

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward a letter of interest with your resume to Denise DeLucia at denise_delucia@nps.gov.

Susan B. Anthony Lane it is

Board of Supervisors votes to rename street in honor of the famed suffragette tried and convicted at the Ontario County Courthouse

CANANDAIGUA — Early suffragette and civil rights leader Susan B. Anthony will be getting her just due in Canandaigua.

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors on Thursday night voted to rename Court Street, a small, one-way street that runs outside the Ontario County Courthouse, to Susan B. Anthony Lane in her honor.

The resolution before them notes Susan B. Anthony “as a champion of the temperance, abolition and suffrage movements” and the street renaming acknowledges “her role in shaping history and her bravery for standing for what she believed in during a time when women were considered inferior.”

The Ontario County Courthouse is where Anthony was tried and convicted of voting in an election in 1873 — arguably providing a spark that led to the eventual 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

The resolution voted on Thursday night also references the courthouse as the site upon where she delivered “the most famous speech in the history of the agitation for woman suffrage.”

Anthony also is known for her work for temperance, abolition and educational and labor reform in addition to women’s suffrage and women’s rights. Anthony may have been tried and found guilty of voting and she was fined $100, but she never paid.

Aug. 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the vote.

Canandaigua City Supervisor Rich Russell, who championed the idea early on in the process, said some sort of event tied to the street renaming will be held that day. Canandaigua City Councilmember Dan Unrath, who brought the idea to his colleagues after speaking with constituents in the Ward 2 he represents, said a street sign may also go up on that day.


Monday Lecture Series Announced

This 10-lecture series will be presented virtually via Zoom monthly from September 2020 to June 2021. Each presentation will be offered at 1:00 pm EST. The virtual format makes this popular series available to viewers all over the world.

  • September 21, 2020 – Cartooning for Suffrage! Nina Evans Allender
    Ronnie Frishman
  • October 19, 2020 – Women in the Nixon Administration: Defining Simple Justice
    Yi Shun Lai, PhD
  • November 16, 2020 – Amnesia and Politics in the Mount Hope Cemetery
    Katie Terezakis, PhD
  • December 14, 2020 – Relationships and Rights: Sophonisa Breckinridge, Same-Sex Relationships , and Women’s Activism in Modern America
    Anya Jabour, PhD
  • January 11, 2021 – Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
    Miroslava Chavez- Garcia, PhD
  • February 8, 2020 – The Role of Imagery in Social Movements
    Tamar W. Carroll, PhD
  • March 8, 2021 – Suffragists: Public Relations Pioneers
    Arien Rozelle
  • April 12, 2021 – When White Women Wanted a Monument to Black “Mammies”: A 1923 Fight Shows Confederate Monuments Are About Power, Not Southern Heritage
    Alison Parker, PhD
  • May 10, 2021 – Manhood Enslaved: Bondmen in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century New Jersey
    Ken Marshall, PhD
  • June 10, 2021 – Why the ERA went MIA
    Jennifer Lloyd, PhD

Purchase the 10-lecture series and receive a set of Susan B. Anthony: Revolutionary note cards (six 5x7 cards with envelopes, a $25 value) and a $10 gift card to the Museum Shop. Individual lectures are available at $25 each. Space is limited—make your reservations today by clicking here to purchase the series or individual lectures!

Explore the Women's Rights National Historical Park from afar with Google Earth and learn about the revolutionary story of the 1848 Women's Rights Convention, held in Seneca Falls, NY, July 19 and 20, 1848. This virtual tour allows visitors to interact with the Park's pivotal story through pictures, video, maps, and text.

Kahoot Trivia Game

The Friends of Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY have also created a Kahoot trivia game, intended to be completed with or after taking the virtual tour with Google Earth. The game can be accessed here. Those who already have a Kahoot account can also locate this game by searching the following title, "Women's Rights Trivia: Virtual Tour of WORI." Once found, this trivia game can be saved and edited, as needed, for educational use.

Virtual Convention Days 2020
Legacies of our Foremothers

July 17-19, 2020

Convention Days has been a signature event in Seneca Falls for many years. This annual event allows visitors to engage with women’s history, focusing on the revolutionary 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention through art, storytelling, speakers, and special programming. The park will continue this tradition in a new format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and host programs via the park’s website and social media platforms.

This year’s Convention Days theme, “Legacies of Our Foremothers,” focuses on the enduring contributions of the leaders of the early Women’s Rights Movement. Living history portrayals, along with presentations by scholars, artists, and park rangers, will aim to provide context and insight into lives and choices of those activists for social change. Online dialogue and a live question-and-answer session will allow virtual visitors to participate in discussions about the impact those historical figures continue to have on women’s rights today.

The weekend event will commence with a live broadcast on July 17 at 11 a.m. by Acting Superintendent DeKoter followed by a keynote presentation by author, legislator, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton descendant Coline Jenkins. Programs will also focus on the Centennial of the 19th Amendment. The 1848 convention called for women’s suffrage, but it took another 72 years before the right to vote in the U.S. could no longer be denied on the basis of gender. A schedule of events, including full details of the weekend’s programs, is available below.

The public can view scheduled events on the Park's YouTube Channel or Facebook Page.

Virtual Convention Days 2020 Schedule

Virtual Convention Days 2020
  • Friday, July 17, 2020

    11:00 AM
    Welcome Ceremony with Superintendent Andrea DeKoter (live) and Coline Jenkins

    12:00 PM
    Declaration of Sentiments reading by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube)

    1:00 PM
    Living history: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube)

    1:30 PM
    The Challenge of Portraying Stanton w/ Dr. Melinda Grube

    2:00 PM
    Ranger Talk: Wesleyan Chapel

    3:00 PM
    Living History: Harriet Tubman (portrayed by Dr. Daisy Century)

    4:00 PM
    Ranger Talk: M'Clintock House

  • Saturday, July 18, 2020

    10:00 AM
    Living history: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and frederick Douglass (portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube and Nathan Richardson)

    11:00 AM
    Livestream: Highlights Pro-Women's Skydiving Team- 19th Amendment Jump in Seneca Falls

    12:00 PM
    Penny Colman, author of The Vote:Women's Fierce Fight

    1:00 PM
    Living History: Susan B Anthony (portrayed by Marjorie Goldman)

    2:00 PM
    Live w/ Q&A: Grappling with Suffragists' Racism: New Approaches and Frameworks by Dr. Laura Free

    3:00 PM
    Ranger talk: Elizabeth Cady Stanton House

    4:00 PM
    Living history: Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth C Stanton, and Susan B Anthony

  • Sunday, July 19, 2020

    11:00 AM
    How New York Women Won Suffrage in 1917, with Dr. Kristi Anderson

    12:00 PM
    Living history: Frederick Douglass (portrayed by Nathan Richardson)

    1:00 PM
    Living history: Sojourner Truth (portrayed by Dr. Daisy Century)

    2:00 PM
    Shout! Poetry for Suffrage with Susanna Rich

Our Mission

The Friends of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls serve as ambassadors and advocates for the preservation and interpretation of women’s history and its enduring links to liberty, justice, and equality for all. Our aim is to support the daily operations of the Park through fundraising and preservation efforts, and by forging local and national partnerships, building membership, and creating and sustaining educational programming and dialogues to inspire the next generation of Park visitors.

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

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



The Centennial Goal of the National Park Service is to connect with and create the next generation of Park visitors, supporters and advocates.

Be a Friend

To be a FRIEND is to be an advocate for this important historical landmark and all it means for the future and rights of women and girls.

We welcome your support of the Friends of Women's Rights National Historical Park via a financial contribution and your participation in the many events associated with the Friends and the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY.


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