The Women’s Rights National Historical Park and The Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park have announced the opening of Radical Optimism: The Enduring Power of the Women Who Won the Vote, a new exhibit at the Fall Street Visitor Center in Seneca Falls, NY. [Read more…] about Suffrage Centennial Exhibit Now on Display in Seneca Falls
On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution and the right to vote in the U.S. could no longer be denied on the basis of sex. The fight for women’s suffrage was complex and interwoven with issues of civil and political inequalities for some Americans.
Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP) has announced Equality Weekend-Seneca Falls, a series of online programs being held August 22-23 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification. [Read more…] about Virtual Seneca Falls Equality Weekend Starts Saturday
Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP) has announced Virtual Convention Days 2020, a series of online programs being held July 17-19. [Read more…] about Women’s Rights Park Hosting Virtual Convention Days
The Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY, has opened a new, temporary art exhibit, “Pictures of Equality.”
This art installation was created in partnership with the International Fiber Collaborative, which worked with students and teachers to create art in response to the question, “What does it mean to be equal?” Nearly 500 students from 20 schools in New York, Colorado, Wyoming, North Carolina, Montana and Illinois created art for this exhibit. [Read more…] about Women’s Rights Park Features Youth Art Exhibit
The Women’s Rights National Historical Park is set to host “Music in Your Park,” an event including The Rochester Oratorio Society and the Albany Symphony, on Saturday, May 18th from 1 to 4 pm, in the Wesleyan Chapel, located at 126 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY.
Suffragists used tunes from commonly known songs or hymns and added their own lyrics to create anthems of the women’s rights movement. These songs addressed women’s status, relationships, and shared their dreams and goals. [Read more…] about Women’s Rights National Park Hosting Suffrage ‘Music in Your Park’
The Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP) has announced the 2018 Convention Days have been set for July 20-22.
2018 will commemorate the 225th birthday of the reformer, orator, and preacher, Lucretia Mott; the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass; and the 170th anniversary of the First Women’s Rights Convention. Events are free and include children’s activities, art projects, live music, living history programs, speakers, and more. [Read more…] about Women’s Rights Convention Days July 20–22 in Seneca Falls
The Women’s Rights National Historical Park is set to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th.
In the midst of The Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared all enslaved persons in most Southern States freed effective January 1, 1863 with The Emancipation Proclamation. Planters and other enslavers migrated to Texas to escape the fighting, subsequently greatly increasing the enslaved population there prior to the end of the Civil War. The enslaved people of Texas, most of whom were geographically isolated, were read the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865. The celebration that ensued has been known thereafter as Juneteenth. [Read more…] about Women’s Rights National Park Marking Juneteenth
Convention Days will commemorate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State with a Thanksgiving Dinner Gala entitled “A Fine Agitation” followed by the World Premiere of a One-Woman Play about Dr. Mary Walker, the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.
The title “A Fine Agitation” comes from a letter from Susan B. Anthony to Elizabeth Cady Stanton after Anthony voted in 1872: “Well I have been & gone and done it!!! . . . We are in for a fine agitation . . .”
The dinner, being served at at the New York Chiropractic College, will be based on a 1916 Thanksgiving menu from The Hoag House, precursor to The Gould Hotel. [Read more…] about Convention Days Announces Centennial Gala
The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, Delaware County, NY, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State with a new musical, Seneca Falls, to debut July 20th.
Written by Karen Howes, with music by Elliot Sokolov, the musical traces the beginnings of the Suffrage movement from 1848 to 1882.
Seneca Falls takes its name from the first Women’s Rights Convention which took place at that location, one hundred sixty-nine years ago, on July 18 and 19, 1848. Although New York State finally granted women the right to vote in 1917, women weren’t given voting status nationally until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. [Read more…] about New Play ‘Seneca Falls’ Debuting In Delaware County
Readers may be aware of the recent wave of disparagement around this notion that there are “too many house museums.” The “too many” campaign was launched about fifteen years ago by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in part to provide protective cover as they shifted more of the responsibility for their chain of house museums onto the communities where they are located; as they sold off others and also to make a point about adaptive reuse – that every old house worth saving does not need to become a museum – obviously.
It had corrosive effects and has influenced some organizations to disengage from past commitments. It has spawned a sub-culture of consultants offering themselves as a solution to sky-is- falling scenarios that they repeat at professional conferences and in various writings and lectures. To listen to most of what’s out there on the subject you’d think that Americans were turning their backs on local history at unprecedented levels and that the future of the past was grim and foreboding. [Read more…] about A Close Look at the Seneca Falls Historical Society