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Planning an outing in July? Seneca Falls, NY is the place to go!

News Notes for Women’s Suffrage Centennial events & celebrations! on Vimeo.

Mark your calendar for Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY. Tickets are $60 each. For reservations, call (315) 568- 5838 or stop by The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St., Seneca Falls. For more information, call (315) 568-5838.

The celebration on July 14 is part of the NYS suffrage centennial, launched with a Thanksgiving Dinner Gala entitled “A Fine Agitation” followed by the premiere of a one-woman play about Dr. Mary Walker, the only American woman to receive the Medal of Honor. 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.

The gala will also commemorate the Centennial of the first woman elected to Congress, Jeanette Rankin from Montana. All women currently serving in Congress will be recognized as well as the 50th anniversary of Another Mother for Peace. Born in Oswego, New York, Dr. Mary Walker was one of the earliest women in the United States to earn a medical degree. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, she volunteered to work on the battlefields caring for the wounded. Denied a commission as a medical officer because she was a woman, she volunteered and was eventually appointed assistant surgeon. Captured in 1864, she spent four months as a prisoner of war in a Richmond prison. Dr. Walker lectured throughout the United States and abroad on women’s rights, equality, dress reform, health and temperance issues. She rejected corsets and hoop-skirted dresses, preferring to wear men’s trousers, jackets and a top hat.She was arrested in New York City for impersonating a man. Dr. Mary Walker was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls in 2000.

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New play “Seneca Falls” opening in July during 2017 suffrage centennial!

Suffrage Centennials honors New York State’s 100 years of women voters in 2017 on Vimeo.

U.S. states with women’s suffrage centennial celebrations! on Vimeo.

The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, Delaware County, New York will celebrate the suffrage centennial in NYS with a musical, Seneca Falls, to debut on July 20th. The play addresses women’s rights and abolition of slavery through the eyes of a journalist, John Tanner (Ward Stevenson), and his cub reporter, William Pelham Wright (Cedric Taylor), known as Will.

Performances are July 20 to 30, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets: (845) 586-1660, or e-mail openeye@catskill.net. The Open Eye Theatre is located at 960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY.

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Celebrations in Seneca Falls, NY this summer, plus big VOTETILLA!

Celebration of the anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848! on Vimeo.

BE PART OF CELEBRATION AT SENECA FALLS, NY THIS SUMMER

Join Women’s Rights National Historical Park for Convention Days 2017. This four-day event will feature speakers, historical interpreters, themed theater performances, activities for young people, and a Native American art exhibit.

Would you like to host a table at the event? Groups are welcome with themes of equality, human rights, civil rights, and women’s rights. Contact Ashley Nottingham at: ashley_nottingham@nps.gov

The park staff is also seeking various musical performances, singers, speakers, authors, etc that are involved with equality, human rights, civil rights, or women’s rights. If you are interested in performing at the NPS historic site at Seneca Falls, contact Ami Ghazala at: noemi_ghazala@nps.gov

VOTETILLA IS A WEEK-LONG NAVIGATIONAL CELEBRATION IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

The National Susan B Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, NY has launched plans to commemorate the centennial of woman suffrage in New York State with a VoteTilla – a weeklong navigational celebration – to take place along the Erie Canal from July 16 to 22, 2017. A core group of canal boats will set out from Seneca Falls and travel to Rochester, with a concluding celebration at the Anthony Museum on Madison Street.

VoteTilla boats will dock at several towns and villages along the route. Local residents and partner organizations are invited to share in the celebration by offering programming and excursions or by adding their own boats to the traveling fleet. Current partners include Bristol Valley Theatre, Canal Society of New York State, the City of Rochester, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the RIT Women’s and Gender Studies Coordinating Committee, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Susan B Anthony Neighborhood Association, the Seward House, and the University of Rochester’s Susan B Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership.The VoteTilla celebration immediately follows both the Fourth of July bicentennial celebration of the New York State canals and the Convention Days weekend in Seneca Falls, NY.

SPECIAL PROGRAM ABOUT ELIZABETH CADY STANTON

On March 18, 2017 at 9 a.m. at Saratoga State Park (the Gideon Putnam Hotel), there will be a special program about Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Ellie Stearns has researched and written portrayals of “Women  of Vision” for schools and organizations throughout New York. She participated for many years in the National Park’s dramatizations of the 1848 Convention and portrayed Elizabeth Cady Stanton on C-Span’s Writers and Books series in 2001. There will be a breakfast buffet and the program is called “Breakfast with Elizabeth Cady Stanton.” Reserve by March 8th for the March 18th program. Tickets are $55, $75, and $100. Make checks payable to LWV-NY and mail to Steve Koebrich, 718 Malta Ave extn, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Tax-deductible donations, except for the fair value of the breakfast ($25), go to the League of Women Voters, Saratoga Account, within the LWVNY-EF to support voter service programming.

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“Equal Means Equal” film upcoming, plus lots of suffrage centennial news notes

"Equal means Equal" film“Equal Means Equal” is a documentary film about the status of women in America that will put suffrage centennial celebrations into perspective. It’s expected to be released in 2016. We’ll be featuring efforts to push for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial celebration of 100 years of American women voting.

Welcome this weekend to delegates attending the AAUW state summer convention on July 24-26, 2015 at Cazenovia College.  The AAUW state organization in New York is a long-time friend of women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations. A big thank you to the NYC Department of Records & Information Services for mentioning SuffrageCentennials.com on Facebook and Instagram. The city records department has committed to planning five years of programs featuring women’s history topics and special events associated with the upcoming 2017 New York suffrage centennial. Check our Twitter feed for ongoing announcements. To sign up for news about the 2016 suffrage centennial observance honoring America’s suffrage martyr Inez Milholland, check out this link. We’re featuring women’s history and suffrage events from a variety of organizations as a regular feature on our Twitter feed.

Celebrate the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 2015, Women’s Equality Day, by downloading a file with pertinent information from the National Women’s History Project.

IN OTHER NEWS: Women’s Equality Party formed in UK to bring women’s issues out into the public. Save the Sewall-Belmont House says the National Park Service. There’s a list of possibilities as to how this important historic site can be operated in order to keep its doors open. Women’s history artifacts in the collection of the New York State Museum publicized. Story of the July 4th co-conspirators in 1876. If you missed Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY this summer, set aside some time for a pilgrimage to the Finger lakes region of NYS this coming fall. Another “save the date” reminder for the October 1 conference promoting cultural heritage tourism and suffrage through the NYS Cultural Heritage Tourism Network. A recent press release from NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York is the most visited state by overseas travelers for 14th year in a row. Will New York be ready for its 2017 suffrage centennial? Funding sought for recently-passed New York suffrage centennial commission, but the observance is approaching quickly. Stay tuned!

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Thinking about travel to Seneca Falls, NY: Listen to audio podcast, “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls”

Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NYWhat's to see in Seneca Falls, NY

July is the month to celebrate the 1848 Women’s Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. And if you’re planning to visit Seneca Falls, NY for the annual three-day celebration, note the dates. July 17, 18, and 19, 2015. Consult the Convention Days web site for the daily schedule. And then start by listening to the short podcasts from Elizabeth Cady Stanton reporting from her early days living in Seneca Falls, NY up to the point of the July 1848 convention and after.

And now the entire audio series of “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Audio by Librivox. Production by Suffage Wagon News Channel. The June program of Suffrage Wagon Cafe featured visiting Seneca Falls, NY with videos, audio, and recommendations for travelers. Take note of the special report on the 1848 Seneca Falls convention on SuffrageCentennials.com  Visit our TRAVEL link with travel notes and recommendations.

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Special report about Seneca Falls women’s rights conference in 1848!

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Special report about Seneca Falls women’s rights convention! on Vimeo.

If you’re expecting Seneca Falls, NY to be like Disneyland, you’ll be disappointed. The town and its past is better suited to an introduction to how women’s history and American history intersect. And those interested include regular tourists as well as those who view their travel as a journey or a pilgrimage to the roots of our history as a nation. There’s a special report, now available on the web site of the Women’s Rights National Historic Park, that will give you a shot in the arm of understanding the significance of the 1848 women’s rights convention. And if you’re headed to Seneca Falls in the future, it’s a recommended read before you leave town.

The Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement, a special report by Dr. Judith Wellman, puts the conference into perspective and adds to other discussions about whether or not the 1848 convention was all people claimed it to be. There had been stirrings about women’s rights long before 1848, but Wellman notes that the Seneca Falls convention marks the “beginning of the organized women’s rights movement.”

The Seneca Falls gathering set the model for women’s conventions. It nailed the theme of the movement, that is, the connection between women’s rights and the nation’s founding ideals. Seneca Falls set the agenda for the suffrage movement and modeled methods for moving toward the goal of equality. In short, Seneca Falls was a “pivotal” event, one that Wellman argues in a comprehensive report, a perspective that’s also reflected in her 2004 book, The Road to Seneca Falls; Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman’s Rights Convention.

Read the special report. Find out what else is being said about Seneca Falls, such as the work, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 by Lisa Tetrault. And take into consideration what’s going on in Seneca Falls, NY during 2015, such as Convention Days in July. And check out the special program about Seneca Falls at Suffrage Wagon Cafe in June. Seneca Falls, NY is expected to be a hot spot for travelers during the 2017 New York suffrage centennial. Get a jumpstart now!

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Preparation for 2020 suffrage centennial involves input for National Park Service

The “Cradle” of the women’ rights movement in the U.S. has one national park in Seneca Falls, NY and the possibility of a second, the Harriet Tubman national park in Auburn, NY. However, the U.S. Congress appears to be unable to act so far on the Tubman proposal in spite of widespread public support. See coverage in SuffrageCentennials.com, as well as previous coverage on LetsRockTheCradle.com

The year 2016 may be a momentous one for the National Park Service when it will mark the centennial of its founding. The National Historic Preservation Act will have been in effect for 50 years. A Working Group for the National Council on Public History (NCPH) 2015 annual meeting in Nashville is expected to serve as a collaborative forum for planning a scholarly symposium to mark these important events. The symposium will take place in March 2016 during the NCPH annual meeting in Baltimore.

The intent is to create a symposium not only to commemorate the history of federal preservation, cultural resource management, and historical interpretation, but also to invite dialogue about the future of federal cultural policy and practice. Work has been completed in the past to reframe and energize the goals, purpose, and impact of federal cultural institutions. These initiatives have resulted in a number of internal and external reports –including “Imperiled Promise” and “A Call to Action” in the Park Service and the “Grand Challenges Consortia” program at the Smithsonian.

A pre-conference conversation will be held on History@Work in order to invite the members of a working group–and anyone else interested in joining the conversation–to identify the key themes and issues that should be at the heart of the 2016 symposium. Image: Harriet Tubman home in Auburn, NY. Respond to the call for National Park Service input by December 15. For more information.

Will the United States be ready to celebrate its 2020 suffrage centennial in Seneca Falls, NY?

Clues to an answer to the above question may be found in the release of the first administrative wrap up of the history of the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, the key location for any celebration of 100 years of women voting in the United States. The 450-page publication, “‘All Men and Women are Created Equal’:  An Administrative History of Women’s Rights National Historic Park” has been researched and written by Dr. Rebecca Conard, Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program at Middle Tennessee State University. The book cites interviews with park officials, park records and federal agency archives to document the beginnings and growth of the national park in Seneca Falls and Waterloo, N.Y. between 1976 and 2011.  The book includes maps, photographs, charts and appendices. An electronic summary is available.

The report abstract noted:

The report is a welcome contribution for those of us supporting and promoting the celebration of suffrage centennials. It should be noted, however, that New York State has not yet started planning its 2017 state suffrage centennial, and there is no official commitment (so far) to make it a priority. In addition, projects requiring Congressional funding have come to a standstill. They include the creation and funding of a Harriet Tubman national park and the “Votes for Women” federal heritage trail located in the Finger Lakes region, or what is also referred to as the “Cradle” of the U.S. women’s rights movement.

Suffragist and abolitionist Harriet Tubman still center of attention in centennial of her death

Harriet Tubman historic site, Auburn, NYThe politics of the Harriet Tubman historic site in Auburn, New York becoming a national park is very much in the news. Since 2013 is the centennial year of Tubman’s death, there is considerable interest in this subject that was compounded when U.S. President Obama visited Seneca Falls, NY in August and then stayed overnight only a few miles from the Tubman home and museum without visiting it. The no-show ruffled some feathers, while others were more philosophical about the event. The Auburn, NY Harriet Tubman historic site is located in the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the U.S. which is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. A bill is in the U.S. Congress to make Tubman historic sites in NYS and Maryland one national park. The politics of this possibility are highlighted in these two accounts by Marguerite Kearns and Olivia Twine in New York History: Article #1. Article #2. Kearns and Twine can be found on LetsRockTheCradle.com

Photo: Hospital building on the Harriet Tubman historic site in Auburn, NY. 

Remember the NYS Legislature Resolutions for Spirit of 1776 suffrage wagon in 2013!

Video. The “Spirit of 1776” is the name of a suffrage campaign wagon that’s part of New York State history. And it’s also representative of the national suffrage movement because it carries the theme that started in 1848 with the Seneca Falls Convention. The Declaration of Sentiments, written by Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others rewrote the 1776 Declaration of Independence to include women. In 1913 the “Spirit of 1776” wagon began its journey in Manhattan and headed to Long Island for a month of intensive grassroots campaigning. The women wore colonial costumes to deliver their message of “Taxation without representation was tyranny in 1776. Why not in 1913?” With the presentation ceremony in Manhattan covered by New York and Long Island papers, the horse-drawn wagon emphasized the theme of the “Spirit of 1776,” the wagon’s name and references to equality, what the activists insisted were the founding principles of the nation. Because social movements don’t always have artifacts and memorabilia that lend themselves to exhibition, this suffrage wagon has come to represent the national theme of the movement, the “Spirit of 1776,” that was repeated in suffrage speeches, events, literature, and visual rhetoric. For more information: #1. #2. #3. Image: Puck, Library of Congress. Reading by Amelia Bowen.