The national historic network, including the home of Harriet Tubman in Auburn, NY, has expanded in recent years. There have been upgrades at the women’s sites in Seneca Falls, NY, as well as the addition of the headquarters of the National Woman’s Party in Washington, DC to the network of locations. The completion of the national Votes for Women Trail, designated by historic markers, will be announced this year.
RADICAL OPTIMISM—THE OVERVIEW CONTRIBUTIONS OF SUFFRAGE CAMPAIGNING
There will be an opening of Radical Optimism: The Enduring Power of the Women Who Won the Vote at the Fall Street Visitor Center on the second floor of the Seneca Falls, NY NPS museum. 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.
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. Further information is available at the Friends’ website, www.womensrightsfriends.org, or on Facebook (@WomensRightsFriends).
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH IN MARCH
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