Women’s Rights Convention Days July 20–22 in Seneca Falls


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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.

This year’s theme, “You have pens and voices,” comes from an 1841 call to action by Lucretia Mott.

Highlights include presentations with keynote speaker – Robbin Jorgensen, CEO and founder of Women Igniting Change® Friday and Saturday, children’s activities with Miss Tara and Miss Martha from the Seneca Falls Library Friday and Saturday, and take-home crafts with local artist Sandra Shutter on Friday and Sunday.

On Friday at 3 pm, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will host “Honoring Our Legacy: Remembering Esther Blake and Mary Curry in Preserving the Wesleyan Chapel” with a reception following. At 7 pm the Seneca Falls Community Band will begin a night of music continued by Symphoria, featuring Grammy Winning artist Joanne Shenandoah in the greenspace by the Historic Knitting Mill, the future home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Saturday, speakers include Christopher Densmore and Wendy Chmielewski from Swarthmore College, a conversation with Living Historians Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and an exciting community art project conducted by Art Force 5 from Alfred University. At 4 pm, the public is invited to a live taping of the Stuff you Missed in History Class podcast in the Wesleyan Chapel. At 7:30 pm, the opera Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Matilda Joselyn Gage will be performed in the Wesleyan Chapel.

Convention Days activities will occur throughout Seneca Falls. Public parking is available throughout town, and accessible parking is available behind Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitor Center.

For more information about Convention Days or Women’s Rights National Historical Park including hours and programs, click here or call (315) 568-0024.

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