Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP) has announced that Convention Days 2019 have been set for July 19–21 from 9 am to 5 pm, each day.
The Convention Day theme “Back to our Roots,” focuses on the early days of the Women’s Rights Movement. The program explores the early movement, its leaders and the impact those roots continue to have on women’s rights today. This year’s event sets the scene for the upcoming 2020 centennial of women’s right to vote ratified with the 19th Amendment in 1920.
On July 20 at 10:30 am the event opens with the Welcome Ceremony, followed by Women’s Rights NHP’s official kick-off of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment. The 1848 convention called for women’s right to vote but it took another 72 years before it was achieved. 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 officially denied on the basis of gender.
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, story telling, speakers, and special programming. Speakers include scholars and authors Judith Wellman, Sally Roesch Wagner, Susan Goodier, and Seneca County Historian Walter Gable, in addition to Elizabeth Cady Stanton descendant Coline Jenkins.
Convention Days activity will occur throughout Seneca Falls. Public parking is available throughout town and accessibility parking will be available behind the Women’s Rights NHP Visitor Center.
Women’s Rights National Historical Park is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. More information is available on the park’s website or by calling (315) 568-2991.
Photo of Womens Rights NHP historic marker.