160th Anniversary of Women’s Rights Convention

Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the siteof the first women’s rights convention held in 1848, announced today thescheduling of several events on July 19 and 20, 2008 to commemorate the 160th anniversary of this historic event.“We are pleased to host a variety of programs to celebrate the firstconvention in the United States in which women and men gatheredspecifically to discuss the issue of women’s social, economic and civilrights. Mark the weekend of July 19 on your calendar – it is sure to be anexciting and memorable event,” explained Superintendent Tina Orcutt.On July 19, 2008 the park will offer several special events includingliving history presentations with Eleanor Stearns as Lucretia Mott andDavid Anderson as Frederick Douglass, ranger-guided walking tours of theVillage of Seneca Falls, and an open house at the Elizabeth Cady StantonHouse with Stanton’s great-great granddaughter Coline Jenkins.At 5:00 p.m., UCLA historian and Stanton scholar Ellen Carol DuBois, Ph.D.will join Jenkins at the Wesleyan Chapel for a discussion of the historicallegacy of the 1848 Convention, including the 100th anniversary celebrationheld in 1908 and marked with the placement of a bronze commemorative plaqueon the Wesleyan Chapel. Additionally, a new exhibit chronicling thecontributions of Harriot Stanton Blatch, daughter of Elizabeth Cady andHenry B. Stanton, to the twentieth-century women’s rights and suffragemovements will be unveiled.“More events are in the works for July 20. We are offering a full weekendof activities,” said the park’s Chief of Interpretation, Lee Werst. “Therewill be something for everyone, so plan to join us this summer,” addedWerst.The schedule for the anniversary weekend’s events will be updated on thepark’s website. For more information call 315.568.0024 or visithttp://www.nps.gov/wori/plan your visit/160th-anniversary.htm.Women’s Rights National Historical Park exists to commemorate and preserveand story of the First Women’s Rights Convention and historical structuresassociated with it in Seneca Falls and Waterloo, New York. All public toursand programs are free and open to the public.

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