Thursday, March 19, 2009

Seneca Falls, New York: Women's Rights National Historic Park

In 1848, several women gathered in Seneca Falls for the first women's rights convention. Elizabeth Cady Stanton might be the best-known member of the organizing party. It set in motion a series of events that eventually led to full voting rights, property rights, etc.

The events is marked by this historic park, right in the middle of Seneca Falls (very easy to find, well marked, and the town isn't very big). A Declaration of Sentiments was written at the meeting, and it is preserved on the wall shown.

The area also has a visitor center, complete with films and exhibits. It's all pretty well done, and doesn't take much time. If you have more interest in the subject, there are places such as Stanton's home that are available for touring.

Seneca Falls is a few miles south of Interstate 90 between Syracuse and Rochester.

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