|As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, the National Park Service has developed this National Register of Historic Places travel itinerary, Places Where Women Made History. This itinerary focuses on 75 historic places in New York and Massachusetts associated with the varied aspects women's history. You will learn about the accomplishments of many American women who made outstanding contributions to education, government, medicine, the arts, commerce, women's suffrage and the early civil rights movement.
Places Where Women Made History is a part of the National Register's Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itinerary series that explores our country's past through visiting registered historic places. The series is part of the Department of the Interior's role in realizing a strategy to revitalize communities by promoting public awareness of history and encouraging tourists to visit heritage places throughout the nation.
Travelers through the itinerary will learn about such fascinating places as the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, New York. The brick house served as the private home and political headquarters of one of the American women's rights movement's most prominent leaders. Visitors will also travel to Villa Lewaro, located in Irvington-on-the-Hudson, New York. The stately home of Madame C.J. Walker, creator of a popular line of African-American hair care products and reputed to be America's first black woman millionaire, Villa Lewaro was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. You will meet Maria Mitchell, an accomplished astronomer, professor and women's education crusader who taught at the Vassar College Observatory from 1865 to 1888. Visitors will read about Blanche Ames, a multi-talented inventor, involved in art, farming, engineering and politics, who designed her family's mansion and created a system of ponds and dams on her property in Easton, Massachusetts. Calling on author Edith Wharton at her mansion, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts, visitors will experience the setting where Wharton wrote many of her most famous novels, including Ethan Frome.
Places Where Women Made History offers several ways to discover women's contributions to the development of New York and Massachusetts. Each property features a brief description of the site's significance, and color and historic photographs. At the bottom of each page, the visitor will also find a navigation bar containing links to five essays: Women and Historic Preservation, Women in Art and Literature, Women and the Progressive Era, Women Professionals and Women and the Equal Rights Movement. These provide historical background, or "contexts," for many of the sites included here. Finally, with the public accessibility information provided for each site featured, travelers can print copies of the maps and property descriptions and visit the sites open to the public. Visitors may be intersted in Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, located near the places featured in this itinerary.
If you have any comments or questions, please just click on the provided e-mail address, "comments or questions" located at the bottom of each page.