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Convention Days 2014

Convention Days 2014; Diversity and Equality – Local, State, National, and Global

Convention Days 2014; Diversity and Equality – Local, State, National, and Global is the commemoration and celebration of the first Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. This convention marked the first formal event igniting one of the most significant social movements in American history.

Convention Days 2014; Diversity and Equality – Local, State, National, and Global is a collaborative effort between the National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park and community organizations including Convention Days, Inc, National Women's Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls Business Association, Seneca Falls Historical Society, and the Women's Interfaith Institute.

Schedule:

Friday, July 18th

Throughout the Day

Event: History of Convention Days Poster Display with Seneca County Historian Walter Gable

Sponsor: Convention Days, Inc.

Location: Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Event: Sam Dickieson Memorial Art Show

Sponsor: Convention Days, Inc.

Location: Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Event: Community Service Award Presentation

Sponsor: Convention Days, Inc.

Honorees: Peter and Gretchen Koch

Location: Seneca Falls Historical Society, 55 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls, NY

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Event: Woman's Interfaith Institute Annual Dinner with guest speaker Daisy Khan, Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Reservations suggested at www.womensinterfaithinstitute.org or by calling 585-319-9395.

Sponsor: Women's Interfaith Institute

Location: Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Event: "Songs About Women by Women" with Bob Piorun

Sponsor: Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry

Location: 89 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

Saturday, July 19th

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Event: Seneca Falls Sidewalk Festival

Sponsor: Seneca Falls Business Association

Location: Fall Street, Seneca Falls

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Event: Coline Jenkins, Elizabeth Cady Stanton's great-grand daughter, will be your guide through the Elizabeth Cady Stanton house along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Melinda Grube).

Sponsor: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Location: ECS House

10:00 am -12:00 pm

Event: Phrenology – Have Your Head Read

Sponsor: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Location: VC

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Event: Lacemaker Bonnie Breed will be demonstrating the 19th century skill of European bobbin lace making.

Sponsor: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Location: Orientation space in VC

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Event: The Seneca Falls Convention Days Annual Commemorative Procession will step off from the Elizabeth Cady Stanton house with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Melinda Grube) leading the procession to the First Presbyterian Church where Alice Paul called for the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923. Join in as we retrace Elizabeth Cady Stanton's steps towards women's suffrage.

Sponsor: Convention Days, Inc.

Location: ECS House

11:00am – 12:00 pm

Event: Nadia Shahram, attorney, writer, educator, activist, and an adjunct faculty at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and colleagues will speak of the origins of the Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women. The event will begin with a reading of the Declaration of Sentiments by Dr. Melinda Grube as Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Sponsor: Women's Interfaith Institute

Location: First Presbyterian Church, 23 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Event: "Frederick Douglass" lecture with guest speaker, Dr. Lee Fought

Sponsor: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Location: Guntzel Theater

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Event: The Seneca Falls Convention Days Annual Commemorative Procession re-groups at the First Presbyterian Church to walk to Declaration Park with Nadia Shahram for the signing of the Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women.

Sponsor: Convention Days, Inc.

Location: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Event: Sign the Declaration of Sentiments as written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Sponsor: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Location: Wesleyan Chapel, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Event: "Paddling the Adirondacks and Central New York" book signing with Women on Water, the group leading Sunday's First Annual Convention Paddle. Book will be available for purchase in the park's bookstore.

Sponsor: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Location: 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Event: Luncheon with Coline Jenkins, Elizabeth Cady Stanton's great-great granddaughter

Sponsor: Convention Days, Inc.

Location: Gould Hotel at 108 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Event: Phrenology – Have Your Head Read

Sponsor: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Location: 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Event : "Troubling Convention: Does Equality Ask Us to Settle for Less?"

Location: Guntzel Theater, National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

Description: Professor of Women's Studies Betty Bayer will moderate a panel discussion looking at social, educational, historical, religious, political and economic convention's hold on women's capacity to realize and envision civil liberties and gender justice. Panelists include Noemi Ghazala, superintendent of the Women's Rights National Historical Park; Susan Henking, president of Shimer College; Betsy Mullins, president and CEO of Women's Campaign Fund and She Should Run; Jennifer Pozner, founder and director of Women in the Media and News; and Jill S. Tietjen, president of the Board of Directors of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Event: Women Speak, a reading, in the Wesleyan Chapel

Sponsor: Convention Days, Inc.

Location: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event: Panel Discussion : Redefining the Role of Muslim Women in the 21st Century with moderator Nadia Shahram, attorney, writer, educator, activist, and an adjunct faculty at the SUNY Buffalo Law School, and panelists Raheel Raza, President of the Council for Muslims facing Tomorrow and producer of Honor Diaries; Shanaz Tejani-Butt PhD, Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies, University of the Sciences; Dr. Hodan S. Isse, Assistant Professor Department of Finance and managerial Economics, State University at Buffalo, First Lady of Somali; Aruna Papp, a survivor, author, advocate and expert on honor-based violence, Research fellow at the Frontier Center for Public Policy; Dr. Isabel Markus, JD, international women's rights scholar.

Sponsor: Women's Interfaith Institute

Location: Seneca Falls Community Center, bottom of Walnut Street, Seneca Falls

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Event: History of Convention Days Poster Display with Seneca County Historian Walter Gable

Sponsor: Convention Days, Inc.

Location: Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Event: Tapestry and Tribute to Tahirih – exhibit and a performing arts work

Sponsor: Women's Interfaith Institute

Location: Seneca Falls Community Center, bottom of Walnut Street, Seneca Falls

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Event: Screening of "Honor Diaries" introduced by Muslim Canadian journalist, author, media consultant, anti-racism activist, and interfaith discussion leader. A group discussion will follow the screening.

Sponsor: Women's Interfaith Institute

Location: Seneca Falls Community Center, bottom of Walnut Street, Seneca Falls

Sunday, July 20th

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Event: First Annual Convention Paddle along the Seneca Cayuga Canal. Join National Park Service rangers and avid kayakers, Women on Water, for a paddle through history as we follow the flow of events that led to the Women's Rights Movement. Coline Jenkins, Elizabeth Cady Stanton's great-great-granddaughter, will be paddling with us!

Sponsor: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Location: Seneca Falls Community Center's put-in on Seneca-Cayuga Canal, bottom of Walnut Street

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Event: Book Signing of "Seneca County in the Civil War" by Walter Gable

Sponsor: Convention Days, Inc.

Location: The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Event: UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Leading Discussion

Location: Guntzel Theater, Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY

Description: UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, leading discussion on women's rights and their initiatives around the world.

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Event: First Annual Convention Paddle Wine and Cheese Tasting with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Melinda Grube) and Coline Jenkins, Elizabeth Cady Stanton's great-great-granddaughter.

Sponsor: National Park Service at Women's Rights National Historical Park

Location: The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street, Seneca Falls

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