Why was Seneca Falls so important to the Women's Rights Movement in the United States?

In this section from the Draft 2008 Historic Resource Study written for the Park by Dr. Judith Wellman, Historical New York Research Associates, explains.

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Section 1: The Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention and the Origin of the Women's Rights Movement


See a Selected Bibliography to learn more about the women and men of Seneca Falls, as well as those who worked for human rights in other ways and other places.

Women's Rights National Historical Park Administrative History

This Administrative History tells the story of the formation of Women's Rights National Historical Park and subsequent development, covering the period from 1978 until 2011.

Historic Structure Reports

The following Historic Structure Reports examine the historic buildings so important to the work done by the organizers and participants of the First Women's Rights Convention. Some of these files are large, and will take a few minutes to download.

Chamberlain House

Stanton House Historic Structure Report

Addendum to Stanton House Historic Structure Report

Wesleyan Chapel Historic Structure Report

Hunt House Historic Structure Report


Last updated: February 7, 2019

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