Date: May 13, 2009
Contact:Lee Werst, 315.568.5302
Seneca Falls, NY - The M'Clintock House, located at 14 East Williams Street in Waterloo, will open for the summer beginning Saturday, May 23. The site will be open Thursday through Sunday, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, throughout the summer.
A talk and book signing by noted historian and author Dr. Margaret Washington will mark the opening of the site at 1:00 PM on May 23. Dr. Washington is a member of the faculty of Cornell University. She is a renowned scholar on Sojourner Truth and the author of "Sojourner Truth's America." The subject of Dr. Washington's talk will be "Sojourner Truth and Social Justice." Immediately following the talk a book signing will take place featuring "Sojourner Truth's America," which is available in the M’Clintock House bookstore. At 2:30 PM, Eunice White of Rochester will give a costumed interpretation of Sojourner Truth.
The talk and book signing will be hosted by Eastern National in cooperation with the National Park Service. Entrance to the Women's Rights National Historical Park is free of charge.
The house was the home of Thomas and Mary Ann M'Clintock, prominent Quakers active in both the anti-slavery and women's rights movements. Their home served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and was the site for planning the First Women's Rights Convention held in 1848, in Seneca Falls. The parlor of the home is recognized as the location where the Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the convention, was drafted.
The M'Clintock House has been restored to its 1848 appearance and is listed as part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. For more information call Women's Rights National Historical Park at 315-568-0024.
Women's Rights National Historical Park exists to commemorate and preserve the story of the First Women's Rights Convention and historical structures associated with it in Seneca Falls and Waterloo, New York. All public tours and programs are free and open to the public.