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Release date: Immediate
Contact (s): Ami Ghazala
Phone number: 315-568-0024
Release Number: 17-16
Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation Present Exhibits and Programs Celebrating Haudenosaunee Influence
Seneca Falls, NY & Fayetteville, NY – Exhibits highlighting the influence of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women on the vision of the woman’s rights movement will open at Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls on October 7 and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville on October 14. Programs and dialogues at both sites will invite visitors to explore the often-untold story of Haudenosaunee influence, survival, and legacy. These Six Nations Confederacy women, with their legal, political, economic and personal authority, gave New York women a model to emulate.
Programs highlighting indigenous culture will begin the weekend of October 7-9 at Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Ranger dialogue programs exploring these issues will take place in the Wesleyan Chapel on:
• Saturday, October 7 at 11am and 2pm
• Sunday, October 8 at 1pm
• Monday, October 9 at 1pm
Children and families will also have the opportunity to create artwork around themes of trust and friendship and engage with a hands-on, outdoor timeline demonstrating the continuity of indigenous cultures in the area at the park.
A full schedule of events at both sites are available on their websites: www.nps.gov/wori and www.matildajoslyngage.org.
The exhibits were created by the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. This project was supported by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscious - a network of historic sites and museums dedicated to interpreting themes of human rights through dialogue-based approaches, with additional funding from Humanities New York and the Governor’s New York Suffrage Centennial Commission.
Related programming will be announced as Women’s Rights National Historical Park celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month in November and throughout the year as we work to better include the influence of Haudenosaunee culture in the story of the women's rights movement.
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All programs are free and open to the public