Women, Witches, and Halloweens Past

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Date: October 23, 2015
Contact: Kimberly Szewczyk, 315-568-2991

Seneca Falls, NY—This Halloween, Women's Rights National Historical Park will host a lecture by Dr. Cynthia J. Koepp, Professor of History at Wells College. Dr. Koepp's talk, "Examining a Stereotype: Women and the Witchcraze, 1560-1690," analyzes the connections between the invention of the printing press and changes in thinking that contributed to the development of the witch stereotype and their widespread persecution. The lecture will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 31st in the Guntzel Theater on the main floor of the park's visitor center, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY.  

Between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm Elizabeth Cady Stanton, leader of the women's rights movement, as portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube, will discuss connections in the Quaker, Spiritualist, and suffragist communitiesand examinethe M'Clintock family's  explorations into animism, séances, and magnetism. Additionally, a reenactor in period attire will provide tales of Halloween and harvest traditions in the mid-1800s.  

All events are free and open to the public.

Women's Rights National Historical Park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about the park and upcoming programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-2991.  Follow us on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS) and Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS). If you would like to receive email announcements about other upcoming events, just send an email to e-mail us to subscribe. All programs are free and open to the public.

Last updated: October 23, 2015

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