Convention Days- July 20-22, 2018

Painting of a young teacher adding "and women" to the Declaration of Independence
Teacher editing the Declaration of Independence to the Declaration of Sentiments

Mitchel Leet

"You have pens and voices."
- Lucretia Mott, 1841

Join us in commemorating the 170th Anniversary
of the First Women's Rights Convention!
July 20-22, 2018

This three-day event commemorates the United States' first women's rights convention held here in Seneca Falls, NY. In 1848, around 300 people came together in the Wesleyan Chapel to discuss the "Social, Civil, and Religious Condition of Women." On the second day, 68 women and 32 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments. This document inserted the important words, "and women", into the familiar sentences of the Declaration of Independence and demanded women's equality under the law and beyond. Several years before organizing and attending this convention, Lucretia Mott reminded a group gathered in Boston that "you have pens and voices" able to end slavery. Come explore this convention, the movement behind it, and the power of words.

Women's Rights National Historical Park activities are FREE for everyone, so mark your calendar for July 20-22. See the Convention Days Schedule below for events, hours, and details. Schedule is subject-to-change, please check back regularly as we continue to update with more events and updates.

2018 CONVENTION DAYS SCHEDULE

Friday, July 20th, 2018


Special Programs
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Take Home Craft
with Artist Sandra Shutter
Visitor Center- Special Exhibits Room

10:00 am – 11:30 am “Stories in the National Park”
with Miss Tara and Miss Martha of the Seneca Falls Library
Declaration Park
Rain Location: Visitor Center- Junior Ranger Room

11:00 am – 12:00 pm “Seward Feminism”
by Jeff Ludwig, Historian of the Seward House
Visitor Center- Guntzel Theater

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Time Concert: Vee Da Bee
Declaration Park
Rain Location: Wesleyan Chapel

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Community Art Project
with Art Force 5
Visitor Center- Special Exhibits Room

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm “The Power of Words”
by Robbin Jorgensen- Women Igniting Change
Wesleyan Chapel

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Children’s Story-time
Declaration Park
Rain Location: Visitor Center- Junior Ranger Room

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Honoring Our Legacy: Remembering Esther Blake and Mary Curry
in perserving the Wesleyan Chapel
Wesleyan Chapel

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm “Women in the World of Frederick Douglass”
by Professor Leigh Fought
Wesleyan Chapel

Evening Program: Symphoria with Joanne Shenandoah


Ranger Programs

10:00 am – 10:30 am First Wave Statues
and Historic Wesleyan Chapel Tour
Starting Location: Visitor Center- First Wave Statues

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Ranger-led Walking Tour
Starting Location- Declaration Park

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm First Wave Statues
and Historic Wesleyan Chapel Tour
Starting Location: Visitor Center- First Wave Statues

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Chapel Chat:
Dive a bit deeper into our history with ranger-led program
Wesleyan Chapel

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Ranger-led Walking Tour
Starting Location- Declaration Park

Showtimes of the Park Movie: “Dreams of Equality”
Visitor Center- Guntzel Theater
10:00 am 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 4:00 pm


Stanton House
32 Washington Street, Seneca Falls, NY
Open 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

11:00 am – 11:30 am Living History Program
with Lucretia Mott (Renee-Noelle Felice)

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Ranger-led House Tour

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Living History Program
with Lucretia Mott (Renee-Noelle Felice)
and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Melinda Grube)

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Ranger-led House Tour

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Living History
with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Melinda Grube)


M’Clintock House
14 East Williams Street, Waterloo, NY
Open 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

10:30 am – 11:00 am Ranger-led House Tour

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Living History Program
with Frederick Douglass (Nathan Richardson)

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Ranger-led House Tour

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Living History Program
with Frederick Douglass (Nathan Richardson)

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Ranger-led House Tour


Around Seneca Falls

11:00 am – 4:00 pm The IDEA Center for the Voices of Humanity/
The Seneca Falls It’s A Wonderful Life Museum
Special Exhibits:
Lucretia Mott and the Universal Peace Union
Donna Reed and Another Mother for Peace
Jacob P. Chamberlain: Gentleman Signer of the Declaration of Sentiments
32 Fall St

10:00 am – 4:00 pm National Women’s Hall of Fame Open
Special Activity:
Can you Imagine the Conservation?
An essay contest on the sculpture,
“When Stanton met Anthony” Stop by for more details.
76 Fall Street

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Convention Days Committee
Community Service Award and Reception
Seneca Falls Historical Society
55 Cayuga Street

7:00 pm Seneca Falls
Community Band Concert
People’s Park
35 Water Street

Saturday, July 21st, 2018


Special Programs

9:00 am - 10:00 am Women's Suffrage Procession
from the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House to Declaration Park.
Participants are encouraged to dress in period attire from 1848 to 1920 or in white.
Sponsored by the Friends of Women's Rights National Historical Park.
Starting Location: Elizabeth Cady Stanton House: 32 Washington Street
Step-off time: 9:30 am

10:00 am - 11:00 am Welcoming Ceremony with Keynote Speaker:
Robbin Jorgensen,
CEO and Founder of Women Igniting Change
Declaration Park

11:00 am – 4:00 pm Community Art Project
with Art Force 5
Visitor Center- Special Exhibits Room

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Children’s Story-time
Declaration Park,
Rain Location: Visitor Center- Junior Ranger Room

11:00 am – 12:00 pm "Pens for Peace: Lucretia Mott and the
Women of Philadelphia and Exeter, England Speak on Transatlantic Foreign Policy"
by Wendy E. Chmielewski, PhD- Curator,
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Wesleyan Chapel

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Time Concert: CC Ryder
Declaration Park
Rain Location: Wesleyan Chapel

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm “You Have Pens and Voices: Lucretia Mott Speaks to Her Times and to Ours”
by Christopher Densmore-
Editor of Lucretia Mott Speaks: The Essential Speeches and Sermons.
Visitor Center- Guntzel Theater

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm “Stories in the National Park”
with Miss Tara and Miss Martha of the Seneca Falls Library
Declaration Park
Rain Location: Visitor Center- Junior Ranger Room

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Living History Program with
Lucretia Mott (Renee- Noelle Felice), Frederick Douglass (Nathan Richardson),
and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Melinda Grube)
Wesleyan Chapel

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Women and Peace:
A Panel Discussion
Visitor Center- Guntzel Theater

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Live Podcast with
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Wesleyan Chapel

Evening Program at 7:30 pm
"Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage" Opera
Wesleyan Chapel


Ranger Programs

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Ranger-led Walking Tour
Starting Location- Declaration Park

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: First Wave Statues
and Historic Wesleyan Chapel Tour
Starting Location: Visitor Center- First Wave Statues

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Chapel Chat:
Dive a bit deeper into our history with ranger-led program
Wesleyan Chapel

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Ranger-led Walking Tour
Starting Location- Declaration Park

Showtimes of the Park Movie: “Dreams of Equality”
Visitor Center- Guntzel Theater
9:15 am 11:15 am 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 4:00 pm


Stanton House
32 Washington Street, Seneca Falls, NY
Open 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Living History Program
with Frederick Douglass (Nathan Richardson)

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Living History
with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Melinda Grube)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Ranger-led House Tour

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Ranger-led House Tour

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Ranger-led House Tour


M’Clintock House
14 East Williams Street, Waterloo, NY
Open 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Ranger-led House Tour

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Living History Program
with Lucretia Mott (Renee-Noelle Felice)

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Living History Program
with Lucretia Mott (Renee-Noelle Felice)

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Ranger-led House Tour

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Ranger-led House Tour


Around Seneca Falls

11:00 am – 4:00 pm The IDEA Center for the Voices of Humanity/
The Seneca Falls It’s A Wonderful Life Museum
Special Exhibits:
Lucretia Mott and the Universal Peace Union
Donna Reed and Another Mother for Peace
Jacob P. Chamberlain: Gentleman Signer of the Declaration of Sentiments
32 Fall Street

10:00 am – 4:00 pm National Women’s Hall of Fame Open
Special Activity:
Can you Imagine the Conservation?
An essay contest on the sculpture,
“When Stanton met Anthony” Stop by for more details.
76 Fall Street

11:45 am - 1:45 pm Book Signing: "W is for Waterfall"
a children's book highlighting women's history
by author Aileen Easter
National Women's Hall of Fame

76 Fall Street

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Convention Days Luncheon
with Guest Speaker: Mary Owen, daughter of Donna Reed, $
Seneca Falls Community Center
35 Water Street

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls
Open House
Guided Tour of site where Alice Paul called for
The Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 &
Screening of "Equals Means Equal" Documentary
23 Cayuga Street

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018


Special Programs

11:00 am – 3:00 pm Take Home Craft Project
with Artist Sandra Shutter
Visitor Center- Special Exhibits Room

11:00 am – 12:00 pm "Da Rules - the First One hundred-plus Lessons I Learned In My Transition."
By Shauna O’Toole, WeExistFLX
Visitor Center- Guntzel Theater

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Multi-Faith Forum:
Prospectives on the Role of Women
Guntzel Theater

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Living History Program with
Lucretia Mott (Renee- Noelle Felice), Frederick Douglass (Nathan Richardson),
and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Melinda Grube)
Wesleyan Chapel

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Remembering the Ladies:
From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates.
Abigail Adams (Carol Simon Levin)
Wesleyan Chapel

Ranger Programs

11:00 am – 11:30 am: First Wave Statues
and Historic Wesleyan Chapel Tour
Starting Location: Visitor Center- First Wave Statues

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Ranger-led Walking Tour
Starting Location- Declaration Park

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: First Wave Statues
and Historic Wesleyan Chapel Tour
Starting Location: Visitor Center- First Wave Statues

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Ranger Chat:
Dive a bit deeper into our history with ranger-led program
Visitor Center- Guntzel Theater

Showtimes of the Park Movie: “Dreams of Equality”
Visitor Center- Guntzel Theater
9:15 am 10:00 am 12:00 pm 2:00 pm 4:00 pm


Stanton House
32 Washington Street, Seneca Falls, NY
Open 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Ranger-led House Tour

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Ranger-led House Tour

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Ranger-led House Tour

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Living History
with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Dr. Melinda Grube)

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Ranger-led House Tour


M’Clintock House
14 East Williams Street, Waterloo, NY
Open 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Ranger-led House Tour

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Ranger-led House Tour

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Ranger-led House Tour

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Living History Program
with Lucretia Mott (Renee-Noelle Felice)

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Ranger-led House Tour

Around Seneca Falls

10:00 am – 4:00 pm National Women’s Hall of Fame Open
Special Activity:
Can you Imagine the Conservation?
An essay contest on the sculpture,
“When Stanton met Anthony” Stop by for more details.
76 Fall Street


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Strawberry Stroll for Harriet Tubman
Seward House Museum
33 South Street
Auburn, NY

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Last updated: June 24, 2018

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