Convention Days

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 19, 20 & 21

 
Portrait of Elizabeth Cady Stanton with Convention Days stamp
 

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Join us for our annual commemoration of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention! Convention Days 2019 offers a unique opportunity to set the stage for the upcoming centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020. This year's theme, "Back to Our Roots," will focus on the early days of the women's rights movement and the factors that fed into its development.

Welcome Ceremony

Keynote speaker: Coline Jenkins, great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The Welcome Ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20th. Acting Superintendent Catherine Bragaw will give welcoming words, Dr. Melinda Grube, as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Renee-Noelle Felice, as Lucretia Mott, will read the Declaration of Sentiments, and Coline Jenkins, great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, will give the keynote address.

 
People outdoors at Women's Rights National Historical Park
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Open Hours

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Visitor Center Tour the exhibits, talk to a Ranger, and pick up a Convention Days schedule!

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wesleyan Chapel: Walk in the Place Where it All Began Visit the historic chapel that hosted the 1848 Woman's Rights Convention.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. M’Clintock House: Radical Hospitality Visit inside the home of Mary Ann and Thomas M’Clintock.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stanton House: Center of the Rebellion Visit the home Elizabeth Cady Stanton called the Center of the Rebellion.

Special Programs

9:30 a.m. Revolutionary Roots (Visitor Center, 45 minutes) Discover how five women changed the course of history in 1848. Stops may include the First Wave statue, Waterwall, and Wesleyan Chapel.

10:00 a.m. "Was Seneca Falls Really the Beginning of the Women's Suffrage Movement?" with Judith Wellman (Guntzel Theater, 45 minutes) Former Park Historian Judith Wellman discusses how Seneca Falls inspired a revolution.

11:00 a.m. Revolutionary Roots (Visitor Center, 45 minutes) Discover how five women changed the course of history in 1848. Stops may include the First Wave statue, Waterwall, and Wesleyan Chapel.

11:00 a.m. Calling on Stanton and Mott (Stanton House, 45 minutes) Historical dialogues on women's rights and women's suffrage featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.

11:30 "Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Racist?" with Laura Free (Guntzel Theater, 45 minutes) Grapple with the complicated race and gender politics that Elizabeth engaged with throughout her life.

11:30 a.m. A Man Amongst Women (M'Clintock House, 45 minutes) Hear from the most prominent man in attendance at the 1848 convention, Frederick Douglas.

12:30 p.m. Revolutionary Roots (Visitor Center, 45 minutes) Discover how five women changed the course of history in 1848. Stops may include the First Wave statue, Waterwall, and Wesleyan Chapel.

1:00 p.m. Calling on Stanton and Mott (Stanton House, 45 minutes) Historical dialogues on women's rights and women's suffrage featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.

1:30 p.m. “Ramping up for Suffrage Centennial” with Coline Jenkins (Guntzel Theater, 45 minutes) What if we built monuments to famous women like we do for famous men? Coline Jenkins is trying to do just that.

1:30 p.m. A Man Amongst Women (M'Clintock House, 45 minutes) Hear from the most prominent man in attendance at the 1848 convention, Frederick Douglas.

2:00 p.m. Digging into the Past (Stanton House, 45 minutes) Join us for an archeological tour of the Stanton property to learn what we have unearthed, and what we can learn about the past through archeological digs.

2:15 p.m. "A Most Important Conversation: Racial Divides and Accountability within the Women's Suffrage Movement" with Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner (Guntzel Theater, 45 minutes) Dr. Roesch Wagner discusses her newly published work with a focus on race.

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Children's Activity: Make Stanton Sunflowers (Visitor Center, drop-in program) Join a craft session in tribute to Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

3:00 p.m. "Why Seneca Falls?" with Walter Gable (Guntzel Theater, 45 minutes) Trace how developments in transportation, economic growth, various reform movements, and actions of key individuals and groups can explain why the first woman’s rights convention took place in Seneca Falls.

3:00 p.m. Calling on Stanton and Mott (Stanton House, 45 minutes) Historical dialogues on women's rights and women's suffrage featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.

4:00 p.m. “Equality of Rights” (Wesleyan Chapel, 1 hour) Join Yesteryear Productions in celebrating the birth of the women's rights movement at the site of the actual Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention.
 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Open Hours

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Visitor Center Tour the exhibits, talk to a Ranger, and pick up a Convention Days schedule!

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wesleyan Chapel: Walk in the Place Where it All Began Visit the historic chapel that hosted the 1848 Woman's Rights Convention.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m "The Elizabeth Cady Stanton" The newly christened tugboat joined with the 30' "Eleanor Roosevelt" is visiting Seneca Falls.

12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. M’Clintock House: Radical Hospitality Visit inside the home of Mary Ann and Thomas M’Clintock.

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stanton House: Center of the Rebellion Visit the home Elizabeth Cady Stanton called the Center of the Rebellion.

Special Programs

6:00 a.m. Yoga in Your Park (Declaration Park, 1 hour) Grab a mat or towel and join Courtney from New Life Yoga for a all-level yoga class held at Declaration Park. Beginners are welcome! Waivers are required.

8:00 a.m. Right to Run 5k / 19k This annual run is taking place on the south side of town. Visit RighttoRun19k.org for more information.

9:30 a.m. Women's Suffrage March (Starts at Stanton House, 40 minutes, 1 mile walk) March from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's home to the Wesleyan Chapel. Dressing in period attire is encouraged. Coordinated by Convention Days, Inc.

9:30 a.m. Revolutionary Roots (Visitor Center, 45 minutes) Discover how five women changed the course of history in 1848. Stops may include the First Wave statue, Waterwall, and Wesleyan Chapel.

10:30 a.m. Welcome Ceremony (Wesleyan Chapel, 45 minutes) Join us for a greeting from the National Park Service, a reading of the Declaration of Sentiments by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, and the keynote address by Coline Jenkins.

11:15 a.m. Welcome to the Centennial of the 19th Amendment (Wesleyan Chapel, 1 hour) Coline Jenkins and Friends kick off the Centennial of the 19th Amendment.

12:30 p.m. Women and Girls for the Suffrage Centennial (Canalside, 1 hour) Female fashion show in front of the tugboat "Elizabeth Cady Stanton." Come dressed as a modern or historic woman.

12:30 p.m. Revolutionary Roots with special guests Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Frederick Douglass (Visitor Center, 45 minutes) Discover how five women changed the course of history in 1848. Stops may include the First Wave statue, Waterwall, and Wesleyan Chapel.

1:00 p.m. Trivia with Friends (Guntzel Theater, 45 minutes) Join the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park and test your knowledge of women’s rights trivia using Kahoot!

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m Take Stanton Home (Visitor Center, drop-in program) Join local artist Sandra Shutter and create your own miniature Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Lucretia Mott.

1:00 p.m. Digging into the Past (Stanton House, 45 minutes) Join us for an archeological tour of the Stanton property to learn what we have unearthed, and what we can learn about the past through archeological digs.

1:30 p.m. “The Famous Friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass” with Carol Faulkner (Wesleyan Chapel, 45 minutes) This presentation illuminates the long friendship of Douglass and Anthony, and its consequences for the strained relationship between the antislavery and women’s rights movements after the Civil War.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Children's Activity: "What do you fight for" Suffrage Buttons (Visitor Center, drop-in program) Show the world what is important to you! Join local youth volunteers to create your own suffrage button.

2:00 p.m. “Quaker Meetinghouse Architecture: Religion Reflected in Form” with Laura Densmore (Guntzel Theater, 45 minutes) Laura Densmore, photographer, has turned her lens on Delaware Valley Quaker Meetinghouses.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Ladies Vintage Baseball: Brooks Grove Belles vs. Priscilla Porters (Stanton House, 2 hours, drop-in program) Genesee Country Village and Museum brings us an interactive baseball game featuring period costumes, and 1866 rules. Join in the fun and maybe even see an outfielder catch a ball in her apron!

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls Open House Docent guided tour of the site where Alice Paul called for the Equal Rights Amendment.

2:30 p.m. Chapel Chat with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott (Wesleyan Chapel, 45 minutes) Historical dialogues on women's rights and women's suffrage.

2:30 p.m. A Man Amongst Women (M'Clintock House, 45 minutes) Hear from the most prominent man in attendance at the 1848 Convention, Frederick Douglass.

3:00 p.m. “Before Seneca Falls: Lucretia Mott and the Sisterhood of Reforms” with Christopher Densmore (Guntzel Theater, 45 minutes) This presentation describes how Lucretia Mott inspired women and men to find a voice through speaking, writing, organizing and petitioning in the decades before the Seneca Falls Convention.

4:00 p.m. “Equality of Rights” (Wesleyan Chapel, 1 hour) Join Yesteryear Productions in celebrating the birth of the women's rights movement at the site of the actual Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention.

 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Open Hours

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Visitor Center Tour the exhibits, talk to a Ranger, and pick up a Convention Days schedule!

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wesleyan Chapel: Walk in the Place Where it All Began Visit the historic chapel that hosted the 1848 Woman's Rights Convention.

10:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. M’Clintock House: Radical Hospitality Visit inside the home of Mary Ann and Thomas M’Clintock.

10:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Stanton House: Center of the Rebellion Visit the home Elizabeth Cady Stanton called the Center of the Rebellion.

Special Programs

9:30 a.m. Revolutionary Roots (Visitor Center, 45 minutes) Discover how five women changed the course of history in 1848. Stops may include the First Wave statue, Waterwall, and Wesleyan Chapel.


10:00 a.m. Equality Doesn't Look the Same for Everyone (M'Clintock House, 45 minutes) Historical dialogues on abolition and suffrage from two iconic activists: Frederick Douglas and Sojourner Truth.

11:00 a.m. Revolutionary Roots (Visitor Center, 45 minutes) Discover how five women changed the course of history in 1848. Stops may include the First Wave statue, Waterwall, and Wesleyan Chapel.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Take Stanton Home (Visitor Center, drop-in program) Join local artist Sandra Shutter and create your own miniature Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Lucretia Mott.

11:00 a.m. Calling on Stanton and Mott (Stanton House, 45 minutes) Historical dialogues on women's rights and women's suffrage.

12:00 p.m. "Descendants' Social Hour" hosted by Friends of Women's Rights National Historical Park (Visitor Center, 45 minutes) A gathering opportunity for descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Sentiments to meet, socialize, and network.

12:00 p.m. If These Walls Could Talk (Wesleyan Chapel, 45 minutes) Listen in on conversations between Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

1:00 p.m. Revolutionary Roots (Visitor Center, 45 minutes) Discover how five women changed the course of history in 1848. Stops may include the First Wave statue, Waterwall, and Wesleyan Chapel.

1:00 p.m. Equality Doesn't Look the Same for Everyone (Stanton House, 45 minutes) Historical dialogues on abolition and suffrage from two iconic activists: Frederick Douglas and Sojourner Truth.

1:30 p.m. Trivia with Friends (Guntzel Theater, 45 minutes) Join the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park and test your knowledge of women’s rights trivia using Kahoot!

1:30 p.m. Calling on Stanton and Mott (M'Clintock House, 45 minutes) Historical dialogues on women's rights and women's suffrage.

2:00 p.m. “Votes for Women: Why Did it Take So Long?” with Susan Goodier (Wesleyan Chapel, 45 minutes) Why did it take so long for women to win the right to vote in New York, and in the United States? An acceptance of women’s right to political engagement, including the right to vote, required changing perceptions about who we are and the place we live.

3:00 p.m. Revolutionary Roots (Visitor Center, 45 minutes) Discover how five women changed the course of history in 1848. Stops may include the First Wave statue, Waterwall, and Wesleyan Chapel.

3:00 p.m. Multi-Faith Forum (Guntzel Theater, 1 hour 15 minutes) A panel of speakers from some of the world’s major faiths including Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, speak about the relevance of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention to their religious tradition. Afterwards, join a lively Question and Answer session to share your own visions and views.
 

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Last updated: June 22, 2019

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