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Park Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Women's Rights National Historical Park

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With a week of special events culminating in a retrospective program and reception for park founders, friends groups, supporters, elected officials, and former staff and superintendents, Women's Rights NHP marked its 25th year.  On July 16th, the week's events were kicked off with the unveiling of an exhibit entitled "It's a Wide Community Indeed" that interprets the tremendous efforts of those who founded the park. On July 16th and 17th, the exhibit opening was followed by well-attended "Women's Rights in Three Acts," a three-part dramatization of dialogue between sister reformers Lucretia Mott and Martha Wright, a re-enactment of the 1848 First Women's Rights Convention, and dialogue between two of the men who were instrumental supporters of the early struggle for women's rights. On July 21st and 22nd, the park cosponsored a Scholars' and Educators' Colloquium with the National Women's Hall of Fame, a park partner. The colloquium paired scholars and master teachers and had them discuss bringing scholarship on 19th century reform and women's rights into the classroom. The conference was followed by a book signing by several notable authors. Continuing the week of activities, Friends of Women's Rights NHP sponsored "A Seneca Falls Dialogue: Women and the Vote," with young women panelists continuing the conversation that began in 1848 about women and voting. Culminating the week was a celebration recognizing the significant efforts of those who worked to establish and develop the park and challenging the audience to make history as the next 25 years unfolds. Since 1980, over a half million people have visited the restored Stanton and M'Clintock Houses, a visitor center, the Wesleyan Chapel and adjacent Declaration Park.   


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