Women’s Rights

Last Sunday we went to Seneca Falls, NY with my Aunt and Uncle (they visited again on their way back home). We first stopped at the Wesleyan Chapel Block Complex which is part of the Women’s Rights National Historic Park.



This Wesleyan Chapel hosted the First Women’s Rights Convention at 11 am on July 19, 1848.


It was led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, and conventioneers debated and amended the proposed Declaration of Sentiments.


On July 20, 1848 the revised Declaration of Sentiments, declaring “All men and women are created equal,” was presented and signed by 100 women and men.


In Declaration Park, there is a commemorative water wall inscribed with the Declaration of Sentiments of 1848 and names of 100 women and men who signed it.


We then went inside the Visitor Center, viewed the movie, and quickly toured the museum. We wanted to be outside because it was so nice out. I did capture a photo of this beautiful bonnet:


We walked down to the National Women’s Rights Hall of Fame, where upon entering we noticed that their new home will be the Seneca Knitting Mill as soon as they raise enough money.


The Seneca Knitting Mill looks like this right now:



Back in 1997 my Mom wrote a letter about her mother’s life and her mother was entered in the Women’s Hall of Fame. We went to see the letter again and the plaque. Because their present home is so small, they have to rotate the plaques and my grandmother’s plaque wasn’t on display at this time. When the Women’s Hall of Fame moves, all plaques will be on display.

We then took a walk along the Cayuga/Seneca Canal to view the Frank J. Ludovico Sculpture Trail.


Diana Smith, elected in 2004 as first female Mayor of the Village of Seneca Falls, NY.

Amelia Bloomer

The sculpture trail. My brother and I were way behind my Mom, aunt and uncle.

Mary Baker Eddy, 1821-1910. In Lynn, MA, on the evening of Feb 1, 1866, Mary Baker Eddy fell on the ice and was critically injured. Prayer and faith led to her healing, her writings, and the advent of Christian Science.

I couldn’t get close to the next two because some guy was sitting on the steps, but my guess is these guys represent canal diggers:

I’m not sure if this is the end of the sculptures on this trail, but this is where we turned around, because it was supper time.

Going to Seneca Falls always makes me realize how far women have come, and yet how far we still have to go. And although I don’t get political on my blog, I thought of this quote by Hillary Clinton while visiting Seneca Falls: “Although we weren’t able to shatter this highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it, and the light is shining through like never before.” – Hillary Clinton


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jayne
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 08:07:56

    What an interesting place and beautiful garden. Indeed, we’ve come a long way baby. Thank goodness! :c)


  2. troutbirder
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 08:41:42

    What a neat visit. I wish I could have taken my American History class there but it would have been a little far from Minnesota


  3. Kenneth Fach
    Aug 23, 2008 @ 10:44:54

    Those photos are so inspiring, and makes me want to visit the park, observe, and praise. The theme is wonderful.


  4. penelope
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 16:10:09

    These are absolutely beautiful! I’ve visited there as well, and your pictures brought back that feeling of awe I had while standing in such a historic place. Thanks!


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