After taking a hiatus following the end of the spring semester, I thought I would dive back in by posting some pictures from a stop I made on my drive back from New Hampshire this month: Women’s Rights National Park in Seneca Falls, New York.
The park encompasses several sites, including the historic Wesleyan Methodist Church where first wave “feminists” Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott held the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Seneca Falls home, and the home of the McClintocks, the Quaker husband and wife team who hosted Stanton and Mott and whose home also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, assisting escaped slaves. In addition, the Visitor’s Center offers wonderful displays documenting the history of the Women’s Rights movement in the U.S.
Both our tour guide, who gave wonderfully detailed and provocative talks, and the Visitor’s Center itself approached this history from an appropriately feminist angle, reflecting on issues of race/ethnicity – for example, in addressing the overlap and some of the tensions between the abolitionist and early women’s rights movements – class, and also religion (e.g., the Quaker community’s support of human rights, which encompassed abolition as well as women’s rights).
In addition to the Women’s Rights National Park, the Seneca Falls Visitor’s Center, located just a couple of blocks from the Wesleyan Church, has displays exploring the role of women in the many industries of Seneca Falls, including the long-standing Seneca Knitting Mills, which building can be seen from the rear windows of the Visitor’s Center