"Journey to the Birthplace of Women's Rights "
The Women's Interfaith Institute in the Berkshires invites you to take part in a journey to Seneca Falls, New York where the first Women's Rights Convention took place in July 1848. Every year this memorable event is celebrated as part of "Convention Days" at the Women's Rights National Historic Park.
In July 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and several other women gathered for tea at a mutual friend's home in the small upstate New York village of Seneca Falls. Elizabeth and Lucretia had met several years before at an anti-slavery convention. At this meeting they determined to bring the disenfranchisement of women to public attention. Within 5 days, and without phones, faxes, twitter or facebook, the group called a convention that drew 300 people! Resolutions were formulated that outlined the rights of women, including the right to vote, and were passed. This year's commemoration is special because the site of the original convention will be re-dedicated.
Ani Nadler Grosser, Board Member of Women's Interfaith, is organizing this trip. She is excited to bring a group of Berkshire women to Seneca Falls. "We stand on the shoulders of these courageous women, many of whom went to jail and sacrificed so that we have rights, including the right to vote" says Grosser. She adds "this is a trip that will ground us in history and be a source of inspiration for today's challenges. It is also a wonderful opportunity to share with daughters, sisters, mothers, and friends. An added bonus is that Seneca Falls, along the Erie Canal, is in the scenic wine country of the Finger Lakes."
Highlights of the trip include:
- Attending the re-enactment of a famous lecture with contemporary themes by Anna Howard Shaw, suffragist, clergywoman and physician.
- Walk in the Annual Parade from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's home to Women's Rights National Park and witness the ceremony to re-dedicate Convention Hall.
- Saturday lunch with Allison Stokes, founder of Women's Interfaith in the Berkshires and Finger Lakes, and historian of women's rights.
- Tour of Women's Hall of Fame, Women's Rights National Historic Park, and Seneca Falls Museum
Logistics: We'll leave Lenox at 10 am on Friday, July 15, sharing cars or a van. We have reserved a limited number of non-smoking double rooms at a nearby Holiday Inn. Cost for a shared room is $95. per person. Costs for gas, tolls, and meals are additional. We will return at 8 pm on Saturday evening.
For more information, please contact Ani Grosser at
413-637-2868 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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