Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls

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Women's Rights National Historical Park was established in 1980, and covers a total of 6.83 acres (27,600 m2) of land in Seneca Falls and nearby Waterloo, New York, United States.

The park consists of four major historical properties including the Wesleyan Methodist Church, which was the site of the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women's rights convention. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, and the homes of other early women's rights activists (the M'Clintock House and the Richard Hunt House) are also on display. The park includes a visitor center and an education and cultural center housing the Suffrage Press Printshop.

The Visitor Center lobby houses a large, life-size bronze sculpture, The First Wave, which consists of twenty figures representing women and men who attended the first Women's Rights Convention. Nine of the sculpture's figures represent actual participants and organizers of the convention: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Mary Ann M'Clintock, Martha Wright, Jane Hunt, Frederick Douglass, James Mott, Thomas M'Clintock, and Richard Hunt. The other eleven figures represent the "anonymous" women and men who participated in the 2-day convention, which took place on July 19 and 20, 1848, and which drew over 300 people. Many of the participants signed a "Declaration of Sentiments," the convention's defining document, which declared that "all men and women are created equal."
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  • I visited with a group and did not enter the actual building but listened to two rangers tell stories in the park and in the chapel about all of the tales of women 100+ years ago, who paved the way...  more »
  • What a magnificent tribute to the women of this country. So much information is provided in an efficient space. The combination of indoor and outdoor exhibits keeps you moving and engaged. The staff.....  more »
  • Perhaps my favorite place I've visited associated with the National Park service. The exhibit is beautiful, fun, engaging, inspiring, and modern. From a great book and gift shop, to stautes you can pose with from the women's movement, there's a lot of goodness here. The upstairs exhibit is full of colorful displays of history. I wish I could have spent more time here! Make sure to check the outside area behind the building for a neat water feature they built.
  • Best stop on our cross country road trip. We saw all of the Midwest and parts of Canada and this was by far the best stop we took. The lack of crowds made it easy to enjoy each exhibit and the park service ranger inside was very friendly. 10/10 would recommend.

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