Women's Rights National Historical Park

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Women's Rights National Historical Park
The remains of the Wesleyan Chapel
Map showing the location of Women's Rights National Historical Park
Map showing the location of Women's Rights National Historical Park
Map showing the location of Women's Rights National Historical Park
Map showing the location of Women's Rights National Historical Park
LocationSeneca County, New York, USA
Nearest citySeneca Falls, NY
Coordinates42°54′39″N 76°48′05″W / 42.91083°N 76.80139°W / 42.91083; -76.80139Coordinates: 42°54′39″N 76°48′05″W / 42.91083°N 76.80139°W / 42.91083; -76.80139
EstablishedDecember 28, 1980
Visitors25,426 (in 2011)[1]
Governing bodyNational Park Service
WebsiteWomen's Rights National Historical Park

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 two-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."[2]

Votes For Women History Trail[edit]

The Votes For Women History Trail, created as part of the federal Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, is administered by the Department of the Interior through the Women's Rights National Historical Park. The Trail is an automobile route that links sites throughout upstate New York important to the establishment of women's suffrage.

Sites on the trail include:

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  1. ^ "NPS Annual Recreation Visits Report". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  2. ^ Falls, Mailing Address: 136 Fall Street Seneca; Us, NY 13148 Phone:568-0024 Contact. "First Wave Statue Exhibit - Women's Rights National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)" (PDF). www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2019-03-22.

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