Seeking Descendants of Historic
As part of its annual weekend celebration commemorating the nation's first women's rights convention, Convention Days, Inc. will honor the women and men who signed the movement's foundational document, the Declaration of Sentiments, by recognizing the descendants of the document's original signers. The 2017 Convention Days weekend is July 13-16, 2017, and 2017 also marks the State of New York's commemoration of 100 years of women's full voting rights.
In the summer of 1848, about 300 women and men gathered in the central New York village of Seneca Falls to attend the nation's first women's rights convention. Organized by five women - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Con Wright, Jane Hunt, and Mary Ann M'Clintock - the meeting's announcement stated that the gathering would discuss "the social, civil, and religious condition of women." However, while these important issues were discussed throughout both days of the convention, the most important legacy of the Seneca Falls Convention was its demand for women's political rights.
The Declaration of Sentiments and the eleven resolutions adopted at the Seneca Falls Convention were signed by 100 of those in attendance - 68 women and 32 men.
Descendants of the original signers of the Declaration of Sentiments can register on the Convention Days website at: www.ConventionDays.com or visit the Seneca Falls Visitor's Center at 89 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY for more information.
Convention Days, Inc. celebrates Seneca Falls, New York, as a cornerstone of America's democratic tradition. We promote the region as the center for the advancement of issues relating to human rights as reected in our nation's first Women's Rights Convention in 1848. Either download the form from here or fill out on line below.
|Original photograph of statues and Trinity Church courtesy of Linda Solan.|