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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Seneca Falls, 160 Years Ago

This year Women's History Month in March and Women's Equality Day on August 26 have special significance. It's the 160th anniversary year of Seneca Falls. It's also the first year ever that a woman is a serious candidate for the office of President of the United States.

Ten years ago on the the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Seneca Falls I was privileged to have produced at the GeVa Theater in Rochester a music-accompanied history of the American women's movement, titled "Take Up the Song". The title song is presented by the Akoma choir and folk music is played between each sequence.

The event was sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester and covers the ground from 1840 when Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met in London to Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party.

An earlier version had been put on as a staged reading in New York's City Hall Blue Room in 1995 (the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment), sponsored by the City Comptroller.

In honor of this year's 160th anniversary, I have posted on the CSRNYC web site the dramatized history. The title is from a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay dedicated to New York City suffragist Inez Milholland. Click on the link above or here.

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