Introducing Women's Rights National Historical Park

Preserving the buildings central to the fight for women’s equality in the United States

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Introducing the Women's Rights National Historical Park

On July 19, 1848, hundreds of people crowded into the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York to participate in a public discussion about the rights of women that challenged all social conventions of the time.  The following two-day convention included the presentation and signing of the Declaration of Sentiments, a document modeled after the Declaration of Independence, outlining the many ways in which women were denied equal status to men. At a time when it was 
unacceptable for women to have a public life outside the home, let alone speak at a public forum, the events that took place at the Wesleyan Chapel marked a major milestone in the ongoing fight for women’s equality.

The Park Today

Today the Women's Rights National Historical Park covers 6.83 acres of land and consists of four major historical properties, including the Wesleyan Methodist Church, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the M'Clintock House, and the Richard Hunt House. The park aims to tell the story of the struggle for equality for women and show the efforts of female abolitionists.

Photograph, Elizabeth Cady Stanton by UnknownNational Women’s History Museum

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was an effective proponent of women's rights for over half a century. She was influential in organizing a women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1948 which is widely viewed as the beginning of the modern feminist movement. Having written the Declaration of Sentiments in for the convention, she continued to be one of the women’s rights movement’s most dynamic orators and philosophers. Recognizing the need for women's suffrage from the beginning, she was also involved in other reform movements of the period, such as abolitionism, temperance and dress reform.

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Expedition Overview

In October 2019 CyArk traveled to Seneca Falls New York to the Women's Rights National Historic Park to document three buildings central to the events of the first women’s rights convention. In collaboration with the National Park Service, CyArk used terrestrial photogrammetry and LiDAR to document the Wesleyan Chapel, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, and the Hunt House, helping preserve these important places and the stories that they tell.

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Additional Resources

For more information on this site, its history and additional resources relating to CyArk’s work please visit

CyArk Women's Rights Historical National Park Resources.

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This project was made possible through the generous support of Iron Mountain and the following partners:

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