Carrying the Torch
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This event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic & the uncertainty of when we will once again be able to gather together safely.

Refunds will be issued to those who have pre-registered.

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Care at 1.855.213.8555 or program@gsnypenn.org.

A rescheduled date and program will be shared at a later date.


Saturday, July 18, 2020
12 N. Park St.
Seneca Falls, NY
 

Cost: $20 per person
Attendees must register in advance!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This special celebration commemorates the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting American women the right to vote—a right known as women’s suffrage. We will honor the impact of the suffrage movement in New York State while celebrating how girls of today carry the torch of equal rights through civic engagement. Participating in this extraordinary event gives girls the opportunity to not only learn about past achievements made by women, but also empowers them to speak up, take action and advocate for issues they are passionate about in today’s world.

The event schedule is girl-led and allows girls to pick and choose which sessions and activities they wish to attend. (Please note: all sessions require pre-registration due to limited seating capacity.)

The convention features speakers and programs on equality, leadership, empowerment, history of women’s rights and the suffrage movement. 

Be sure to check back here often! We will be adding more break-out sessions and details about our keynote speaker.

Highlights include:

  • Don’t miss our featured event, offered during every session—Living Voices: Bringing Life to History
    Experience an unforgettable educational journey through live theater and archival film footage.  Developed to move and inspire audiences of all ages, Living Voices brings life to history thorough diverse and powerful multi-media presentations. “Hear My Voice” brings to life the struggle of U.S. women to attain the right to vote. Combining dynamic performance and powerful film, this acclaimed program focuses on Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement as seen through the eyes of a young activist dedicated to equality for women. View a preview.
  • Modern-Day Declaration of Sentiments
    Take part in history! A group of high school girls will present (with the historical accuracy of the 1848 First Women’s Rights Convention), the Youth Declaration of Sentiments, a document they authored for the 21st century. All attendees will have the opportunity to hear, read and sign the document. This Modern-Day Declaration of Sentiments will then be filed with the U.S. Senate.
  • Tours
    Visit the Seneca Falls Historical Society or the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Admission is included with your event fee. 
  • Alice Paul Institute
    The Alice Paul Institute educates the public about the life and work of Alice Stokes Paul (1885-1977) and offers heritage and girls' leadership development programs at Paulsdale, her home and a National Historic Landmark. Alice Paul led the final fight to get women the vote and wrote the Equal Rights Amendment. We honor her legacy as a role model of leadership in the continuing quest for equality.
  • 2020 Girl Scout Global Action Award
    The GSNYPENN team will work with attendees to help them earn their Girl Scout Global Action Award.
  • Meet Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Melinda Grube, PhD, a descendant of a Seneca Falls abolitionist family, has followed an educational path inspired by women’s rights history. Dr. Grube is an adjunct lecturer of history at Cayuga Community College and has portrayed Ms. Stanton for educational programs, lectures and events in Seneca Falls and throughout New York State for more than a decade.

Plan Your Visit to Seneca Falls 

Overnight Accommodations
  • Make your own arrangements at local hotels, a bed and breakfast, etc., in the area.
  • Limited overnight camping at Pete’s Area, Cayuga Lake State Park, $2 per person (select during online event registration) 
Parking
  • Due to event space needs, onsite parking will not be available at 12 N. Park St.
  • Limited parking available at Frank Knight Elementary School, 98 Clinton St.
  • Limited bussing available from Frank Knight Elementary School to event
  • Two-hour on-street parking available in designated areas; please abide by parking laws, ticketing will be enforced by law enforcement
Meals
  • Attendees are encouraged to pack their own food. Seneca Falls will be extremely busy this weekend during its annual Convention Days.
  • There are a limited number of restaurants in Seneca Falls that offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. (See FAQs below.) 
  • The Friends of the Seneca Falls Library is hosting a chicken BBQ from 12 p.m. until the chicken is gone! Tickets are $10 per meal (chicken, roll & butter, salt potatoes, choice of salad, baked beans or applesauce). Stop by the library’s front desk (47 Cayuga St.) anytime that morning & get your tickets early to reserve your lunch. The library is adjacent to our event tent.
Right to Run 19K & 5K

Right to Run 19K & 5K
Saturday, July 18, 2020
19K starts at 7 a.m., 5K starts at 7:15 a.m.
Special offer: Use code Scouts19 to receive $19 entry into the 5K, code valid through April 30, 2020
Register: righttorun19k.org 
Follow on Facebook: facebook.com/righttorun19k

Women, men and children of all ages are invited to join the Right to Run 19K & 5K race during Convention Days and Carrying the Torch. To some, 19K may seem like a random number, but it serves as a powerful reminder of the long, difficult journey women traveled to obtain their right to vote. (The 19K distance is a nod to the 19th Amendment.) Crossing the finish line takes dedication, resilience and strength, all qualities shared with the suffragists. This year’s net proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the National Women’s Hall of Fame Foundation.

Ludovico Sculpture Trail

Carrying the Torch attendees can enjoy a historic walk during their visit to Seneca Falls. A scenic hiking/biking trail with sculptures along the path, the Ludovico Sculpture Trail is located on an old railroad bed along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and is part of Canalway Trails of NY. It provides opportunities for artists to create and install outdoor sculptures which explore historic and contemporary issues of society. Themes are linked with Seneca Falls, women’s rights, use of the canal for transportation and industries founded in the area. The start of the trail is located at the base of the bridge on Bridge St., just north of W. Bayard St. The trail is named after Frank J. Ludovico, who donated the land.

Learn more about the trail
Follow on Facebook: facebook.com/LudovicoSculptureTrail

Additional Resources

*Refund policy: No refunds will be given.

*This event will be photographed and/or filmed by GSNYPENN and authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by these entities.    

Still have questions? Contact GSNYPENN Customer Care at 1.855.213.8555 or info@gsnypenn.org .


FAQs

Local Restaurants
Bathrooms
  • Two sets of bathrooms are located on the first floor of the Academy Square Office Park and on the basement level near the elevator.
  • The Presbyterian Church has one bathroom.
  • Seneca Falls Library has two sets of bathrooms.
  • The Methodist Church has a bathroom on the first floor and another in the basement.    
Water Refill Stations
  • GSNYPENN office, Academy Square Office Park Basement
  • Presbyterian Church Basement
  • Seneca Falls Library

 

Sponsors

A Look Back at Carrying the Torch

  • SF 2018
  • SF
  • WUNYad
  • HHL
  • CTTR
  • Vice