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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will offer the third part of its 2020 winter series on Saturday, March 14 at 2:00PM. The Know Your Park Truth-telling Series is dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and listening to all people. On Saturday the 14th, Ranger Denise DeLucia will visit New Bedford from Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY. She will discuss her experiences working at a site that honors women’s struggle for equal rights. This will be the kickoff event of the park’s celebration of the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, officially recognizing women’s right to vote. Also that day, park staff will open a temporary exhibit exploring the women’s suffrage movement before the 19th Amendment and struggles to ensure this right since its passage. Throughout the summer, visitors will be able to register to vote online at a station set up in the visitor center of the National Historical Park.
Ranger Denise DeLucia is a native of the Southcoast and has been working at Women’s Rights National Historical Park for 3 years. In upstate New York, it is the site of the first women’s rights convention. In 1848 women and men met in Seneca Falls, New York to advance the cause for women’s rights. The convention, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright, Mary Ann M’Clintock, and Jane Hunt marked the beginning of a formal women’s suffrage movement. The men and women of the movement made speeches and petitioned Congress, pressuring government officials to recognize the woman’s right to vote. On August 26, 1920 the amendment was added to the US Constitution.
Events honoring and celebrating voting rights will be held across New Bedford and across the country this year.