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Susan B. Anthony would be proud of heritage tourism moving forward

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I  need a long-term perspective when it comes to the day-to-day plugging ahead on an issue that few people know about (the suffrage movement), but I’m certain it’s only just a matter of time before everything about it breaks loose.

I sense that Susan B. Anthony is impatient with news of ongoing attempts to make voting more difficult in many states. But she’s definitely pleased that the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY will hold a public meeting to seek public comments on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 regarding the  Votes for Women History Trail Route project.

This proposed plan moves ahead an effort to bring more attention to New York State’s rich cultural and heritage resources (especially Votes for Women), hopefully in time for the state’s centennial in 2017. This increased awareness is happening all over the U.S., so I must keep the larger picture in mind when I’m focusing on the daily baby steps forward. All this effort and interest will amount to something spectacular, one of these days.

The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 authorized the Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP) to administer a Votes for Women History Trail Route. Among the properties that could be linked in such a trail:

Susan B. Anthony Memorial, Rochester; Antoinette Brown Blackwell Childhood Home, Henrietta; Ontario County Courthouse, Canandaigua; M’Clintock House, Waterloo; Jane Hunt House, Waterloo; Jacob P. Chamberlain House, Seneca Falls; Lorina Latham House, Seneca Falls; Wesleyan Chapel, Seneca Falls; Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, Seneca Falls; First Presbyterian Church, Seneca Falls; Race House, Seneca Falls, Seneca Falls; Hoskins House, Seneca Falls; Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, Auburn; Harriet May Mills House, Syracuse; and Matilda Joslyn Gage House, Fayetteville.

So send the players in this scenario good thoughts. Keep your eye on a celebration on August 26th. Encouragement for a Susan B. Anthony party can be found right here on Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

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