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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10 responses to “Susan B. Anthony would be proud of heritage tourism moving forward

  1. Yes, I agree that tourism is great for the states. People need to take their families out of town. What better reason to go to town but cultural tourism. Any state that’s not doing this should have its collective heads examined.

  2. I love taking trips and can convince my husband of almost anything if it involves travel and going to cool places. I’ve always wanted to visit upstate New York. I’m hoping the suffrage wagon will still be on display when we get to Albany, New York. I would be very disappointed if it isn’t.

  3. Your articles are excellent. Go for it, Aunt Susan.

  4. The post is very interesting and informative.

  5. …even though the grievance and resolution about woman suffrage was not written on it.

  6. Susan B. Anthony might be OK with cultural tourism. But she wouldn’t be OK with how the simple act of voting has become a tool of political interests to force outcomes of elections. We’re always sending observers to other countries to make sure things are done fairly. I guess the days are over when we care about what other people think of us. It throws a bad light on the outcome of any election that so much effort is being put into kicking people off the voting roles. We’ve never had a problem with people voting too much. The problem is that too many people don’t vote at all.

  7. I have been following the exhibits at the state capitol in Albany. Downtown Albany can get pretty congested sometimes, but the crowds are headed to the capitol building because they’re free …for one reason. And because they’re a class act. Mr. Cuomo knows what he is doing. I don’t know if he’s responsible for the women’s heritage trail, but it sure fits into the capitol exhibits.

  8. How about the guys? I would like to hear more about what they did for the movement? They had to have been in the thick of it because of their moms, sisters and wives talking about Votes for Women. They had to put their votes on the line too.

  9. I love to check into blogs like this that are out there. Not in the mainstream, I mean, but it’s only a matter of time before this is hot shit. People are gonna find there’s more advantage to working together, like the suffragists did, rather than kicking each other in the butt. I find the ones so hot to take away other people’s rights is self serving and borderline immoral. Put a little love in your heart and the world will be a better place for you and me, just wait and see.

  10. I predict that heritage tourism is going to become more and more important in the future. It’s a clean industry and New York is smart in seeing the potential of this cash cow.

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