Women History Trail Act

Women History Trail Act authorizes the National Park Service to establish an auto trail in upstate New York

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Representative Louise Slaughter, both members of the NWHM Honorary Board of Directors, have introduced legislation to establish the “Votes for Women History Trail.” The Votes for Women History Trail Act authorizes the National Park Service to establish an auto trail in upstate New York.

NWHM president Susan B. Jollie greets Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at a recent event

Upstate New York is home to some of the most significant locations of the women’s suffrage movement. This Trail will recognize some of the courageous women who led the way to equal rights and will also allow visitors to see the historic places where these pioneering actions occurred.

Under the Votes for Women History Trail Act, the National Park Service is authorized to create interpretive and educational resources and/or programs for each site, a signage system for marking the trail, and other materials, exhibitions, etc. Collaborative programming between the historic properties will be encouraged.

The trail would be based around 20 of the most important sites in New York State. To be considered for inclusion in the trail, the National Park Service requires that properties be historically significant and easily accessible to the public. The list of potential sites includes:

* 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

* Matilda Joslyn Gage House, Fayetteville.

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