Women’s History Month

Only 20 miles from Seneca Falls, home to the first Women’s Rights Convention, and just down the road from the Seward House and Howland Stone Store Museums, Aurora is nestled in the heart of an historically significant region for women’s rights. Join us this March for three special events celebrating Women’s History Month.

The Changing Times of Fanny Seward

On April 14th, 1865 Fanny Seward witnessed an assassination attempt on her father, Secretary of State William H. Seward, on the same night that President Abraham Lincoln would be killed. Her first-hand account that was kept in her personal journals provides historians insight into the infamous attack.

Women’s Work:
Posters of the Suffrage Movement

Join Marilyn Post, Board Member of the Howland Stone Store Museum for a visual journey through the quest for political equality from England to the United States, culminating here in Central New York. Learn about the elements of propaganda woven into the posters produced between 1905 and 1917 and view posters of the suffragette movement.

Feminist Badge Workshop

Join Artist Sandy Shutter for a hands-on embroidery workshop in celebration of Women’s History Month. Learn embroidery techniques while showing your feminist pride. Walk away with a finished badge and take-home an embroidery kit, including needle keeper, needles, embroidery floss, small embroidery hoop, three pre-printed patterns on cotton fabric, felt backing and pins, and stitch instructions.

Nearby Women’s Rights Sites

Seward House Museum

Once the home of William Henry Seward, President Lincoln’s Secretary of State, and his family, the Seward House Museum displays one of the most original collections of any historic home in America.

Howland Stone Store Museum

In 1837 Slocum Howland built the Howland Stone Store in Sherwood. The Howland family was prominent in important reform movements throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century, particularly in the abolition of slavery, education, and women’s suffrage.

Women’s Rights National Park

Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20,1848. It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today.