Famed “Lady Long Rider” visits Seneca Falls
Honoring Women’s Rights Movement Bernice Ende includes stop at
National Historical Park on 2.5 year, 8,000 mile cross-country journey
Bernice Ende will travel through Seneca Falls on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Ms. Ende, a retired teacher, is currently on a 2 ½ year, 8,000 mile horseback trek across the United States and Canada to commemorate Montana’s suffrage centennial.
On her featured stop she will be visiting the Women’s Rights National Historical Park at approximately 2:00 pm to pay homage to the birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement. Discussing her journey that began this year in northern Montana, and is scheduled to conclude in Maine in 2016, Bernice will be available following her tour of the national historical park for remarks and photos from the media and public. Ms. Ende will then proceed on horseback to the next chosen location as she continues on her journey eastward.
For more information on Bernice Ende, please visit www.endeofthetrail.com.
Photo Gallery- http://www.endeofthetrail.com/photos/
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For questions or more information about local information or tourism promotion, please contact the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce at (315) 568-2906 or visit www.fingerlakesgateway.com.
Established in 1968, the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce represents over 500 local and regional business and associate members. The Chamber provides initiative and leadership, offering programs and benefits that promote its members, foster economic development, and enhance the quality of life in Seneca County. The Chamber is also the official Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA) for Seneca County, providing tourism marketing services to generate additional exposure and publicity for area attractions. The Chamber houses two on-site Visitors’ Centers at its main location- including its business office and the famous historic windmill building located along routes 5&20, and also staffs information centers at the PETRO rest stop along the New York State Thruway, and at Waterloo Premium Outlets. Visit www.senecachamber.org or www.fingerlakesgateway.com for more information.
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From Bernice’s Blog: www.endeofthetrail.com/blog/
SENECA FALLS, NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 6th, 2014
I spent the night in Geneva at the Taylor residence. Tommy Taylor invited us in when I stopped him while in his pickup in front a big red barn (behind it would have been a good spot to camp, so I raced up before he drove off) The big red barn contains one of his businesses “TOMMY T’s” party tents and tables. Well long story short. I had delicious NY steak and visited with the whole family and had a wonderful time, even slept inside, well in the screen porch with the horses nearby, it stormed that night. I was up early as The Women’s Rights National Historic Park were expecting me at 2pm and I had about 12 miles to ride on hwy 20&5, very busy road.
The Women’s Rights National Historic Park
“All Men and Women Are Created Equal”
Gathered together on two hot days in July of 1848, one hundred women and men echoed these words with their signatures in support of the Declaration of Sentiments. Just 10 days earlier on July 9th, five reform-minded women met at a social gathering in Waterloo, New York and decided to hold a convention, a very common way to promote change in 1848. They published a “call” in the local newspaper inviting people to “…a Convention to discuss the social, civil and religious rights and condition of woman.” The convention was to be held on July 19th and 20th in the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, three miles east of Waterloo. Relying heavily on pre-existing networks of reformers, relatives and friends, the convention drew over 300 people.
This is really where it all got started!! I tied the horses up behind the building and with in a few minutes Kimberly Szewczyk came walking out with a host of other women visiting from Buffalo one of which was Deputy Major Ellen E. Grant. Kimberly has a great knack for bringing the past to present and I was very impressed with her ability to connect yesterday with today. It truly was an important stop for me. I have read about, studied about this town and how it provided the backdrop for these extraordinary women to mount up the courage and do something!! John on of several guides and interpreters provided an excellent tour as we visited Elizabeth Cady Stanton home a 1/4 mile away on the other side of the Erie Canal. I found my self whispering “I am in her home,” “I am standing on the same porch that her and Stanton wrote speeches.
The town of Seneca Falls is beautiful, the architecture unbelievable. I would have ridden 5000 miles to visit these two sights I truly felt honored to be there. Very exciting for me. Thank you Kimberly and the park attendants that watched the two horses as I toured and visited the sights.
Thank you also to Jeff Shipley who works with the Seneca Falls Chamber of Commerce. He assisted in finding me a place to camp at Vince’s Park north of town where I now update the website. Thank you so very much all of you!!! (photos from John Adamski)