Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Abigail Adams, Washington DC, and Seneca Falls

Today I head north, to end up in Seneca Falls on the weekend. In 1800, on the other hand, the new First Lady Abigail Adams arrived in the then new city of Washington DC. Abigail Adams was a serious patriot and thinker herself: here are some of her reactions to her new home town.

As for me, the trip to Seneca Falls is to participate in events celebrating the 160th anniversary of the First Women's Rights Convention, which happened in Seneca Falls. For information about events being sponsored by all sorts of folks, including the official events at the Seneca Falls National Park, check here (there you can also find a link to the remarks Senator Clinton gave at the 15oth anniversary of the day.)

Although I go primarily to take in the scene, I find it fitting (and an honor) that I have been asked to deliver some remarks at a breakfast event to be held at Abigail's Restaurant.


Blogger democraticjack said...

"We are sowing winter wheat, which other hands than ours will reap and enjoy," Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Little did those gentlewomen know their struggle would carry on into the next two centuries. Thanks to women like you who won't stand down, the wheat crop is healthy and thriving.
It is so beautiful in upstate NY this time of year. I am jealous.

July 16, 2008 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG HLF I just returned from visiting the home of Susanne B Anthony in Rochester and her grave and F. Douglas in Mt Hope Cemetery. I also visited the Women's Rights Museum in Seneca Falls and the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, very inspiring places. These remarkable people had to fight for their rights and for the right to vote and their work benefited following generations. Their efforts gave us democratic freedoms and now successive generations are called to ensuring and honoring that freedom.

Enjoy your visit and if you have the time visit the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge a few miles from Seneca Falls!

July 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Mirlo said...

It is so exciting that you will speak at the breakfast honouring Hillary's historic primary campaign. Will you let us know what you said?
Have a wonderful time!

July 16, 2008 at 1:35 PM  
Anonymous waiting4hrc said...

Heidi, I agree it is fitting that you should speak about HRC's historic run. Both of you are highly intelligent, passionate and compassionate leaders. Have an enjoyable trip!

July 17, 2008 at 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heidi, please post your SF remarks. Thank you!

July 17, 2008 at 7:37 PM  

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