Speak to the Light: Two Centuries of Women’s History in the Finger Lakes

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Jemima Wilkinson

To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the death of Jemima Wilkinson, The Yates County History Center is hosting Speak to the Light: Two Centuries of Women’s History in the Finger Lakes June 28–29 in Penn Yan.

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, who will give a Keynote speech Friday evening about her anthology, “Women’s Suffrage.” One of the first American women to receive a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, Dr. Wagner is the Founder and Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville, N.Y.

Other speakers during Friday’s sessions will include Dr. Paul Moyer, professor of history at SUNY Brockport and author of “The Public Universal Friend.” Other speakers will discuss Lucretia Mott and the influence of progressive Quaker women on the women’s rights movement; Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first ordained female minister in the U.S.; women involved in the Underground Railroad; and the Fox sisters, spiritualism, and its effect on the women’s rights movement.

Saturday’s activities include an open house and lunch at the Yates County History Center and a bus tour of historic sites of Yates County.

Underwritten in part by grants from Yates County Tourism Advisory Committee and the Nelson B. Delevan Foundation, the conference will be held at the Hampton Inn, 110 Mace St., Penn Yan.

The conference fee is $95 per person. Registration is limited to 40 people. Register by May 15 by mailing checks payable to the Yates County History Center, 107 Chapel St., Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527. To pay by credit card, call 315-536-7318.