Wednesday

National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Have you been to Seneca Falls, NY?  Here you can visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about many amazing American women including Annie Oakley and Susette La Flesche. (They don't have Calamity Jane but I guess she was up to no good most of the time!)


At the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the mission is “Showcasing great women…Inspiring all!”  They have so much information about so many women it is worth looking at their list of women before you visit to choose maybe 10 or so that you are going to focus on especially if you are going on a field trip with kids. The ones that interest me are the adventurer Amelia Earhart, the movie stars Ann Bancroft and Lucille Ball, Annie Dodge Wauneka, tribal leader of the Navajo Nation, the singers Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, the writer Emily Dickinson and of course my all time favourite - Annie Oakley.

The number of posters and photographs and the amount of information displayed can be overwhelming so make it fun if going with children by giving them a list each of the 10 women chosen and asking them to find as many as they can, tick the list and find 1 interesting fact that they did not know about each woman. This makes it a bit like a treasure hunt and more focused.

There is a modest admission price per family to the Women’s Hall of Fame.
There are also group visits available and tours:
Group Tour Activities suitable for children.

Words on Women for Grade Level 6-8.
After a brief introduction to the National Women’s Hall of Fame, students explore inductee biographies and use their creative thinking skills to create an eleven-line biographical poem about an inductee of their choice. If time permits, students can share their poems with the group in led discussion.
Time of tour: Approximately 30-45 minutes

Come Stand Among Great Women for Grade Level 4-5, and can be adapted for other grade levels.
After a brief introduction to the National Women’s Hall of Fame, students explore inductee biographies and complete a worksheet about the woman of their choice. If time permits, students can share their information with the group in a led discussion.
Time of tour: Approximately 30-45 minutes

Please note the National Women’s Hall of Fame is wheelchair accessible by temporary ramp so if possible, let them know in advance of your visit if you require this assistance.

More info both about the history and a visit to the National Women’s Hall of Fame with photographs at New York Traveler.net.

While you are in Seneca Falls, NY, the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, there are other educational things to do:
Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Seneca Falls Historical Society
Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry
IDEA Center for the Voices of Humanity

6 comments:

Diane said...

No idea this even existed! Wow! Must put this on the must see list next time we're NY bound!

The Adventurer said...

Hi there sorry it took so long for me to follow, I have been out of the country for the last 6 weeks and things slipped away from me. But I am now following and you have a great site. We will be using it when the kids and I study the American west:)

jmommymom said...

We have been to Seneca Falls, but haven't visited the museum. We lived in Syracuse back before children. I knew it was a big center for women's rights. This looks like a great trip.

our earth sky sea said...

This site is a great resource ...thankyou

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Cowboy Chronicles said...

It is an interesting trip and important for boys or girls. I really appreciate you all dropping in and commenting.

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