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Program Highlights Pre-Civil War Waterloo Residents

Women’s Rights National Historical Park celebrates MemorialDay weekend with a look at the events that led up to the Civil War at thenewly reopened Thomas and Mary Ann M’Clintock House in Waterloo, N.Y. Asviolent battles over whether Kansas would enter the Union as a free or aslave territory shook the nation in 1856, the M’Clintock Family facedpersonal crises and uncertainty about future national developments.The M’Clintocks’ renewed commitment to ending slavery is traced in theprogram “Thunder Before the Storm: A Waterloo Family and the Coming of theCivil War.” The program follows the M’Clintocks and their extended networkof family and reformers through the 1850s, from their participation in the1848 Women’s Rights Convention, their move to Easton, Pennsylvania in 1856to the enlistment of their son Charles in the Union Army. The 30 minuteprogram, presented by Park Ranger John Stoudt at the M’Clintock House at2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2006, is free and open to the public.The M’Clintock House, operated by Women’s Rights National Historical Park,is located at 14 East Williams Street in Waterloo. The House is openThursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. starting May 27. For moreinformation, contact John Stoudt at 315-568-5099 or visit the website atwww.nps.gov/wori.

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