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

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.

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