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NCWHS Tour of Women’s Historic Sites in New York State

The Research and Interpretation Committee of the NCWHS has organized a tour of historic sites in New York State for May 29–June 1, 2017. The impetus for the tour was the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, held every three years in the United States. This year’s conference is at Hofstra University and offers hundreds of panels, workshops, roundtable and seminars over four days, June 1–4.  Heather Huyck, chair of the R&I Committee, and Nancy Hewitt, a member of that committee and recently retired professor of women’s history, organized the tour. They will help lead the tour alongside the experienced tour guide, Kathleen Pond of TerreVive Travel. 

The tour will begin in Rochester, New York, at the Susan B. Anthony House; and participants can also visit her grave site where thousands of women and men placed I voted stickers on Election Day.  We will then travel to the nearby Ganondagan Historic Site, once home to the Seneca Indian Nation. We will then spend an afternoon and evening in Seneca Falls and tour a number of sites there. The next day, we will visit the Harriet Tubman site in Auburn, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s hometown of Johnstown, and end the day at Val-kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s retreat on the Hudson River.  On our final day, we’ll tour the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Those attending the Berkshire Conference will be dropped off at Hofstra University by 3:00 PM that afternoon. Those not attending the conference can find their way to trains at Grand Central or Penn Station, to the Port Authority Bus Station, or to LaGuardia, JFK or Newark International Airports.

The itinerary below and registration form provide detailed information on the tour, expenses, etc. and the contact information for tour guide Kathleen Pond.  Seating is limited to 50 people, but we hope we will see some of you in Rochester!


From Susan B. to the Berks: Women’s Historic Sites in New York State 

NCWHS Pre-Conference Tour: Monday, May 29–Thursday, June 1, 2017 (4 Days/3 Nights) 

♦ Day 1—Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day): Arrival in Rochester, New York 

Individual arrivals in Rochester; participants will meet at the hotel. Check-in time is 3 p.m. The hotel will allow check-in earlier as rooms become available. Those arriving before their room is available can store their luggage and explore Rochester. Our first official gathering of the group will be at 5 p.m. for a guided walking tour of Mount Hope Cemetery followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant. For those flying to Rochester, NY, the airport code is ROC. 

♦ Day 2—May 30: Rochester—Victor—Seneca Falls 

Following breakfast and check out, we will visit the Susan B. Anthony National Museum and House, her home for forty years, during the period of her most prominent and trailblazing work. Next we will head south to the Ganondagan Historic Site, once home to the Seneca tribe whose matriarchal culture may have, in part, inspired the 1848 Declaration of Sentiments that demanded a variety of economic, political and familial rights. From here we will travel to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. The Park includes the Visitors Center Exhibit Space and Gift Shop; the renovated Wesleyan Chapel where the 1848 Convention met; and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home and the Mary Ann and Thomas M’Clintock Home. Following our tour we will check into the nearby Gould Hotel

♦ Day 3—May 31: Seneca Falls—Auburn—Johnstown—Hyde Park 

Following breakfast and hotel check out, we will visit the Harriet Tubman Home & Historic Site, where the famed conductor of fugitive slaves lived and worked from 1857 until her death in 1913. We will stop briefly in Johnstown, the birthplace of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, where she first came to understand the constraints placed on her because of her sex. Our final destination will be the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-kill), where we will visit her cottage, gardens and grounds, and see the permanent exhibit, “Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader.” 

♦ Day 4—June 1: Poughkeepsie—New York City—Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 

On our last morning we will head south to lower Manhattan in New York City. Here we will have a guided tour of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which honors and documents the domestic lives and challenges of 19th and 20th century immigrants in New York City. We will have time for lunch and exploring lower Manhattan before leaving for the conference Hofstra University. We will arrive at Hofstra University at 2 p.m. 

  • Meals Included: Breakfast at Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

♦ Tour Costs and Payment Schedule

Price for this tour is $699 per person double occupancy; single supplement is $240 

This price is based on a minimum of 25 participants and includes: 

  • Hotels (3 nights); motorcoach transportation and driver expenses from Rochester on Day 2 to Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York on June 1 
  • 7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 box lunch, and 3 dinners 
  • Admission to all included attractions 
  • Tour manager available throughout 
  • All taxes and gratuities (driver gratuity and any gratuities appropriate for guides) 

A deposit of $100 per person is required to reserve space by March 15. The tour is limited to 50 persons so the date of deposit may close before March 15 if reservations reach fifty before then. Final payment is due by Friday, April 21. The deposit is refundable or transferable if cancellation is known before April 21 as long as there is a minimum of 25 participants. After April 21, the deposit is nonrefundable except in the case of force majeure* or cancellation by TerraVive Travel. 

In registering for this tour, all participants agree and consent that TerraVive Travel and all planners and contractors of this tour shall not be liable or responsible in any way for any loss, death, injury or illness to persons or for loss, theft or damage to personal property arising form or in connection with services. 

*Force majeure here refers to uncontrollable events such as war, labor stoppages, or extreme weather that are not the fault of any party and that make it unsafe or impossible to carry out normal business.

Download the registration form.