Seneca Falls (WSYR-TV) - Those who watched the President’s second inauguration on Monday may have heard him reference Central New York during his speech
While discussing civil rights struggles, President Barack Obama noted Seneca Falls, alongside historically important sites such as Selma, Ala., and Stonewall in New York City.
The historical society in the small Finger Lakes community says that today’s lawmakers could still learn a lot from the events that happened more than 150 years ago.
"I think it’s always kind of cool when Seneca Falls is mentioned and especially on such a huge stage, and especially the reason he mentioned us,” said Kathy Jans-Duffy of the Seneca Falls Historical Society.
Many consider Seneca Falls the birthplace of the women’s rights movement.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton moved to Seneca Falls in 1847. A year later, she helped organize a women’s convention in Seneca Falls , which generated the Declaration of Sentiments, a key document in the history of women’s suffrage.
The convention was planned with only two weeks notice so the organizers were surprised when 200 people arrived and filled Wesleyan Chapel in the center of town.
“If you worked outside the home, your husband would keep your pay check -- you weren't allowed to get a divorce. You might not be able to keep what you inherited from your family – so women were really restricted,” Jans-Duffy said.
According to the Seneca Falls Historical Society, Obama has now mentioned Seneca Falls twice.