Wednesday, October 28, 2015

An Afternoon in Seneca Falls

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On my trip to upstate New York, I also had the chance to visit a very important National Historical Park- Women's Rights! I had been hoping to visit this park for years, but it's a long drive from New York City so my family didn't go until this trip. Are you ready to learn about the park? Women's Rights National Historical Park commemorates the 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls. The convention was organized by five women- Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Martha Wright, Mary Ann M'Clintock, and Jane Hunt.

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Here I am with some of the statues from Lloyd Lillie's The First Wave. It shows the organizers of the Women's Rights Convention and some of the people who attended it. I really liked wandering around the statues and looking at the different people.

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Can you tell who the man in the middle of the group of statues is? That's Frederick Douglass! He was a very important Black orator and statesman. He was present at the Women's Rights Convention and signed the document that was created during it- The Declaration of Sentiments. One of the organizers of the convention, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was the primary author of the Declaration of Sentiments.

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Here I am with a really cool podium. It was in the Wesleyan Chapel. In fact, it may be the very podium used at the Women's Rights Convention of 1848! Historians aren't sure, so I decided to pose with it just in case. Even if it wasn't present at the convention, it's still old and awesome!

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The Visitor Center at Women's Rights National Historical Park has tons of exhibits and artifacts. I really like this banner. It's hard to read because the focus in the photo is on me, but it says "Women Vote in Our Native Lands."  One of my favorite exhibits in the museum portion of the Visitor Center lets visitors imagine themselves in different professions.  Park ranger was on there! So was President of the United States.

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After I had explored the museum and filled out my Junior Ranger booklet, it was time to receive my Junior Ranger badge from Ranger Brock! Ranger Brock was very nice. In addition to giving me my official badge, he also showed me where to stamp my parks passport and sold me some souvenirs. If you ever go to Women's Rights NHP, make sure to say hello to Ranger Brock!

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After I earned my badge, I went outside to explore the area near the Visitor Center.  The Wesleyan Chapel is where the convention took place.  It was closed by the time I had finished my Junior Ranger booklet, but I enjoyed seeing the outside! I was proud to pose with my badge next to it!

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The park next to the Visitor Center has a beautiful wall with the words of the Declaration of Sentiments carved into it, with a waterfall coming over the wall. So cool! If you would like to read the text of the document, check out this link.

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Before my parents and I left the park, I posed for a photo in front of the reconstructed Wesleyan Chapel. Can you see where the original walls are? They are a different color than the rest of the walls.  I loved visiting the park. I hope to come back someday soon to visit the homes of the different organizers of the convention!

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We spent the night in Ithaca and on the way there, my family stopped at Taughannock Falls. The waterfall is amazing! You can walk all the way down from the top of the gorge to the bottom where the water flows into Cayuga Lake.  I was impressed; it is so beautiful!

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Upstate New York is beautiful. I loved seeing the waterfall, the historical park, and all the changing leaves. Have you ever traveled around different parts of your home state or province? Was it very different from where you live?

In this post I'm wearing: Junior Ranger vest custom-made for me by Ardently Admire; corduroy trousers by Liberty Jane Clothing, tee (with homemade decal) and boots by American Girl.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A visit to Kinderhook!

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Hello hello my friends! I'm sorry I haven't posted on my blog in so long- I've been pretty busy with school and the different groups I belong to. However, this past weekend, my family took a little trip north of NYC.  Our first stop was Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, New York.

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The historic site offers tours of Martin Van Buren's home.  That's his house behind me!  The site is doing some work on the front of the house; that's why there's all the construction.  My family was lucky to join a tour of the house given by Ranger Dawn! The visitors met in front of the house, where Ranger Dawn gave us an introduction to President Van Buren.  He was elected to be the 8th president in 1836.   He was called "Old Kinderhook" because of his hometown.

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The inside of the Van Buren home is fun to visit.  It was originally a lot smaller, but the home was expanded at the urging of one of the president's sons. I loved seeing all the old furniture and reproduction wallpaper.  Did you know President Van Buren was pretty short? He was!

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Here I am in the president's bedroom. The sleigh bed in the photo is original to the house! Cool, right? Here's a fact: President Van Buren was the first president to be born a citizen of the United States.

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After the tour of the house, my parents and I walked around the outside of Van Buren's home. His estate is called Lindenwald after the linden trees that grew on the property. This photo is of me on the mounting block that was used to get on horses!

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Here I am with the big National Park Service arrowhead.  Someday I hope to wear a patch of it when I grow up and become a park ranger.  It was pretty cold in Kinderhook! I should have worn a fleece.  Brr!

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Soon it was time to receive my Junior Ranger badge! Ranger Dawn gave me the badge and we posed for a photo together. She's an excellent tour guide; if you're lucky, she might even be giving a tour when you visit! She taught me quite a bit about Old Kinderhook. Now that I'm home, I want to do some more reading to learn more about him and his presidency.

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Here's one last photo of me. I'm standing in front of the Visitor Center! I enjoyed my visit to Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. If you'd like to visit, check out the site's webpage for more details.

Have you ever been to a president's home? Which one was it and what was it like? If you haven't been, which president's home would you like to visit most?

In this post I'm wearing: Junior Ranger vest custom-made for me by Ardently Admire; corduroy trousers by Liberty Jane Clothing, tee (with homemade decal) and boots by American Girl.
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