New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network


Sponsored by the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network
In conjunction with its Women’s Rights & Suffrage Committee

A conference to provide awareness, stimulate interest and nurture partnerships in preparation for the
Centennial Celebration of women’s right to vote in
New York State & to explore cultural heritage tourism opportunities for 2017

Holiday Inn – Waterloo/Seneca Falls
2468 NYS Route 414
Waterloo, NY 13165
Thursday, October 1, 2015 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Conference Partners
New York Council for the Humanities
Generations Bank of Seneca Falls


The Conference Goal is to provide awareness, stimulate interest and nurture partnerships in preparation for the Centennial Celebration of women’s right to vote in New York State and to explore cultural heritage tourism potential for 2017

Who should attend: Educators, historians, students, tourism leaders and businesses, politicians, community organizations, cultural heritage sites, and the general public.

Special Wednesday Program: The village of Seneca Falls with its myriad women’s suffrage attractions is inviting all those who arrive on Wednesday to an outstanding tour the evening preceding the conference. Included are special tours of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s home, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls Historical Society Museum plus r/t transportation from the Holiday Inn. Reservations are important and can be made at the same time your conference reservation is made.

None of this would be possible without the extensive support of our conference partners – New York Council for the Humanities and Generations Bank of Seneca Falls. Thanks to you both for providing that support so we can accomplish our conference goals and objectives!


08:00 am Registration, coffee and networking opportunities
09:00 Opening comments – Dana Krueger, Chair – The Network
09:10 Conference welcoming comments
Ami Ghazala, Superintendent, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY
09:20 Jill Tietjen, CEO – National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY
Menzo Case, CEO, Generations Bank, Seneca Falls, NY
09:45 Funding your Programs - New York Council for the Humanities presentation
Lauren Kushnick, Director of Grants and Partnerships
10:15 Sally Roesch Wagner – Matilda Joslyn Gage Founder, Connecting the Dots: Native Americans, African Americans and the Woman’s Rights movement
11:30 Luncheon and panel discussion: What’s new in the cultural heritage arena?
Dr. Judith Wellman - NYS Underground Railroad Consortium
Louise Bernikow – Women’s Heritage Trails Committee
Scott Stevens – Native American Cultural Attractions
1:00 pm Panel: The Powerful Potential for Cultural Heritage Tourism in 2017
Tracy Sweet, Chair - Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee, New York City
Jeff Shipley – President, Seneca County Chamber of Commerce
Gavin Landry – I Love New York
Spike Herzig – The Network
2:00 Three important “Meet-Up” breakout sessions: 1. Women’s Rights and Heritage 2. Underground Railroad & Abolition 3. Museums & Tourism related venues
This is an opportunity to share ideas and information regarding cooperative planning and execution of Cultural Heritage programs in 2016 and beyond.
3:00 Brief sessions review. Assessment of the day’s events, what next steps need to be taken for real success & how this might be achieved, co-operative partnership efforts to create outstanding programs for the New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial as well as 2020 Federal Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration.
3:55 Closing remarks and future plans
4:00 pm Adjournment

Cost per person: $50.00 for Network members - $60.00 for non-members
Rate includes continental breakfast during registration, morning coffee break, luncheon, afternoon break, program as listed, and excellent take home material from the program

Exhibitor tables are also available in and surrounding the main ballroom. Tables are eight feet in length, 2 ½ feet wide and each exhibitor has ½ the table for their own use. Exhibitor tables are $40 for members and $50 for non-members. There are no electric hookups available at this time.

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Welcome ...we focus on adding some history to your vacations!

New York offers a wide range of historical interest, some of these areas include:
Art Museums, Galleries, Theatre, Arts & Crafts
Erie Canalway Heritage
Native American Culture
Heritage Museums, Sites, Markers, Freethought Trail & Religious Revitalization
Underground Railroad, Abolition & Religious Movements
Women's Rights & Heritage
Agriculture - Food & Farms
Tourism Related Venues


Thanks to all who participated at our May meeting in Cazenovia and special thanks to the Lincklaen House for their wonderful service and food! We will be taking the summer off because everyone is so busy but our fall meeting date and location will be posted soon. Have wonderful summer!!

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