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

Pre-Conference Tour Sept 30

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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!


Tracy Penn Sweet, Program Director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial project, will head a panel discussion on “The Powerful Potential for Cultural Heritage Tourism in 2017. Tracy Penn Sweet is the Program Director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial project, WomensActivism.NYC, sponsored by the City of New York Department of Records and Information Services. WomensActivism.NYC, is a five-year project which will elevate and fuel New York City’s under-recognized female activists of the past and present and inspire activism today. On November 12th we will host Declaration of Sentiments: The Remix a revelatory evening of music, performance, art, and oratory honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday to kick-off the celebration of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial. The event will feature an inclusive group of performers who present art that reflects feminist values and empowers women. The celebration will be co-hosted and held at the Great Hall at Cooper Union.

History becomes as fresh as today’s headlines when veteran women’s studies professor Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner takes the stage or podium. The historic struggle of activists to create a just and free society resonates anew, enlightening and inspiring audiences of all ages to carry on the work. The unexpected story of friendship between Native Americans and settlers, about which she has written extensively, and the First Nations modeling of a superior life style has influenced the United States, she demonstrates, from democracy to feminism. Author of numerous women’s history books and articles telling the “untold stories”, her publications range from pioneer women to suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage. Awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz) and a founder of one of the first college-level women’s studies programs in the United States (CSU Sacramento), Dr. Wagner currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Honors Program at Syracuse University. She wrote the faculty guide for Not for Ourselves Alone, Ken Burns’ documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and appeared in that film and other PBS women’s history programs. Dr. Wagner was selected as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E-News in 2015. Founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville, New York, and author of articles on historic house museums, she received the Katherine Coffey Award for outstanding service to museology from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums in 2012. For more information visit

Professor Philip P. Arnold, Research and Teaching Interests: Professor Arnold specializes in Native American traditions of the Americas with special emphasis on contact between Europeans and pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations and Iroquois traditions. His work in Nahuatl texts and archaeological materials from central Mexico has focused on connections between indigenous rituals and their material world. His articles have included topics on the ritual symbolism of food, cultural contact in the development of religion in the Americas, and "book culture" in Native communities. Currently, his work highlights the local history and religious landscape of the Erie Canal and of New York State, utilizing the issues and insights of Haudenosaunee (i.e., Longhouse, or Traditional Iroquois).

Judith Wellman is Professor Emerita from SUNY Oswego and Director, Historical New York Research Associates, specializing in historic sites relating to the underground railroad, women’s rights, and African Americans. Her talk, “Heritage Trails--Women’s Rights, the Underground Railroad, and Beyond: Fabulous Sites! Fabulous Stories!” will focus on reviving heritage trails in New York State, using a women’s rights trail as a case study.

Ross D. Levi is Vice President, Marketing Initiatives for Empire State Development / NYS Division of Tourism where he helps coordinate the state’s iconic I LOVE NEW YORK tourism program, with a particular emphasis on specialized marketing events and campaigns. After joining ESD in 2012, Ross was instrumental in creating the I LOVE NEW YORK LGBT initiative, which he continues to oversee. He also played a leading role in launching and coordinating a number of new tourism efforts establish by Governor Andrew Cuomo, including the 2013 + 2014 Tourism Summits, inaugural Adirondack Challenge event, I LOVE NEW YORK Bus program and Path Through History heritage tourism initiative. Previously, Ross was Executive Director at New York’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization, served as a legislative director in the New York State Senate and did marketing in the film industry for companies including Twentieth Century Fox, Universal and Miramax. He is a published author and holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a B.S. from Boston University where he received local and national recognition for commercial writing and filmmaking.

Empire State Development Division of Tourism, Executive Director: Gavin Landry joined Empire State Development (ESD) as the Executive Director of Tourism in March of 2013. Mr. Landry’s appointment came at a time of continued tourism growth across New York State and amidst the launch of a series of new tourism initiatives by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. As Executive Director, Mr. Landry leads the iconic I LOVE NEW YORK marketing campaign and develops and implements new initiatives to further the State’s positive tourism growth. Tourism is the fourth largest employer in the State. In 2014, projected direct spending for visitors to New York State increased to $62 Billion, a $2.8 Billion increase from 2013, and the tourism industry conferred $7.8 Billion in state and local taxes. Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has put in place a series of initiatives to bolster statewide tourism, including announcing 30 million dollars of state tourism funding at the first-ever NYS Tourism Summit on May 8, 2013. In 2014, he committed an additional $45 million to the program at the second NYS Tourism Summit. To build on these successes and continue to boost tourism and create jobs, Governor Cuomo also recently announced several new initiatives to spotlight the State’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities, to attract visitors to Upstate New York such as international representation in China and Australia as part of a comprehensive, integrated tourism marketing campaign to promote I LOVE NEW YORK, Path Through History and Taste NY. Mr. Landry also works closely with Governor Cuomo’s Tourism Advisory Council (TAC), which provides input and advice regarding the state’s tourism efforts.

Lauren Kushnick is the Director of Grants & Partnerships for the New York Council for the Humanities. Through daily work with grantees, networking events, and workshops across the state, Lauren strives to foster collaboration & innovation amongst diverse cultural groups. She holds leadership positions in several cross-sector working groups: Co-Chair of CultureAID, a communication network of arts and cultural funders focused on building resiliency amongst cultural groups; and Founding Member of the Data Taskforce, a national committee facilitating data collection and analysis to evaluate, improve, and advocate for state humanities councils and their cultural constituents. Lauren graduated from Skidmore College in upstate NY with a BA in Art History, and on her downtime enjoys photography and making things in her home in Queens.

Jeff Shipley is President & CEO of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce and also serves as the County’s Project Director for tourism promotion. Mr. Shipley is a native of Seneca County and has more than a decade of professional experience in the regional tourism industry. He has helped transform the Seneca County Chamber into a leading provider of tourism information, initiative and connectivity. Career achievements include several industry awards for his work on projects ranging from outdoor recreation to customer service. In 2011, Governor Cuomo recognized the Chamber’s Finger Lakes Cork & Fork event for its significant contributions to promoting the region’s food and beverage movement and, in 2013, the event was also named “Best Food Event in the Finger Lakes Region.” Currently, Mr. Shipley is focused on efforts to advance the region’s cultural and historical assets such as being a key advocate for the National Women’s Hall of Fame “Center for Great Women” project and lobbying for inclusion of Elizabeth Cady Stanton on the redesigned $10 bill.

Michele Jones Galvin: Ms. Jones Galvin and her mother Joyce Stokes Jones have collaborated on a narrative nonfiction work. The book is based on genealogical research and their family ties to Harriet Ross Tubman, Greatest Conductor of the Underground Railroad. It chronicles the family saga from the survival of the Middle Passage to slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to freedom in Canada, and then settling in Upstate New York. Told from the perspective of descendants, Beyond the Underground: Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People portrays the life, times and accomplishments of the famed abolitionist. The book culminates as it speaks to the pivotal role and impact of race, color and discrimination in the lives of Tubman and her great, great grandniece, Joyce Stokes Jones. For the first time, the relatives of Harriet Tubman tell the story of the famed abolitionist within the context of their family lineage. This narrative nonfiction is an intricate mix of family lore, memoir and historical reconstruction. It captures the lives of the family and friends of the Greatest Conductor of the Underground Railroad in a way that separates it from academic works. The book depicts a family, from which an American heroine is born, that survives slavery, gains freedom and begins the journey of creating a new life beyond the shackles of human bondage. The mother and daughter duo have traveled across the region to introduce Beyond the Underground to historical associations, book clubs, and libraries. The book was published in November 2013.


08:00 am Registration, coffee and networking opportunities
09:00 Welcome – Dana Krueger, Chair – The Network
Conference Welcoming Comments
Ami Ghazala, Superintendent, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY
Jill Tietjen, CEO – National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY
Frances T. Barbieri, Associate Director, Seneca Falls Historical Society
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 – Founder, Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue. Connecting the Dots: Native Americans, African Americans and the Woman’s Rights movement
11:30 Luncheon and panel discussion: What’s new in the women’s heritage arena?
Dr. Judith Wellman - NYS Underground Railroad Consortium
Sally Roesch Wagner - Combining Women’s History Sites & Women’s Heritage Trails to Create a National Woman Suffrage Map
Philip P. Arnold - Developing a Haudenosaunee Connection of Native American Sites
12:50 Michele Jones Galvin – Harriet Tubman: excerpt from her book, “Beyond the Underground: Aunt Harriet, Moses of her People”
1:00 pm Panel: The Powerful Potential for Cultural Heritage Tourism in 2017
Tracy Penn Sweet, Program Director – www.WomensActivism.NYC, NYC Department of Records and Information Services, New York City
Jeff Shipley – President, Seneca County Chamber of Commerce
I Love New York Marketing Presentation
Spike Herzig – The Network
2:00 Three important “Let’s Plan” 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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