National Women's Hall Of Fame Breaks Ground For New Location

May 7, 2014

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Groundbreaking ceremonies took place Wednesday afternoon  for the new home of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. The hall is looking to rehab the old Seneca Knitting Mill along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.

The President of the Hall of Fame Jill Tietjen  says that knitting mill has an important place in Seneca Falls history.

“It was founded in 1844 by reform activists and abolitionists Charles Hoskins, and Jacob Chamberlain, who were among the 32 men who signed the declaration of sentiments, the pivotal document produced at the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention held here in Seneca Falls.”

Hall of Fame officials say the rehabilitation of the Seneca Knitting Mill will transform the property into a state-of-the-art facility where visitors, scholars, and tourists can be inspired by the history of women's struggles. Tietjen says the mill is a four story building, and provides the Hall with more space for its activities.

It’s hoped the project can be completed within the next few years.