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An Uncommon Union: Henry B. Stanton and the Emancipation of Elizabeth Cady

May 17, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of woman suffrage in New York State, the Geneva Historical Society's Spring Lecture Series is focused on Women’s Rights history. In the final presentation in the series, Dr. Linda C. Frank will share “An Uncommon Union: Henry B. Stanton and the Emancipation of Elizabeth Cady" on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.

When Elizabeth Cady met Henry B. Stanton in 1839, she was the privileged daughter of a wealthy New York lawyer who was expected to marry well and live quietly and gracefully. Instead, over the objections of her family, she married a passionate abolitionist and entirely changed the trajectory of her life. Following her marriage, this native of upstate New York authored and advocated for the 1848 resolution demanding women’s voting rights that was introduced at the nation’s first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. In this program based on her recent book, An Uncommon Union, Linda Frank will give an account of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s transformation from debutante to radical reformer by bringing her husband and his family of social and political reformers back into her life story.

Linda C. Frank received her Ph.D. in 2012, and her research interests focus on nineteenth century reform and politics in New York State.  Her first book, An Uncommon Union: Henry B. Stanton and the Emancipation of Elizabeth Cady, was published in 2016. Frank is the Cayuga County Historian and has taught college-level United States history in California and New York State.

The Geneva Historical Society Lecture Series is supported in part by the Samuel B. Williams Fund for Programs in the Humanities. For more information about this program or the lecture series call the Historical Society at 315-789-5151 or visit

The Geneva History Museum is located at 543 South Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Parking is available on the street or in the lot at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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