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Seminar Summit, July 19-22: Rehearsal for Equality: American Women from the Revolution to Seneca Falls

Due to the growing health crisis and restrictions on in-person gatherings, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will not be able to offer in-person Teacher Seminars this summer. We are working on an alternative offering for the summer. Please visit for updates.


Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History, Emerita, Baruch College, City University of New York


The standard narrative of the road to woman suffrage begins at Seneca Falls. But the right of women to a formal political voice had its roots in the American Revolution and the early republic. Not only did assumptions about women’s intellectual capacities and their domestic roles change in the postwar era, but a major experiment in woman suffrage emerged in the state of New Jersey. This was part of the legacy of the revolution, as significant as the rise in female education and the definition of motherhood as a critical civic duty. In the early 19th century, women’s participation in the movements for reform, and the expanded suffrage for white men, contributed to a renewed dialogue about gender equality and women’s right to vote. This seminar will trace both the intellectual debates and arguments that found their way from the 18th century to the Declaration of Sentiments and the activities of women in both centuries that produced a woman suffrage movement.

Travel & Accommodations

This seminar is part of the 2020 Teacher Seminar Summit. During this inaugural Summit, the Institute will offer twelve concurrent seminars ranging from the Age of Discovery through the Vietnam War. The Summit is expected to serve more than 400 teachers. Each attendee will participate in a seminar with a lead scholar and master teacher, and will have the opportunity to attend book talks where they can hear other eminent historians discuss their major works. This unique format will also give all participating teachers a chance to network with each other.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements; the Institute will provide a stipend of $350 for travel expenses. Read the policy hereGettysburg College is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The closest and most convenient airports are Harrisburg International Airport (a 45-minute drive) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (a 75-minute drive). The college provides shuttle service to campus from many of the major transportation hubs in the area. Call Transportation Services, 717-337-6923, to make arrangements.

The Harrisburg Amtrak Station is about 45 minutes from campus. Again, the college provides shuttle service so long as you call ahead.

If you plan to drive, the Gettysburg College website will provide you with detailed instructions.

Workshop participants will stay in on-campus housing in private bedrooms with a shared common bathroom and common space. The rooms are air-conditioned. The college will provide sheets, a blanket, a pillow, and one towel. You are welcome to bring your own fitted sheets. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, and shower shoes.

Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.


Meals will be served in a college cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


Please be sure to review the Institute’s policies on independent school teacher participation and travel stipends before applying.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

Seminar Year: 2019-2020