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National Women’s Hall of Fame gets $500K in federal funds: Watch induction ceremony here

The National Women’s Hall of Fame has received a significant financial boost for the renovation of the former Seneca Knitting Mill, which is set to become the Hall’s new residence. A recent announcement revealed that the 2024 federal budget includes a $500,000 allocation for the restoration and refurbishment of the building located at 1 Canal Street. This funding is aimed at supporting the renovation of the building’s upper floors, with planning for the next phase set to commence later in the year.

Jennifer Gabriel, the Executive Director of the Hall, expressed gratitude for the public investment, which aligns with the Hall’s five-year strategic plan to enhance exhibits and initiate programs that inspire national engagement and visits to Seneca Falls, the cradle of the Women’s Rights Movement. The project’s recent completion included preserving the historical smokestack and spiral staircase, adding an elevator and internal stairwell, and refurbishing the second floor for future exhibits, funded by various state and local entities.

Looking forward, the Hall is preparing for a grand reopening of its main-floor gallery this spring and will feature a Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Voices and Votes,” from mid-July to late August. The project Chair, Jeanne Giovannini, highlighted the community’s pride in Seneca Falls and anticipation for the commencement of the forthcoming project phase. The Hall also celebrated the induction of 10 distinguished American women in a ceremony held in New York City early March, continuing its tradition of honoring women’s achievements.