GENEVA - Presbyterian Women (PW), the national women’s organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will sponsor a trip to the Central New York/Finger Lakes Region for its triennial event, the USA Mission Experience (USAME). The 2019 USAME will be based in Geneva and participants will travel in the area July 12—22. Women will come from 13 synods, or districts, of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to explore the rich history of women’s rights, civil rights and human rights movements. They will also learn about some of the issues that confront the people of the region, participate in some mission programs and visit some tourist sites.
Highlights of the journey will include the commemoration of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls; the Susan B. Anthony home in Rochester; the Ganondagan State Historic Site in Canandaigua and the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra. They will spend a day in the Syracuse/Oswego area visiting the Erie Canal Museum, the Matilda Joslyn Gage Home and Safe Haven. They will have a picnic supper at the Hannibal Community Center, prepared by the PW groups of Oswego County. They will have the opportunity to hear about Dr. Mary Walker, Oswego town native, from the Rev. George Demass and learn the rich history of the community center. They will spend a day in Auburn, visiting the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park, the Seward Home and Willard Chapel. They will share in high tea at the Presbyterian Event and Retreat Center and have dinner at the Skaneateles Presbyterian Church. Participants will attend Sunday worship services at various Presbyterian churches closer to their base in Geneva.