The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Peace Camp in Seneca Falls, New York

“After Comiso, I had occasion to visit other women's peace camps ... in Seneca Falls, site of the Seneca Army Depot, from which nuclear weapons are shipped abroad; in Amarillo, where all U.S. nuclear weapons are assembled; and the desert site in Nevada, where nuclear weapons are tested. The women at all of them shared a common perception, that the roots of violence lie in patriarchy itself. And that nuclearism that constantly creates, makes, tests, trusts, and plans to use these weapons of annihilation is the ultimate violence.”
-Sissy Farenthold, in her speech "Women's Search for Peace"

Seneca Falls, New York, was an integral location for the women’s suffrage movement in the 19th century and the site of the first women’s rights conference in 1848. In the early 1980s, the Seneca Army Depot became the host of a nuclear weapons distribution center. Continuing the area’s feminist legacy, women’s groups staged their own peace camp—a mile and a half from the depot (Wittner, 2003).

In late 1983, Sissy was recruited by two organizations—Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Minnesota chapter of Women Against Military Madness—to visit the encampment.

These documents include correspondence leading to Farenthold's visit, as well as ephemera from the camp:

WILPF Letter on Peace Camp Planning, May 1983
WAMM Letter Asking for Farenthold's Participation, June 1983
"Why A Women's Peace Camp," Pamphlet, c. June 1983

More information on these documents

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