Seneca Falls, New York – widely believed to be the basis for the town of Bedford Falls in Frank Capra's film It's a Wonderful Life – is one of the major centers of the women's rights movement in the U.S.

With easy access via the Seneca-Cayuga Canal and various rail lines, Seneca Falls was an easy choice as a location for Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others to organize the first convention for women's rights. The convention took place July 19 and 20, 1848, at the Wesleyan Chapel on Fall Street.

Two of the chapel's original walls are still there, and around those walls are Women's Rights National Park, which includes a water wall featuring the Declaration of Sentiments, a document based on the Declaration of Independence, which outlines rights women should be entitled to, but which were not theirs in 1848.

Also in Seneca Falls is the National Women's Hall of Fame, which includes tributes to not only women's rights pioneers, but also to women who have meant a lot to their walk of life – people like Oprah Winfrey, Katharine Graham and Zora Neal Hurston.

The slideshow above was produced by Josh Shear with photos by Stefanie Shear and Josh Shear. Music courtesy of vynilrob, used in a non-commercial manner under a Creative Commons license.