Monthly Archives: April 2016

CONCLUDED – Walt Gable: Seneca Falls CIVIL WAR Industrial Connections

Friday, May 20

“Seneca Falls Civil War Industrial Connection”

Continuing the Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park 2016 Partnership our next program is being presented in the Guntzel Theatre in the Visitor Center of Women’s Rights National Historical Park

It is commonly said that it was the industrial prowess of the North that enabled the Union to win out over the Confederacy in a prolonged Civil War. Clearly, the Civil War was a financial windfall to many industries in Seneca Falls and all of Seneca County

Mr Walt Gable

 Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will relate how industries in Seneca Falls secured contracts to supply the Union forces with their war needs. The various pump-making plants were providing many of the pumps and other iron products needed in the war efforts. The knitting mills were working at peak capacity. Area farmers reaped huge profits from their expanded production of wheat and other food grains. Flour mills expanded their production capacity to keep up with the sharply increasing demand for bread products.

This program provides insight into what was happening here in Seneca Falls and Seneca County while many of its men were off fighting the war.


For further information visit the Seneca Museum website :

or call 315.568.1510

Seneca County and The Civil War

AUTOGRAPHED By County Historian and Author

Mr Walt Gable


Mr Walt Gable

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All over Seneca County the noble fervor spread, and from Seneca Falls, Waterloo and Ovid, companies of her choice young men went forth to battle…


Though hundreds of miles away from the death and destruction of the battlefield, Seneca County, New York, contributed more than its share for the preservation of • the Union. Many brave men left home to fight, suffering hardships and casualties. John Hoster was captured in 1864 and held at the infamous Andersonville prison camp, and his journal has provided invaluable insight into what soldiers held there endured. At home, Seneca farmers fed Lincoln’s hungry army, and the legend of the Scythe Tree is a reminder of those who never returned from battle. After the war, Waterloo’s celebration in remembrance of fallen soldiers was mimicked around the country, and Waterloo is recognized as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Local historian Walter Gable recounts the remarkable story of Seneca County during the Civil War.

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Grace in the Afternoon




(A Cayuga Love Story)

Introductions  by: Carol Serling & Edith Delavan.

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One day, not so long ago; I climbed the rickety ladder to the attic in my very old cottage. It is always interesting to rummage around up there. Far off in the corner, under the rafters, a wooden box caught my fancy. It was covered with dust, and almost demanded to be opened. Inside the box I found a collection of glass photographic plates from the last century. The pictures were all shot in the Finger Lakes area by my Great-Uncle Ray and they primarily cover the years 1890-1910. It is these long forgotten glass plate negatives that make up this photographic journal, documenting the lives of two people who lived here on Cayuga,Lake and left a record of life in another era.

This cottage where I have come every summer of my life once belonged to my Great-Aunt Grace and her artist/ photographer husband, Ray Chamberlain. I had my photographer friend Edith print up these negatives taken by Uncle Ray and their lives then took on a more personal dimension for me. The photographs seemed to tell a story, perhaps a bit of a love story.

Carol Serling Spring 1999

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CONCLUDED: The Underground Railroad in the Seneca Falls and Waterloo Area

The Underground Railroad in the Seneca Falls and Waterloo Area

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will present a program on the Underground Railroad in the Seneca Falls-Waterloo area. The program will begin at 1 pm and will take place in the Guntzel Theatre of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. Gable will use a power point presentation and will provide handouts. There will also be a question and answer period following his presentation.

Walt-GableThe Seneca Falls-Waterloo area was a hotbed of anti-slavery activism in the years preceding the Civil War. While certainly not all area residents were anti-slavery in their beliefs, there were a very active number of individuals and groups that were doing as much as they could to support abolitionism. Who were these people? They included Quakers, the upper class “movers and shakers” in the community as well as working and lower middle class members, and both males and females. Gable will show how this activism was a logical outgrowth of the economic transformation taking place in the area and the reforming zeal growing out of the Second Great Awakening. He will identify many ways in which this activism was manifested. These include political activism in the Free Soil party movement, the establishment of woolen mills by anti-slavery businessmen, the welcoming of blacks to settle locally, as well as specific examples of helping “freedom seekers” (i.e., fugitive slaves) escape from their southern slavery. The contributions of several specific sites and groups of people and individuals in the Seneca Falls and Waterloo area will be shown. He will also show the direct ties between the abolition movement and the evolving women’s rights movement.

Much of the specific information for this program comes from the Final Report of the 2005-06 study of the Underground Railroad in Seneca County. This study was a Cultural Resources Survey sponsored by the Seneca County Historian’s Office and funded by a Preserve New York grant from the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Humanities.

For further information, contact Women’s Rights National Historical Park or Seneca a Museum of Waterways and Industry 315.568.1510

Concluded: BUNCO – Evening

Bunco Dice
7:00pm, on Wednesday, March 16th

Come and join us for an evening of fun and games, Play Bunco (it is easy to play), enjoy some refreshments, win prizes while helping the museum. 7:00pm, on Wednesday, March 16th at the Seneca Falls Community Center the Community Bunco Project is hosting one of its monthly benefits. This time the Seneca Museum is the beneficiary of their efforts.
Entrance Fee: Only $25.00