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CONCLUDED – Walt Gable – The History of the 33rd – 126th – 148th

On Friday, April 27, 2018, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will share some history of Seneca County soldiers who served in the 33rd, 126th and 148th Regiments during the Civil War at the Wesleyan Chapel, 136 Fall Street, Seneca FAlls at 7:00pm.

The 33rd Regiment, New York Volunteers was one of the first regiments that answered President Abraham Lincoln’s call for volunteer troops following the surrender of Fort Sumter in April 1861. Volunteers from Seneca County included the Wright Guards of Waterloo and Companies A and K from Seneca Falls. As part of the program Gable will tell 3 stories associated with Seneca County soldiers in the 33rd as well as the Seneca Falls doctor, Dr. Richard J. Curran, who received the Medal of Honor for his work during the battle of Antietam.

The 126th New York Infantry consisted of men recruited in August 1862 from the counties of Ontario, Seneca and Yates. They were among the first soldiers to receive preliminary military training at Camp Swift in Geneva. Then, less than six weeks into active service, they are part of the thousands of Union soldiers taken prisoner at Harpers Ferry. They redeemed themselves at Gettysburg. As part of the 126th, the Famer (as today’s Interlaken was then known) Band became one of the most celebrated musical organizations of the Union forces in the Civil War. Winfield Scott of Scott’s Corners (between Ovid and Farmer) became known as the “fighting parson.”

The 148th New York Volunteers had several Seneca County soldiers, including Gable’s great grandfather, John Loudebank Hoster. The 148th was involved in the fighting in the Potomac and Richmond area, including the fighting at Cold Harbor. Several members of Co. A, including Hoster, were captured and became prisoners at the infamous Andersonville prison. Gable will also talk about Colonel John B. Murray who was an officer in the 148th and later was instrumental in the establishment of a Memorial Day in Waterloo, NY in 1866.

You Tube Channel Launched – SMWI Seneca Falls

Come and visit our latest addition, a dedicated You Tube Channel for the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. Titled “SMWI Seneca Falls” it contains videos about all things canal, industry and Seneca Falls related.

We currently have 3 videos:

Seneca Museum TV Commercial

In the Summer of 2016 the Seneca Museum took part in the Seneca Falls ‘Your Town’ promotion on local TV network CNY Central. (Duration 30 sec)

Harvesting the Tree

A wonderful video produced for the Museum, narrated by Nelson Delavan and written by Edith Delavan (founders of the Museum in 1998) showing how they use to fell a tree and squaring it off to make a log. Using only tradition period tools and equipment it is glorious look back to how things where done in the early days.   (Duration 16:49 min)

Seneca Falls Visitor Center Heritage Video

“Seneca County: The Center of the Finger Lakes” is a short video that showcases the natural beauty and rich history of Seneca County. In the video, viewers are exposed to the agricultural world of wineries, breweries, and distilleries that flourish in the Finger Lakes region. The wineries of the area are regionally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed in their wine production, where they compete in competitions worldwide. Other features of Seneca County are the outdoor activities that happen all year round. Visitors can explore and play throughout all four seasons, from skiing to fishing. If hiking the gorgeous trails of the area is not on the itinerary, visiting a few museums is an option. Seneca County is prominent in world history, as Seneca Falls, NY is the birthplace of Women’s Rights in the United States, Romulus, NY housing the Sampson Military Museum, and Waterloo, NY is regarded as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Visiting the museums that are throughout the county is a great way to be immersed in history itself. If visitors would like to stay and further explore, there are many accommodations to fit any budget. As the video proclaims, “we invite you to see why Seneca County is the center of the Finger Lakes,” and we hope you enjoy! Produced for the Seneca Falls Urban Cultural Park with the kind help and assistance from the Village of Seneca Falls, Francis and Gail Caraccilo Seneca Falls Historical Society, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Women’s Rights National Heritage Park, Goulds Pumps, New York State Library and New York State Museum. (Duration 19:45 min)

2nd Annual ‘MUSIC in the PARK’

  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets!

Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry is excited to announce the 2nd Annual MUSIC in the PARK – a music summer series set in beautiful People’s Park, (an ideal outdoor location for events) in Seneca Falls NY. This event series is a shift from our usual monthly historical related programs on a Friday evening, to a Thursday night, in the park, under the stars, beginning at  6:00pm finishing at 8:30pm.

The MUSIC in the PARK series is FREE and along with an eclectic collection of local musicians and artists who have been scheduled for this years series there will also be each week a featured winery/brewery offering tastings along with local vendors and organizations providing a variety of food for purchase.

Download full Artist and Vendor listing HERE

In 2018 the number of events has increased from 8 to 10 and bands new this year include The Lightkeepers, Nate Michaels, The Fab Cats, Sam Swanson, Fresh Vintage and a very exciting inclusion to the program this year is the ‘UP and Coming’ a showcase of 3 – 4 young artist. Returning this year are  Diana Jacobs Band, Jessica Novak Band, the Cool Club Quartet with the Lipker Sisters.

These programs would not be possible without great partnerships and for the 2nd year, Seneca Meadows has been there to assist us bring them to you. We are also extremely excited to announce our partnership with the Fingerlakes Radio Group and Mix98.5

This series is another FREE series from Seneca Museum and our partners.

Event and Program schedule full details here

Event organization by ‘Simply Created by Susie’

CONCLUDED: Walt Gable – Underground Railroad Activism

What made it possible for so many “freedom seekers” (“fugitive slaves”) to come safely through the Finger Lakes as they sought freedom from slavery? That is a key question that Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will help answer in a program on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Wesleyan Chapel 126 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY.

Many individuals and groups were active in various kinds of Underground Railroad or anti-slavery activities in the decades preceding the Civil War. Learn about who these groups and people were and what they did.

Help celebrate African-American History Month by learning more about the important role that the Finger Lakes played in this momentous human rights struggle in United States

Bedford Falls Gingerbread Winners

The 2017 Bedford Falls Gingerbread House contest has been run and won.

Thank you to all those who entered (a total of 54 this year) and a special thank you to all the people who made this event possible. To all the people who volunteered to help with the FREE workshops for the children, for giving up their time and Saturdays to help make this a wonderful experience for the children we thank you, for without your help this would not have been possible.

The contest and workshops were assisted by the generous support and donation from Seneca Meadows.

Winner in the Under 8 age group:

Sage (Aged 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner in the 8 – 13 age group:

Riley (Aged 10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner in the Adult group:

Alexandria (Aged 17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you again next It’s A Wonderful Life Festival

Thank you

 

Halloween in the Fingerlakes

Do you need to get into the “spirit” for Halloween? You can do so by attending the Friday, October 27th program “Halloween and the Finger Lakes” presented by Seneca County Historian Walter Gable at the Wesleyan Chapel 136 Fall Street Seneca Falls.

Mr.Gable will share ghost stories associated with the Seneca Falls Historical Society mansion as well as the Sea Serpent of Seneca Lake and allegations of ghosts at other places in the Finger Lakes such as Belhurst Castle and Wells College. You can also learn about Spook Hill and why Edward Rulloff’s brain is part of the Wilder Brain Collection at Cornell University. Gable will also share the historical origins of Halloween and how it has become one of the major holidays celebrated in the United States.

 

The program begins at 7:00pm on Friday the 27th of October

 

For further information, contact the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry 315.568.1510

FREE Gingerbread Workshops

 
Thank you to Seneca Meadows for their support the Seneca Museum is once again able to offer two FREE gingerbread work shops for children to decorate their houses on Saturday November 18th and December 2nd from 10:30 to 12:30.

Each workshop has 2 decorating sessions. Every child will receive a Gingerbread House to decorate.

There is a LIMITED number of places so Registration is necessary.


Registrations can now be made for the  workshops by contacting the museum on 315.568.1510
Houses and all decorations are supplied for the workshops.

Recipe and House Plans click here

Workshop 1 is Saturday November 18th

Session 1 is 10:30am to 11:15am

Session 2 is 11:30am to 12:15pm

Workshop 2 is Saturday December 2nd

Session 1 is 10:30am to 11:15am

Session 2 is 11:30am to 12:15pm

2017 Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Contest

Seneca Museum’s
2017 BEDFORD FALLS GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST

The 8th Annual Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Contest will once again be happening over the It’s A Wonderful Life weekend,

this year from December 12th through December 14th.

All prizes have been donated by Seneca Falls vendors and organizations

Houses will be on display at the Seneca Museum for voting from
Tuesday Dec 5th through Sunday Dec 10th.
Winners chosen by People’s Choice and announced

Monday December 11th.

all winners will being contacted.
All entries must be received by Monday December the 4th

Gingerbread House Recipes and Plans
Download from the following link:
Gingerbread_House_Recipe_and_Plans

For Contest Poster select link below:
2017 Gingerbread Contest and Workshop Poster

If you have any questions please call Seneca Falls Visitor Center, Seneca Museum 315.568.1510.

2017 Summer Camp Registrations

2017 Summer Camps are OVER

See you next Year

Thank you 

 

Reservations for the 2017 SUMMER CAMPS are now being taken.
For the first time the Seneca Museum the Summer Camps are over 4 days and starting on Tuesday and finishing on Friday.
The camps will be held :
August 15 – 16 – 17 – 18 and August 29 – 30 – 31 and Sept 1. The camp is designed for children aged between 7 and 13.

They will include plenty of hands-on fun activities and there will be a different adventure every day.


(PERMISSION FORMS FOR THE BOAT RIGHT NEED TO BE SIGNED BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE CAMPS),

Call into the Museum to collect your forms and book you place NOW
PLACES ARE LIMITED
So reserve your place TODAY

Either download the forms below or call into the Seneca Museum 89 Fall Street.
Download forms click here: Forms
(If you download the forms you still need to contact the Museum to reserve the children(s) place(s)

Phone: 315.568.1510 or email: info@senecamuseum.com

ALL FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED AND HANDED BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF EACH CAMP