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CONCLUDED – Music in the Park – Sam Swanson

This evening we will have Sam Swanson joining us. Sam Swanson is a Chicago Music Scene import (formerly of Midwest Blue, Dormlife, and Boomjuice). He now is the lead singer and guitarist for Western New York’s newest hit cover act Handsome Young Ladies. With well over a decade of experience touring and recording over 10 albums as a singer/songwriter, Sam is now putting his own spin on classic tunes from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Today. Whether gigging out solo on acoustic or plugged in with his power pop trio HYL, you are in for a soulful explosion of songs that will keep your feet tapping along to all night long.
The Buffalonian Food Truck will be our featured Food Truck for the evening. Coming from Geneva, NY, Kristen & Rhonda bring the amazing Western NY themed foods to the Finger Lakes! We are excited to have you joining us again this season!

CONCLUDED – MitP – Young Musicians Program


Join us for our 2nd season of Music in the Park. This is a free, family-friendly music series sponsored by Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry and coordinated by Simply Created by Susie.

Young Musicians Program! This evening we are showcasing some of the area’s most talented Teen musicians. This is NOT an evening of karaoke. These young ladies are performing covers with their own twist, as well as originals.

Sydney Irving Music is a 14-year-old singer-songwriter from upstate NY. She started playing guitar when she was 9 and began writing her own songs at the age of 11. Sydney ‘s music has a folk-pop sound with catchy rhythms and thoughtful lyrics. She’s been greatly influenced by Tom Petty, Taylor Swift, and Eddie Vedder. She plays the guitar, ukulele and is just starting to learn the banjo.

Emily Testa is a teen from Romulus, NY.
You can learn a little about her and hear her in this interview with Weber at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFRUbwz1HDg OR check out Fresh Vintage, the Father & Daughter singing duo.

Madison Yearsley is a teen who resides in Seneca Falls, NY.
Check out her YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/MadisonYearsley

Abuelas Kitchen will be our featured Food Truck for the evening. Coming from Auburn, NY, Abuela’s Kitchen serves dishes with a Caribbean, Spanish, Puerto Rican and Cuban flare. We are excited to have Sabrina join us this season!

Fleur De Lis Brew Works will be our featured brewery, offering tastings!


CONCLUDED – MitP – Jess Novak Band

Image may contain: 3 people, people smilingJess Novak takes no prisoners. With a fiddle on fire, powerful vocals and a fierce band behind her, this pop, rock, soul-pumped group brings passion to every performance. Known for their energy, superb musicianship, engaging songwriting and ability to win any crowd, this is a band on the rise.
Phat Kat Foods will be our featured Food Truck for the evening. Coming from Auburn, NY, Phat Kat Foods is owned and operated by two veterans of the US armed forces who both served overseas. They love God, country, family, and good quality food. We are excited to have them join us this season!

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.

See you next year – The ANTI Temperance Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely two hour guided cruise along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, Locking through Locks 2 & 3, (a duel lock system with a 25′ drop each section) and out onto Cayuga Lake (time permitting) just in time to see the sun dipping low in the sky.

A sumptuous meal will be provided and a cash-bar available.

Celebrate Convention Days in style, comfort and NOT thirsty

You can reserve your seat by contacting the museum on

315.568.1510

CAYUGA-SENECA Canal Boat Tours


Seneca Museum in partnership with Canalside Experiences are continuing their 90 minute Boat Tours of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.

This fully narrated tour includes a ride into Locks 2/3, around the beautiful Vancleef Lake. Then past the Seneca Knitting Mill (the future home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame), under Bridge Street bridge (locally called Bailey’s Bridge and said to be the inspiration for the bridge in Frank Capra’s ‘Its A Wonderful Life movie). On pass the Ludovico sculpture Trail and much more. Download flyer here

Get a party together – Maximum number per Tour .. 10 people

Please reserve your spot on the boat at least 45mins before departure.

CURRENT TOUR TIMETABLE

Monday – Sunday –  3:00pm

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A Blooming Wonder

A Blooming Wonder

For the 4th consecutive year Denise and James Brakefield have made the entrance pot of the museum a blooming wonder. Not only did they kindly purchase a range of beautiful flowers and then donate them to the museum but in the early, early hours (whilst out walking with the dog, with trowel and plants in hand)Denise planted them all for us to admire.
Thank you so much for your continued support, care and donation.

Concluded: Friday May 26th – Steppin’ Out String Band – Music of the Canal

Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Present A Musical Performance by

Continuing the Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park 2017 Partnership our next program is being presented in the Historic Wesleyan Chapel at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. 136 Fall Street. Steppin’ Out String Band — Four dynamic and talented women have joined forces to form this high energy band.  Combining folk songs and ballads with beautiful close vocal harmonies, lively and fun traditional dance tunes, Steppin’ Out String Band is a favorite with audiences of all ages. Specializing in American folk music, the group introduces songs and music with instruments including the button accordion, hammered dulcimer, guitar, lap dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, wooden flute, whistle, bass, ukulele and percussion instruments including the limberjack, washboard and bongo drum.

Please join us on Friday evening –  May 26th –  2017  at 6:45 p.m. at the Wesleyan Chapel, 136 Fall Street

This program is FREE and open to the public. For more information about this program please call us at (315)568-1510. Or visit senecamuseum.com

Concluded: Friday May 12th – Walt Gable – Women in the Civil War

 On Friday, May 12, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm at the historic WESLEYAN CHAPEL, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will discuss these different roles of women during the Civil War.

Women played very important roles in the Civil War. Many women served in the war as soldiers even though women were barred from such service. Other women provided important assistance to soldiers as nurses, camp laundresses and sutlers. While the men were off fighting, it was the women who ran the farms, managed the children and kept the households together. The effort to secure woman suffrage was placed on hold by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and other suffragists because winning the war had to take priority.