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
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
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
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:
If you have any questions please call Seneca Falls Visitor Center, Seneca Museum 315.568.1510.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets!
Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry announces MUSIC in the PARK – a music summer series in People’s Park, Seneca Falls NY. This event series is a shift from our usual monthly As in the historical related programs which are provided FREE to all.
The MUSIC in the PARK series is FREE to all. Along with an eclectic collection of local musicians and artists who have been scheduled for this inaugural series there will also be each week a featured winery offering tastings along with local vendors and organizations providing a variety of food for purchase.
Bands include Glacial Erotics, Ende Brothers, Whiskey Sunday, Little Joe & the BIG SHOTS, Diana Jacobs Band, Jessica Novak Band, The Sweats, and the Cool Club Quartet and Lipker Sisters.
This series is another FREE series from Seneca Museum made available with support from Seneca Meadows.
Event organization by ‘Simply Created by Susie’
Thank you for coming – See you Next year
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
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
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.
Friday April 28 – 7:00pm
Richard Reisem: MYRON HOLLEY
(SPEAKER) – Richard has written fourteen books since retiring from Eastman Kodak Company’s Communications and Public Affairs Division in 1986. They include diverse subjects concerned with history and architecture, including Erie Canal Legacy, Classic Buffalo, and 200 Years of Rochester Architecture and Gardens in collaboration with photographer Andy Olenick.
Tonight Richard will introduce us to MYRON HOLLEY, superintendent of construction of the Erie Canal, reveals the noble heart and remarkable accomplishments of Myron Holley. Reisem tells Myron Holley’s story in the context of the momentous historical events and movements that shaped his life, including the War of 1812, the building of the Erie Canal, and the struggle to abolish slavery. The author crafts a comprehensive portrait of the profound influence that this visionary man exerted, changing the course of history in New York State and indeed the nation. Among Holley’s many achievements, he served as the Superintendent of Construction of the Erie Canal and founded the first Horticultural Society in Western New York, the First Unitarian Church in Rochester, and the anti-slavery Liberty Party. Reisem’s telling of Holley’s remarkable life includes abundant background information about his ancestors and descendants and the historical events of his time. Excerpts from personal letters reveal the man’s heart and intellect.
Admission is FREE and begins at 7:00pm.
So join us at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park WESLEYAN CHAPEL.