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Program – Walt Gable: Wilhelmus Mynderse – Visionary

Wilhelmus Mynderse – Visionary Seneca Falls Businessman

             On Friday evening at 7:00pm, February 24, 2017, at the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry 89 Fall Street, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will show how Wilhelmus Mynderse is probably the single most important person for the early economic development, and as well as, the settlement and growth of Seneca Falls, NY.

In his 40 years of living in Seneca Falls Wilhelmus Mynderse was the key person in the establishment of early saw mills and grist mills by the Bayard Land Company in what became the village of Seneca Falls. He contributed in other ways to the well-being of the community. These included his holding of various local government positions, including how he became known as “Colonel Mynderse,” and his donation of property for the establishment of schools and churches.

Gable will also share how he personally aided in securing the Thomas Wentworth oil painting of Colonel Wilhelmus Mynderse for permanent display in the formal drawing room of the Seneca Falls Historical Society.

If you want to gain insight into the early years of Mynderse Mills, as the village of Seneca Falls was first known, then this is the program for you.

Program is FREE for all and the museum is handicap accessible.

 

 

CONCLUDED : Fairy Tales and Horror Stories

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Friday. October 28th – 7:00pm @ Seneca Museum

A night of Spooky and Magickal Tales and Songs.

Author Merlyn Fuller will be reading excerpts of her books, “Fairy Tales & Horror Stories: A Memoir” and her newly published book “The Merlinian Legend.”

Together with her mate, Harry in the duo , Merry Mischief, will entertain you with harmonies and some murder ballads and a few ghostly love songs!

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A different sort of evening!

Imaginative, musical, silly and a little creepy fun for everyone!

CONCLUDED: Merry Mischief- “TALES and TUNES ALONG THE TOWPATH”

Friday. September 23rd – 7:00pm
TALES and TUNES along the TOWPATH

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(MUSICAL PROGRAM) –

Continuing the Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park 2016 Partnership our next program is being presented in the Historic Wesleyan Chapel at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

Tonight’s program will be an informative and entertaining program filed with songs, poems and facts from the Erie Canal and Irish Immigrants. Harry & Merlyn of Merry Mischief delight you with songs of Low Bridge, Never Take the Hindshoe from a Mule and The E-R-I-E and many more.

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Visit their web site
http://merrymischief.net/

CONCLUDED: Walt Gable – “WATERWAYS, WOMEN AND INDUSTRY AND THE SENECA FALLS CONVENTION

Friday JULY 15th – 7:00pm

WESLEYAN Chapel –

Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Waterways, Women and Industry

Continuing the Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park 2016 Partnership our next program is being presented in the Historic Wesleyan Chapel at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

Mr Walt Gable

Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will relate how developments in terms of waterways and industry and the actions of women contributed to the convening of the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in July 1848. Gable will show how the canal on the Seneca River and its connection with the Erie Canal spurred an industrial boom in Seneca Falls. This industrial boom attracted many people to come to Seneca Falls, most as workers but also many would-be entrepreneurs. Mr. Gable will also trace the involvement of women in various reform efforts.

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CONCLUDED: Gwendolyn Briley-Strand as ‘Harriet Tubman – The Chosen One’

Friday JULY 1st – 7:00pm

WESLEYAN Chapel –

Women’s Rights National Historical Park

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Continuing the Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park 2016 Partnership our next program is being presented in the Historic Wesleyan Chapel at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. “Harriet Tubman – The Chosen One” is a dynamic one-woman show that takes its audience on one of the many journeys Ms. Tubman took on the Underground Railroad. The show celebrates the life of this great American who made her way to freedom, and then risked her freedom to free others. Watch Ms. Briley-Strand, change into more than a dozen characters, right before your eyes. See for yourself the people who helped her along the path to freedom… and the ones who tried to stop her in her tracks. Listen as she sings spiritual after spiritual showing how the enslaved used this “secret language” to communicate with one another. Join Ms. Briley-Strand as she transports you into a time you’ve only read about.

Visit Gwendolyn Briley-Strand’s website
http://www.seethefruits.com/index.htm

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The Seneca Museum is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, the Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants which is administered locally by the Auburn Public Theater.auburn public theatrenyscaAuburn Public Theatre

CONCLUDED: Dorothy Stacy – ’15 Miles On The Erie Canal’

Friday JUNE 24th – 7:00pm

Seneca Museum, 89 Fall Street

Tonight we will hear from Author ~ Publisher and HistoryTeller Dorothy Stacy about life on the Erie Canal in 1840 when locks, low bridges, mules, and towlines were a part of everyday life. It was a time when the canal was alive with colorful canal boats, prosperous towns and businesses,  and interesting sights.
Included will be how Dorothy wrote and published the books based on her research of the canal.

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This program is at the Seneca Museum, 89 Fall Street. There will be light refreshments afterwards and an opportunity to meet the Author 

CONCLUDED: DAN WARD – Boom and Bust

Friday JUNE 10th – 7:00pm

Guntzel Theatre –

Women’s Rights National Historical Park 

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

DANIEL FRANKLIN WARD, PhD, (a native of Seneca Falls) is a folklorist, historian and an independent consultant in cultural research, cultural resources management and presentation. He has directed research, fieldwork, documentation, development, production and presentation historical projects for various organizations throughout the United States. Since 2005 Dr. Ward has co-directed a statewide consortium of organizations and individuals who have developed a number of Erie Canal-related projects conducted in ports along the length of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.  

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The most recent of these efforts is a documentary film, BOOM AND BUST: AMERICA’S JOURNEY ON THE ERIE CANAL. This film, co-produced by Dr. Ward and and Steve Zeitlin and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Paul Wagner, is a meditation on economic cycles and the American Dream. This remarkable film tells the story of industrial expansion and decline along the Erie Canal, and examines its impact on the lives of workers in steel , grain, textiles and shipping. In the wake of economic collapse, can the people of America’s cities find meaning and worth? Produced by City Lore, the Erie Canal Museum and American Focus, Inc. There are several scenes filmed in Seneca Falls.

Dan Ward Erie Canal Movie Poster

 

CONCLUDED: The DADY BROS – Songs of the Erie Canal

Friday JUNE 3rd – 7:00pm

WESLEYAN Chapel –

Women’s Rights National Historical Park

John & Joe Dady

Continuing the Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park 2016 Partnership our next program is being presented in the Historic Wesleyan Chapel at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.
John and Joe Dady are The Dady Brothers, and as audiences know, the name is synonymous with fine musical talent and fun! They are a Rochester based folk duo and their shows consist of Celtic and folk-roots music.  This versatile duo plays a variety of instruments the fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, uilleann pipes and even penny whistle, to name just a few, while performing a wide range of music styles including Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Irish.
Tonight’s performance will highlight the songs that were sung by the Irish immigrants who were instrumental in the building of the Erie Canal and the Irish heritage.  The Dady Brothers play with an endless supply of energy.
Come to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and enjoy an evening of Irish music in the venerable WESLEYAN CHAPEL.

Visit the Dady Bros website
http://dadybros.com/

The Seneca Museum is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, the Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants which is administered locally by the Auburn Public Theater.auburn public theatrenyscaAuburn Public Theatre

 

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

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 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 : http://www.senecamuseum.com

or call 315.568.1510

CONCLUDED – Paul Shinal : Auburn Railroad

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‘Auburn Railroad’

This FRIDAY April 22nd – 7:00pm

Mr. Shinal will be presenting an historical overview of the “Auburn Road,” the railway that still runs today from Canandaigua to Geneva through Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Auburn and into Solvay. 2016 marks the 175th Anniversary of the line, which Mr. Shinal will highlight with maps, schedules and photos, some depicting the early years of its existence. The rail line is recognized in railroad history as one of the oldest railroads still operating in America. Paul’s presentation will span from its beginning as the combined efforts of the Auburn & Syracuse and Auburn & Rochester Railroads, through the New York Central, Penn Central, and Conrail years to today as the backbone of Finger Lakes Railway.

A life-long resident of Seneca Falls, Paul is a CPA and retired member of the faculty of Cayuga Community College, where he taught for 35 years. While teaching, he chaired the Accounting Curriculum Committee and was a conference presenter for Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges (TACTYC). In his retirement his favorite hobby has come to the forefront. When not at home constructing his own northeastern heritage HO scale model layout, Paul enjoys researching our region’s railway history. Along with various railroad brochures, he has compiled a comprehensive booklet highlighting historical facts of nearly all railroads once traversing the Finger Lakes. He is a member and financial advisor of the Central NY Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in Syracuse. His love for trains began when he was very young, receiving a Lionel train set originally given to his sister. His earliest memory of train excitement was riding with his mom on the last westbound passenger train from Seneca Falls to Geneva on May 18, 1958.

Additional Parking at Rear of Museum on the canal level.
Entrance through Boaters Amenities.