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Program: 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 7:00 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

Program: Friday April 28 – Richard Reisem: Myron Holley the untold story.

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 and enjoy an evening of beautiful music in the venerable WESLEYAN CHAPEL.

Concluded: Friday March 24 – Perry & Caren Cleaveland: Canal Ways

Friday March 24 – 7:00pm
Perry & Caren Cleaveland: Canal Way


Continuing the wonderful partnership, which began in 2016, 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 performance will highlight a varied and diverse presentation of songs from the 18th century…such as by the patriot Francis Hopkinson, to tunes of the 19th century immortalized up to and beyond the Civil War era; all interspersed with the music infused by the culture of the people involved in the canal ways of our country’s past and present times.

Caren, and her husband Perry, perform locally playing and signing a variety of folk, historical and ethnic pieces utilizing instrumentation including guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle and open-back banjo. Caren and Perry sing a variety of historical folk and old-time music as performed throughout New York State. They have played on several television and radio programs, as well as for several Art Councils (NYSCA) across New York counties. They thoroughly enjoying sharing their love of music and history with their many and diverse audiences.

Admission is FREE and begins at 7:00pm.

So join us at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and enjoy an evening of beautiful music in the venerable WESLEYAN CHAPEL.

 

CONCLUDED: 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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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.

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