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.
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.
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!
A different sort of evening!
Imaginative, musical, silly and a little creepy fun for everyone!
Friday. September 23rd – 7:00pm
TALES and TUNES along the TOWPATH
(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.
Friday JULY 1st – 7:00pm
WESLEYAN Chapel –
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 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.
Download the Poster follow this link:
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.
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.
This program is at the Seneca Museum, 89 Fall Street. There will be light refreshments afterwards and an opportunity to meet the Author
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.
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