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The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and 1919 – Walt Gable

A Danger Greater Than War

– The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and 1919  

Continuing the partnership between the Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park our next program is a presentation by Seneca County Historian Mr. Walt Gable. in the Guntzel Theater at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Tonight’s topic is “A Danger Greater than War, The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and 1919”.
The infamous influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 killed more than 21 million people—more people than were killed in the fighting and destruction of World War I. It was the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in the single year of 1918 than in the four years of the Black Death (Bubonic Plague) from 1347-1351. More Americans died in this flu epidemic than were killed in the Civil War, World Wars One and Two, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Iraq War combined!
Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will explore the causes of this influenza epidemic and how it affected World War One as well as sharing stories of this epidemic in Seneca County.
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The Railways of Seneca County – Walt Gable & Paul Shinal


‘The Railways of Seneca County’

FRIDAY April 5th – 7:00pm

Continuing the partnership between the  Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park  our next program, ‘The Railways of Seneca County’, is being presented by Mr. Walt Gable (Seneca County Historian) and Mr. Paul Shinal (Local Rail Historian) in the Guntzel Theater at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.the backbone of Finger Lakes Railway.

What the waterways began, the railways of Seneca County brought to fruition: the transition from an agrarian way of life to an industrial society. As the railways grew throughout the county, not only did they provide the physical transportation of both people & goods, they provided the intermingling of social & economic ideas between its populace & those living in other parts of our nation & around the world. From our milk & fruits to our fire engines & pianos, from a convention for woman’s rights to the training of soldiers to protect our American freedoms, our railroads united our people to those living in distant cities & lands. Come, hear & see how the railways of Seneca County were once the blood of our existence.

These railways include the Auburn Road; the Lehigh Valley lines; the Seneca County Railroad; the Hayts Corners, Ovid & Willard Railroad, and the trolley line connecting Geneva with Cayuga Lake Park.

The Canal Street String Band

Friday June 14 – 7:00pm

Continuing the partnership between the  Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park  our next program is from The Canal Street String Band are being presented in the Historic Wesleyan Chapel at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.
The Canal Street String Band performs good-time music on banjo, fiddle, twin mandolins, dobro, string bass, guitar and more, with stellar three-part harmonies. Cowboy songs…sea shanties…western swing…fiddle tunes…old-time mountain music…and originals too! Perfect for multi-generational audiences. The musicianship is outstanding, the songs are infectious, and the humor makes everyone feel right at home.

Visit ‘The Canal Street String Band’ website
http://www.canalstreetstringband.com/

CONCLUDED – The Dady Bros – Songs of the Canals

We had a great kick off to this years events with John Day and Perry Cleaveland. All our thoughts and prayers to Joe Dady and we wish him some Irish Luck in his time of need.

Continuing the partnership between the  Seneca Museum and the Women’s National Historical Park  our next program The Dady Bros.are 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.

 

Music in the Park – The Cool Club and the Lipker Sisters

Entertaining us tonight will be The Cool Club & The Lipker Sisters. A unique blend of old and new. It’s a blend of four veteran (the old) musicians, who’s years of experience create a sound best described in the title of one of their originals…Jump, Jazz, Boogie-Woogie, Rag Time Swing. The Lipker Sisters are three young singers (the new) that have been singing vocal harmony, in a way only family can, their entire lives. They bring back memories of The Andrew Sisters with the attitude of today’s Puppini Sisters, at the same time making it their own.
Together, The Cool Club & The Lipker Sisters have quickly become one of the most popular acts in the Finger Lakes region.

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

Friday May 23rd – 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.

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

Download the Poster HERE

 

9th Annual Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Contest

Seneca Museum’s
2018 BEDFORD FALLS GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
The 9th Annual Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Contest

will once again be happening during the It’s A Wonderful Life weekend,
this year from December 7th through December 9th.


House plans and recipes available ….. follow link… BELOW
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 4th through Sunday Dec 9th.
Winners chosen by People’s Choice and announced Monday December 10th with all winners will being contacted.
All entries must be received by Monday December the 3rd at the Museum by 4pm

Gingerbread House Recipes and Plans are available download from the following link:
Plans and Recipes HERE
If you have any questions please call Seneca Falls Visitor Center, Seneca Museum 315.568.1510.

FREE Gingerbread Workshops Now OPEN for Registrations

Thank you to Seneca Meadows and Five Star Bank for their support, the Seneca Museum is once again able to offer two FREE gingerbread work shops for children to decorate their houses.

The workshops will be held on Saturday November 24th and December 1st from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Each workshop is FREE to all children 14 and under,

Every child will receive a Gingerbread House and all supplies 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 24th

From10:00am to 12:00pm

Workshop 2 is Saturday December 1st

From10:00am to 12:00pm 

Concluded – Curiosities, Myths, Legends, Lore and Forgotten Tales – Melanie Zimmer

For our last program of the year, we are proud to present Melanie Zimmer, author of four books, will be speaking and telling spooky, mysterious, and oddball stories about the Erie Canal system and around the Fingerlakes of New York
Come laugh and learn about the region with her.

This program is another partnership program between the Seneca Museum and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and will be held in the historic Wesleyan Chapel, beginning at 7:00pm.