Category Archives: Museum Program Events

Setting the Scene: Seneca Falls in the 1840’s



  Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry
89 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148

If you want to learn why the first woman’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls in 1848, then come to a program on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7 pm at the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, 89 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will provide some insights into the various factors in the 1840s that “set the scene” for the July 1848 woman’s rights convention.
Walt-GableThis presentation launches the “historical” parts of the annual Convention Days weekend held in Seneca Falls to celebrate the first woman’s rights convention. Convention Days Inc. has planned a series of meaningful historical programs for the weekend.

In his power point presentation, Gable will first show how Seneca Falls in the 1840s became a thriving industrial town with many businesses located on the Flats, making use of water power and canals on the Seneca Falls. He will then cover the central role that Seneca Falls residents played in much of the reforming zeal arising in the “burned-over district” as an outgrowth of the Second Great Awakening. This will include key developments in the anti-slavery, temperance and women’s rights reform movements. He will also show how the issues raised in the Rhoda Bement incident in 1843-44 was a precursor of the July 1848 woman’s rights convention.

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For further information, contact Seneca Museum (315-568-1510) or
visit the website or
contact Seneca County Historian Walter Gable (315-729-6211).

Steppin’ Out String Band – SONGS for 15 MILES & THEN-SOME

Friday, July 31

(MUSIC) – 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 with American patriotic music, Steppin’ Out String Band is a favorite with audiences of all ages.


Dr Robert Spiegelman – The Wild Wild East

Friday June 26 – 7:00pm


 (SPEAKER) – The Wild, Wild East: New York’s Drama of Westward Expansion: New York’s early frontier is America’s true “Wild West.” Civilization means Westward Expansion, but two “obstacles” block the way: Indians and Nature. Combining dramatic images and fresh research, Spiegelman details this forgotten New York, where settler dreams encounter native lifeways. We explore a “magical crossroads” where immigrants change into nomad farmers, neighbors into rivals, colonists into fighters, soldiers into settlers, land speculators into “second creators,” Indian Country into military tracts named for Roman conquerors, and untamed forests into real estate grids. We revisit Syracuse and Buffalo’s emergence from the ashes of attempted Indian removal and controversial land treaties that have shaped today’s Empire State. Then grasp Manhattan’s rise to prominence via the Erie Canal, which in turn, inflames a religious upheaval across Central New York that America calls “The Burnt Over District.” We end with an appreciation of how – against all odds – indigenous New Yorkers retain a toehold in their deforested ancestral homelands.

NYS Humanities

Richard Reisem -Myron Holley, the Untold Story

Myron Holley Myron Holley Book

Friday April 24 – 7:00pm

 (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

Richard Reisem