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‘Women Attorney TrailBlazers of New York’ Display

The Seneca Museum, in partnership with the Seneca Falls Historical Society, is excited to announce the arrival of the ‘Women Attorney Trailblazers of New York’ travelling display from the New York State Bar Association’s .

Maureen Bezuhly Co-chair, Committee on Women in the Law  stated “New York State has a rich history of amazing trailblazing women attorneys who broke through barriers and blatant discrimination  to make major contributions in the legal profession. Their stories are ones of fierce determination, passion for the law, keen  intelligence, and inspiring achievement.

From the late 19th Century, when women began gaining admission to state bars, through the 1960s, women attorneys faced widespread discrimination.  Women were turned away from law firms, or only offered jobs as librarians or secretaries.  Later, women applicants were told that the quota for hiring women was already filled or that clients would be uncomfortable with a woman attorney. ”

The 9′ x 10′ display is located on the fall street level of the Seneca Museum. It will be on display for approx. 2 months before moving on.


Friday JULY 15th – 7:00pm


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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2016 Summer Camps

Registrations for the 2016 SUMMER CAMPS are now being taken.
The Seneca Museum is holding 2 Summer Camps again in August 2016.

REGISTRATION FORMS available for download here

This year the 3 day camps will be held :
August 3 – 4 – 5 and August 24 – 25 -26 and is designed for all children aged between 7 and 13.
This year will include plenty of hands-on fun activities and there will be a different adventure every day.
This year we have 2 very special guests,
Camp 1 will have Mr. Topher Holt, who is an Interactive Storyteller;

Camp 2 will have Susan Rozler a singer and storyteller.

A trip along the canal and Van Cleef Lake is planned for both camps

Each child will receive a fully provided lunch each day.
Call into the Museum to collect your forms and book you place NOW
So reserve your place TODAY
Either download the forms below or call into the Seneca Museum 89 Fall Street.
Download forms click here:

(Contact the Museum to reserve the children(s) place(s) after you download the forms)

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Phone: 315.568.1510 or email:

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Welcome to The Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry

The Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry is located at 89 Fall Street in the middle of historic downtown Seneca Falls and serves as a point of interest for local and regional history. The Museum provides a historical overview illustrating how the Seneca River and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal powered the rise of industry and fostered cultural development, helping to spread social reform movements.
The Museum’s primary purpose is to “delight and inform, to lift the imagination as it strikes sparks of discovery.” Visitors and children of all ages can explore hands-on and interactive displays and intriguing exhibits and artifacts.  You will find friendly staff who are always available to answer questions or give a tour of the museum.
The Museum’s south entrance is on the panoramic Canal Harbor on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, allowing some of our visitors to arrive by boat. Bounded east and west by the two largest of the Finger Lakes, Seneca County’s people have lived harmoniously with the county’s great natural beauty.  Their way of life has left a historical trail, which visitors to the museum will enjoy following.
The Museum exists in a village rich in history, and rich in related institutions with a differing but complementary emphasis.  Early activism concerning women’s issues culminated in the Seneca Falls 1848 Convention where the now famous “Declaration of Sentiments” was signed and the beginning of a national Women’s Rights movement was launched. Two local institutions focus on these events, namely the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.  The Seneca Falls Historical Society purchased its present location in 1961, and is a “marvelous document of Victorian lifestyle and culture”. 
The Seneca Museum occupies a unique niche in this village of historical museums.  The canal, its construction, and the industry it spawned, led to a more affluent society which could concentrate on social issues such as the women’s movement and abolition among others.  Our Museum offers a historical perspective on this critical piece in the history of the town which preceded the early activism.  A merger of the Visitor Center with the Museum is a natural evolution because the themes of each are not dissimilar.