CONCLUDED: From the Flats to Van Cleef Lake – Symposium

Monday, August 10, 2015 at 7 pm

Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry
89 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148


Presenters: Mr. Walt Gable – Ms. Tanya Warren – Mr. Christopher Waters
Special guest moderator Mr. Dan Ward

On Monday, August 10, 2015, the public has the opportunity to learn in detail how in August 1915 the village of Seneca Falls was transformed. In a 7 pm program at the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, 89 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will show pictures of “the Flats” which was the industrial heart of the village of Seneca Falls prior to 1915. Then Christopher Waters, a Syracuse University graduate student, will talk about how the State of New York made plans to expand the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, culminating on August 20, 1915 in the creation of a body of water that is known as Van Cleef Lake and how local property owners were affected. He will provide specifics on case study examples such as the Trinity Episcopal Church, John M. Guion property, the Mynderse Library, Westcott-Jewell and lower Fall Street. Tanya Warren, curator at the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, will give an illustrated talk of the construction of this new canal locks causing the flooding out of the Flats and the relocation of several residential buildings. Dan Ward, Curator of the Erie Canal Museum, will then moderate a question and answer session.
This program is part of the many events planned from August 7 through August 20th as part of the After the Falls: Van Cleef Lake Centennial. For further information, contact:
Seneca Museum 315.568.1510