As the Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry enters its 18th year, and as we continue to strive to improve our visitors’ experience by maintaining, improving and creating displays, your generosity is required. We have worked towards our awareness in the community, increased the number of schools touring and increased the free programs, continuation can only be achieved with your valuable support.
Due to its unique location along and within moving waterways, early Seneca Falls served as a focal point for manufacturing and a resulting population growth. The addition of traveling routes and railways created an atmosphere that drew together the affluent, the educated, and those who desired to disseminate their social, philosophical, and religious writings and teachings. To a large degree, we owe our existence and rich history to the waterway that now is our canal harbor and today, our mission, is to celebrate that history.
2015 was another record year for attendances. During last year we achieved some noteworthy accomplishments:
- The grand opening of “The Industry Floor,” on the second-floor. This floor now highlights the amazing history of industry in Seneca Falls, ranging from flour mills, iron foundries and knitting mills to the production of pumps, firefighting equipment and school supplies. Many of the products made in Seneca Falls, such as early TV screens and oscilloscopes, vacuum tube valves and a rare rotary steam pump, are on display on the second floor.
- With the generous help from our corporate sponsors we were able to expand our already popular Summer Camps to 2 FREE camps. Each child learns about the history of Seneca Falls and the workings and importance of the canal. All children receive FREE lunch every day. They also enjoy the highlight of our camp, a boat cruise along the canal.
- We expanded our FREE programs to 14 and included music from The Canal Street String Band, Steppin’ Out String Band and Merry Mischief. We had presentations by County Historian Walt Gable, Richard Reisem and Dr. Robert Spiegelman covering a wide range of topics with Seneca Falls at the core.
This year Seneca Museum is very excited to announce that we are partnering with the Women’s Rights National Historical Park to bring a total of 17 events FREE to the community. This partnership allows us the opportunity to utilize the facilities of the National Park with museum events planned for the Guntzel Theatre and The Wesleyan Chapel. Also our Summer Camp children will benefit from this partnership… We hope you will find time to join us for one or all of these events and we encourage you to share the experience with family and friends.
As a member of the museum, you will receive:
§ 20% discount in our gift shop. § Advance seating for programs
§ Special notification of all events. § Research privileges at the museum.
We ask that you continue to partner with the Museum by making a tax-deductible contribution. Membership envelopes are available at the museum or utilize our online payment options( www.senecamuseum.com/membership/ ). With your annual gift, we can continue to expand and keep the fascinating industrial history of Seneca Falls alive and well, while increasing appreciation for the significant contributions of Seneca Falls to our state, country and the world.our