Remembering a history maker in Canandaigua

Hundreds of men, women and children hoisted protest signs, donned period costumes, and shouted their support for the history-making woman who dared to vote. Members of the Ontario County Historical Society and 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse teamed up Saturday night to host the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Event on the 144th anniversary of the start of Anthony’s historic trial in... more

50 years later, Vietnam vet receives medals for service

Like many Vietnam veterans at the time, David Tatich did not seek praise after returning home from the war. “I didn’t talk about it a lot. I just came back and went to college,” Tatich recalled. “There were a lot of (anti-war) demonstrations, but they didn’t bother me. I was married with two kids by then, so I just wanted... more

FLL 360: Some assembly required in Hammondsport

ummer is a great time to visit the Finger Lakes Region of New York. There’s plenty to do and certainly an ample number of world class wineries to visit. If the menfolk get bored with visiting the wineries, there’s the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, NY which holds a lot of history for those of us who are interested in... more

A Penn Yan man and the Dutch Resistance

Robert Fisher was born in 1922, the son of Leon and Anne Fisher who had a farm on Pre-emption Road, near the intersection with Havens Corners Road in Benton. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy along with the Class of 1939. After graduation, he went to work at the American Can Company in Geneva as a machinist. Facing the draft... more

Canandaigua event spotlights Susan B. Anthony, local suffragists

A local trial that reverberated across the nation 144 years ago will be commemorated this Saturday. Members of the Ontario County Historical Society and 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse will team up June 17 to host a multiple-venue experience — the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Event — on the 144th anniversary of the start of Anthony’s historic trial in 1873. The... more

18th-century Cornell University Library map details Seneca & Cayuga villages

A newly acquired 18th-century map of what is now New York state, showing Seneca and Cayuga villages and native footpaths in addition to natural features, offers insights into colonial life that will enhance learning and research at Cornell. The manuscript, drawn by prominent Albany-based mapmaker and surveyor John Rutse Bleecker, is now part of the American history and culture collections... more

Sampson Theatre benefit concert set for June 3rd

A number of regional bands and performers will come together in a joint benefit concert Saturday, June 3 at Firemen’s Field on Hicks Street in Penn Yan. “SAVE THE THEATRE!” is a fund raiser event for the Sampson Theatre on East Elm Street. Organized by Brandon Bell and Jess Johns of Future Dreamers of the World, a new charity promotion... more

Tourism season arrives with parades, beachgoers

The skies this weekend might be dark and cloudy, but across the region spirits will be high as the traditional start of the tourism season arrives with the Memorial Day weekend. The forecast for Saturday calls for cloudy skies and light wind, with highs in the upper 60s, while Sunday grows cloudier through the afternoon and evening, with thunderstorms likely... more

Harriet Tubman Pilgrimage Celebration to include rededication of Auburn church

This year’s Harriet Tubman Pilgrimage Celebration, the 43rd annual, will be the first since the ground on which it takes place was formally established as a national historical park in January. The pilgrimage begins with a rededication of the Thompson AME Zion Church at 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, at the Parker Street church. One of three properties comprising the... more

Historic arch is back in good standing in Geneva

It’s said that all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again. But the same cannot be said for an iconic piece that once again stands over a historic city cemetery. Eight years after a city public works truck inadvertently knocked it down, the cast-iron arch at the entrance to the Washington Street... more

Women’s suffrage: National movement, local roots

One could argue that first lady Abigail Adams, wife of second U.S. President John Adams, kicked off the women’s suffrage movement as the country was being established with a simple suggestion in a letter to her husband. “Remember the Ladies,” she urged. And on this Mother’s Day, the Ontario County Historical Society is not only remembering those who helped women... more

Smithsonian reveals plans for Harriet Tubman photo it bought for $161K

About a month after it acquired a recently discovered photo of Harriet Tubman at a New York City auction, the Smithsonian has released a statement outlining its plans for the artifact. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture joined with the Library of Congress to pay a total of $161,000 for the album containing the photo, which... more

Fleming supervisor: Harriet Tubman lived in town, not Auburn

Fleming Supervisor Gary Searing is reminding local residents that famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman was a resident of his town, not the city of Auburn. In a letter dated Jan. 25 that was provided to The Citizen Tuesday, Searing noted that there’s “documented proof” Tubman lived in Fleming. He said that information has been shared with the National Park Service. The... more

Harriet Tubman mural installed outside Schweinfurth gallery in Auburn

Passers by of the Schweinfurth Art Center will now have a colorful view with the newly installed Harriet Tubman mural hanging on the front of the building. The 32-foot hot pink crocheted mural is the first in a series of public art projects featuring strong historical women by Poland born artist Olek, best known for her crocheted artwork on display... more

Tubman national park in Auburn: Preservation, partnerships and plans for $30M visitor center

You may not see any contractors or visible signage, but the National Park Service is working to transform Auburn-area sites related to Harriet Tubman’s life into a major attraction. In the three months since then-Interior Secretary Sally Jewell formally established the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, the National Park Service has been focused on preserving landmarks that are... more

Memorial Day fast approaching in Waterloo

Some of the toughest jobs in the military are filled by people who don’t wear uniforms, salute or march. The families who wait at home play an important part in providing support and comfort to the men and women in the military. This year the Celebrate Commemorate Freedom Parade will honor Blue Star Mothers, the women who kept the home... more

Galen Historical Society to celebrate Erie Canal, women’s suffrage

Galen Historical Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Erie Canal and women’s suffrage during its quarterly meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at Brick Church Museum, 31 N. Park St., Clyde. Erie Canal Museum employee and Canal Society of New York member Bruce Schwendy will share his knowledge of the Erie Canal and sell copies of his book.... more
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