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Austin Steward marker unveiling calls attention to West Avenue Cemetery

Austin Steward marker unveiling calls attention to West Avenue Cemetery
The unveiling of a marker to remember a forgotten hero of the movement to abolish slavery has called attention to his resting place in the West Avenue Cemetery — a place of history that city officials say is in need of upkeep. Austin Steward, a former slave, Rochester business owner and author of the book, “Twenty-two Years a Slave and... more

The story of Jacob Hodges in Ontario County

The story of Jacob Hodges in Ontario County
As far as jailhouse reformations go, the one for Jacob Hodges worked, although not everyone was sold on his change from accused murderer to God-fearing man of the church. Hodges, an African-American ex-convict who served jail time for his role in the murder of a man over a plot of land, when he died in 1842 was a member in... more

Feminists to visit Seneca Falls to celebrate centennial of women’s suffrage

Feminists to visit Seneca Falls to celebrate centennial of women’s suffrage
Talk about plenty of advance notice. Feminists from across the nation are invited to visit the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement Jan. 17-19, 2020, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America. The gathering coincides with the fourth annual Women March in Seneca Falls. On that January weekend, activists with Women March in Seneca Falls will conduct... more

Auburn welcome center subject of piece in architecture publication

Auburn welcome center subject of piece in architecture publication
The New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center in Auburn is the subject of an April piece in Metropolis, a New York City-based architecture and design magazine. The piece focuses on the center’s design by nARCHITECTS, of Brooklyn. Eric Bunge, one of the principals at the firm, shared with Metropolis how that design evolved from a regional visitor center to... more

Artists wanted for Seneca Falls bridge mural project

Artists wanted for Seneca Falls bridge mural project
With Town Board approval, the Rev. Leah Ntuala is now looking for local artists who would like to paint public murals on the Rumsey Street Bridge along the Ludovico Sculpture Trail. Starting Wednesday and through May 28, she will accept submissions from artists for ideas. Actual painting of approved murals will begin the first week of June. “Currently, these bridge... more

Speak to the Light: Two Centuries of Women’s History in the Finger Lakes

Speak to the Light: Two Centuries of Women’s History in the Finger Lakes
To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the death of Jemima Wilkinson, The Yates County History Center is hosting Speak to the Light: Two Centuries of Women’s History in the Finger Lakes June 28–29 in Penn Yan. Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, who will give a Keynote speech Friday evening about her anthology, “Women’s Suffrage.” One of the first American women to... more

City of Geneva pays tribute to John Greco

City of Geneva pays tribute to John Greco
John Greco loved his hometown and his work with City Council, where he served for close to 25 years. But those who know him say he loved his family even more. On Wednesday night, his loved ones attended the City Council meeting to hear Mayor Ron Alcock pay homage to his friend and fellow council member on behalf of the... more

New Auburn museum exhibit highlights local medical history

New Auburn museum exhibit highlights local medical history
Kirsten Wise is confident the Cayuga Museum of History & Art’s newest permanent exhibit is something everyone can connect to. “Pioneer Physicians: The Infancy of Modern Medicine,” is relatable because “everyone has been to a doctor at some point in their life,” said Wise, the museum’s executive director. The exhibit touches on topics like how people became doctors in the... more

LETTER: It Never Ends

LETTER: It Never Ends
Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro’s resolution to cease funding the National Women’s Hall of Fame is nothing short of an appalling example of exactly why entities like the Women’s Hall of Fame are absolutely critical to our society decades after the Women’s Rights Movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of numerous, often otherwise-ignored women... more

Milestones and memories celebrated in Canandaigua

Milestones and memories celebrated in Canandaigua
It was 1919 when Congress gave women the right to vote. Woodrow Wilson was president, World War I came to a close, and movies were silent. Rotary dial phones were a new invention, as was the pop-up toaster that used heated electrical coils. That year, on another continent, Christine McDonald was born on Jan. 1, a New Year’s baby in... more

Locations nominated for State and National Registers of Historic Places

Locations nominated for State and National Registers of Historic Places
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 17 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Gov. Cuomo said the nominations reflect the striking diversity of New York State's history, and range from the city's first cooperative apartment building to a resort community developed by African Americans... more

American Legion Post 355 celebrates 100 years

American Legion Post 355 celebrates 100 years
Members of Johnson-Costello Post 355 celebrated the American Legion Post’s 100th birthday March 16 with their annual birthday dinner and special recognition. The highlight of the evening was the special honor given to former Commander David Blauvelt. Commander Ellen Hey and Adjutant Tim Yetter presented Blauvelt with a portrait and special plaque now hanging in the post’s lounge area in... more

Ancient Order of Hibernians club in Auburn celebrates family, heritage for St. Patrick’s Day

Ancient Order of Hibernians club in Auburn celebrates family, heritage for St. Patrick’s Day
With a beer in hand while decked out in green, David McKeon couldn’t help but think of his dad, William McKeon, at the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ St. Patrick’s Day celebration Saturday. David said his family’s Irish heritage was important to William, to the point where the holiday is the day “I remember him the most.” David proudly noted his... more

Gillibrand invites Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to Seneca Falls

Gillibrand invites Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to Seneca Falls
In 2017, Congress created the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to plan events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, has invited the 14-member Commission to conduct one of its meetings in Seneca Falls, the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement. The... more

Blizzard of ’93: 26 years since the ‘Storm of the Century’

Blizzard of ’93: 26 years since the ‘Storm of the Century’
Where were you when the Blizzard of 1993 hit? Around this time 26 years ago, Central New York saw one of its most memorable blizzards. Viewers shared their memories of digging out and trying to travel in treacherous conditions. "I was with a bus full of Syracuse Basketball fans who were in NYC for the Big East Tourney," Janet Welch... more

Discussing the ‘Attica Uprising’ at Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Discussing the ‘Attica Uprising’ at Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Pulitzer Prize winning-author Dr. Heather Ann Thompson arrived to Hobart and William Smith Colleges to give a lecture about the history of the Attica Prison uprising and its long-lasting impacts at the Albright Auditorium on Thursday, March 7th. Associate Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter introduced the event that was hosted on behalf of the Human Rights and Genocide Symposium.... more

DRONE VIEW: The historic Three Bears in Ovid (video)

DRONE VIEW: The historic Three Bears in Ovid (video)
The Three Bears are a complex of buildings built in the mid-19th Century in Ovid, Seneca County in the Greek Revival style. Papa Bear, the largest of the buildings, was the county courthouse in Seneca County. Here is a unique view of the structures as captured in late February and compiled by Kenny Fellers and submitted to FingerLakes1.com… . more

Late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter an honoree in National Women’s Hall of Fame 2019 class

Late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter an honoree in National Women’s Hall of Fame 2019 class
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred are being inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. They are among 10 members of the Class of 2019, which was announced Friday in New York City. The other honorees are: Civil rights activist Angela Davis; Native American lawyer Sarah Deer; retired Air Force fighter pilot Nicole... more
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