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

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

Phelps historical society to discuss aquatic recreation

Phelps Community Historical Society will host Jim Artemis as he presents “Kayaking and Canoeing in the Region” at 7 p.m. April 20 at Phelps American Legion, 1346 state Route 96. Bill Smith, of Finger Lakes Boating Museum, will host the free program. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 315-548-4940. Daily Messenger: Read More more

Historian seeks funds to save Scythe Tree

The Town Board was asked Monday to consider helping save the historic Scythe Tree on the Waterloo-Geneva Road. Local historian Blaine Elkie has told Supervisor Gary Westfall that the tree, a Balm of Gilead that is at least 150 years old, is dying and needs tender loving care from an arborist to survive. The tree contains the blades of scythes... more

Fundraiser to support Tubman memorial

On Friday, March 31, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee will host a dessert reception in the Havana Room of the Phoenix Building, 2 South St., to kick off its fundraising campaign. The committee seeks to commission an artist to create a memorial sculpture in honor of Harriet Tubman to publicly proclaim Auburn’s pride in... more

‘Not For Ourselves Alone’ showing in Yates Co.

The Yates County History Center will show the Ken Burns documentary, Not For Ourselves Alone on two days-March 29 and March 30 at noon at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. This documentary tells the little-known story of one of the most compelling political movements and friendships in American history. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were born into a... more

Committee launching campaign for Tubman sculpture in Auburn

A memorial sculpture in honor of Harriet Tubman in Auburn is the goal of a campaign that kicks-off on Friday, March 31, from 7 – 9 pm, the Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee (HTDMC) will host a dessert reception in the Havana Room of the Phoenix Building, located at 2 South Street. The mission of HTDMC is to commission an... more

Our Finger Lakes History: The Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention of 1848 (podcast)

Seneca County Historian Walter Gable takes a comprehensive look at the factors that contributed to the first Women’s Rights Convention being held in Seneca Falls in 1848. Meet the individuals involved and the local and national reaction to the Declaration of Sentiments which was drafted at the convention. more

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE SERIES, PART 3: The pre-WWI years were about progress

Between 1890 and the start of World War I in 1914, there were very significant developments in the efforts to secure woman suffrage. On the national scene two rival factions — the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association — merged on Feb. 18, 1890 into the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Several factors contributed to this... more

Seneca Falls to celebrate 100th anniversary of Antonio Varacalli’s heroism

100 years ago a young Italian immigrant named Antonio Varacalli saved a woman from death by drowning in the Cayuga/Seneca Barge Canal. Although, Varacalli’s heroism saved a life, he made the ultimate sacrifice and lost his own while doing so. This year, on Saturday, April 8, 2017, the annual Antonio Varacalli Day – A Celebration of Heroes will honor the... more

Local author reveals Napoleon’s human side

Local history teacher and International Napoleonic Fellow Thomas M. Barden’s new book, "Napoleon’s Purgatory: The Unseen Humanity of the ‘Corsican Ogre’ in Fatal Exile," was released by Vernon Press Feb. 16. The book portrays the human side of Napoleon as revealed by those who lived with him in exile on the island of St. Helena. It debuted at #1 on... more

Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn asking for donations to help buy newly discovered photo

The photos we have all seen of Harriet Tubman show her later in life. Most were taken decades after she helped rescue more than one hundred enslaved men and women though the underground railroad and in a daring raid during the Civil War. In her younger years, Tubman was careful not to have her photograph taken since bounty hunters were... more

MAKING HISTORY: Sisters open neighboring businesses in Birthplace of Women’s Rights

It might be one of the most-unique situations to have developed in recent memory in downtown Seneca Falls. Siblings taking part in owning businesses that operate less than three doors apart in downtown Seneca Falls. Sisters in the Birthplace of Women’s Rights – operating separate bakery and home goods located at 12 and 14 State Street. Bee’s Cookies & Cakes... more

Our Finger Lakes History: The Underground Railroad in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

Seneca County Historian Walter Gable takes a fascinating look at the history of the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement of the late 1800,’s in the Finger Lakes. See the numerous buildings and homes that served as stations on the Underground Railroad throughout the region and learn about the individuals who played a part in aiding runaway freedom seekers who were... more

Banning tackling in youth football not without precedent (Chavez, MPNnow.com)

Injuries in game has been addressed before, and it led to absence of game at Canandaigua Academy for 30 years The idea has been put forth, but how much traction it has remains to be seen. It’s a stunning proposition at first, this proposal from two downstate lawmakers to ban tackling in football for kids under the age of 14.... more

National Women’s HOF announces Class of 2017 inductees

On Tuesday morning in Seneca Falls, the National Women’s Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2017 inductees at The Gould Hotel. The 2017 National Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place September 15, 16 & 17, 2017 at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls. “We are pleased to add ten American women to the ranks... more
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