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Art ordinance, Tubman statue, Auburn Public Theater expansion discussed at public art panel

Representatives from the city of Auburn, the Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee and the Auburn Public Theater are continuing their efforts to further coordinate arts and culture programs in the city. Auburn Senior Planner Renee Jensen, Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee Chair Debra Brillati and APT staff members Janie MicGlire and Paula Kinev were part of the public art panel... more

Auburn connection to ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ discussed by Solomon Northrup descendant

Solomon Northrup’s great-great-great-granddaughter Melissa Howell delivered a presentation on Sunday about the hidden figures who played a role in the publishing of Northrup’s memoir, “Twelve Years a Slave,” in 1853. Howell presented “A freedom narrative’s coming of age: the hidden figures who brought ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ to publication,” at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park visitor center in Seneca... more

FLCC speaker offers look at lingering legacy of slavery

The legacy of 300 years or slavery in America and other parts of the Western Hemisphere still overshadows the contributions made by Africans that helped create a marketplace and launch the nation’s early economic development and growth. That was the underlying theme of a talk Friday by Joseph E. Inikori, author and professor of African and African-American studies at the... more

Planning for July Convention Days begins Feb. 12

Planning for the annual Convention Days celebration is getting started five months in advance. A community meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. The annual celebration, which is set for July 20-22, commemorates the first women’s rights convention, which was held July 19-20, 1848, at the old Wesleyan Chapel.... more

Seward House Museum awarded $20K grant for Underground Railroad project

The Seward House Museum in Auburn has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Network to Freedom, the museum announced in a news release. The money will be used for preservation, research and an exhibition related to the Underground Railroad. As a site of the railroad, the museum will research new content related to the Seward family’s involvement in it,... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Scythe Tree in Waterloo (podcast)

Learn about the fascinating history of one of the oldest trees in the Finger Lakes, the Scythe Tree in Waterloo. In 1861, according to the plaque at the foot of the tree, “James Wyman Johnson came from the fields one morning, hung his scythe in the crotch of a small cottonwood tree, and said, ‘Leave the scythe in the tree... more

Looking back in time: When the Thruway came to Brutus

Weedsport was founded on the basis of transportation. Prior to the community being called Weedsport, it was a sleepy hamlet of several homes in what is now the Rude Street/Seneca Street area called Macedonia. With the coming of the Erie Canal, and the construction of a turning basin on the canal about where the parking lot for Nickel Back Jack’s... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua (podcast)

Learn about the origins of the famous Canandaigua landmark, Sonnenberg Gardens. This episode takes you through the transformation of the property and ownership over the past century and a half at the Sonnenberg mansion and grounds. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the first in his series of famous historic places in the Finger Lakes. . more

You can own a piece of Penn Yan’s History

You can own a piece of nostalgia from Penn Yan’s past. Forty boxes that were part of the village’s decommissioned Gamewell fire alarm system will be sold on a first come first served basis from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Penn Yan Firehouse. The pull station boxes, which vary in age and value, were part of... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Stephen Harkness of MacDougall (podcast)

Stephen Harkness, a native of MacDougall, New York in Seneca County, became the second most wealthy American of his time through a partnership with John D. Rockeller of Richford, NY. This episode tells the story of Harkness’ rise to “Millionaire’s Row” in Cleveland, Ohio. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the third in his series of famous historic people with Finger... more

RANGE OF REASONS: Thousands march toward gender equality in Seneca Falls

Thousands gathered in Seneca Falls on Saturday to rally, march, and celebrate women in the Birthplace of Women’s Rights. “There are a range of issues impacting women, and it’s important for those issues to be discussed,” said one marcher, who was with her daughter — visiting from a community near Albany. “It’s just great to be here where it all... more

Geneva civil rights activist remembered by friends and family

You may not expect upbeat music during a memorial service, but for the family and friends of Rosa Blue, it created a perfect atmosphere to say their final goodbye. In fact, services were called a “Home Going Celebration” instead of a funeral. The well-known Geneva civil rights activist passed away last Saturday at the age of 86. Her accomplishments included... more

LOOKING BACK: Geneva’s South Main Street

What do you think of when you think of Geneva’s South Main Street? I believe many Genevans think of the beautiful row houses often referred to as “Rainbow Row.” There is no doubt that South Main from Seneca Street south to Jay Street is beautiful, with many different architectural styles in its 4,660-foot length. However, how much of that beauty... more

Healing hurts through theater in Newark

For most teens, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday means a chance to sleep in and catch up on homework. Not so for the Justice Organization for Youth (JOY) members, who not only awoke early last Monday but disregarded frigid temperatures to lead a workshop on incorporating experiences of oppression into performance pieces. FL Times: Read More more

LOOKING BACK: Geneva’s South Main Street

What do you think of when you think of Geneva’s South Main Street? I believe many Genevans think of the beautiful row houses often referred to as “Rainbow Row.” There is no doubt that South Main from Seneca Street south to Jay Street is beautiful, with many different architectural styles in its 4,660-foot length. However, how much of that beauty... more

‘This Bold Decision’ celebrates FLCC’s 50 years

Fifty years of memories of Finger Lakes Community College — from the first students to the 2017 inauguration of its fifth president — are packed into a new commemorative book celebrating the college’s golden anniversary. The full-page, limited-edition book will be released on Feb. 1 — 50 years to the day when the college began offering full-time, credit-bearing classes. The... more

Geneva Historical Society in space crunch

Finding room for the vast collections of the Geneva Historical Society is becoming a big challenge. “We are bursting at the seams,” said Executive Director Kerry Lippincott. “Items are stored in every available space. This makes tracking and moving items for exhibits challenging. It is also does not provide the best conditions for the long-term preservation of our artifacts.” The... more
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