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

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
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