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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

Progress 2017: Harriet Tubman developments should draw more visitors to Cayuga County

In the summer of 1998, thousands of people gathered outside Harriet Tubman’s Home for the Aged to celebrate history. The heroine’s South Street home was one of First Lady Hillary Clinton’s first stops on her Save America’s Treasures tour, an initiative to preserve culture across the country. And it was then that the effort to nationally recognize Tubman truly began.... more

Our Finger Lakes History: Sampson Naval Training Station during WWII (podcast)

On Monday afternoon’s edition of Our Finger Lakes History on FingerLakes1.TV, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the complete history of the Sampson Naval Training Station during World War II which was located on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake where Sampson State Park is today and covered 2,535 acres. 411,429 naval recruits were trained there during the 3.5 years of... more

Seneca County Chamber sells landmark windmill

A businessman whose company is less than two miles away from an iconic Seneca County landmark now owns it. 2022 Routes 5&20, a limited liability corporation headed by Waterloo Container Co. owner Bill Lutz, bought the vacant, windmill-adorned building and the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce structure at that address Thursday afternoon. The sale price was $185,000. The Chamber occupies... more

The History Center seeks $35.5K for Heritage Center plans

The History Center has submitted the first phase of plans for a Tompkins County Heritage Education Center on the Commons. In a filing last week, The History Center (THC), in partnership with several other local non-profits, submitted an application requesting $35,500 from the County Tourism Program. IthacaVoice.com: Read More more

WAY BACK IN YATES COUNTY: Home Guard had short, robust life

One hundred years ago there were two monumental events that greatly affected Yates County. The first was in April when the United States entered the war against Germany in Europe and the second was in November, when an amendment to the New York Constitution granted the vote to the women of the state. The Yates County History Center in Penn... more
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