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Induction into National Women’s HOF set for September 16th

In celebration of the 100th year anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote in New York, The National Women’s Hall of Fame will host a weekend celebrating the achievements of American Women in the birthplace of the Women’s Rights movement in the U.S. The highlight of the weekend is the induction of ten women for their historic achievement into the Hall... more

Sauerkraut Weekend continues with fireworks tonight in Phelps

Despite less than perfect weather, the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend kicked off its 47th year August 4th with an afternoon of activities for the entire family. The cabbage head decorating contest brought in several creative entries with first place going to Lily Westcott in the 6 to 8 age range with her Minnie Mouse creation. The day also included food and... more

Skaneateles boat show draws boaters from around the country

Dave Blum owns 13 boats and 13 dogs. He brought one of his boats, a 12-foot 1956 Penn Yan Swift, and three of his dogs, all English Setters, to the 39th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show Sunday in Skaneateles. Blum, who made the trip to the Finger Lakes region from Bergen, New York, said most of the boats he... more

Family donates century-old, 20-ton caboose to Sterling Historical Society

For the past 35 years, the Ukleya family’s home has been hard to miss. Nestled along Route 34 in the town of Hannibal, Joseph and Loretta Ukleya raised their three children — Marcia, Amy and Tom — in a humble one-story house. But it’s what was beside the house that made drivers stop and stare: a big red caboose. Since... more

Ganondagan festival showcases Native culture as living traditions

This time of year is busy for the Friends of Ganondagan at Ganondagan State Historic Site. After presenting at Convention Days last week, the Native community is ready to host its own event once again. Ganondagan will hold its annual Native American Dance & Music Festival, a well-known celebration of Native culture, this weekend from Saturday, July 22 to Sunday,... more

Taste of Wayne County, VoteTilla draws over 800 to Newark

Organizers are still counting, but it’s anticipated that over 800 people attended the first ever Taste of Wayne County event as Newark welcomed the VoteTilla to the village yesterday afternoon, July 18th. “It was successful beyond our imagination,” Mayor Jonathan Taylor said, adding, “Absolutely!” when asked if they will hold the event again next year. The event brought vendors from... more

Auburn honors Harriet Tubman with second annual Strawberry Stroll

Over the span of 11 years, Harriet Tubman rescued over 70 slaves, traveling on the Underground Railroad under the cover of night, with only the North Star to guide her. "If you're really adventurous, you may want to leave later, close your eyes and try to walk back to grave site," Mayor Michael Quill joked Sunday... more

JUST SAYING: Erie Canal celebrating milestone with many others

First, in May 2017 many people enjoy watching the Genesee Beer Tanks arrive through many communities on the Erie Canal from the Hudson to Rochester, NY. What an experience that will be talked about for many years. It brought community people together to enjoy not only the experience, but enjoying a fun day with friends and new friends. June, July... more

Erie Canal’s jailhouse roots

More than 200 years ago, canal building in post-Industrial Revolution era Europe was all the rage, particularly in England and France. Many ideas were also floated around New York state to try to improve commercial transportation, but the one that captured the political powers of the time was conceived by a Geneva flour merchant serving time in debtor’s prison in... more

Lyons Peppermint Days draws huge crowds

Ask just about anyone wandering through the maze of vendors and games at this year’s Peppermint Days in Lyons what their favorite part of the whole weekend and they will tell you it’s the fireworks. For years the festival has honored its history with peppermint with the biggest fireworks show lighting up the sky over the Erie Canal – a... more

Repurposing St. Andrew’s Church into a home subject of history talk

Have you been wondering what is happening at the old St. Andrew’s Church building? Come find out at the Dundee Area Historical Society’s dinner program on Wednesday, July 19 at the American Legion, 10 Spring St., Dundee. Jason Mauro will talk about the repurposing St. Andrew’s into a home. St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 8 Union St., Dundee was built in... more

Newly furnished Elizabeth Cady Stanton and M’Clintock houses open doors

Women’s Rights National Historical Park is proud to announce the opening of the newly furnished Elizabeth Cady Stanton and M’Clintock houses. During Stanton’s time in Seneca Falls, she lived in her home for 15 years. During this time she frequently hosted important civil rights leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith, Lucretia Mott, and a host of... more

200 years ago: Work on Erie Canal began and changed history

This Fourth of July marks the 200th anniversary of the ceremonial first digging for the construction of the Erie Canal, a 363-mile waterway that would change history. The groundbreaking was held July 4, 1817, in a field in Rome, in central New York. Construction of the canal was begun a few days later at a location nearby. Workers equipped with... more

Auburn student: Why the Schine should be restored

The Schine Theater in Auburn, smack dab in the heart of the city’s downtown, with its Art Deco architecture and historical presence has been a part of downtown Auburn for almost 80 Years. Many lifelong residents of Auburn can recall happy memories while visiting this ornate Theater. Auburnians have mixed feelings on whether or not the building should be saved... more

VoteTilla to get a Taste of Wayne County at Newark event

The VoteTilla will arrive in Wayne County on Monday, July 17th as part of a week-long navigational celebrating 100 years of women’s voices and votes in New York State that will take place along the Erie Canal. With a core of five rented, 10-passenger, canal packet boats, VoteTilla will set out from Seneca Falls and travel to Rochester, finishing the... more
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