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Josiah and More

Josiah and More
Seneca Falls United Methodist Church is sponsoring a screening of the short documentary, Josiah, on Sat., June 16 at 2:00 pm in the Wesleyan Chapel at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls. The film is the compelling story of Josiah Henson, the African-American slave upon whose life Harriet Beecher Stowe based her novel, Uncle Tom’s... more

Riding for Siding

Riding for Siding
This special event is a “rain or shine” fundraiser to raise money to fix the Valentown Hall siding. All are welcome, it is not a requirement to participate on a motorcycle. Ticket sales include an introductory walk through tour of the hall, a BBQ plate at Millie’s Handlebar Cafe, raffles and door prizes. Tickets can be used one more time... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Seward House in Auburn (podcast)

William H. Seward was one of the foremost politicians of 19th century America and his incredible legacy, and all his stuff, is on display at the Seward House Museum in Auburn. Seward made his mark as being a strong opponent of slavery while serving on the public stage as a New York state senator, governor and a U.S. Senator. He... 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

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

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

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The life of Marcus Whitman (podcast)

Born in present day Rushville in 1802, Marcus Whitman was the first graduate doctor of a medical school to practice medicine west of the Rocky Mountains and is credited as a pioneer who helped colonize the Oregon Territory. This is the first in an occasional series of episodes of Walter Gable’s Our Finger Lakes History Podcast that looks at the... 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

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

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

Our Finger Lakes History: Civil War Christmas

Seneca County Historian Walter Gables recounts Christmas through the Civil War including the origins of the American Santa Claus, the original Christmas Carols that were born out of the conflict, and journal entries on Christmas Day from a soldier from Canoga. more