Category: History

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Three major land purchases that shaped our region (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Three major land purchases that shaped our region (podcast)

This episode puts a focus on the three major land purchases that shaped the future of the Finger Lakes region. They include the Phelps-Gorham Purchase, the Watkins & Flint Purchase, and the Boston Ten Townships. Join Seneca County Historian Walter Gable to ... MORE
Ellie McIntyre Memorial program created at Seneca Falls Historical Society

Ellie McIntyre Memorial program created at Seneca Falls Historical Society

At age 97, Eleanor W. McIntyre passed away on October 29, 2019.  Ellie had volunteered at the Seneca Falls Historical Society for more than 30 years. She was extremely knowledgeable about local Seneca Falls history and enjoyed giving tours at the Museum ... MORE
OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The New Military Tract in NYS (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The New Military Tract in NYS (podcast)

This episode of Our Finger Lakes History deals with the New Military Tract of lands east of the Pre-Emption Line. This video will lend insight into how today’s current townships, counties and their boundaries came to be. Join Seneca County Historian Walter ... MORE
WEBCAST REPLAY: Skydivers land in the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor to celebrate 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote (video)

WEBCAST REPLAY: Skydivers land in the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor to celebrate 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote (video)

Women skydivers took to the skies above Seneca Falls on Saturday morning to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S. The Highlight Pro Skydiving Team performed the first of its kind aerial display near the National Women’s ... MORE
Ontario County Historical Society will hold Garden Tour on July 18th

Ontario County Historical Society will hold Garden Tour on July 18th

The Ontario County Historical Society and Museum is forging ahead with its Garden Tour event July 18th. As other festivals, concerts, and activities cancelled, the Garden Tour may be one of the only outdoor events in the area this summer. The tour ... MORE
OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Pre-Emption Line (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Pre-Emption Line (podcast)

Most Finger Lakes residents have heard of the Pre-Emption Line but very few know the fascinating history of why is exists. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable explains in this episode of Our Finger Lakes History.  . The Pre-Emption Line forms the ... MORE
ACROSS THE HALL: SUNY Brockport’s Professor Joe Torre on higher education in a pandemic & local history (podcast)

ACROSS THE HALL: SUNY Brockport’s Professor Joe Torre on higher education in a pandemic & local history (podcast)

This week Brendan is joined by SUNY Brockport history professor Joe Torre to talk local history and about the effect of COVID-19 on higher education. Professor Torre is an expert on early American History and the crucial role that Central and Western ... MORE
Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron,

Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron, Port of Newark recognized by National Heritage Corridor

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announced recipients of the 2020 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence on Thursday. The Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron and Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas in North Tonawanda and Tonawanda both received recognition. The ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Discussing history of Juneteenth

DAILY DEBRIEF: Discussing history of Juneteenth in 2020 (podcast)

What is Juneteenth? Edith Wormley, the assistant director of the Academic Opportunity Programs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a member of the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church talks about the history of this significant date. She also spends some time ... MORE
OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Sullivan Expedition of 1779 (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Sullivan Expedition of 1779 (podcast)

In this edition of Our Finger Lakes History, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable looks at the Sullivan Expedition of 1779. It was a major military offensive ordered by General George Washington in the American Revolutionary War and it’s focus was the Finger ... MORE
154th consecutive Memorial Day Commemoration in Waterloo (video

WATCH: 154th consecutive Memorial Day Commemoration in Waterloo (video)

The 154th consecutive Memorial Day Commemoration was held in Waterloo, the officially recognized Birthplace of Memorial Day,  on Saturday. The commemoration started at St. Mary’s Cemetery with a fly over by 11 vintage planes, organized by Lauren Dates.  Prayer was offered by ... MORE
OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The 1873 Trial of Susan B. Anthony (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The 1873 Trial of Susan B. Anthony (podcast)

This special episode describes one of the greatest stories in the history of the women’s rights and suffrage movements, the trial of Susan B. Anthony in 1873. The trial was held after Anthony was arrested for casting a ballot at a Rochester, ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: History lesson on the birth of Memorial Day in Waterloo (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: History lesson on the birth of Memorial Day in Waterloo (podcast)

– By Gabriel Pietrorazio On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo pressured the press corps into an impromptu history pop quiz, asking where the first Memorial Day celebration occurred, but instead met with silence. On today’s special holiday edition, we honor the lives and ... MORE
L Frank Baum and Oz: How New York State Celebrates Its Famous Son’s Legacy

L Frank Baum and Oz: How New York State Celebrates Its Famous Son’s Legacy

The state of New York has been the birthplace of a host of famous names through the years, but few could claim to have had an impact on pop culture in the way that L Frank Baum has. Born in Chittenango, he ... MORE
History, Life
Ontario County Historical Society names new executive director

Canandaigua resident named next director of Ontario County Historical Society

The Ontario County Historical Society has a new executive director. Historical Society Board of Trustees President Chris Hubler said Canandaigua resident Marci Diehl was selected to replace Ed Varno, who will retire this summer. The expectation is that the Historical Society will ... MORE