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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

First Annual Harriet Tubman Day

First Annual Harriet Tubman Day
Save the date for the First Annual Harriet Tubman Day at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center & Auburn NY Visitor Center. Emceed by NewsChannel 9’s Jennifer Sanders, this will be a day of celebration, featuring author and historian, Dr. Kate Clifford Larson; Smithsonian music educators, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino of Magpie; Martha Swan, creator of “Harriet Was Here... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: A Whale of a Tale in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: A Whale of a Tale in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
The amazing story of how Waterloo became known near and far as “the place the whale burned” in the late 1800’s. A mammoth whale that was captured by Captain Nickerson off the coast of Cape Cod in 1888 was embalmed and taken on a tour of northeastern America. That is, until the whale was brought to Seneca Falls and Waterloo... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 & 1919 (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 & 1919 (podcast)
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and 1919 killed millions of people worldwide and had a big impact on life in the Finger Lakes region. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable describes the local impact through newspaper headlines and public records to demonstrate how day to day life for area residents came to a halt and shares some staggering numbers of lives... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Taughannock Falls State Park (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Taughannock Falls State Park (podcast)
The Finger Lakes region is home to dozens of waterfalls but none are more famous as the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, Taughannock Falls. Learn about the complete history of the State Park at Taughannock Falls from the origin of the name to the geology behind the formation of the three major falls within the park. Join Seneca... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Fayette native Robert S. Duncanson (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Fayette native Robert S. Duncanson (podcast)
Born in Fayette in 1821, Robert Seldon Duncanson was one of few African American landscape painters of the nineteenth century, and he achieved levels of success unknown to his contemporaries. In this episode of Our Finger Lakes History, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the life and times of Duncanson. . more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Where the falls were in Seneca Falls (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Where the falls were in Seneca Falls (podcast)
So many visitors to Seneca Falls have asked local residents and business owners where they would find the waterfalls. In fact, there are no waterfalls in Seneca Falls. But, there used to be. Find out the fascinating history of Seneca Falls’ history built around the water running through the former village and how it has changed through time and shapehttp://fingerlakes1.com/wp-admin/edit.phpd... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Cayuga Lake Long Bridges (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Cayuga Lake Long Bridges (podcast)
Did you know that there was a time when you could cross Cayuga Lake by bridge? When it was constructed, the Cayuga Lake Long Bridge was the longest bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Find out the history of the first Cayuga Lake Long Bridge, and the bridges that would follow as Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents another episode of... 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.┬áSeneca 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
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