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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: Ice Harvesting in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Ice Harvesting in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
Before the days of electrical refrigeration much of the perishable foods that sustained the northeastern United States came from the vast ice harvesting industry on the Finger Lakes. Learn how ice was harvested and delivered to customers throughout the region and beyond in this edition of Our Finger Lakes History with Seneca County Historian Walter Gable.  . more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: When have the Finger Lakes frozen over? (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: When have the Finger Lakes frozen over? (podcast)
It is a very rare occurrence for the Finger Lakes’ two biggest bodies of water, Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, to completely freeze over in the winter. It has, in fact, only happened a handful of times. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will tell you when it happened and what that meant for local residents throughout history. . more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Upstate New York Canals (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Upstate New York Canals (podcast)
While the Erie Canal was the most important canal in Upstate New York, the history behind other canals that ran through the Finger Lakes and their relationship to the Erie is fascinating. In this episode Seneca County Historian Walter Gable discusses the histories of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Chemung Canal, and the Crooked Lake Canal.  This... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The complete history of the Erie Canal (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The complete history of the Erie Canal (podcast)
Canals played a very important part in the rapid and huge economic development of the Finger Lakes in the decades before the Civil War. The Erie Canal was clearly the most important of the canals in New York State. In this edition of Our Finger Lakes History Seneca County Historian Walter Gable describes the history of the inception, construction and... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Country Schools in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Country Schools in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
Seneca County Historian Walter Gable takes you through the history of country schools in the Finger Lakes. The country school was a very familiar institution in rural American until about 1940, Though most of these schools are gone, the school buildings built after the Civil War tended to be built so strongly that they are still used today for other... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Fossenvue on Seneca Lake (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Fossenvue on Seneca Lake (podcast)
Between 1875 and 1901, Fossenvue was an important summer retreat on Seneca Lake that provided cultural stimulation in a natural setting. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will explain how a group of seven friends in Geneva, New York founded Fossenvue and the interesting history of this unique historical location that is now part of the Finger Lakes National Forest. . more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Valois Castle on Seneca Lake (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Valois Castle on Seneca Lake (podcast)
It was called a “breath of Paris in the Finger Lakes” during the late 19th century. Built by Arthur E. Valois on the shore overlooking Seneca Lake, the history of Valois Castle has roots in European royalty and treasures.  Learn about the construction and evolution of the property into a premiere, upscale tourist destination and entertainment venue before ultimately being... 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
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