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Log cabins were the most popular and affordable type of home when immigrants first came to America

Log cabins weren’t just popular out west, but were one of the most common housing structures here in Yates County as well. Scandinavian immigrants introduced log cabins to American culture in the 17th century. The popularity stemmed from affordability and easy access ... MORE
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OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Remembering 9/11 Twenty Years Later (podcast)

Seneca County Historian Walter Gable looks back at one of the most memorable dates of this generation on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in this special edition of Our Finger Lakes History on ... MORE
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Historical women suffrage statues are now on display overlooking Van Cleef Lake

Statues of Laura Cornelius Kellogg, Harriet Tubman, Martha Coffin Wright and Sojourner Truth are now located on East Bayard Street. The statues are 8 feet tall and called “Ripples of Change.” They’re now overlooking Van Cleef Lake. The statues will eventually be ... MORE
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Seward House Museum has seen major success this year

The Seward House Museum has been very successful this summer, according to Tour Cayuga’s Karen Kuhl. Maria Coleman says that tours are limited to 16 people per tour due to COVID, but that they have been selling out almost every day that ... MORE
OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Auburn Correctional Facility (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Auburn Correctional Facility (podcast)

In this episode of Our Finger Lakes History on FingerLakes1.com, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable looks at the history of the Auburn Correctional Facility in Auburn, NY. The prison is among the oldest functional prisons int he United States receiving its first ... MORE
Photograph of Susan B. Anthony found in Geneva attic is up for auction

Photograph of Susan B. Anthony found in Geneva attic is up for auction

The photograph found inside the attic of Susan B. Anthony is up for auction. The photo was found by David Whitcomb, of Canandaigua, in the attic of a third floor apartment inside of a 125-year-old Geneva building. Whitcomb is auctioning off 350 ... MORE
Valentown Museum continues updates with new porch in the plans following last year’s new roof

Valentown Museum continues updates with new porch in the plans following last year’s new roof

The Historic Valentown Museum in Victor will be getting an updated porch soon after receiving a new metal roof last year. Kathryn White, president of the Victor Historical Society, says the goal is to get the building to where it once was ... MORE
Photograph donations being made to the Library of Congress by local son of WWII

Photograph donations being made to the Library of Congress by local son of WWII veteran

Sgt. Carl Chamberlain served in World War II and carried a camera throughout his tour as a paratrooper. Now his son Michael is donating the 900 photos collected to the Library of Congress. Michael will deliver the photos on September 21 for ... MORE
Penn Yan Academy class of 1956 digs up time capsule 5 years early with help of seniors

Penn Yan Academy class of 1956 digs up time capsule 5 years early with help of seniors

People from the Penn Yan Academy’s class of 1956 returned to the school to dig up a previously buried time capsule they created years ago. The class of 1956 had donated a black granite stone with a picture of the Old School ... MORE
Decades themed celebration will be held at

Decades themed celebration will be held at Museum of Wayne County History August 28th

A 20th Century Decades Party will be happening at the Museum of Wayne County History August 28th, hosted by the Wayne County Historical County. The event requires tickets and will run from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on the lawn at 21 ... MORE
Friends of Parrott Hall works diligently at bringing the building back to its former glory

Friends of Parrott Hall works diligently at bringing the building back to its former glory

Parrott Hall in Geneva is rich with history, but in a sad state of despair, as a local organization called Friends of Parrott Hall attempt to salvage what is left. The organization is working with a coalition made up of the City ... MORE
Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit available for viewing until 7 p.m. Monday night at Cayuga Community College

Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit available for viewing until 7 p.m. Monday night at Cayuga Community College

The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit will hold an event Monday at Cayuga Community College. It is hosted by the Cayuga County chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. The exhibit is open until 7 p.m. and a ceremony will be ... MORE
Harriet Tubman museum reopens for outdoor tours only

Harriet Tubman museum reopens for outdoor tours only

The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park is open for outdoor tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visitors can walk the grounds and see Tubman’s home then stop by the visitor center located on the property. Visitors are required ... MORE
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Historic Geneva has a new name with a stronger mission of connecting with community members

Historic Geneva has a new name with a stronger mission of connecting with community members

Historic Geneva has worked hard to rebrand themselves in order to become a more active part of the community, specifically to get the community to engage with them. Fingerlakes1.com was able to speak with Anne Dealy, Director of Education and Public Information, ... MORE
Historic Geneva sees positive feedback to recent rebranding

Historic Geneva sees positive feedback to recent rebranding

Last month, the Geneva Historical Society changed their name to “Historic Geneva” and rebranded themselves. Kerry Lippincott wanted to restructure the name and image, as well as take out the word ‘society’ to be more inclusive. Lippincott said that the feedback has ... MORE