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Auburn celebrates Juneteenth this weekend

NOTE: The Quinn Hunter lecture scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until a later date. The city of Auburn will celebrate Juneteenth this weekend. The holiday commemorates the day slaves in Texas found out Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The Harriet ... MORE
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Community Education for Transformation to host a family-friendly commemoration of Juneteenth

On Saturday June 18th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Community Education for Transformation (CET) is hosting a family-friendly commemoration of Juneteenth at the gazebo at the Geneva lakefront next to the Finger Lakes Welcome Center.   Juneteenth, which was made a federal and local ... MORE
OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Lafayette’s Farewell Tour through the Finger Lakes (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Lafayette’s Farewell Tour through the Finger Lakes (podcast)

General Lafayette was considered to be the most famous Frenchman of all times. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable tells us about Marquis Lafayette’s trip through the Finger Lakes. Made an honorary citizen of the United States, Lafayette still holds a special place ... MORE
Finger Lakes Travel: A trip to State Bakery + BBQ and where to go this Memorial Day

Finger Lakes Travel: A trip to State Bakery + BBQ and where to go this Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is back this year with all the usual festivities like cookouts, fireworks, and parades. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our list of weekend events in the area ... MORE
The triumphal visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to Geneva and Waterloo on June 8, 1825

The triumphal visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to Geneva and Waterloo on June 8, 1825

Ever wonder why there was a Lafayette Inn in Geneva and how Lafayette Park in Waterloo got its name? The names came from the visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to those sites on June 8, 1825. From July 1824 to September ... MORE
INSIDE THE FLX: Seneca County Cooperative Extension’s Ave Bauder and Rachel Williams (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Seneca County Cooperative Extension’s Ave Bauder and Rachel Williams (podcast)

Joining host Ted Baker in the studio for Inside the FLX is Ave Bauder and Rachel Williams from the Seneca County Cooperative Extension. Ave is the Executive Director of the Seneca County Cooperative Extension, and Rachel is the 4-H Youth Development Issue ... MORE
Seneca County: Dedication of two new historical markers will take place this May, June

Seneca County: Dedication of two new historical markers will take place in coming weeks

Seneca County will unveil two new roadside historical markers in the coming weeks. The first dedication will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. at the Fayette Volunteer Fire Department. The marker will be placed at the birthplace of Robert ... MORE
Women’s Right Park to host play on Geneva suffragists April 30

Women’s Right Park to host play on Geneva suffragists April 30

A professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) wrote a play based on the gatherings of suffragists that used to be held at Fossenvue on the shores of Seneca Lake in Geneva. Fossenvue is the former summer retreat that hosted Geneva ... MORE
New Guinea: Researcher work to uncover lost history of Auburn’s 19th century Black settlement

New Guinea: Researcher works to uncover lost history of Auburn’s 19th century Black settlement

The Cayuga County Historian’s Office is working to uncover more details about New Guinea, Auburn’s early 19th century settlement founded by free Black people. The Historian’s Office review runs concurrent with a historic review ordered by the city of Auburn. The city’s ... MORE
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OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Safe Haven at Fort Ontario (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Safe Haven at Fort Ontario (podcast)

In a follow up to the Fort Ontario edition of Our Finger Lakes History, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable talks about Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Camp, located on the Fort Ontario property from 1944 until 1946. This program deals with Safe Haven, ... MORE
GlassFest returns to Corning this May 26-29

GlassFest returns to Corning this May

Corning’s annual GlassFest will return this May featuring craft and food vendors, fireworks, children’s activities, live music, and more. GlassFest is scheduled for May 26 – 29, 2022. The event will begin at the Corning Museum of Glass on May 26 with ... MORE
Waterloo to host Memorial Day  festivities after two-year hiatus

Waterloo to host Memorial Day festivities May 27-29 after two-year hiatus

Waterloo’s three-day long Memorial Day celebration is back this year after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The Celebrate Commemorate event will take place on May 27 – 29, with May 30 serving as solemn observance day, according to Finger Lakes Times ... MORE
‘Remember Our Ladies’ exhibit highlights notable women in Wayne County history

‘Remember Our Ladies’ exhibit highlights notable women in Wayne County history

The Museum of Wayne County History’s 2022 exhibit “Remember Our Ladies” is open to the public just in time for the tail-end of Women’s History Month. The museum opened for the season on Tuesday March 15, 2022. The interactive “Remember Our Ladies” ... MORE
OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Famous Finger Lakes Females (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Famous Finger Lakes Females (podcast)

March is Women’s History Month in the United States, and Seneca County Historian Walter Gable tells us about some famous, and should be-famous, females in the Finger Lakes. Many of the females in this edition of Our Finger Lakes History you may ... MORE
Committee seeks volunteers for Newfield’s Old Home Days celebratip

Volunteers needed for Newfield’s annual Old Home Days celebration

Newfield’s Old Home Days Committee is looking for new volunteers ahead of its annual celebration planned for July 29 and 30, 2022. This year’s theme for the Old Home Days celebration is “music in motion,” which was chosen to honor late Newfield ... MORE