Category: History

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Historical Markers in New York State (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Historical Markers in New York State (podcast)

In this edition of Our Finger Lakes History, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable tells us about the Historic Markers in New York State, the ones that stand along the road throughout the state. These markers tell some aspect of history on the ... MORE
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Remembering a Massacre: A Roundtable on Wounded Knee

The national award-winning Indigenous affairs team at FingerLakes1.com seeks to acknowledge the deadly massacre at Wounded Knee on Dec. 29, 1890. “Remembering a Massacre: A Roundtable on Wounded Knee,” a special two-part program, hosted and moderated by Gabriel Pietrorazio, Indigenous affairs editor, ... MORE
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Phelps couple goes to work saving the historic Phelps Hotel

A Phelps couple wants to restore the historic Phelps Hotel to its previous glory. Greg Mayo told the Finger Lakes Times he was working on renovations to the nearby DeBaere Block and could see damage to the roof the hotel. So he ... MORE
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OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Advertising and the Commercialization of Christmas (podcast)

Seneca County Historian Walter Gable talks about the interesting history of the Christmas shopping season advertising. The idea of Christmas advertisements being a Christmas tradition have become possibly cringe worthy, as many people feel it has taken away from the true meaning ... MORE
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George Bailey’s original 1919 Dodge arrives in Seneca Falls

The original 1919 Dodge Brothers automobile that was made famous as George Bailey’s car in the Frank Capra holiday Classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life” arrived in Seneca Falls, NY on Wednesday as part of the town’s It’s A Wonderful Life Festival which ... MORE
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“The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life” documentary featuring Seneca Falls released

A 30-minute documentary filmed in Seneca Falls entitled “The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life” was released on Amazon Prime Video, DVD and online video platforms this week. The documentary, produced by produced by Central New York filmmakers Francis DiClemente (Syracuse) ... MORE
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OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Willard Asylum for the Insane (podcast)

In this episode of Our Finger Lakes History, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable looks at the Willard Asylum for the Insane. For many years, Willard was the largest state mental institution in the United States, and many practices undertaken at Willard became ... MORE
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Massive renovation at historic Taughannock Falls Inn now complete

The multi-million dollar renovation at the historic, 24-room Inn at Taughannock Falls is complete. Among the changes on the lakeside property include a new outdoor wedding and events space, which holds upwards of 300 people. The Inn, which celebrates its 75th anniversary ... MORE
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OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Fort Ontario in Oswego (podcast)

This edition of Our Finger Lakes History deals with Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY. This is the longest existing operational fortress in the Finger Lakes. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will discuss the long, storied history of Fort Ontario.  ... MORE
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Helming recognized by Marine Corps League Memorial Day Detachment 468

Senator Pam Helming was recognized by members of Marine Corps League Memorial Day Detachment 468 for her efforts to help make Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery the first New York State Veterans Cemetery. Memorial Day Detachment 468 partners with Senator Helming each year ... MORE
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WEB SERIES: History of agriculture, wine, and tourism in Edith Ford Memorial Library Roundtable (watch)

Throughout the last year FingerLakes1.com partnered with the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library located in Ovid, New York to host a series of roundtable discussions on the history and role of Seneca County in agriculture, wine, and tourism. The conversations are led ... MORE
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Deer Haven Park wagon tours will be held Saturday, Oct. 23

Deer Haven Park will hold two wagon tours for the second year in a row, for one day only. Tours will run Saturday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The tour ... MORE
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OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Hammondsport native Glenn H. Curtiss (podcast)

This episode deals with Glenn Hammond Curtiss who was born in Hammondsport, NY at the south end of Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes. Curtiss became famous as a pioneer in motorcycling and as an architect of American aviation. We can justly ... MORE
8 tips to help you find your family tree

8 tips to help you find your family tree

Family is undoubtedly the most important thing in a person’s life. No matter whether you are as small as a toddler or a senior citizen, the love and affection of a family is something everyone needs at some point in life. The ... MORE
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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