Category: History

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INSIDE THE FLX: Tracy Murphy of Historic Palmyra discusses rebuilding the Coverlet Museum after the fire, Palmyra in its heyday and how you can help (podcast)

In this episode, we talk with Tracy Murphy from Historic Palmyra. In November, a fire damaged the Alling Coverlet Museum, the flagship facility of Historic Palmyra, which houses one of the largest collections of antique, hand-woven coverlets in existence. We talked about ... MORE
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Just published! Eminent Riparians: Biographical sketches of Finger Lakes luminaries and leading lights, by Richard L. Hermann

Eminent Riparians, author Richard Hermann’s 15th book, encompasses more than 50 biographies of some of the most prominent individuals who either hail from the Finger Lakes or spent considerable time here on their way to national prominence and, in many cases, global ... MORE
Art, History, Life, Ontario County
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OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Finger Lakes Freedom Seekers (podcast)

In this edition of Our Finger Lakes History, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable talks about Freedom Seekers. In the program, focusing specifically on Freedom Seekers who settled in the Finger Lakes before the Civil War, learn about the plights of certain Freedom ... MORE
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Civil War reenactment unit interest meetings on Feb. 22 and 24

The Dundee Area Historical Society is forming a Civil War encampment and reenactment unit with upcoming meetings for those interested in joining. History fans 14 years old and up are encouraged to join the 76th New York Reenactment Group, according to The ... MORE
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YCHC hosting reenactment unit meeting

The Dundee Area Historical Society is seeking to form a Civil War encampment and reenactment unit and holding a couple of meetings for those interested in joining. The first meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 22 at the Dundee ... MORE
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Bath Fire Department raffling off antique tractor

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is raffling off a tractor this spring to help fund the purchase of new equipment. The Fire Department will raffle off a 1946 John Deere B on June 4, according to WETM. Tickets cost $10 each and ... MORE
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