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‘No human being is illegal’: Immigration panel discussion held at a Sennett church

‘No human being is illegal’: Immigration panel discussion held at a Sennett church
The Sennett Federated Church held an immigration panel discussion on Sunday with the presence of the New York Immigration Coalition, Workers' Center of Central New York and two immigrants who shared their stories of struggle. Pastor George Huffsmith said he put the event together because he realized there was a lot more to the immigration discussion than he understood, and... more

Auburn connection to ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ discussed by Solomon Northrup descendant

Auburn connection to ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ discussed by Solomon Northrup descendant
Solomon Northrup’s great-great-great-granddaughter Melissa Howell delivered a presentation on Sunday about the hidden figures who played a role in the publishing of Northrup’s memoir, “Twelve Years a Slave,” in 1853. Howell presented “A freedom narrative’s coming of age: the hidden figures who brought ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ to publication,” at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park visitor center in Seneca... more

Art ordinance, Tubman statue, Auburn Public Theater expansion discussed at public art panel

Representatives from the city of Auburn, the Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee and the Auburn Public Theater are continuing their efforts to further coordinate arts and culture programs in the city. Auburn Senior Planner Renee Jensen, Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee Chair Debra Brillati and APT staff members Janie MicGlire and Paula Kinev were part of the public art panel... more

Planning for July Convention Days begins Feb. 12

Planning for July Convention Days begins Feb. 12
Planning for the annual Convention Days celebration is getting started five months in advance. A community meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. The annual celebration, which is set for July 20-22, commemorates the first women’s rights convention, which was held July 19-20, 1848, at the old Wesleyan Chapel.... more

Seward House Museum awarded $20K grant for Underground Railroad project

Seward House Museum awarded $20K grant for Underground Railroad project
The Seward House Museum in Auburn has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Network to Freedom, the museum announced in a news release. The money will be used for preservation, research and an exhibition related to the Underground Railroad. As a site of the railroad, the museum will research new content related to the Seward family’s involvement in it,... more

RANGE OF REASONS: Thousands march toward gender equality in Seneca Falls

RANGE OF REASONS: Thousands march toward gender equality in Seneca Falls
Thousands gathered in Seneca Falls on Saturday to rally, march, and celebrate women in the Birthplace of Women’s Rights. “There are a range of issues impacting women, and it’s important for those issues to be discussed,” said one marcher, who was with her daughter — visiting from a community near Albany. “It’s just great to be here where it all... more

Geneva civil rights activist remembered by friends and family

Geneva civil rights activist remembered by friends and family
You may not expect upbeat music during a memorial service, but for the family and friends of Rosa Blue, it created a perfect atmosphere to say their final goodbye. In fact, services were called a “Home Going Celebration” instead of a funeral. The well-known Geneva civil rights activist passed away last Saturday at the age of 86. Her accomplishments included... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Stephen Harkness of MacDougall (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Stephen Harkness of MacDougall (podcast)
Stephen Harkness, a native of MacDougall, New York in Seneca County, became the second most wealthy American of his time through a partnership with John D. Rockeller of Richford, NY. This episode tells the story of Harkness’ rise to “Millionaire’s Row” in Cleveland, Ohio. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the third in his series of famous historic people with Finger... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua (podcast)
Learn about the origins of the famous Canandaigua landmark, Sonnenberg Gardens. This episode takes you through the transformation of the property and ownership over the past century and a half at the Sonnenberg mansion and grounds. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the first in his series of famous historic places in the Finger Lakes. . more

Geneva Historical Society in space crunch

Geneva Historical Society in space crunch
Finding room for the vast collections of the Geneva Historical Society is becoming a big challenge. “We are bursting at the seams,” said Executive Director Kerry Lippincott. “Items are stored in every available space. This makes tracking and moving items for exhibits challenging. It is also does not provide the best conditions for the long-term preservation of our artifacts.” The... more
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