Seasonal Newsletter July| Summer 2021 Issue

Since our Spring Newsletter, Executive Director Rhonda Destino left us for a new challenge with MRB Group (Rochester NY). Rhonda’s tenure has led to many positive changes to the Museum. The Board of Directors is grateful for the energy, enthusiasm, and vision that Rhonda has brought to the Museum. Her tenure has led to many positive changes including the successful negotiation with the Town of Seneca Falls to replace or refinish the floors, implementation of Museum-wide safety requirements in response to COVID-19 requirements, and the on-going collaboration and partnerships with local non-profits. Thank you, Rhonda, for all you have done to promote and improve our Museum. We wish you the best in your new endeavor!
Please click here to read our complete Summer Newsletter!

July First Friday

Come celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the It’s A Wonderful Life movie release and enjoy our take on “Christmas In July!”

Holiday Shopping Vendors:

We will have space for ten local vendors to sell their local goods in our “holiday shopping” floor for this event! Please contact Teresa at

FREE Children’s LEGO Activity!

From 5pm-8pm, kids of all ages can come learn about the “It’s A Wonderful LEGO Life” campaign and to take home a Lego gift related to this iconic movie. You can come and see our Lego exhibit on our top floor and find more information from it’s creator, Jason Middaugh! Jason says “this project is a continuation of our family dream to be the creators of an official LEGO set. LEGO has a formal process for ideas, so we ask for your support in collecting 10K votes for our family project so that we can make it a reality.” These Lego kits were sponsored by SMI to ensure that we can offer enriching children’s programs during our First Friday events free of charge.

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We may also have some additional guests selling some goods for the local Girl Scouts, community tables, and other friends here to celebrate the big It’s A Wonderful Life anniversary.

Book Club Series: Book 2

Seneca Museum Book Club SeriesContinues
Book #2: Home Place still has some room to join and this book you can keep!
Our next meet up is Wednesday, June 23rd from 4pm-5pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Please click below to be directed to our website for the full information and to register for this book club series:
When to pick up your books?Right now: pick up your books during our open hours when it is convenient for you!
You can join us for any or all 3 of the books in the series.
There is a limit of 15 participants/book as we provide the books to you.
Books of the Series:Home Place by Sally CrosiarVotes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited by Jean H. Baker
*The book, Home Place, you are able to keep and the other books we have to return as they are borrowed from Humanities NY.

June First Friday

We are back at it again for an event at 89 Fall Street on June 4th from 5pm-8pm. Please find all of the details below and our registration link.

RSVP for our sessions here:

First Friday Event Friday, June 4, 2021 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Think Green: How To Make Your Garden Grow

Unique Draw: Gardening Demonstrations by Edward Jurkiewicz

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Master Gardening Program

Adult/Family Program

Demonstrations and learn how to:

5:30 – 6:00 pm Building a terrarium –

Watch how to make a terrarium which is a miniature garden grown inside a covered glass or plastic container.

6:15 – 6:45 pm Kitchen Scrap Gardening –

Learn how to grow plants from items you normally would throw in your compost bucket. It is a kick to grown new plants from old plant parts.

7:00 – 7:30 pm Seed balls –

Learn about the ancient art of making seed balls. Watch how a seed ball is made. A seed ball a small bundle of seeds, clay and soil (or compost).

Advanced registration is required. You may sign up for one, two or all three demonstrations.

Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

Come Celebrate with Us!

Our June 19th Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

On Saturday, June 19th the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry will hold a chicken barbecue at the Five Star Bank, Waterloo starting at 11 a.m. The event, catered by Ace Automatics (formerly Manhill Food Service), will benefit children’s programming. Starting on May 1st, tickets are available for $10 presale and will be $12 day of the event. They can be purchased from any board member or at the Heritage and Tourism Center (home of the Seneca Museum), 89 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY. June 19th coincides with Father’s Day weekend. What a great way to celebrate a dad and benefit children’s programming at the same time!

PDF of our BBQ event flier.

May 7th First Friday

Please join us for a family friendly event for our First Friday event on May 7th from 5pm-8pm!

We are open late to come and enjoy our space in a COVID-safe setting.

APPROACHABLE YOGA: We are offering a socially distant, free yoga opportunity with Sean Roulan ( Each session will have 10 participants. Registration, your own mat, and a mask are required. Register here! Experience is NOT required – Sean will go over what is helpful for all of us no matter ability!

Kindness Rocks: Free children’s activity, but fun for all! Come paint an inspiring message on a locally-sourced rock! You will be able to take these with you to spread the kindness. Find out more about the kindness rocks projects here: Our First Friday children’s activities are free of charge due to the generosity of Seneca Meadows, Inc.

Landmark Architecture in Seneca Falls – First Friday Event (Via Zoom)

Thank you all again for signing up and attending our virtual program Friday evening with Walt Gable.

As promised, here is a link to our recording of the program.

The password for the recording is: SenecaMuseum2021!

Register here: or email

Please follow this link for the presentation:

Rhonda Destino is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Time: Apr 2, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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1st Annual Golf Tournament

Join us on Wednesday, June 2nd, at the Seneca Falls Country Club for our first annual golf tournament. Support our children’s programming by sponsoring a tee/a hole or register your four-person team today!

Find our team registration form here as a PDF and the image is below:

Thank you in advance for considering being an event sponsor. The form link is below and the form/payment should be returned by May 1st. There is also paper copies of this information available to our front desk at the Seneca Museum.

Book Club Series

We are extending our Centennial Celebration of Women’s Right to Vote with a book club series that focuses on strong women. You can join us for any or all 3 of the books in the series. There is a limit of 15 participants/book as we provide the books to you.

Books of the Series:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Lori D. Ginzberg

Home Place by Sally Crosiar

Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited by Jean H. Baker

The book, Home Place, you are able to keep and the other two books we have to return as they are borrowed from Humanities NY.

See our flier below.

Register here!

Register using this link:

How will this work:

You must register stating what books of the series you will be participating in.

These books will be available for pick up during business hours of the Seneca Museum. There is a limit of 15 people per book. A book gathering will happen within the second month listed on the flier and it will be a decision of that particular group on day, time, and if it is socially distant in-person or via zoom. The first and third books have been borrowed from Humanities NY and will be returned after our gathering for that book. The second book in the series will be given to participants with no need to return to us.

More about the Books:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Lori D. Ginzberg: Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a brilliant activist-intellectual. That nearly all of her ideas—that women are entitled to seek an education, to own property, to get a divorce, and to vote—are now commonplace is in large part because she worked tirelessly to extend the nation’s promise of radical individualism to women. In this subtly crafted biography, the historian Lori D. Ginzberg narrates the life of a woman of great charm, enormous appetite, and extraordinary intellectual gifts who turned the limitations placed on women like herself into a universal philosophy of equal rights. Facilitated by: Rhonda Destino (Information below).

Home Place by Sally Crosiar: Will Kat Patterson manage to save her family’s farm when all her brother wants is cold hard cash? Paul’s hired Whip Tyler to develop the property against Kat’s wishes. Whip Tyler, of all people! Hasn’t their family lost enough at Whip’s hands? Hasn’t Paul Patterson caused enough damage in Whip’s life? But if he won’t take the job, Paul will find someone else – a developer who will rape the land and throw Kat’s hopes to the wind. It would be easier if Whip didn’t care. Or if that long-ago promise didn’t stand between him and Kat. Facilitated by the Author: Sally Crosiar (Information below).

Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited by Jean H. Baker: In Votes For Women, Jean H. Baker has assembled an impressive collection of new scholarship on the struggle of American women for the suffrage. Each of the eleven essays illuminates some aspect of the long battle that lasted from the 1850s to the passage of the suffrage amendment in 1920. From the movement’s antecedents in the minds of women like Mary Wollstonecraft and Frances Wright, to the historic gathering at Seneca Falls in 1848, to the civil disobedience during World War I orchestrated by the National Woman’s Party, the essential elements of this tumultuous story emerge in these finely-tuned chapters. Facilitated by Stephanie Freese: (Information below).

About The Facilitators:

Rhonda Destino is the Executive Director of our organization and a lifetime learner about women’s rights and always been a great fan of Seneca Falls-the past and the potential. Rhonda has a Masters degree from American University in Washington, DC in Public Communication and a Women and Politics MA Certification. She also attended SUNY Brockport and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She has enjoyed blending her work experience and passions in this role and is excited for the future of our organization.

Sally Crosiar is a local Finger Lakes author. Sally Crosiar grew up in a drafty 100-year-old house that she still calls her Home Place after decades away. Now she lives and plays in, on, or near Finger Lakes waters. In addition to writing, she teaches online courses for non-formal educators and creates wearable art from beads, clay, and fibers. Find all Sally’s books at:

Stephanie Freese has been with the National Park Service as the 19th Amendment Centennial Coordinator at Women’s Rights National Historical Park since 2018. She earned her B.A. in English Literature/Secondary Education from Wells College in Aurora, New York, and her M.A. in Literature/Women’s Studies from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.