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

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Topic: Walt Gable Educational Program
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.

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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.

Vintage Tweets

March’s First Friday (Virtual) Event

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Topic: Vintage Tweets Zoom Presentation – Seneca Falls

Time: Mar 5, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Winter Newsletter

Seasonal Newsletter January | Winter 2021 Issue
Since our Fall Newsletter, the incidence of COVID-19 has been increasing rapidly in the Finger Lakes Region. Sadly, we felt that for the health of all concerned, we had to postpone our December 4, 2020 First Friday event featuring the popular Lipker Sisters until the region’s COVID-19 incidence has turned around. Stay tuned for the rescheduled event once our area’s positivity rate has sufficiently declined. All of us are excited that the vaccines are becoming available, but for now we continue to clean all areas touched by visitors, continue to have a mask mandate and continue to implement social distancing procedures. Meanwhile, staff and volunteers decorated the Museum beautifully so that we could feel some holiday spirit despite the restrictions. We were able to hold the Bedford Falls 11th annual gingerbread house contest with socially distanced small workshops and several families doing their own decorating at home. Our executive director, Rhonda Destino, delivered a beautiful baby girl in December. Our wish is that 2021 will be a year of positive change. Since Executive Director Rhonda Destino is on maternity leave, her assistant Marsha VanDusen, who is capably holding the fort in Rhonda’s absence, is reporting on Museum happenings this quarter.   

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For the 11th year, the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry is holding the Bedford Falls Gingerbread House contest and it will look a little bit different this year to ensure that we are COVID complaint and keeping everyone safe.
Small gingerbread houses are made by Museum volunteers for children to decorate at workshops Sunday, November 29th at 2pm; Saturday December 5th at 10am and 2pm; and Sunday December 6th at 2pm at 89 Fall Street. All decorations are provided and admission is free. This year due to COVID, we will have to make a plan for each workshop for all attending to space everyone out appropriately to social distance. Please call the Seneca Museum at 315-568-1510 to make an appointment for one of the workshops with those details of age and how many total participants there will be. We can accommodate a limited number of children, so don’t delay!
We encourage the community to make their own unique gingerbread houses, of any size. Possible themes include: any of the famous buildings in the It’s a Wonderful Life movie – e.g. a replica of the bridge; the taxi – or any historic building; or any historical item you can imagine (e.g. a package boat, a lock, or even a mill). 

Recipes for gingerbread houses and our pattern for small houses are available here or feel free to email and we can send that information directly to you via email.

There has been a new category to this contest added this year – a “gingerbread person” classification has been added for 2020! If you do not want to create and decorate a whole house, you can submit your best decorated gingerbread people for judging for this contest. It is up to you to create and decorate your own person or people and submit those entries as there are no classes for this category.  

All entries must be received by Sunday, December 6th at 4pm and visitors from Friday, December 11th-Sunday, December 13th will vote for their favorites in the various age categories for children and for adults. Prizes are supplied to all of the children by local vendors and volunteers. Winners are announced the following week!

The Gingerbread Contest event has been such a sought-after event during the It’s A Wonderful Life Festival and we are so excited to still be able to celebrate the 11th year of this tradition even in a year where the festival is only happening virtually-we hope to have a record number of entries in 2020! 
Check for updates on our Facebook page: “Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry.”

We Are Hiring!

Program Assistant/Docent

Job Summary: A part-time, dynamic, self-starter in our fast-paced organization is critical to our organization as the assistant to the director for 30-35 hours/week. In this role, the program assistant works with the Executive Director and Executive Assistant on all programs, events and tours for The Center. This role also performs all customer service tasks for daily visitors.

Program Assistant/Docent Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The “face and voice” for the organization
  • Provides the front desk customer service
  • Schedules and organizes tours, including the Ticket to Ride program
  • Maintains all details on our shared electronic calendar and visitor data information
  • Assistants and manages program logistics and details with the guidance of the Director
  • Acts as the representative for the programs and events to internal and external partners, and respond to inquiries
  • Coordinates with upper management to define program goals and fiscal objectives
  • Maintains all brochure and tourism information inventory
  • Cleans to COVID-19 standards daily
  • Point person for the sales desk and our gift shop

Program Assistant/Docent Requirements and Qualifications for this role:

  • High school diploma/GED required
  • Minimum 1 year of clerical experience (Associate degree acceptable alternative)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Polished written and verbal communication and customer service skills

Must be available to work weekends.

Hours: 30-35 hours per week

Pay: $14/hour

Location: 89 Fall Street Seneca Falls, NY 13148

To apply: email cover letter and resume to

Position open immediately.

Celebrate 100 Years! Susan B. Anthony

Click here for the most recent email about our upcoming Susan B. Anthony events:—Susan-B–Anthony.html?soid=1123827028339&aid=F569QAkKBcY

This November -Come Celebrate a Historical Icon with Us!
First Friday Event:
An Educational Reception

An “Educational Reception” featuring Cassandra Peltier, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum (pictured here). Her conversation is titled “Women’s Work: Textiles and the (Her)Stories They Tell.

Friday, November 6th
Our socially distant reception starts at 5pm at the Seneca Museum located at 89 Fall Street in Seneca Falls. Refreshments will be served.
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Children’s Event:
Come learn about Susan B. Anthony as a Child!
Saturday, November 7th
The program starts at 10:30am at the Seneca Museum located at 89 Fall Street in Seneca Falls.
There will be lots of fun for all ages including a book reading, craft kit, and snack with Cassandra, the Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum!
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Susan B. Anthony Black Dress Exhibit

Cassandra created a replica of Susan B. Anthony’s black dress and that can be seen on our street level, top floor (89 Fall Street) from now until after our event on November 7th.

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Fall Newsletter

Seasonal Newsletter October | Fall 2020 Issue
The Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry (SMWI) is now officially part of the Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center! The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce hosted the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our reopening as one part of the Center on Friday September 6, and many citizens came to enjoy the festivities and to tour the re-curated, COVID 19 compliant, three floors of the Museum. It was also the inaugural “First Friday” event at the Museum, featuring music by Madison Yearsley, Billsboro fine wines and Fall Street Brewing’s unique beverages. Because of this special event, the Fall Newsletter will feature many photographs from the Reopening for readers to enjoy rather than news stories, in addition to the messages from the Executive Director and the Board Chair, a report from Board member Cheryl Terryberry on a planned 2021 fundraisers for the Museum, and a report from Board member Judy Pipher on early plans for the 2020 Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Contest.   

Please see our Fall Newsletter here:

Educational Reception – November 6th 5pm

Women are not present in many written narratives, and until recently in the US women’s valuable belongings could not pass reliably to daughters. This means students and scholars of Women’s History must innovate and compromise, learning through the material traces of women’s lives as much as through written word. Often textiles were the only way to pass on personal narratives, family traditions, advice, and identity through female lineage. When women could not speak loudly, publicly, openly, they could still communicate through fabric. Evidence of habits, travels, and financial standing can be discerned from the textiles left to us by previous generations: Structural seams in patches on quilts; Whether and where there are sweat stains; How carefully a tear was repaired; Mud on a hem; A cluster of scorch marks on the skirt; Tobacco in the pocket.

This talk describes the role of sewing in a woman’s life through the early 20th century and revisits the importance of recycling by passing clothing to younger family members, modifying dresses from decades earlier to fit current style, using old clothing that is too worn to create quilts or to stuff other household items, and using scraps for toys.

Cassandra Peltier is the Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, Massachusetts. Cassandra graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 2018 where she completed two internships and an assistantship at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and affiliated Joseph Allen Skinner Museum learning about museum education, collection care, NAGPRA coordination, curation, and exhibit installation. Her historical research focuses on the politics and history of women’s fashion in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to coordinating Suffrage Centennial programming and online resources for the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Cassandra serves on the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee, the Northern Berkshire Suffrage Centennial Coalition, and the speaker’s bureau for the Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance, helping to commemorate women’s and local history in 2020 and beyond.