20 days of christmas

Day 12: 2020 Celebration Ornament

Day 13: Grace in the Afternoon

One day, not so long ago; I climbed the rickety ladder to the attic in my very old cottage. It is always interesting to rummage around up there. Far off in the corner, under the rafters, a wooden box caught my fancy. It was covered with dust, and almost demanded to be opened. Inside the box I found a collection of glass photographic plates from the last century.

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Day 14: A Taste through Time

This recipe book is brought to you by local residents of Seneca Falls and their favorite recipes. There are some real good recipes inside to try…
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Day 15: The Gould Pump Story

The history of Goulds Pumps and a telling of the events that brought them to the status and stature they enjoy today.

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Day 10: Wrought with Steadfast Will

In 1814 Emma Hart Willard opened a school for girls in her home in Middlebury, Vermont. Initially similar to other New England girls’ schools in the early republic, Willard’s school quickly took on a different role, thanks to the vision of its founder. As she sought support for her belief that girls should be as highly educated as boys, Willard moved her school from Vermont to New York, settling in Troy in 1821.

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Day 11: Historical Society Tote Bag

A perfect Christmas gift to help you carry home all the other gifts. Buy a bag and use it for a purse, take it to the beach or just to carry items in.
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Day 12: 2020 Celebration Ornament

Celebrate History with the Seneca Falls 2020 Limited Edition Ornament celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment!

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Day 7: Southern Womanhood & Slavery

Southern Womanhood and Slavery is the first full-length biography of Louisa S. McCord, one of the most intriguing intellectuals in antebellum America. The daughter of South Carolina planter and politician Langdon Cheves, and an essayist in her own right, McCord supported unregulated free trade and the perpetuation of slavery and opposed the advancement of women’s rights. This study examines the origins of her ideas.

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Day 8: Ghost and Hauntings of the Figer Lakes

From spooky state parks to real-life haunted houses, Ghosts and Hauntings of the Finger Lakes tells the stories behind the most supernatural sites around the shores of New York’s famous Finger Lakes. Local paranormal investigator Patti Unvericht takes you on a journey to places such as the Elmira Civil War POW Camp, thought to be inhabited by the restless spirits of casualties of the war, to the State Theatre in Ithaca.
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Day 9: Syracuse Television

Central New Yorkers have been treated to many memorable television moments since December 1, 1948, when WHEN-TV Channel 8 signed on the air for the first time. In a record 16 days after equipment arrived at its 101 Court Street site, the station was miraculously up and running. Syracuse’s pioneer broadcasters were eager to explore this bold, new world with programs that would entertain, educate, and inform. Syracuse Television features the zaniness of Baron Daemon, lessons from the Magic Toy Shop, and live fun from Jim Deline and the Gang and The Markert Place.

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Day 4: Hidden History of the Finger Lakes

Day 5: Seneca County and The Civil War

Day 6: An Uncommon Union

New York’s Finger Lakes region is filled with compelling characters, tragic disasters and fascinating mysteries. Famed daredevil Sam Patch, known as the “Yankee Leaper,” thrilled audiences at Niagara Falls but took his last jump into the Genesee River with his pet black bear, plummeting to his death. The first ever Memorial Day was celebrated in Waterloo in 1866 and inspired a nation to adopt the holiday.
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Though hundreds of miles away from the death and destruction of the battlefield, Seneca County, New York, contributed more than its share for the preservation of • the Union. Many brave men left home to fight, suffering hardships and casualties. John Hoster was captured in 1864 and held at the infamous Andersonville prison camp, and his journal has provided invaluable insight into what soldiers held there endured.
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When Elizabeth Cady met Henry B. Stanton in 1839, she was the privileged daughter of a wealthy New York lawyer who was expected to marry well and live quietly and gracefully.  An Uncommon Union offers the first account of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s transformation from debutante to radical reformer by bringing her husband and his family of antebellum social and political reformers back into her life story.

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New York’s Finger Lakes region is filled with compelling characters, tragic disasters and fascinating mysteries. Famed daredevil Sam Patch, known as the “Yankee Leaper,” thrilled audiences at Niagara Falls but took his last jump into the Genesee River with his pet black bear, plummeting to his death. The first ever Memorial Day was celebrated in Waterloo in 1866 and inspired a nation to adopt the holiday.
To order, phone: 315.568.8412
Though hundreds of miles away from the death and destruction of the battlefield, Seneca County, New York, contributed more than its share for the preservation of • the Union. Many brave men left home to fight, suffering hardships and casualties. John Hoster was captured in 1864 and held at the infamous Andersonville prison camp, and his journal has provided invaluable insight into what soldiers held there endured.
To order, phone: 315.568.8412

When Elizabeth Cady met Henry B. Stanton in 1839, she was the privileged daughter of a wealthy New York lawyer who was expected to marry well and live quietly and gracefully.  An Uncommon Union offers the first account of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s transformation from debutante to radical reformer by bringing her husband and his family of antebellum social and political reformers back into her life story.

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Day 1: The Flats

“The Flats”, this compilation is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise. Rather, it is an endeavor to present only a few highlights of local history – just “skimming the top” of Barben’s extensive knowledge of the valuable heritage of this community.
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Day 2: Sisters of Cain

In Washington City in 1862, President Lincoln rallies the Union troops for the largest single campaign of the Civil War. And two sisters from Seneca Falls take their places among the players of history, sparked by the fires of conviction… As part of the new special intelligence force of the Treasury,
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Day 3: Images of Seneca Falls

A village located along the Seneca River, Seneca Falls was incorporated in 1831 and was soon linked to the Erie Canal by the Cayuga Seneca Canal. The women’s suffrage movement was born in Seneca Falls when the first Women’s Rights Convention, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was held on July 19 and 20, 1848. Seneca County and Seneca Falls were also part of the Underground Railroad, and prominent citizens such as Ansel Bascom and Henry Seymour worked with freedom seekers in the decades before the Civil War.
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