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About the Seneca Falls Historical Society

Founded in 1896, the Seneca Falls Historical Society is an invaluable resource for local and regional history, life, and culture. Our extraordinary collections tell the story of Seneca Falls through thousands of rare and unique documents, archival records, artifacts, and irreplaceable treasures.

The Seneca Falls Historical Society strives to enhance the understanding of our area’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives.

Our museum, archives, and collections are accessible to anyone with an interest in history. Beyond research, we offer many ways for the public to enjoy our collections including engaging programs, thought-provoking exhibitions, publications, interactive events, and workshops.

For a brief tour of the Mansion, let our Educator Nellie Ludemann show you around, just select HERE 

Our Mission Statement

“The Seneca Falls Historical Society is a center of research and learning dedicated to a deeper understanding of local and regional history. Through its collections, scholarly pursuits, and public programs, the Society seeks to nurture a greater appreciation for history and for the ideas, values, successes, and failures that bind us together as a nation.”

Today, in addition to the preservation of our collection of clothing from the 19th century to the present, our library contains scrapbooks, ledgers, diaries and books covering local economic and industrial development, women’s rights and the suffragette movement, division of the land following the American Revolution, Civil War accounts, genealogical information, local histories, and more.

Educational programs bring school children to the Society where they learn about 19th century living. Offered in the spring of each year, 4th graders from four counties come to “Take Tea”.

Monthly programs are also offered to members and the community covering various topics, and speakers are often invited to share their knowledge and love of history. We hope you’ll join us throughout the year and help us spread the word throughout our community.

Be sure to visit and Like our page on Facebook so that you’re always “in the know” when new programs, collections, and events are announced!

SFHS Board of Trustees and Staff as of January 2022

President: Diane Cappellino
(Class Jan 2023-2nd term)

Vice-President: Darlene Johnson
(Class Dec 2024-2nd term)

Treasurer: Joyce Marble
(Class Feb 2022-1st term)

Secretary: Susan Noble
(Class Jan 2023-1st term)

Dennis Bender
(Class Aug 2024-1st term)

Kyle Black
(Class Jan 2024-2nd term)

Fred Capozzi
(Class Aug 2024-1st term)

John Cole
(Class Jan 2023-1st term)

Adele Hughes
(Class Mar 2025-1st term)

Mary Kelleher
(Class Mar 2024-1st term)

Ryan Killen
(Class Feb 2025-1st term)

Joe Lucchesi
(Class Feb 2024-2nd term)

Robert McKeveny
(Class Apr 2024-1st  term)

Tricia Mirras
(Class Aug 2024-1st term)

Mark Robinette
(Class Mar 2025-1st term)

Susan Sauvageau
(Class Jan 2022-2nd term)

Sean Painter
(Class Jan 2022-2nd term)

Trustees Emeritus
Senator Michael F. Nozzolio

John Robbins


Nellie Ludemann
Executive/ Education Director

Patty Agnello
Administrative Assistant

Daisy VanArsdale
Collections Manager/ Research

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