The first Tuesday of every month we will be posting a new book and then on the other Tuesdays of that month we will be giving you a look inside of this book, talk about the author etc. You can buy online below.


- September '21 -

This month we are featuring ” A History of Seneca Falls, NY (1779-1862). Written by The Seneca Falls Historical Society. 1975

This re-publication of a History of Seneca Falls from “Brigham’s – 1862 – Geneva, Seneca Falls and Waterloo Directory” by the Seneca Falls Historical Society is in honor of the bicentennial celebration.

The original was written by Henry Stowell ( 1834-1918), the owner and publisher of the Reveille for fifty – nine years. Mr. Stowell, as a contemporary of many of the people and events, was well qualified to write this story of our village.

If you would like to purchase this paperback book the price is $5.00. The History of Seneca Falls is very important and a very interesting read.

Stop by the Historical Society and see what other books we have.

- August '21 -

This Month we are featuring the book, ” The Company She Keeps” by Georgia Durante.

Rochester, New York was a tough town in the 1960’s. Organized crime controlled the city and the influential people in it. Georgia Durante was no exception. The ” Kodak Girl,” considered the most photographed girl in America, was living every girls’ s dream. Soon the magnetic smile that propelled Georgia’s modeling career served only to mask the pain from a savage rape at the hands of her sister’s estranged husband. Her friend Sammy G., who had risen to the upper echelon of the Rochester Mafia, plots to exact the justice this rapist deserves.

Sounds like a great book to read for the summer!
The book is originally $24.99 and for this month we are discounting the book 20%, which makes it $19.99.


Throughout this Book there are pictures of pumps and many fire engines from 1840-1875. If you love fire engines this is the book for you.

- July '21 -

This month we will be featuring the book,
“Cowing & Co., Pumps and Fire Engines”

Written by Arnold H. Barben of Seneca Falls, NY.
Book reflects back to pumps and fire engines from 1840-1875.

This is the third edition by Mr. Barben. Mr. Barben was a man of varied interest and tremendous energy. He graduated from Clarkson College with a mechanical engineering degree and came to Seneca Falls in 1927 to work for Gould’s Pump’s, Inc. This work proved congenial and the happy relationship lasted 48 years, ending only when Mr. Barben retired in 1970 as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and a member of the Board of Directors, a position he had held for 17 years. Mr. Barben died in 1978.

- June '21 -

The Book this month is a local Cookbook compiled by the Seneca Falls Historical Society.
” A Taste Through Time, Timeless Recipes and Household Guides!

This Cookbook is filled with recipes like Appetizers, Main Courses, Desserts, Jams & Jellies, Miscellaneous Household Guides & manners Equivalents.
All recipes were given to the Historical Society by local residents and members of the Society. There are many good recipes that you might want to check out!

Visit the Historical Society Monday – Friday from 9am – 4 pm. Stop in Gift Shop and get a grand tour of the 23 room Victorian Mansion.


Idyllic summers in upstate New York, the years in Los Angeles, and the myriad ways he filled their time with laughter, strength, and
endearing silliness – all are captures here with deep affection and candor.

- May '21 -

The book this month is ” As I Knew Him” , My Dad, Rod Serling. Written by Anne Serling

Most people know my father through The Twilight Zone. Some can quote a portion of the introduction and many can hum the mesmerizing music. They are familiar with the man in the dark suit standing against a dramatically lit set, intoning cautionary observations about human being, fate, or the universe.
My father could command an audience with his presence and his insights. He could also scare the hell out of viewer – many can still recall specific scenes and recite bits of chilling or poignant dialogue from favorite Twilight Zones: ” It’s a Cookbook!”, “Rooms for one more,
honey.”, ” We never left the earth!”
The imposing figure the public saw hosting The Twilight Zone each week, intoning cautionary observations about fate, chance, and humanity, was not the father she knew. He fun-loving dad would play on the floor with the dogs, had nicknames for everyone in the family, and was apt to put a lampshade on his head and break out in song. He was her best friend, her playmate, and her confidant.
After his unexpected death at 50, Anne, just 20, was left stunned. Gradually, she found solace for her grief – talking to his friends,
poring over old correspondence, and recording her childhood memories. Now she share personal photo’s, eloquent, revealing letter,
and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family’s time together.

This book is priced at $19.99 and this month will be 20% off. Please stop by the Historical Society weekdays from 9am – 4pm and purchase this book. We also will mail ! Call and let us know if you are interested in this. 315-568-8412.

- April '21 -

Book of the Month Tuesday!
“Images of America Seneca Falls”
written by Frances T. Barbieri and Kathy Jans-Duffy

A Village located along the 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 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. The town’s knitting mills produced socks for the army during the war, second only to New York City in production. Many famous people also came to Seneca Falls to rally around the town’s causes, among them are Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, Garrett Smith, and Susan B. Anthony.

This is just a small part of what this book has to offer. With beautiful pictures dating back to the 1800’s of Seneca to all the history that it brings. Every page that you turn is filled with more and more interesting facts about Seneca Falls.


Before the war was over, more than 58,000 American would be dead. AT least 250,000 South Vietnamese troops died in the conflict as well. So did over a million North Vietnamese soldiers and Viet Cong guerrillas. Two million civilians, north and south, are thought to have perished, as well as tens of thousands more in the neighboring states of Laos and Cambodia.

This book has been drastically reduced for this month only, normally $75 marked down to $25.00.

This is a great historical read for all. Call the Seneca falls Historical Society at 315-568-8412 to reserve your copy or to organize shipping.

We are open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to purchase book in our Gift Shop.

- March '21 -

Book of The Month Tuesday for March. This month we will be exploring the Book ” The Vietnam War”.

Historian Geoffrey C. Ward and filmmaker Ken Burn, the authors of the acclaimed and best-selling The Civil War, Jazz, The War, and Baseball, present an intimate history of the Vietnam War. All the major milestones are here – from the Gulf of Tonkin and the Tet Offensive to Hamburger Hill and the fall of Saigon – and we are able to listen in as three American presidents and their advisers search for a way to win – or to get out. But most of the voices that echo from these pages belong to less exalted men and women – nearly on hundred of them, those who fought in the war as well as those who fought against it, victims and victors, and Vietnamese from both north and south – willing for the first time to share their memories of the war as it really was.

America’s involvement in Vietnam began in secrecy. It ended, thirty years later, in failure, witnessed by the entire world.
It was begun in good faith by decent people out of fateful misunderstands, American over-confidence, and cold war miscalculation. And it was prolonged because it seemed easier to muddle through than to admit that it had been caused by tragic decisions, made by five American presidents, belonging to both political parties.

This is just a little bit about this fantastic book. If you would like to purchase this book. Call the Seneca Falls Historical Society at 315-568-8412 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or stop by at 55 Cayuga Street Gift Shop and purchase.

- February '21 -

This month our Book is ” The Gould’s Pumps Story” by Coleman Connell. This book is history of Gould’s Pumps from 1848-1998. 150 years!

It was just such a day, August 23, 1964, a warm and hazy Sunday Afternoon. A procession of people made its way into the First Presbyterian Church on lower Cayuga St. in the village of Seneca Falls, N.Y.
In the Church where his grandfather Seabury Smith Gould had worshiped and sung in the choir, friends, business associates and employees gathered to pay their last respects to Norman Judd Gould, last of the Gould family to head Gould’s Pumps, Inc. That same grandfather had founded the Company, in its present form, just a short walk away at a site now resting at the bottom of man-made Van Cleef Lake.

Under the leadership of Norman Gould, the company once known as The Gould’s Manufacturing Co., and before that by several names, had survived the most difficult of times. He had seen it evolve and grow from a water pump company to a manufacturer of centrifugal pumps for a multitude of applications- chemicals, paper stock, slurries, all form of waste, oil and gas and just about every substances which can be reduced to some semblance of liquid form. And Gould’s was and still is a major supplier of water pumps, for municipalities, private homes, irrigation and every sector of society dependent upon water.


The number of photographs taken at the lake, and the spirit which pervades them, indicate that this is the place where they were most content.

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- December '20 -

“Grace in the Afternoon” is a Cayuga Lake Love Story of Grace and Ray Chamberlain. Carol Serlings Great Uncle Ray and Grace Chamberlain had a summer cottage on Cayuga Lake. This is the story of the both of them.

Ray Chamberlain was born in East Corinth, Vermont, the year the Civil War ended. He entered Dartmouth in 1885, and later transferred to Cornell to study engineering, graduating in 1891. His health proved unequal to this strenuous career, but he had other interest. As his obituary subsequently stated, “Blessed with a versatility of talent he turned to that of artist.” He studied at the Art Students League in New York, worked as an illustrator and cartoonist, and returned to Cornell to be a professor of Free Hand Drawing in the College of Architecture. Again, quoting from his obituary, “His academic career afforded him the leisure time of his vacations to use his pencil, and brush and camera in the open lakeside by the sea.”
His marriage to Grace Wilmarth Caldwell in 1903 began a partnership that lasted for twenty-six years. Grace was the second child of George Caldwell, one of the first professors to be hired by Cornell University. She grew up in Ithaca and attended Cornell, graduating with degrees in Greek and Latin. After their marriage, the two lived near Cornell, and spent their summer at the quiet cottage on Cayuga Lake.

On April 5, she wrote her last letter, addressed to her sister, Almira Phelps, in Baltimore. The next day she made an entry in her diary, scrawling in a feeble hand that showed few traces of her trademark copperplate penmanship, “have my prayers alone, read the newspapers.”

- November '20 -

Spring in Troy in 1870 was unusually warm, and by early April the Leaves in Seminary Park were green and displayed a fullness not usually seen before May. The entire winter had been mild; for the first time since records began in 1789, navigation o n the Hudson had not been suspended because of ice. The warm weather had not been healthy for Mrs. Emma Willard. After a winter o recurring illness, she was sick again, unable to venture from her rooms. In the fall she had given up her house on Ferry Street and had moved into the seminary building to be closer to her son and his family.

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- October '20 -

Ghost and Spirits lurk beneath the water and on the shores of the Finger Lakes. Deep lakes, scenic waterfalls, charming villages-all are intrinsic parts of New York’s Finger Lakes region. But behind this beauty, the spooky and ghostly reside.
Interesting facts: A former slave never left the William Seward House in Auburn, and eerie guests reside alongside live ones at Adams Basin Inn. When the Genesee Country Village and Museum’s buildings were moved there, they brought their former residents along. And it is no wonder that some souls never left the Civil War POW camp in Elmira known as “Hellmira. “
This months book is very interesting don’t you think. There are so many more stories that will scare and intrigue you to read more of this book.

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- September '20 -

The Silver Lake Institute is one of the few remaining communities in New York State that began as a
Methodist camp meeting ground in the mid-1800’s. The history of the Institute is unique and interesting.
This book not only tells the history of the Institute, it also shares historic photographs from the collection
of a family that has been members of the Silver Lake Institute for generations.

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