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.

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We can ship it to you if you want just call the Historical Society at 315-568-8412.

The Historical Society is open Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm. Tours start at 10 am and last tour goes out at 3 pm.

- May '22 -

The Book this Month is ” A Taste Through Time – Timeless Recipes and Household Guides”

This Cookbook is written by community members of Seneca County in 2017. Lots of great homemade recipes from local residents that you will just love.

Appetizers, Main courses, Desserts, Jams & Jellies, Miscellaneous Household Guides & Manners Equivalents.

Broccoli Salad, French Onion Soup, Irish Soda Bread, Spinach Dip, Mini Pot Pies and so much more.

Sample Recipe:

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Ingredients
. 1 can cream of chicken soup
. 1/2 cup milk
. 1 cup vegetables (your choice)
. 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
. 1/4 package cooked noodles
. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
. Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together in casserole dish
  3. Bake for 25 minutes
  4. Top with 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

 

If you are interested in reading this book it is for sale in the Gift Shop here at the Historical Society for $15.00. Get your copy today!

- June '22 -

The Book this Month is ” Great Lakes Seaway Trail”

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail runs along the southern and eastern shores of Lake Ontario, as well as along the St. Lawrence River. the trail is as rich in history as it is in scenery. Many battles during the War of 1812 were fought on this shore. Islands in the river have disappeared after horrific murders and mysterious men tried to hide from their indiscretions among them. Along the Seaway Trail a house was built for Napoleon Bonapate before he died in exile. And the spirits of soldiers remain stationed at their posts. Here is an Insert from the Book:

Alexandria Bay

When you mention going on a trip to the Thousands Islands, people automatically think of Alexandria Bay. The arch over Church Street headed in to the ill age seconds that thought, saying it all “Welcome to Alexandria Bay the Heart of the Thousand Island. ” It started as a small settlement in 1811, but like other towns and villages on the river more people moved to the area after the end of the War of 1812. It didn’t become a tourist destination, though, until the turn of the 20th century.

 

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- March '22 -

The Book this Month is ” Wrought With Steadfast Will” by Trudy J. Hanmer

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 roll, 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. there it has remained, two centuries after her initial experiment in Middlebury, the school that bears her name is a thriving enterprise, a leader in innovative education for girls world-wide, and an ongoing testament to the strength and courage of its founder.

If you would like to read this book this month we are having a special for 30% off. I can ship it to you if you want just call the Historical Society at 315-568-8412.

The Historical Society is open Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm. Tours start at 10 am and last tour goes out at 3 pm.

- Select image for downloadable PDF information sheet -

We can ship it to you if you want just call the Historical Society at 315-568-8412.

The Historical Society is open Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm. Tours start at 10 am and last tour goes out at 3 pm.

- April '22 -

This Month we will be discussing the Book,

“Seneca Falls Stories – Volume II, Abolitionism, Temperance and the Women’s Rights Movements in Mid-19th Century Seneca Falls”. by Seneca County Historian Walter Gable.

An insert from the book:

Seneca Falls – along with neighboring Waterloo – was a hotbed of reforming zeal in the years preceding the Civil War. This is largely explained in simple terms by the major economic and transportation developments occurring in this area, the nature of the people living here at that time, and its being part of the so-called “burned -over district” of the Second Great Awakening.

 

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- February '22 -

In the fourth and final book in this adorable middle-grade series, Fenway gets a taste of the wild when he goes on a back-to-school camping trip with Hattie.
Fenway and Hattie – In the Wild children’s book was also featured during reading week at Frank Knight School a couple years ago.
Insert from the book:
Leaves are falling from the trees, tons of squirrels are invading Fenway’s Dog Park, and Hattie’s
saying a word he hasn’t heard in a Long Time: skool. But before Fenway can figure out what to do about all of these worries, another strange
thing happens – the family packs the car and drives to the woods. Where wild animals live!
If you would like to purchase this book for your
child it is a great read that you can read together.
The book in the Seneca Falls Historical Society Gift
Shop is on sale for $10.00.
We are open from 9am – 4pm Monday – Friday.

- January '22 -

The book this month is ” Provocative Mothers and their Precocious Daughters” by Suzanne Gehring Schnittman

Mothers and daughters share a special bond that ebbs and flows throughout their lives. It may not always be solid, but no matter what difficulties they face, their relationships are usually unbreakable.

Take a step back in time to uncover the engaging lives of four mothers and daughters. As pioneer women’s rights leaders, Martha Wright, Abby Kelley Foster, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone worked diligently for what they believed women deserved. Letters, diary entries, and journals reveal the strong mother-daughter relationships that not only enriched their personal lives, but the woman suffrage movement as a whole.

From the mid-1800’s to the early 1900s, these women struggled to make the world a better place. Through their actions and beliefs, they forged a path for future generations and raised daughters to be determined young women who merit our attention today.

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If you would like to purchase this book it is on sale at the Seneca Falls Historical Society gift shop, 55 Cayuga Street, for $15.00. This is part of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.

Seneca Falls Historical Society is open from
9:00 Am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday

- December '21 -

This month we will be featuring the book ” It’s A Wonderful Life” by Marie Cahill.

Regarded by many as the Christmas movie , Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is a sentimental favorite starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a would-be-suicide who is saved by an angel named Clarence, played by Henry Travers. Clarence, who hopes to earn his wings by proving to George that life is indeed precious, shows him what life would be like if he had never existed. George learns the power of love and solid small town values, and the movie concludes with a heartwarming message.

Stewart was nominated for a Oscar for his performance as George, the dutiful son who always wanted to leave his small hometown to see the world but instead stayed home to preside over the family-owned Building and Loan. The part of George Bailey was the sort of role at which Jimmy Stewart excelled. With his slow drawl and gangly walk, Stewart was something of an oddity among leading men, but it was this unique style that made him a star.

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- November '21 -

This months Book is ” Through A Gold Eagle by Miriam Grace Monfredo.

For fans of Miriam Grace Monfredo, it’s no mystery why her acclaimed novels have won the praises of writers and critics alike. Their exquisite rendering of life in a small, upstate New York town in the mid- 1800’s , as well s their plucky and resourceful heroine Glynis Tryon, lead Sara Paretsky to proclaim the series ” well-written…historically accurate and telling. “Now Monfredo makes her own bit of history with a brand new Glynis Tryon novel. The year is 1859. The nation is divided over slavery, with abolitionist spearheading a relentless – and violent – plan of attack. And in Seneca Falls, New York, the federal crime of counterfeiting adds up to a deadly account of deceit, injustice, and murder……

If you are interested in purchasing this book, our Gift Shop at the Historical Society is open from 9 am – 4 pm Monday- Friday. Book for the month is 20% off.

This month only, as an added BONUS for instore shoppers, when you come to purchase the book, you can lucky dip a discount cardand see what additional discount you will receive.
A great deal and a great read.
Seneca Falls Historical Society is open from
9:00 Am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday

- October '21 -

This Month we will be featuring the Book ” Miss Emily” written by Mildred D. Myers Miss Emily. ” The rights that females are born with in this country today are bequests from the enduring struggles of Emily Howland and her contemporaries. Many thanks to Mildred Myers for weaving a bridge from our foremothers to the present and for keeping Emily’s candle lit”. Connie Tallcot, Tallcot Bookshop Union Springs, New York
Insert from Book:
It is 1863 and young Emily Howland is determined to travel from tiny Sherwood’s Corners in Central New York State to Washington, D.C. to help the former slaves whoa re left in limbo after being “rescued from bondage” by the Union Army. Without homes or employment, they
are now poring into the nation’s capital, and living in shacks. Only education can empower them to make new lives for themselves. So, braving disapproval and obstacles but fortified with the friendship of Secretary of State William Seward and his wife, Miss Emily does go South and teaches them. Home in Sherwood after the Civil War, she works with Harriet Tubman, and Susan B. Anthony for the right for women to vote. But will her commitment to this radical cause
cost this remarkable woman her own special chance for love?
If you are interested in this Book of Month the price is $12.95.

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- 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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