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When photographs meant something: Meet Cayuga

County’s most prominent early photographers

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WHAT: “Faces of Cayuga County”

WHEN: Open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; exhibit continues through Dec. 29

WHERE: Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: Suggested admission $3

INFO: Call (315) 253-8051 or visit cayugamuseum.org

AUBURN | Kirsten Wise, curator at the Cayuga Museum, said tangible photographs have their advantages, even in our digital age.

Just what those advantages are, she said, can be learned of first-hand at the museum’s latest exhibit: “Faces of Cayuga County,” a display of hundreds of photographs of, or by, county individuals.

The exhibit opened Nov. 1 and will continue through Dec. 31.

Some of these photographed individuals are more well-known, such as Auburn painter George Clough.

Others are currently “unknown,” as per the museum’s descriptions of some of the photographs.

Either way, Wise said the photos give a glimpse into the county’s past from the photo itself, or the photographer behind the lens.

“I think that there’s something that’s really great about having a tangible photograph,” she said. “It feels like actually having a piece of history in its physical form more than its digital copy.”

Four photographers, each of whom were based in Auburn at various points in their lives, were chosen by the museum to be featured in the exhibit: H. Seymour Squyer, Joseph French, William H. Ernsberger and Emil J. Kraemer.

H. Seymour Squyer

Wise said Squyer must have been one of the more popular photographers in the area, due to the number of photographs in the museum’s collection.

She said they have collected hundreds of photographs by Squyer, who was born in Hannibal back in 1848. His ties to Auburn lie with the locale of his photo studio, which he based at 77 Genesee St. in 1870.

Squyer later partnered with another photographer, Fred Wright, and based a studio, for Squyer and Wright, at 130 Genesee St.

“(Partnership) is typical in photography back then,” she said. “For the most part, the core guys that we are featuring worked by themselves for the majority of their careers, but they did work with other people for short periods of time.”

One of the notable figures Squyer photographed in his career was Clough, the Auburn painter well-known for his landscapes and portraits in the 19th century, Wise said.

Squyer also became well-known for using his photography skills in legal disputes, and continued the craft until his death in 1905.

Joseph French

French was an on-again, off-again photographer for about 30 years. When he was not a photographer, the Auburn man was a milliner: a hat manufacturer.

To be a milliner was a complementary trade with photography for sure, Wise said. French also happened to be heavily involved in the community, serving on the state fireman’s committee in 1880 and the Cayuga County board in 1928.

But when he found the time, French took photographs, two of which featured individual shots of children. There are two separate shots presumably, Wise said, from two separate times.

Despite this, the two individual children are posed the same in each for, Wise said, unknown reasons.

French died in 1934, shortly after serving on the Cayuga County board.

William H. Ernsberger

Like Squyer, Ernsberger was also presumably very popular, Wise said, given the number of photographs the museum has from him in its gallery.

The Trumansberg man, born in 1844, moved to Auburn in 1865 and established a prosperous photographic career in Auburn that spanned more than 60 years.

Two of Ernsberger’s photographs actually have roots in the Cayuga Museum’s property. He photographed portraits of two sisters individually — Sarah J. and Anna E. McComb.

The McCombs were mothered by Anna McComb Sr., who, Wise said, lived in the Cayuga Museum as a housekeeper back when it was a house and not a museum. Wise said the property was built in 1836 and used for many years as a home.

Like most of the other photographers, Ernsberger based himself on Genesee Street, operating a studio with his son, Fred, until his death in 1941, according to the museum’s records.

Emil J. Kraemer

Unlike Ernsberg, Kraemer’s career was rather brief in comparison — a little more than 20 years in length.

He’s originally from Dobbs Ferry, and moved to Auburn when he was 9. Kraemer started as a worker for the Auburn Daily Advertiser with photography on the side, but demands for his photographs forced him to quit to focus on camerawork.

Interestingly enough, Wise said, the only photographs of Kraemer’s in the museum’s collection are group shots — such as a shot of railroad workers, or delivery men.

Wise said it’s impossible to identify since the photograph was found in museum collection without notes or paperwork.

“A lot of the other ones that are in the collection are solo shots in a studio setting, but most of the ones we have from him are of groups outside of a studio,” she said.

Kraemer lived and worked on 176 E. Genesee St. until 1925, when he died of a heart attack while driving.

 

Original post found at www. auburnpub.com

Posted: Saturday, November 16th, 2013 @ 4:16 pm by Nakeia Endres
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Schwenfurth Art Center, Faces of Cayuga County and Cokie Roberts in Skaneateles

Schwenfurth Art Center, Faces of Cayuga County and Cokie Roberts in Skaneateles

 

Oct. 27th – Jan. 5th 2013

– Quilts=Art=Quilts – Schwenfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Quilts=Art=Quilts is the Schweinfurth Art Center’s 33rd annual juried quilt exhibition. The Art Center has long-recognized the importance of quilts as a visual medium, and has been presenting quilts in an art gallery setting since 1981. Jurors select quilts based on overall quality of design, visual impact and originality. Tues. – Sat. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun. 1:00 – 5:00 pm. General Admission $6. Art Center Members & Children under 12, free. www.myartcenter.org 315-255-155

 

Nov. 1st – Dec. 31st

- Faces of Cayuga County: 1880-1920 – Cayuga Museum of History& Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn. Photo exhibit featuring portraits and photographs by the county’s various photographers from the turn of the century. Closed major holidays. Suggested donation $3, Noon-5pm Tues. – Sunday. www.cayugamuseum.org 315-253-8051

 

Nov. 13th

– Live Music – Oak & Vine at the Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn. Performing this evening is Irv Lyons Jr. Free, 8-11pm. 315-252-9463.

 

Nov. 14th

– Cokie Roberts – Auburn High School Auditorium, 250 Lake Ave., Auburn. The Seward House Museum, as a part of the Elsa Soderberg Distinguished Speaker Series, is pleased to announce its 2013 featured speaker will be Cokie Roberts. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, Roberts has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting. She was also named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. Ms. Roberts is the author of We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, an account of women’s roles and relationships throughout American history well as Founding Mothers, and Ladies of Liberty which both became instant best sellers. Tickets for the lecture are $50. A special VIP event and book signing will be hosted at the Springside Inn. There is limited availability for the VIP event. $75 VIP tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. www.sewardhouse.org 315-252-1283

And if you need a place to stay or a hotel room while visiting these activities in the Central New York Region, visit Skaneateles Suites and Boutique Hotel.

Posted: Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 @ 6:22 pm by Curt
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20th Edition of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles Opens Nov. 29

Charles Dickens Skaneateles Suites

Charles Dickens Skaneateles SuitesS

No, you’re not seeing triple.

When the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade kicks off Nov. 29, opening the 20th anniversary season of Dickens Christmas, it will feature three renditions of Charles Dickens.

Jim Greene, who has played Dickens for more than a decade, will be joined by the production’s first Dickens, Ted Davenport, grand marshal for the parade, and Kim Tenreiro, who will present a one-man dramatization of “A Christmas Carol” during the show’s final weekend.

The parade starts at noon at the Skaneateles Village Hall on Fennell Street, proceeding east to Jordan and Genesee streets and arriving at the Sherwood House porch in time for the 12:10 p.m. grand opening.

Dickens Christmas is produced by Scarlett Rat Entertainment and presented by Mirbeau Inn & Spa and the Skaneateles-area business community. It runs noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22, with a limited show (noon to 3 p.m.) Dec. 24.

“The production wasn’t always the polished version it is today—in the beginning, we really struggled,” recalls Davenport. “That first year, we thought we had an arrangement with an acting group in Syracuse, but no one showed up. So I grabbed some friends, put them in costume, and about 10 of us did the show ourselves.”

The cast now numbers 70, and Dickens Christmas attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year.

In this Finger Lakes village, it is 1842, and Charles Dickens is gathering research for his soon-to-be-written classic, “A Christmas Carol.” On village streets, he encounters Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, the Hon. DeWitt Clinton (retired governor of New York who championed the Erie Canal), President William Henry Harrison, and a bevy of other characters ranging from finishing school girls to pickpockets.

Magic, music and merriment prevail, as the revels play and guests ride by in horse–drawn carriages. (more…)

Posted: Friday, November 8th, 2013 @ 2:03 pm by Curt
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Charles Dickens Skaneateles Suites

Charles Dickens sleeps at Skaneateles Suites

20 Reasons to Visit Skaneateles for Dickens Christmas
1) Where else can you see the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade?

2) The chance to meet and greet a dead literary icon

3) Hot cider, cocoa and cookies at Mirbeau (and, on Saturdays, family photos taken by a professional photographer in front of Mirbeau’s sleigh)—all for free!

4) Dickens Ale and commemorative glasses at the Sherwood Inn

5) Five golden rings (which can be purchased at Imagine, Skaneateles Jewelry, Grant Jewelers, S. J. Moore Jewelers or Skaneateles Artisans)

6) Warm figgy pudding at Mid-Lakes Navigation

7) Mid-day revels and caroling by the lake

8) Daily scenes from “A Christmas Carol”

9) One-man dramatization of “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 21) by Kim Tenreiro, of Canandaigua

10) Period costumes at the Chamber that can be borrowed for free

11) Raffle drawings for gift certificates and gift baskets

12) Free horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, sponsored by the Old Stone Mill/Village Inn

13) Comedy magic shows by the Wonderful Wizard of the North

14) Fairy tales, told by Mother Goose

15) Visits with Father Christmas (for children of all ages)

16) Great shopping at dozens of unique boutiques. Free gift-wrapping at some; personalized service at all.

17) Dickens-themed soaps, lotions and lip balms at Lucky Goat Soap—one of several “hidden gems” along Fennell and Jordan streets

18) Book sale at the Skaneateles Library

19) 20th anniversary Dickens Christmas ornament, on sale at the Chamber, the Sherwood Inn gift shop and White Sleigh

20) Treasured family memories to last a lifetime

Posted: Friday, November 8th, 2013 @ 1:58 pm by Curt
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Fun Fact about the Syracuse area …did you know…

Skaneateles Christmas at Skaneateles Suites

Skaneateles Christmas at Skaneateles Suites

…that during the 1950’s and 1960’s, Syracuse’s downtown area was a booming retail hub and the holidays were no exception!  Holiday shoppers would venture downtown to enjoy festive decorations and partake in activities such as riding the monorail in E.W. Edwards’ toy department & visiting with Santa at Dey Brothers Department store.  Besides Edwards & Dey’s, visitors shopped at Three Sisters, McCrory’s, Witherall’s, the Addis Company, Flah & Co.  and so many more!  There was always time to stop for a brownie a la mode in Dey’s basement restaurant – the Erie Room.  The holiday season begins downtown with the opening of the Art Mart, located in the City Hall Commons on E. Washington Street.
Please find this week’s edition of the Friday Facts here.
For details on any of these events or others in our area,
take a look at our website www.VisitSyracuse.org.

Posted: Friday, November 8th, 2013 @ 9:24 am by Curt
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