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Cayuga Museum Theodore Case Film Festival 2012 Program

This festival honors the role of Auburnian Theodore Case and his Case Research Laboratory. Case forever changed the movie industry through his work on the sound-on-film process in the 1920s. Our mission is to honor Case’s experimental legacy by promoting media research and the screening of original visual media projects in Central New York.

This year’s program is called A Case Retrospective, Sound-on-Film: An Industry

Remade, with reviews of the work of this great American inventor, it touches on the birth of narrative film as well. It takes place in conjunction with the restoration of the Carriage House Annex behind the Cayuga Museum of History & Art. This was the original site of Case’s test film production studio and will now be a multipurpose theater known as ‘Theater Mack.’ It will be one of the venues of the inaugural Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival this summer.

Event Schedule
Auburn Public Theater Cinema

Friday, June 1

6PM Student Showcase: Screening of work from a number of area schools

Saturday, June 2

10AM “The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk” (Documentary and discussion)

1PM “Ted’s Talkies” A collection of test films & shorts from the Cayuga Museum archives (Commentary and discussion)

3PM 2012 Oscar Nominee “Hugo” Director Martin Scorsese’s storybook tribute to French silent film pioneer, George Melies. (Historical intro)

To attend the event, a $6 admission charged, for further information contact the Cayuga Museum at 315.253.8051. To learn more visit: http://www.tedcasefilmfest.org/.

Posted: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 @ 8:01 pm by Curt
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Seward House Museum Unveils Underground Railroad Exhibit

“I think it is wrong to hold men in bondage at any time and under any circumstances. I think it right and just, therefore, to abolish slavery…”
William Seward, 1850

On Tuesday, June 22, Seward House Museum opened an exhibit celebrating the Seward family’s dedication to abolition and the Underground Railroad.

In 1891, a newspaper article about the Seward family stated “It is said that the old kitchen was one of the most popular stations of the Underground Railroad.” Appropriately, the exhibit will be located in the former basement kitchen and dining room.

While Seward worked nationally for the cause of abolition, his wife Frances and longtime servants Nicholas and Harriet Bogart oversaw the use of the Seward home for this endeavor.

While on a rare visit to Auburn in 1855, Seward was thrilled to open his home to two fugitive slaves. He later wrote his wife “The underground railroad works wonderfully. Two passengers came here last night.”

The Sewards also became patrons of Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, inducing her to move to Auburn. The family’s close friendship with Tubman continued after the deaths of Frances and William.

This exhibit is made possible through the generosity and support of the Underground Railroad Heritage Trail, a program of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Additional Summer Lectures, Events & Tours

Come to Seward House Museum for a summer of learning and family fun. Tours, lectures and the Museum’s annual Garden Party will make this a summer to remember.

The Brown Bag Lecture Series began Wednesday, June 30. Throughout the summer, visitors are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy talks covering a variety of historical topics including Civil War music, abolitionist Emily Howland, and 19th-century fans. Lectures are at noon on the following Wednesdays: July 14 & 28, and August 11 & 25. Admission is free and no registration is required.

On Saturday, July 10, Seward House Museum hosts a Garden Party and open house from 10AM – 5PM. Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours through 15 historic rooms, then stroll into the garden for crafts, Victorian lawn games, living history portrayals – including a dramatic presentation of 19th-century actress Charlotte Cushman, and a few more surprises. Admission is free.

Throughout the year, Seward House offers a special tour focusing on the women of the Seward family. Speaking for Themselves: Women of Seward House is held on the first Saturday of each month (July 3, August 7, September 4) at 1PM. The cost is the regular museum admission: $7-Adults; $6-AAA/Seniors/Military; $2-Students; Free-Children under 10. To register, please call (315) 252-1283. Group tours can also be arranged.

Tours are held Tuesday – Saturday, on the hour beginning at 10AM, with the last tour starting at 4PM. The Museum is also open Sunday afternoons (tours at 1, 2, 3, & 4PM) in the summer, beginning July 11. The museum is closed on major holidays. Please call (315) 252-1283 or visit www.sewardhouse.org for more information.

Seward House Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, is located at 33 South Street in Auburn, New York. It was the home of William Henry Seward (1801-1872), governor of New York, a state and U.S. senator and secretary of state to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. As secretary of state under President Johnson, Seward negotiated the purchase of the Alaskan territory, derided by critics as “Seward’s Folly.”

Posted: Thursday, July 1st, 2010 @ 10:36 am by Curt
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Onondaga Historical Association Museum is currently exhibiting Salt City Comes of Age: Syracuse During the Impressionist Era in America 1880-1915 & Toys From Your Childhood: The Psychedelic Sixties. For details, call 428-1864 or go to www.CNYHistory.org.
November 1, 2009 through May 2, 2010: Toys from your Childhood: The Psychedelic Sixties! Do you remember playing with Clue, Twister, Creepy Crawlers, Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots, GI Joe, Battleship, Hotwheels, Easy Bake Oven, Barbie & Ken – all toys and games from the 1960s? Would you like to see them again all in one convenient location? If your answer is yes , then come to the Onondaga Historical Association Museum, 321 Montgomery St. in downtown Syracuse!

Museum staff and several toy and game lenders have created another wonderful and popular vintage toy exhibit that will bring back fond memories in 2009-2010! Come see Batman & Robin, Man From U.N.C.L.E., James Bond 007, Mary Poppins, The Flying Nun, Johnny & Jane West, the Beatles, and many other 1960s toys and games. Over 100 toys and games, as well as vintage photographs of Christmas and downtown Syracuse are included in this exhibit. We even have a Batmobile kiddie ride! It is sure to please all who wish to reminisce about their childhood in the ‘60s! The exhibit is scheduled to run from November 1, 2009 – May 2, 2010. The museum is open Wednesday – Friday, 10-4 and Saturday & Sunday, 11-4.

Posted: Monday, February 15th, 2010 @ 6:06 pm by Curt
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Onondaga Historical Association Museum presents Salt City Comes of Age: Syracuse During the Impressionist Era in America 1880-1915 continuing through June of 2010. For details, call 428-1864 or go to www.CNYHistory.org.

Posted: Thursday, November 19th, 2009 @ 10:31 pm by Curt
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Canadice Lake, the smallest Finger Lake at only three miles longHistory in the Making!

Since the notion to create a Finger Lakes Museum was first publicized last April, we have made some tremendous progress–more than I ever imagined we would–especially in such a short period of time. We are looking forward to a continuation of that momentum in 2009, despite the economic difficulties our nation, state, and even we as individuals are facing.

The Board of Trustees has decided not to hold an organizational meeting this month. The next meeting will be scheduled for Tuesday, February 24th, when we will present our Strategic Plan and updates on the progress of our four functioning committees. Notification will be emailed to everyone several weeks in advance.

On Monday, I received notification from Albany that our application for a Provisional Museum Charter has cleared the scrutiny of the State Education Department’s legal staff and has been forwarded to the Office of Cultural Education for its consideration. From there it goes to the Board of Regents for a final decision based on the recommendation of the Cultural Office.

Initial fundraising began in December and I’m pleased to say that contributions have started to come in. Many thanks to those of you who have donated for your generosity. If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to the project, please make your check payable to Finger Lakes Museum Fund, and mail it to the following address:

Cynthia Kimble, Treasurer
Finger Lakes Museum Fund
309 Lake Street
Penn Yan, NY  14527

Soon there will be a mechanism added to our website, www.fingerlakesmuseum.org, which will enable contributors to make credit and debit card donations.

Best wishes for a prosperous 2009. And thanks for your interest and enthusiasm. Pass it on!

John Adamski

PS: The attached photo, Waiting for Spring, was taken at Canadice Lake–the smallest Finger Lake at only three miles long.

Posted: Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 @ 2:31 pm by Curt
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