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2014 Educational Programs

Seward House Museum 2014 Educational Programming

*all events will take place at the museum unless otherwise specified.


Through the Eyes of Fanny Seward: A Family-Friendly Tour of the Seward House, 3/8 & 3/22 at 11 AM. $10 admission for adults, $7 for children. Reservations required.

-          Join a guide portraying William Seward’s beloved daughter, Fanny, for an intimate look inside the lives of the Seward Family as told though Fanny Seward’s personal letters and diaries. Throughout the tour, you’ll encounter other members of the family as each offer their own glimpse into the remarkable history of the house and family.

Power Women of Cayuga County Luncheon: A Discussion of Female Leadership, 3/21 from 11 AM – 1 PM. $20 admission, includes boxed lunch from Panera Bread. Space is limited reservations required.

-          Join Seward House Research Assistant, Linda Frank, PhD, for an in-depth journey into the lives of Auburn’s 19th century power women through the lens of the Seward family. The program will include a one hour tour of the museum followed by a boxed lunch and discussion on the relevance of the issues and themes discussed throughout the tour.

Speaking for Themselves: The Women of the Seward House Tour, 3/29 at 11 AM. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for museum members. Reservations required.

-          This glimpse into the lives of the women of the Seward family through their personal diaries and letters that show their insight into gender relations, politics, and social customs in the antebellum and Civil War periods.



Passport to History Family Tour Saturday, 4/5 at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. Free admission for one adult and one child. Appropriate for ages 9 and up. Reservations required.

-          Love the Seward House but haven’t visited since Elementary school? We welcome you to bring your children or grandchildren back for an inter-generational learning experience designed to allow children and their adult learning partner to learn cooperatively about the fascinating history of the Seward family and their impact on the nation’s history. Excellent opportunity for Auburn 4th graders to complete the Seward House portion of their Passport to History Program before the April 21st deadline.

Crafting Your Own Story: A Hands on Day Camp, 4/16 from 9 AM – 12 PM. $40 registration fee, limited scholarships available. Appropriate for ages 8 – 12. Space is limited so please register early.

-          Celebrating National Library Week, the Seward House invites children to immerse themselves in storytelling. Participants will take a tour of the museum through the lens of the family’s written recollections, learn to marbleize paper, create and bind their own journals, and craft their own story based on their experience. No prior artistic experience required.

12 Years a Slave: Beyond the Narrative, 4/23 from 7 – 8 PM. $15 admission for public, $12 for members. Reservations required.

-          Dr. Richard Newman, professor of American History at the Rochester Institute of Technology, places Solomon Northrup’s 12 Years a Slave in the broader social, political and cultural movements of the 19th century.


Beneath the Hoop: A Multi-Layered Exploration of Womens’ Fashion in the 19th Century, 5/9 from 7 – 8 PM. $15 admission for public, $12 for members. Reservations required.

-          Join re-enactors Karen Fittry and Mary Mahiques for an engrossing look into how women dressed during the antebellum and Civil War Eras. Fittry and Mahiques will take the audience, layer by layer, through a woman’s dressing routine, allowing audience members to try on reproduction clothing to get the true feel of the period. Following the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to view items of clothing belonging to the Seward women.


Seward Family in Photos, 5/13 from 7 – 8 PM at the Seymour Library. Free admission.

-          Join historian and Seward House staff member Andrew Roblee for look at the Seward family through archival photographs from the museum’s collection. Rarely seen on display, these photos present the family in various settings that capture their day to day lives in nuanced biographical detail.

Paws & Claws Family Day at the Seward House, 5/24 from 1 – 4 PM. Free admission.

-          Huskies, eagles and squirrels, oh my! The Seward House Museum welcomes animal lovers of all ages to participate in a series of pet themed activities taking place from 1 – 4 PM. From 1 – 2 PM is the Paws & Claws tour of the museum that relates the family’s rich history of pets and the stories behind them taken directly from personal letters and diaries. From 2 – 2:30 will be a story time activity relating to Aesop’s Fables, a series of classic animal themed tales that Fanny Seward read as a child. From 2:30 – 3 PM children, inspired by Aesop’s Fables, can create their own story books with local book artist, Jessie Reich. From 3 – 4 PM the finale will be a costumed pet parade in the museum’s garden, where families can show off their favorite furry, scaly or feathered friend in a costume of their choice with prizes awarded by local judges. Local pet adoption agencies will be present throughout the day to provide information on adopting a critter of your own.


Specialty Tour Saturdays, 6/7 (Slavery to Freedom Tour), 6/14 (Lincoln Tour), 6/21 (Civil War Tour), 6/28 (Around the World with William Seward), at 11:30 AM. Admission is $10, $8 for museum members. Reservations required.

Visit the Seward House for a focused tour experience on several of the captivating facets of William Seward’s life. Rich with firsthand accounts from the family’s letters and diaries, these tours present an in-depth perspective on issues central to the history of the Seward family.