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2015 Educational Programs

June 2015

Specialty Tour: Abolition to Emancipation, 6/6 at 11 AM in place of the regular public tour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Curator Talk: The History of Stereoscopes, 6/6/15 at 1 PM at the Seward House Museum. Admission is free for members, $5 for the general public. Tour & Talk are $12. Space limited, reservations required.

Join Seward House Collections & Exhibitions Manager, Matthew MacVittie as we discuss the history of stereoscopic and 3D photography. This will be a hand-on activity with a walking tour of the grounds and stereo-viewers/cards for use after the lecture.

Specialty Tour: The Seward Family & The Civil War, 6/13 at 11 AM in place of the regular public tour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Women’s Luncheon: Creating Connections through Storytelling with Laura Ponticello, 6/13 from 11:30 – 2:30. Speaking for Themselves: The Women of the Seward House tours will be at 11:30 and 1:30, Laura Ponticello’s luncheon presentation will be at 12:30. Admission to attend both events is $20 for members, $25 for general admission. Admission cost includes a boxed lunch from Panera. Space limited, reservations required.

  • The Seward House Museum celebrates the compelling power women’s narratives play in shaping our history. The program will include one-hour tours of the museum focusing on the contributions of the Seward women and a luncheon presentation by author, and motivational speaker, Laura Ponticello. The author of Live the Life of Your Dreams: 33 Tips for Inspired Living, Laura has worked with celebrity authors, national speakers and executives to help them excel and live their own true story.

History’s Hometown Architecture Tour, June 14th from 1 – 3 PM starting at the Seward House Museum. Admission is $10 for members of the Seward House Museum or Cayuga Museum, $12 for members of the public. Our $20 Combo Package includes admission the walking tour and a voucher to tour both museums valid through August 30th. Reservations required, please contact Seward House Museum for more information.

  • Join us for a fascinating walk through the evolution of America’s domestic architecture right in the heart of History’s Hometown! A guided walking tour between the Seward House and Cayuga Museum profiles iconic examples of domestic architecture, discussing stylistic evolution and the history of the buildings and their occupants. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably in anticipation of two hours of walking through city neighborhoods.

Specialty Tour: The Sewards in New York State, 6/20 at 11 AM in place of the regular public tour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Christianne Miller: Poetry of the Civil War, 6/20 from 1 PM – 2 PM on the south lawn of the Seward House Museum. Free and open to the public.

  • Cristanne Miller is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of English at The University at Buffalo SUNY. Her areas of expertise include the study of 19th and early 20th century American poetry, gender, and language issues, with an interest in Emily Dickenson. Professor Miller will be speaking about the role of poetry during the civil war, including how the conflict influenced period writers to define their generation.

Specialty Tour: The Lincoln Tour, 6/27 at 11 AM in place of the regular public tour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Herbalicious: The History and Varying Uses of Herbs, 6/27, from 10 AM – 11 AM in the grounds of the Seward House Museum.

  • Museum volunteer, Corliss Hunter, takes participants through a brief history of herbs and their importance in Victorian homes. Program includes demonstration and opportunity to make your own potpourri to bring home.

Garden Clean-Up, 6/27 from 11 AM – 2 PM in the grounds of the Seward House Museum.

  • June is our month to plant, so come dig in!

July 2015

Specialty Tour: The Seward Family & The Civil War, 7/11 at 11 AM in place of the regular public tour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Frances Seward: A Remembrance, 7/11 at 1:30 and 3:30 at the Seward House Museum. Free admission but reservations are required.

  • To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Frances Seward’s death, costumed guides will portray members of the Seward family, utilizing family letters and diaries to progress through Frances’s remarkable life.

History’s Hometown Architecture Tour, 7/12, from 1 – 3 PM starting at the Seward House Museum. Admission is $10 for members of the Seward House Museum or Cayuga Museum, $12 for members of the public. Our $20 Combo Package includes admission the walking tour and a voucher to tour both museums valid through August 30th. Reservations required, please contact Seward House Museum for more information.

  • Join us for a fascinating walk through the evolution of America’s domestic architecture right in the heart of History’s Hometown! A guided walking tour between the Seward House and Cayuga Museum profiles iconic examples of domestic architecture, discussing stylistic evolution and the history of the buildings and their occupants. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably in anticipation of two hours of walking through city neighborhoods.

Specialty Tour: The Lincoln Tour, 7/18 at 11 AM in place of the regular public tour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Shirley Samuels: Legacy in Literature of the American Civil War, 7/18 from 1 – 2 PM in the Social Room of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Free and open to the public.

  • Shirley Samuels is a graduate faculty member at Cornell University. Shirley will be speaking about the unique role that literature played during the period of the American Civil War, as well as the style of this literature, and how the war influenced American literature for future generations of writers.

Victorian Life Summer Camp, 7/21st – 7/24 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 7/25 from 10 AM – 12 PM at the Seward House Museum. Appropriate for ages 9 – 12. Cost for members is $85, and $100 for non-members. Reservations required.

  • Kids travel back in time by immersing themselves in popular children’s activities of the Victorian era. Activities range from gardening, sleuthing for clues to solve artifact mysteries, period dancing and a high tea served by guides portraying Fanny Seward and her aunt, Lazette.

Communicating with Pictures: A Workshop in Travel Photography, 7/24 from 1 – 4 PM at the Seward House Museum. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for members of the public. Reservations required.

  • Phil Douglis, founder of the Douglis Visual Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona, presents a workshop on how to make your travel photographs tell a story. A period of instruction will be followed by an opportunity to go behind the ropes of the museum’s Drawing Room, and practice the techniques on the array of travel souvenirs from Mr. Seward’s world tour. Equipment is not provided; please bring digital cameras, laptops and USB drives if you wish to participate.

Specialty Tour: Speaking for Themselves: The Women of the Seward House, 7/25 in place of the 11 AM regular public tour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Pest Control: Historic Solutions Pest Management, 7/25 from 10 AM – 11 AM in the grounds of the Seward House Museum.

  • Throughout history pests, weeds and other annoyances have plagued gardens and agricultural operations across the world. Join the Seward house staff as we discuss some historic solutions to modern garden troubles including some you can make at home.

Garden Clean-Up, 7/25 from 11 AM – 2 PM in the grounds of the Seward House Museum.

  • Join museum staff and volunteers in weeding and maintaining the freshly planted beds.

Untold Stories: Treasures from the Seward Family Collection Curator’s Tour, 7/31 at 12 PM at the Cayuga Museum. Free for members of the Seward House & Cayuga Museum. $5 for the general public. Please contact the Cayuga Museum for more information.

  • Join exhibit co-curators, Matthew MacVittie (SHM) and Kirsten Wise (CM) for a tour of this new collaborative exhibit.

August 2015

Specialty Tour: Slavery to Emancipation, 8/1 at 11 AM in place of the regularly scheduled public tour for that hour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Civil War Encampment, 8/1 from 12 – 5 PM on the grounds of the Seward House Museum. Free admission.

  • Members of the 155th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company I, give demonstrations of artillery, period fashion, and other aspects of soldiers’ lives in a Union camp.

Specialty Tour: Speaking for Themselves: The Women of the Seward House, 8/8 at 11 AM in place of the regularly scheduled public tour for that hour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Upstairs, Downstairs: The Lives of Servants in the 19th Century, 8/8 at 2 PM at the Cayuga Museum. Free admission but reservations required. Please call the Cayuga Museum for more information.

  • Seward House Research Assistant, Mitchell Maniccia, discusses the roles and livelihoods of servants that maintained iconic mansions like the Seward House and former Willard family home. Touching upon examples from the Seward family and practices of the period, the presentation discusses the lives of the individuals behind the famous facades.

History’s Hometown Architecture Tour, 8/9 from 1 – 3 PM starting at the Seward House Museum. Admission is $10 for members of the Seward House Museum or Cayuga Museum, $12 for members of the public. Our $20 Combo Package includes admission the walking tour and a voucher to tour both museums valid through August 30th. Reservations required, please contact Seward House Museum for more information.

  • Join us for a fascinating walk through the evolution of America’s domestic architecture right in the heart of History’s Hometown! A guided walking tour between the Seward House and Cayuga Museum profiles iconic examples of domestic architecture, discussing stylistic evolution and the history of the buildings and their occupants. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably in anticipation of two hours of walking through city neighborhoods.

Money, Beauty and Power: The Transformation of Taste in America’s Gilded Age, 8/13 from 7 – 8 PM at the Cayuga Museum. Admission is $12 for members of the Seward House or Cayuga Museum, $15 for the general public. Reservations required, for more information please contact the Cayuga Museum.

  • Chief Curator of the Newark Museum and decorative arts historian, Ulysses Grant Dietz, discusses the evolution of American interiors and collecting practices that characterized the late 19th The program is part a collaborative exhibit between the Seward House and Cayuga Museum entitled, Untold Stories: Treasures from the Seward Family Collection, on view at the Cayuga Museum from June 7 – August 30, 2015.

Specialty Tour: The Lincoln Tour, 8/15 at 11 AM in place of the regular public tour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Mark Schmeller: Political Rhetoric of the Civil War, 8/15 from 1 – 2 PM on the south lawn of the Seward House Museum. Free and open to the public.

  • Mark Schmeller is an associate professor of history at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University where he specializes in United States cultural, intellectual, and communication history, as well as political thought, during the 18th and 19th Centuries. Professor Schmeller will focus his lecture on the influence civil war culture had on political rhetoric, and how this rhetoric changed the intellectual landscape of America.

Specialty Tour: The Seward Family & The Civil War, 8/22 at 11 AM in place of the regularly scheduled public tour for that hour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Specialty Tour: The Sewards in New York State, 8/29 at 11 AM in place of the regularly scheduled public tour for that hour. Admission is $10. Reservations required.

Introduction to Permaculture, 8/29, from 10 AM – 11 AM in the grounds of the Seward House Museum.

  • Emerging permaculturist, Pete Cramer, introduces participants to the philosophy of permaculture that seeks to create self-maintaining garden spaces modeled on natural ecosystems.

Garden Clean-Up, 8/29 from 11 AM – 2 PM in the grounds of the Seward House Museum.

  • Help revitalize and maintain the grounds as we prepare for Fall.