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2014 Educational Programs

Seward House Museum 2014 Educational Programming

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



Spiritualism: Upstate New York’s Haunted Legacy, 10/10 from 7 – 8 PM at the Seward House Museum. $15 admission for public, $12 for members. Reservations required. Please call 252-1283 for more information.

  • Join D. Candidate in Religion and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cynthia Hogan, for an engrossing look into the rise of spiritualism in the 19th century as a facet of the Antebellum Era. Hogan will discuss spiritualism’s roots here in Central New York, and its connection to the Lincoln presidency through Mary Todd Lincoln. Light refreshments served following the event.

Haunted History Tours of Auburn, 10/24 – 10/26, 10/28 – 10/30 at 6 and 7 PM. Adults are $10, Children (12 and under) are $8. Reservations required. Please call 252-1283 for more information.

  • Costumed guides take guests around Auburn’s Historic District, sharing macabre tales of Victorian funeral practices, the assassination attempt on Mr. Seward, the spectral sightings of Seward family pets, and the mysterious incidents of folklore and history.



Jon Crispin: The Willard Suitcases Project, 11/5 from 7 – 8 PM at Auburn Public Theater. $10 admission for public, $5 for members.

  • Photographer Jon Crispin presents his innovative work cataloguing the remaining suitcases from the patients at Willard Asylum on the shores of Seneca Lake. When the institution closed in 1995, four hundred suitcases containing the belongings for former patients were discovered. Crispin’s photographs the suitcases and their contents serve as a vignette of the patients’ lives, portrayed with integrity and dignity. Crispin will also discuss his work on documenting the prison architecture across the state of New York.

Parlor Music Concert: Opera Standards of the 19th Century, 11/9 from 3 – 4 PM and 7 – 8 PM at the Seward House Museum. Admission is $12 for museum members, $15 for the general public. Space is limited. Reservations are required.

  • Join accomplished regional pianist Joel Morehouse and operatic soprano, Rebecca Carr for two performances of classics from the European opera cannon accompanied on the museum’s 1872 Steinway piano. Carr’s voice is characterized as “big, vibrant soprano” that brings “touching” and “remarkable” renditions to the characters she portrays. Her repertoire includes the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Violetta in La Traviatta, and Desdemona in Otello. Morehouse has served for over ten years as liturgical music director at churches throughout the region. He currently is employed at St. Mary’s Church in Auburn, where he directs a Gregorian Chant ensemble and a polyphonic choir.


Candle Light Tours, 12/ 5 – 6, 12/11 – 13, 12/18 – 20 at 6 and 7 PM at the Seward House Museum. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Space limited. Reservations required.

  • Costumed guides lead visitors on a candle lit tour of the home decorated in holiday splendor by local florists. As visitors learn about holiday traditions of the Seward family in the 19th century, actors portraying various members of the family emerge to share holiday recollections gleaned from the letters and diaries. Tours end with Christmas carols sung around the family’s 1872 Steinway piano.