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2015 Educational Programs

March 2015

Speaking for Themselves: The Women of the Seward House Tour, 3/7 at 11 AM. Admission is $10 for members & general public. Reservations suggested as space is limited. Please note that this will be the only tour offered at 11 AM. 

  • This specialty tour offers a 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.

Fanny Seward: A Life Lecture with Trudy Krisher, 3/11 from 7:30 – 8:30 PM at Theater Mack. Admission is $5 for members and $8 for the public. Author’s reception and book signing from 6:00 – 7:00 at the Seward House Museum for members. Please R.S.V.P. for reception.

  • Join author and educator Trudy Krisher for an enthralling discussing of her latest book about William Seward’s youngest child, Fanny. Tragically passing at age 21, Fanny’s short life was punctuated by elation and tragedy as she witnessed both the landmark events of the antebellum era, and also the assassination attempt on her father. A meticulous diarist, Fanny’s firsthand accounts provide Krisher a strong foundation to recreate the details of her fascinating life.

A Day in the Life of Fanny Seward, 3/21 at 11 AM and 2 PM at the Seward House Museum. Admission is $12 for members, $15 for general public, and $5 for children (12 and under). Reservations required as space is limited.

  • Fanny Seward’s fascinating life unveils as an actress portraying Fanny Seward guides visitors through the home, sharing recollections taken from Fanny’s diary. Along the way, visitors encounter other members of the Seward family who engage visitors with their own stories about life in Auburn and in the Seward residence in Washington, D.C. during the height of the Civil War.

April 2015

Victorian Life Day Camp, 4/8 from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM at the Seward House Museum. Appropriate for ages 9 – 12. $15 per student. Reservations required as space is limited.

  • Immerse yourself in the luxuries of the Victorian Era with a high tea at the Seward House with Fanny Seward and her Aunt Lazette and learn about children’s pastimes in the 19th Participants begin by engaging with art and artifacts in the museum’s collection to learn about family life in the Victorian era. The camp closes with Victorian games and journaling to record the events of the day.

Curator Talk: The Battle of Cherbourg, 4/11 at 1 PM at the Seward House Museum. Admission is $5 for general public ($12 for tour & talk!), members are free. Reservations required as space is limited.

  • Collections and Exhibitions Manager, Matthew Mac Vittie, introduces the museum’s new Civil War exhibit via discussion of a seascape depicting the sinking of the USS Kearsarge by the CSS Alabama.

Civil War Surgeon: A Presentation by Paul Supley, 4/23 from 7 – 8 PM at the Seward House Museum. Admission is $12 for members, $15  the general public. Reservations required as space is limited.

  • One of the bloodiest conflicts in American history, the Civil War culminated with the plot to assassinate President Lincoln, Vice-President Johnson and Secretary Seward. Portraying a surgeon from the Civil War period, Paul Supley, provides an engrossing look into the medical practices common during this time and how they impacted both the lives of the nation’s elite and enlisted soldiers.

Historic Garden Community Education Series

  • The Rise of Public & Private Gardens in the 19th Century, 4/25 from 10 AM – 11 AM Community Room of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Free and open to the public.
    • Join Cornell Professor of Horticulture, Donald Rankow, for an engrossing look at the rise of public and private gardens in Europe and America and how these movements reflected societal developments in science, religion, technology and cultural attitudes.
  • Garden Clean-Up, 4/25 from 11 AM – 2 PM in the grounds of the Seward House Museum.
    • Come help prepare the museum’s historic landscape for spring! This is your opportunity to adopt a flower bed for maintenance and begin clearing away winter’s refuse. You supply the tools and labor, we supply the dirt!

May 2015

Visual Politics: Political Cartoons of Lincoln & Seward, 5/8 from 7 – 8 PM at the Seward House Museum. Admission is $12 for members, $15 for the general public. Space limited, reservations required.

  • Union College professor, Andrea Foroughi, presents an in-depth discussion of the political rhetoric of the Civil War as displayed through cartoons of Abraham Lincoln and William Seward.

Alias “Paine”: A Book Lecture with Betty Ownsby, 5/29 from 7 – 8 PM at the Seward House Museum. Admission is $12 for members and $15 for general public. Book signing to follow discussion, please R.S.V.P. for reception.

  • Author, Betty Ownsby, provides insight into Lewis Powell, the enigmatic, would-be assassin of William Seward. Convicted and hanged for involvement in the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy, Ownsby’s book traces Powell’s life and motivations that led him to this critical moment in our nation’s history. Following the presentation, Ms. Ownsby will sign copies of her book and discuss the objects she loaned for the museum’s new exhibit, “Confederate Operative Lewis Powell & the Assassination Attempt on William Seward.”

Historic Garden Community Education Series

  • The History & Arrangement of Flowers Workshop with Cosentino’s Florist, 5/30 from 10 – 11 AM in the grounds of the Seward House Museum. Free and open to the public.
    • From Cleopatra’s roses to contemporary succulent gardens, floral designer Jessica Cosentino, of Cosentino’s Florist guides participants through the history of flowers, where they come from, and the best ways to keep them lasting longer.
  • Garden Clean-Up, 5/30 from 11 AM – 2 PM in the grounds of the Seward House Museum.
    • Come prepare the museum’s historic landscape for summer. We’ll be turning over the beds and prepping the soil for planting in June. You supply the tools and labor, we supply the dirt!