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2014 Educational Programs

Seward House Museum 2014 Educational Programming

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

May

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 a Seward House staff member  for a 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.

June

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.

Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series

Lectures take place on the South Lawn of the museum and are free and open to the public.

6/21 from 1 – 2 PM: Mark Schmeller, Professor of History at Syracuse University and author of Invisible Sovereign: Imagining American Public Opinion from the Revolution to Reconstruction, discusses the visits of John Quincy Adams and Martin Van Buren to the home in 1843.

Community Garden Days, 6/28  from 9 AM – 12 PM. Free and open to the public.

The Seward House Museum invites the community to join museum staff and volunteers to assist us with the planting and maintenance of our historic grounds.

 

July

Specialty Tour Saturdays, 7/5 (Speaking for Themselves: The Women of the Seward House), 7/12 (The Lincoln Tour), 7/19 (Civil War Tour), 7/26 (Slavery to Emancipation).  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.

Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series

Lectures take place on the South Lawn of the museum and are free and open to the public.

7/19 from 1 – 2 PM: Chair of Syracuse University’s History Department and author of Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Womens’ Rights in 19th Century America, Carol Faulkner, will speak on women’s rights reformers, and abolition activists who visited the home and the impact of this region on the greater national dialogue on these issues.

Seward House Museum Fashion Showcase: 7/27 from 1:30 – 5 PM. Tours of the Fashion Showcase are at 1:30 & 3:30. A Day in the Life of a Civil War Woman presentation at 2:30. Tickets to attend both the Fashion Showcase & A  Day in the Life are $20 for members, $25 for general admission.  The individual price for either event is $10. Reservations required.

Seward House Museum transforms into Petticoat Junction for this fashion bonanza! Designers from across New York State utilized the design of iconic dresses in the museum’s collection to create whimsical, contemporary iterations of these 19th century gowns. Tours highlighting the original dresses, the Seward women who wore them and the designers’ recreations will be held at 1:30 & 3:30. At 2:30, reenactors Karen Fittry and Mary Mahiques provide an engrossing look into how women dressed for different social engagements and household tasks during the antebellum and Civil War Eras. Fittry and Mahiques provide their own reproduction clothing for trying on and handling.

Community Garden Days, 7/26  from 9 AM – 12 PM. Free and open to the public.

The Seward House Museum invites the community to join museum staff and volunteers to assist us with the planting and maintenance of our historic grounds.

August 

 


Specialty Tour Saturdays, 8/2 (Paws & Claws: Pets of the Seward House), 8/9 (The Seward Family in New York State), 8/16 (The Lincoln Tour), 8/23 (Slavery to Emancipation Tour), 8/30 (Speaking for Themselves: The Women of the Seward House) at 11:30 AM. Admission is $10, $8 for museum members. Reservations required.

Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series

Lectures take place on the South Lawn of the museum and are free and open to the public.

8/16 from 1 – 2 PM: Co-author of America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley (2006) and host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Michael Lasser will discuss how the visits of actress Charlotte Cushman and opera sensation Jenny Lind in relation to the popular theater a music of the 19th century.

Around the World with William Seward Day Camp: 8/18 – 8/23, Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 12 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 1 PM. Cost for members is $85, and $100 for non-members.

The Seward House Museum invites children ages 10 through 13 to participate in Around the World with William Seward Summer Day Camp. Participants will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in global cultures through following William Seward on his trips to Alaska, Japan, India, Greece, and Italy. Multi-modal learning activities encourage participation through hands on approach to cultural learning. Only 15 slots are available, please reserve in advance.  A scholarship is available. If applying for a scholarship, please submit a statement of need not exceeding 500 words with your application materials.

Community Garden Days, 8/30  from 9 AM – 12 PM. Free and open to the public.

The Seward House Museum invites the community to join museum staff and volunteers to assist us with the planting and maintenance of our historic grounds.