Preserving History and Honoring a Great Statesman
Born in Florida, New York in 1801, William H. Seward was one of our nation's most distinguished political leaders. Remembered primarily for his role as Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and his guiding influence in the purchase of Alaska as Secretary of State in the Andrew Johnson administration, Seward was also a Senator and New York Governor in his long career. Read more...
When Being a Radical was Radical
Lynne McKenney Lydick's performance of “Yours for Humanity - Abby” brought our audience members to their feet in a standing ovation. Her one-woman play and lecture about Abby Kelley Foster (1811 - 1887) portrayed the radical abolitionist and women's rights activist who worked relentlessly, in the face of constant harassment and ridicule, to end both race and gender prejudice. At a time when society demanded that women be silent, submissive and obedient, Abby was none of those.
In 2011, Abby Kelley Foster was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the National Abolition Hall of Fame. The program is a joint effort by the Florida Union Free School District and the Seward / Mapes Homestead Committee to celebrate personal moral courage and shed light on the life and times of Wiliam H. Seward and Frances Seward. If you saw Lynne's remarkable performance and would like to see more historical re-enactments, please email us!
Thank You, Senator Bonacic!
Recipient of one of three grants under the Municipal Facilities Capital program, the Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration will receive $50,000 in state funding for its preservation and community education efforts. Thanks to the support of New York State Senator John J. Bonacic, this generous grant is a very encouraging validation of our community's efforts in revitalizing a part of our nation's history. Village of Florida Mayor and committee founding member James Pawliczek, said the grant “...will go a long way to restoring the William Henry Seward Homestead.” Read more...
For more information about the MFC grant, as it applied to all three recipients, visit the The Florida Focus online.
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