We are still in the planning stages of our next educational event. We marvel at the many exceptional women of the period, including Frances Seward and Fanny Seward. We intend to focus on them. For example, not many people know that William Seward's wife, Frances, ran a station on the Underground Railroad out of their house in Auburn when Seward was a United States Senator. That was in violation of Federal law which prohibited harboring runaway slaves. Young Fanny, the couple's daughter, was an aspiring writer who kept a diary that offers us rare glimpses into the Lincoln Administration, the Seward household and a first hand accout of the assasination attempt on her father on the fateful night of 1865. Dorothea Dix was a role model for her. The Sewards counted many other reformers as friends.
Politics As Usual: 19th Century-Style
The Political Gymnasium
Long before radio, television, the Internet and Super PACs, when voter turnout could be as much as 81%(!), political rhetoric found its voice largely in print. Political cartoons not only weighed in on public figures’ qualifications and actions but also reflected assumptions about gender-appropriate behavior and the social norms of the day. Historical figures we revere today were often viewed quite differently by their contemporaries.
Union College history professor and author, Andrea R. Foroughi, expanded on this fascinating topic in a presentation on November 20th. 2015. With the upcoming presidential race so much in the forefront of today’s news, Professor Foroughi’s lecture was not only be timely but entertaining and educational. Lecture events like hers, as well as re-enactments and performances, have become regular features of our restoration efforts. We don't need to wait until our buildings are restored to share our enthusiasm for history!
Reserve your tickets now and pay at the door.
The event will be held in the S. S. Seward Institute (High School) Cafetorium,
53 North Main Street, Florida, NY on November 20, 7:00pm.
Light refreshments will be served. Ample parking is available in the school parking lot.
Admission: Students FREE. Adults: $10/$15 for two.
The Seward Homestead has been listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places (national registration is pending), We need your support to realize the landmark's potential as an inspirational educational center for generations of Americans.