Mission Statement

The mission of The Seward Homestead is to collect, preserve and exhibit historical works and items related to the early life of William Henry Seward through restoration and preservation of this historic site. We also will conduct educational programming which will strive to cultivate and stimulate curiosity about the life of this vitally important figure of American History.

Window in the Mapes House

Coming on March 19th

Civil War Medicine

Carolyn IvanoffTo honor the memory of Captain William E. Mapes, wounded Civil War veteran and a Village of Florida native son, we will be proud to present a lecture by Carolyn Ivanoff, renowned authority on Civil War medicine. Young Capt. Mapes lost an eye in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House and then a leg in the Battle of Deep Bottom. While today we would be horrified by the medical treatment he received, Ms. Ivanoff will tell us how William Mapes and countless others often recieved the best treatment available. The conditions were brutal, but the field surgeons were not the butchers they are often depicted as. In ”Myths, Maggots, Minie Balls, Gangrene and Glory”, Ms. Ivanoff separates fact from fiction. This presentation on Civil War medicine, to help us call attention to the sacrifices of Capt. Mapes and thousands like him, is just one of her lectures about a period of American history she is very passionate about.
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Reserve your tickets now!

The event will be held in the S. S. Seward Institute (High School), 53 North Main Street, Florida, NY on March 19, 7:00pm. Seating is limited, so please order your tickets now.
Prices: $15 for adults. $25 for couples. $5 for students. Seating is limited.

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Or just email us at events@sewardhomestead.org and tell us that you will pay at the door!

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All Proceeds will go to the Mapes Memorial

Charles J. LaRocca, author of the authoritative “The 124th New York State Volunteers in the Civil War” recently suggested to our organization that “Captain Mapes be honored and that a lasting monument be erected in his memory” on the site of the Mapes family home in the Village of Florida, NY. See details. Mr. LaRocca took an interest in William Mapes while doing research for his book and has remarked that he was like thousands of other young men who made great sacrifices to preserve the Union over 150 years ago.

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.

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