AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:
Signed copies of
The 124th New York State Volunteers
in the Civil War

Charles J. LaRocca's authoritative history of the famous "Orange Blossoms" uses letters, diary entries, newspaper accounts and remembrances to tell the story of one of the great fighting regiments of the Civil War.

Window in the Mapes House

Please Join Us!
Thursday, April 27th | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Children of the Civil War
A Presentation by Yvonne Bigney

In 1863, 12 year-old Johnny Clem participated in the famous Civil War battle of Chickamauga. Escaped slave, “Contraband Jackson”, served as a drummer boy and stretcher-bearer in the 79th Infantry Regiment – U.S. Colored Troops.  It was an all-black unit that incurred heavy casualties. 15 year old Tillie Pierce served as a nurse at Gettysburg. They were just three of thousands of boys and girls engaged in the Civil War; on the front lines or back at the home front, active in vital adult roles that would astonish us today.

Civil war historian and re-enactor, Yvonne Bigney, promises to bring the subject alive on April 27th! If you saw her presentation on Civil War Women last year at the Center, you know her presentation is bound to be engaging, as well as educational.

Admission: $10.00 per person. $15.00 for two. Students are FREE.

Light refreshments will be served Proceeds from the event will support the Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration efforts. DOWNLOAD THE FLYER

We look forward to seeing you!

Date: Thursday, April 27th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Location: The Florida Senior Center | (Next to the Florida Library)
4 Cohen Circle, Florida, NY 10921

For more information email us at events@sewardhomestead.org
or call 845-294-3839. Reservations are recommended.


Thank you! Proceeds will go to the restoration of the Seward/Mapes Homestead!


The Exceptional Seward Women

Frances and Fanny SewardWe 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.


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.

The Seward Birthplace