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Historical programs have been offered to the community for several years on a variety of subjects which center around history and historical events in our region, state or nation.  Presenters are specialists in the topic and always welcome questions.  Programs are offered once a month on Sundays from May to October in the museum's Community Room.  All programs are free and open to the public.  A sample of past programs included “Beginnings of Business in Union Springs”, “Raptors of Upstate New York” and the “Lake Sturgeon in Cayuga Lake.”

Summer Program Schedule

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History of the Finger Lakes State Parks


Josh Teeter

The Finger Lakes area of NYS is full of State Parks, from the magnificent Letchworth in the west to Fillmore Glen in the east. Our Cayuga Lake watershed is blessed with many: Cayuga Lake State Park, Taughannock Falls, Treman, Buttermilk Falls and nearby Long Point. How did these parks come about? After all, we had no Theodore Roosevelt to kickstart them as he did the National Parks. You have enjoyed our parks, so come and learn how we got them!



Tales of Lake Salvage


Fred Horning

Fred Horning, a natural storyteller shares memories growing up with his father, Roger Horning, legendary diver, salvager, and amateur historian as he explored the world below the surface, discovering treasures in the lakes and rivers of upstate New York. As he and his sister Karen shared experiences and adventures following their dad from the Fingerlakes, to the Adirondacks, to the St. Lawrence Seaway, they have collected memories of a life that we now see on the Discovery channel. Fred shares them with humor, fondness and admiration for one of the well-known characters of lake life in the later 20th century.



Waterbirds of Cayuga Lake


Stephen Kress

At a distance ducks, coots, gulls, grebes, and loons look similar, but they are only distant relatives. Join ornithologist Stephen Kress to learn how to identify Cayuga Lake waterbirds. Dr. Kress will share insights about these amazing birds and why Cayuga Lake and surrounding wetlands offer such important waterbird habitat. Cayuga Lake is a waterbird paradise, stretching 40 miles from the shallow water off Stewart Park in Ithaca to the marshes of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Dr. Kress has an engaging narrative as you enjoy remarkable photos and learn where to find waterbirds when they visit Cayuga Lake and nearby wetlands.



Plants that Helped Win the Revolutionary War


Colleen Plimpton

Raised in upstate New York and educated as a social worker, Colleen Plimpton is a noted teacher, lecturer, and the author of two books: Woodstock Revisited and Mentors in the Garden of Life. Her gardening columns, On Gardening & Down the Garden Path, were featured in several Hearst Media Group publications. Plimpton's articles have appeared in numerous magazines, including Toastmaster, Connecticut Gardner, and Greenprints. We are delight to have Colleen present Plants that Helped Win the Revolutionary War, a talk on how plants were used by colonists in early America and during the Revolutionary War.



Cayugans in the Civil War


Tony Gero

Join military historian Anthony Gero as he explores the history of Cayugans on the battlefield throughout the American Civil War. Utilizing an assortment of uniforms and photographs from the Cayuga Museum and Frontenac Historical Society's collection, Gero will share the stories of the individuals who wore the pieces and the regiments in which they served. Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th. Be present as we pay tribute to those who went before us to protect our country.

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