This edition of the podcast deals with octagon houses – an architectural style that became popular in the United States, especially in New York State and the Finger Lakes, in the mid-19th century. Join Seneca County Historian Walter Gable to learn about these unique homes and to discuss several from across the region that you are sure to recognize if you live in the area.
What began as the Sampson Naval Training Station during World War II became the Sampson Air Force Base on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake where Sampson State Park is today. In this edition of Our Finger Lakes History Walter Gable takes you through the opening of the Air Force Base along with the activities and development on the property along with photos and visuals that bring that era in our local history alive.
In this edition of Our Finger Lakes History, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable deals with the Flood of 1935 that devastated the southern Finger Lakes. The July 1935 flood killed 44 people and caused millions of dollars in damages. This extended episode features several photos and newspaper accounts from Tompkins, Schuyler, Steuben and Cortland counties including the effect the flood has in the northern Finger Lakes.
Ezra Cornell is widely known for his namesake, famous Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY. This edition of Our Finger Lakes History with Walter Gable will trace Ezra Cornell’s life, especially in the areas of agriculture, the telegraph industry, philanthropy & politics.
During the month of August 2020 we are celebrating centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the the United States Constitution. That amendment guarantees that every woman in the United States can not be denied the right to vote based on their gender. In this episode of Our Finger Lakes History, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable focuses on influential activist Alice Paul and her connections to Seneca Falls, site of the first women’s rights convention in 1848.
This episode will focus on the three major land purchases that shaped the future of the Finger Lakes region. They include the Phelps-Gorham Purchase, the Watkins & Flint Purchase, and the Boston Ten Townships. Join Seneca County Historian Walter Gable to learn about how the history behind these acquisitions and areas in the latest edition of Our Finger Lakes History on FingerLakes1.com.
Most Finger Lakes residents have heard of the Pre-Emption Line but very few know the fascinating history of why is exists. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable explains in this episode of Our Finger Lakes History.
In this edition of Our Finger Lakes History, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable looks at the Sullivan Expedition of 1779. It was a major military offensive ordered by General George Washington in the American Revolutionary War and it’s focus was the Finger Lakes Region.
This episode describes the trial of Susan B. Anthony in 1873 after she was arrested for casting a ballot at a Rochester, NY polling place in the national election of November 1872. The trial took place at the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua and garnered national interest. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents a special extended edition of Our Finger Lakes History.
On this edition of Our Finger Lakes History on FingerLakes1.com, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable deals with the Finger Lakes Region as it stood prior to the end of the American Revolutionary War, before settlement by European Americans. There were various Native Americans that lived in the Finger Lakes for thousands of years prior to European settlements and many of the regions towns, villages and lakes derived their names from the people who lived here during that period.
Even though many of us live here in the Finger Lakes region, so many are unsure exactly how many actual lakes there actually are in the “Finger Lakes”. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable answers this question and provides some of the history behind how the Finger Lakes got their name and why certain lakes are considered part of the “Finger Lakes”. Information every Finger Lakes resident should know in this short video!
This edition of Our Finger Lakes History deals with one of the giants of American history, Harriet Tubman, with an emphasis on the last 50 years of her life spent living in Auburn, NY. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable tells of the circumstances that led to the development of Tubman as an American icon and that led her to Upstate New York where she continued her fight for freedom and equality until her death in 1913.