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

March is Women's History Month

Votes For Women! Meet the Suffragettes!
March 14th • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Carolyn IvanoffIn 1848, the first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. But it wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving American women the right to vote. Our guest speaker, Carolyn Ivanoff, will present the program in period clothing to commemorate the titanic struggle for suffrage. Told through period photos, political cartoons and editorials, Carolyn’s presentation will be as engaging as her previous presentations for the Seward Mapes Homestead entitled Civil War Medicine and The Ghosts of Gettysburg.


We will also have displays to celebrate the remarkable lives of William Henry Seward’s wife, Frances, and their daughter Fanny. Both of these exceptional women were activists and friends of the era’s most progressive women. Read more about them below.

Date & time: March 14 pm; 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Senior Citizen Center, 3 Cohen Circle, Florida, NY 10921
Tickets: $10 for adults; $15 for two; Students: free
Light refreshments included
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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