Seasonal Newsletter
October | Fall 2020 Issue
The Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry (SMWI) is now officially part of the Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center! The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce hosted the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our reopening as one part of the Center on Friday September 6, and many citizens came to enjoy the festivities and to tour the re-curated, COVID 19 compliant, three floors of the Museum. It was also the inaugural “First Friday” event at the Museum, featuring music by Madison Yearsley, Billsboro fine wines and Fall Street Brewing’s unique beverages. Because of this special event, the Fall Newsletter will feature many photographs from the Reopening for readers to enjoy rather than news stories, in addition to the messages from the Executive Director and the Board Chair, a report from Board member Cheryl Terryberry on a planned 2021 fundraisers for the Museum, and a report from Board member Judy Pipher on early plans for the 2020 Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Contest.   
Photos from the Reopening of the Museum, the Ribbon Cutting to Initiate the Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center, and the first “First Friday!”
These photos were taken at our ribbon cutting event for our "new look" of our space hosted by the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce! Thank you to all that made this event happen, not to mention, assisted with making this dream space a reality.
Executive Director’s Message
Join us for Some Socially Distant Programming!
By Rhonda Destino

We Can All Be SuperHERoes:
We had a very successful children’s SuperHERo event with author Nancy B. Kennedy in September. The above photo of the wishes and hopes from some of our attendees was a fan favorite. The attendees put these hopes into an antique ballot box that Mrs. Kennedy brought with her and learned about the SuperHERoes of the women’s right fight for the right to vote. Missed the event? There are ways to still engage with this book and become a “SuperHERo!” Check out all of the ways to participate to receive a FREE signed copy of Women Win the Vote and a Superhero Kit:

Join Us for a First Friday:
Please save the dates for our next “first Friday” events: 
· November 6th from 5-8pm
·December 4th from 5-8pm
· January 8th from 5-8pm (Due to being closed on January 1st)

Each of these Friday programs will be different from one another and always something new to see. These evenings are a great opportunity to be open late with entertainment, new exhibits and special guests! We heard from several visitors that this was a great experience for guests to come together in our space after hours to see what we have been up to and gather with other community partners. 

A 2020 Celebration:
Susan B. Anthony

A replica of Susan B. Anthony’s famous black dress is currently being exhibited in our space for the month of October (see photo below). This exhibit is on loan to us from The Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum in Massachusetts. The dress was created by their Executive Director Cassandra Peltier (pictured below) and she will be our special guest at our November First Friday event-save the date now-Friday, November 6th at 5pm-8pm, you don't want to miss meeting her and learning from her program. Ms. Peltier plans on holding a children’s program on Saturday, November 7th at 10:30am. Please see our website and eblasts for all of the details.
Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum Executive Director Cassandra Peltier

Board President’s Message
By Sheila Giovaninni
WE DID IT!!! We met our recent $6000 challenge! Thank you to the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History, and their partner, Museum Association of New York (MANY)!

The Pomeroy Fund provided a matching grant opportunity to 501c(3) history-related organizations to help with expenses incurred by museums to re-open, and remain open, safely under NY COVID guidelines. This grant provided for a 1:2 match of community donations received between September 1st and October 30th, up to a $6000 limit. Our incredible community even reached this goal ahead of schedule!

Thank you to our members, friends, neighbors, and local supporters! Your generosity is VERY much appreciated, especially during these unique times. Your combined $6000 contribution to the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry has yielded an additional $3000 match from the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History, resulting in a total of $9000 raised in just 6 short weeks! These funds will allow the Museum to safely keep its doors open through the remainder of the year and beyond. 

We remain committed to offering a COVID-safe environment to our visitors from near and far. We hope you’ll join us in our newly renovated space and enjoy all that the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry has to offer! 

Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Contest 2020

By Judy Pipher

Although “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be virtual in 2020 because of COVID 19, the welcome smell of gingerbread houses cannot be virtual!!

Therefore, Board member Judy Pipher (pictured here), and staff member Laurie Hilton, are planning several small decorating sessions for children, with small houses and candies provided as usual, although each child will be provided with their own candies to utilize with no sharing. 

For the past decade, we have held two decorating groups of 20 children each time, with parents close by. Because of COVID 19, we will instead have 7-10 children in a group, and parents will be asked to keep their distance. The very youngest children may need parental help – these cases will have to be specially pre-arranged so that we can isolate them from the rest of the participants. The gingerbread houses will be displayed at the Museum for a week so that you can vote for your favorites. Adults are invited to bake, decorate and enter their own creations.

The Museum has already worked out ways of providing COVID-compliant voting during Museum hours. Small prizes will be awarded to reward the children’s efforts.
Fundraisers 2021
by Cheryl Terryberry

Development co-chairs, Jim Terryberry and Cheryl Terryberry, are working with their Fundraising Committee members to identify and organize fundraising events and activities for 2021.

Three fundraising events have been tentatively planned for next year. A partnership with Seneca Falls Country Club is being developed to hold a golf tournament in the spring and a Winemaker’s Dinner in the fall. Additionally, Manhill Food Service has been contacted regarding a possible chicken barbecue also to be held next spring.

All events and activities will be coordinated in keeping with relevant Covid-19 requirements. Please stay tuned for more information and details regarding these events.
Staying Connected With Us
There are several ways to stay connected with us and find out what is next for our programming, events, exhibits, and our space. Please become a member, become a volunteer, donate, like us on Facebook, read our website blog, and join us at our events. You can find out how to do all of these things on our new website: Please find the membership and volunteer information below.
Membership and Volunteers

Like all non-profits, SMWI needs YOU – as a volunteer and as a member in order to fulfill our Mission and Vision. Memberships may be paid via check or credit card to: Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, PO Box 388 Seneca Falls, NY, 13148. If you prefer, you may also pay via credit card over the phone (315-568-1510) or in-person at 89 Fall St. Seneca Falls. Please, know that your Membership is greatly appreciated!

Membership Level:
Individual $35  Family $50  Junior $10  Veteran $25  

Mission Statement: The Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry is dedicated to captivating and educating audiences of all ages with the village’s rich industrial and waterways industry.

Vision Statement: The Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry will be the gateway to the community, providing interactive and engaging experiences for all visitors.