Day Four:

Thursday, June 20
Excursion to Auburn and Seneca Falls


For this day's field trip, we will meet at 9:00 AM in front of the Herbert F. Johnson Art Museum. Snacks and bottled water will be provided. We will cover the cost of museum visits, but you might want to bring along some money. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


During this day-long bus excursion, we will visit the William Seward House and the Harriet Tubman House in Auburn and tour the Women's Rights National Historic Park and Stanton House in Seneca Falls. Situated forty miles from Ithaca, the town of Auburn has preserved the Seward home, with its remarkable library and collection of portraits from his political and diplomatic career. Nearby lies the modest homestead of Tubman, which was recently designated as the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park. These historic sites offer visible reminders of how Seward's and Tubman's lives intersected during the most volatile years of the nineteenth-century struggle over slavery. Auburn is also the site of the Auburn Prison, a destination for Beaumont and Tocqueville. The neighboring Cayuga Museum of History and Art has an exhibition on the history of the prison that we will visit.

Our final stop will be in Seneca Falls, where we will tour the Women's Rights National Historic Park and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House. Gustafson and Samuels will make arrangements with the educational staff at the Seward House, the archivist at the Cayuga Museum, and the staff at the Women's Rights National Historic Park to provide tailored information for individual participants with research interests in those collections.

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View of the Erie Canal by John William Hill (1829)