“The Seceders” – Upcoming Lecture By Author Alethea Connolly On Saturday, 26 July 2014

An upcoming lecture of historical interest to Central New York has been announced on The New York History Blog and is being reproduced in part here. For more information about the lecture (and to learn more from The NY History Blog), see the official announcement at:


Seceder-Cover-JPEGAfter six years of research Alethea “Lee” Connolly has published her book on “forgotten trailblazers” in early 19th Century Central New York. Connolly will present her research on her book The Seceders: Religious Conviction & the Abolitionist Movement in the Town of Manlius, 1834-1844 at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134.

As Barbara S. Rivette, Manlius Town Historian, states “The network of families and church affiliations involved in The Seceders spread through Canastota, Clockville, and Peterboro.” Seceders, like early Manlius settler Elijah Bailey, “believed the church had veered off the simple path of Bible religion into pride and folly.”

The public is encouraged to attend. Admission is three dollars for adults and free for students (K – College).

The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the Peterboro Mercantile, is open from 1 – 5 pm on July 26. For more information, contact www.nationalabolitionhalloffameandmuseum.org and 315-684-3262.

PACNY At The Seward House Historic Museum, 29 June 2014

On Sunday, June 29th, 2014 (original announcement, meetup.com event), twenty-six (26) attendees composed of PACNY members and members of the Baby Boomer Singles 2011 group at meetup.com visited the Seward Mansion in Auburn, New York, for a tour of William Seward’s historic home. Seward was an abolitionist, Secretary of State during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, and later a world traveler. Four generations lived in the house and it contains original furnishings, artifacts and portraits of people and events that are part of our American history. After the tour, a reception was enjoyed by all in the garden. The Seward House is a community treasure where visitors come to connect with the past.





Images above taken from the meetup.com page for this event.
Photos by Kim Pomeroy. Click for a larger version.

PACNY thanks the Seward House Historical Museum for hosting our event and greatly appreciates Kim Pomeroy and our friends in the Baby Boomer Meetup group for helping give the Seward House a quality crowd! To keep track of future PACNY events on meetup.com, please join our Group Page.

“Second Life for Sacred Places” – Feature Article In Central New York Magazine: The Good Life

PACNY encourages all of our members to check out the July/August 2014 issue of Central New York Magazine: The Good Life, which features an excellent article entitled “Second Life for Sacred Places” by Renee Gadoua of Manlius (and a PACNY Member!). The article discusses the challenges facing the preservation of former sacred sites, and highlights the ongoing transformation of the former Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church (501 Park Street) into Masjid ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary) and the revitalization of People’s AME Zion Church (711 East Fayette Street).


PACNY’s Sacred Places Symposium (November, 2013) and our advocacy supporting the preservation and re-use of People’s AME Zion Church are also featured. We encourage you to pick up a copy today and learn about important efforts to preserve and revitalize sacred buildings in our area… and all your favorite places to get ice cream! A great issue of a great magazine!