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Take a Summertime Adventure in Harriet Tubman’s Hometown

See “The Journey to Freedom” Sculpture and more! Take a Summertime Adventure in Harriet Tubman’s Hometown Summertime in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State is a spectacular time of year to take a vacation and have an adventure. Here you will find an abundance of delicious culinary offerings, craft beverages in the breweries, wineries & distilleries, cultural attractions, and of…

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Take a road trip along the Underground Railroad in Harriet Tubman’s Hometown

The Underground Railroad is considered by many to be the first great freedom movement in the Americas and the first time that people of different races and faiths worked together in harmony for freedom and justice. The term “Underground Railroad” started in the 1830s and referred to an informal covert network to help enslaved people escape. One of the most well-known leaders of this initiative was…

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Historical Women in the Finger Lakes

March is the perfect month to celebrate the innovative, creative women who live in our area as well as the strong fearless women who carved out a future for us all. We are lucky to live an area that was an epicenter for women’s rights. Let’s take a up close look at a few of the trail blazing women from history. I think you will be amazed at their bravery, their sacrifices, their struggles, and…

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8 Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month March is National Women’s History Month and it’s the perfect time to take a few moments to think about the many women who have done amazing things and maybe do a few rather amazing things yourself. So, grab one of your fabulous female friends and make some of your own history and fun in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, the birthplace of Women’s Rights! The early…

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Underground Railroad: Trusted Terminals for Harriet Tubman

Did you know that Auburn and Cayuga County have deep ties to the Underground Railroad? In honor of September being International Underground Railroad month, we suggest you see these stops around Cayuga County associated with the famed path to freedom. About the Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad is considered by many to be the first great freedom movement in the Americas and the first…

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Walk in Harriet's Shoes Around Auburn NY

Walk in Harriet’s Shoes Around Auburn Harriet Tubman played a significant role in our nation’s history. As the famous “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, Harriet led many individuals to freedom and endlessly fought for equal rights. In 1859, after emancipating herself and members of her family, Harriet chose Auburn, NY in Cayuga County as the place to call home. This summer, we invite you to…

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Juneteenth Celebrations in Cayuga County

History and Events in Honor of Juneteenth Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration began on June 19, 1865, which became known as Juneteenth, when Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas to deliver the final execution of the Emancipation Proclamation. Which President Abraham Lincoln originally sign over two years earlier. For all…

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Lesser Known Facts of Harriet Tubman

Did you know? Discover lesser known facts of Harriet Tubman's life and legacy. Today, Wednesday March 10 is Harriet Tubman Day. She passed away on this day 108 years ago in 1913, and this day has been recognized In the U.S. since 1990. 1. Harriet Tubman was married again in 1869 to former-slave, Civil War veteran Nelson Davis. Over 20 years younger, and sick from tuberculosis, Davis' skill as a…

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National Native American Heritage Month

Hard to find history Did you know that the first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916, and that it was in New York by the governor? And later in 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved the joint resolution designating November “National Native American Heritage Month. The area that now comprises Cayuga County was, prior to European settlement, homeland…

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Tracing their Steps

Of the 16 places on the BINGO card, you may or may not have heard of them and know why they are significant. Here’s a little background on each of them. Please note that at this time some locations may be closed to visitors due to COVID-19. We are encouraging you to take a picture of the building and make a pledge to yourself that you’ll return to learn about these courageous women. A random…

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