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The William Seward House, Auburn, NY: Abolition, John Wilkes Booth, and Manifest Destiny Part 2

The William Seward House, Auburn, NY: Abolition, John Wilkes Booth, and Manifest Destiny Part 2

In Part 1, I talked about my experience walking through Auburn for the first time and learning about William Seward’s early political career and participation in the abolition movement and Underground Railroad (a dangerous venture for the time). William Seward was a very vocal opponent to slavery, so naturally most southerners hated him. Seward refused […]

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The William Seward House, Auburn, NY: Abolition, John Wilkes Booth, and Manifest Destiny Part 1

The William Seward House, Auburn, NY: Abolition, John Wilkes Booth, and Manifest Destiny Part 1

Where do the abolition movement, the plot of John Wilkes Booth & Company, and Manifest Destiny meet? Here, in Auburn, New York, of all places. We visited the William H. Seward Historic Site in this beautiful little Finger Lakes city. I fell in love with Auburn so dramatically that I think we are going to […]

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The Old Main, or Utica Lunatic Asylum, NY

The Old Main, or Utica Lunatic Asylum, NY

Renowned as the finest example of Greel Revival architecture in the world, the Old Main, or old Utica Lunatic Asylum, still stands. Barely. It sits aloof on its once pastoral grounds in the heart of Utica, NY. It’s history is incredibly rich and it is for this reason that this magnificent building still stands. This is my investigation of its history and the earth-shattering movement of treatable mental illness in this country.

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Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY

Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY

Almost two weeks ago, on a soggy, dreary day, the girls and I took a drive out to Oneida, NY, to see the Madison County Historical Society home. It was once the gracious home of the Higinbotham family of Oneida. The home was built in 1849, and remained in the family up until 1930s, when […]

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