FLRTC-Logo-Full-color-for-TourCayuga-BannerRegion showcases rich history with events, performances

Pittsford, N.Y. - From women's rights to the underground railroad, history plays a huge part in the makeup of the Finger Lakes Region. Path Through History Weekend, June 17-18, 2017, celebrates New York's rich and fascinating history, featuring hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations across the state.

In the Finger Lakes region, history comes alive with re-enactments, performances, festivals, and educational events meant to inform and educate all who attend. The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC), as the official promotion organization for the 14-county Finger Lakes Region, encourages visitors both local and afar to participate in the celebration.  Upcoming weekend events include:


The Book that Launched an American Religion (Palmyra, NY) - Take a free tour of the Grandin Printing Building where the first copies of the Book of Mormon were printed in 1829-1831. Featuring the museum of the print shop, including the replica press, the bindery, and the book store and office of E.B. Grandin. This book is foundational to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

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Becoming American: The Italian Immigrant Experience in Cayuga County (Auburn, NY) - Thousands of Italian immigrants settled in Cayuga County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This exhibit focuses on the journey from the "Old Country" to the new world, the challenges met by the immigrants, and the contributions of Italian Americans.

Now - September 23, 2017

Celtic Faire at GCV&M (Mumford, NY) - The Celts in Western New York played a major role in shaping the history of the Genesee Country. This special festival will celebrate the culture, history, and traditions of the Scots and Irish through musical performances by regional pipe bands, dance demonstrations from local schools, and an array of authentic food and drinks to satisfy your palate.

June 17, 2017

The Old Time Fiddlers Gathering and Folk Arts Festival (Watkins Glen, NY) - Old time music, workshops, and crafts of regional cultural groups.

June 18, 2017

Women's Rights

Because of Women Like Her Exhibit (Rochester, NY) - Discover the stories from Rochester's past about the struggles and triumphs for women's suffrage in New York State. See an eclectic mix of historical artifacts like Susan B. Anthony's dress, Martha Matilda Harper's prototype for the original salon shampoo chair, a Bloomer costume, a variety of suffrage banners, pendants, and flyers. Free and open to the public.

Now - September 1, 2017

Susan B. Anthony Legacy Event (Canandaigua, NY) - This event commemorates the historic event when suffrage activist Susan B. Anthony was tried and convicted for voting at the Ontario County Courthouse in June 1873. Celebrate her legacy, and learn how the efforts of others from Ontario County were influential in the women's suffrage movement.

June 17, 2017

Anti-Suffrage Tour of Rose Hill Mansion (Geneva, NY) - Why would women oppose voting by women? Agnes Swan Hutchins, who grew up at Rose Hill from 1864 to 1890, was one of those who did. On this tour, visitors will learn more about Agnes Swan's life and upbringing, and what may have led her to oppose formal political activity by women.

June 17, 2017

Exhibit Opening-Political Postcards on Suffrage (Penn Yan, NY) - The grand opening of a temporary exhibit entitled "Political Postcards" will be held inside the women's suffrage exhibit "Hear Our One Voice". The temporary exhibit is on loan from the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, Massachusetts.

June 17, 2017

Step Back in Time

Old Ways Days at the Ward O'Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum (Auburn, NY) - Step back in time when life was much simpler and families were the center of one's life. Visit the Country Store, Country School, Country Kitchen, Country Parlor, Country Bedroom, Blacksmith Shop, Pottery Shop, and the many exhibits of rural life, expanding Auburn Industries and life in Auburn and Cayuga County in the 1800 and 1900s.

June 1-30, 2017

The 1890 House Museum: Explore Cortland's Gilded Age at Path Through History Weekend (Cortland, NY) - The 1890 House Museum is offering discounted admission prices and extended hours for the NYS Path Through History Weekend. Built for late 19th-century inventor and industrialist Chester Wickwire, the mansion is a large time capsule that illustrates the lifestyle of the wealthy Wickwire family, the servants, and the story of those who worked at the factory.

June 17-18, 2017

Blacksmith Demonstrations at the Manlius Museum (Manlius, NY) - See blacksmith demonstrations firsthand, from 1:00 - 4:00p.m., on both days. Free and open to the public.

June 17-18, 2017

 Open House at the Overackers Corners One Room School House (Rushville, NY) - Join us for an Open House for the Overackers Corners School. A one-room school house built in 1874 and closed in 1937. Experience what it was like to go to school in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

June 17-18, 2017


Collections, Collectors, and Collecting at Cortland Free Library (Cortland, NY) - Tours of the Historic Cortland Free Library will be available at 10a.m., 1p.m., and 4p.m. Collections on display include the History of Farm Toys, and American Clocks. Experts will be available all day to discuss these unique collections. 

June 17, 2017

Homer History Celebration (Homer, NY) - The Landmark Society of Cortland County is announcing the GRAND REOPENING of the Homer History Center in the beautiful historic village of Homer, NY. All are welcome to come and explore the local artifacts, memorabilia, maps and more that will be on display. Landmark Society board members and volunteers will be on hand to welcome everyone and answer questions.

June 17, 2017

Tour The Stickley Collections (Fayetteville, NY) - The Stickley brothers are essential in the story of innovation in design in New York, and also have made a lasting impact on American home life throughout the country. Gustav Stickley manufactured his furniture in nearby Eastwood, NY and his brothers, Leopold and John George, started their company in Fayetteville which would be called L. & J.G. Stickley.

June 17, 2017

Open Houses, Tours & Talks

That Old House Tour: Dryden (Ithaca, NY) - Get an exclusive look inside beautiful homes and sites with this self-guided walking/driving/biking tour of selected interiors in the historic village of Dryden, New York. 12:00 - 4:00p.m.

June 17, 2017

Prior to the tour: "Celebrating Rural Heritage: Verne Morton's Photographs" -

As a prelude to Historic Ithaca's Old House Tour, Bob Baxter, former CEO of Dryden Mutual Insurance Company, will give a guided tour of the 150 exquisite Verne Morton photographs that line the hallways of the company. For nearly 50 years, local photographer Verne Morton (1868-1945) devoted himself to photographing Tompkins County rural and village life.

June 17, 2017 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The Underground Railroad in Western NY (Rochester, NY) - Rochester is emblematic of the strong efforts for freedom that NY has represented throughout history. The tour visits National Freedom Trail sites and other Underground Railroad locations and is filled with powerful stories of the people who helped deliver individuals to freedom.

June 17, 2017

Peppermint Museum Open House (Lyons, NY) - The Peppermint Museum will have an Open House on Saturday, June 17th from 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m. and Sunday, June 18th from 12:00-3:00p.m. The museum is located at 95 Water Street in Lyons, and will feature two new exhibits: The Bicentennial of the Building of the Erie Canal and the NYS Centennial of Women's Suffrage.

June 17-18, 2017

The Story of that Adirondack Tragedy with Dr. Joseph Brownell (Cortland, NY) - Dr. Joseph Brownell will be at the CNY Living History Center for a talk and signing of his Adirondack Tragedy books. Relive the heart-wrenching story of one of the most famous crimes in New York's history, the murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette at Big Moose Lake.

June 17, 2017


Erie Canal 1: Basins and Builders (Rochester, NY) - The Erie Canal made Rochester a boom town and had national impact. Discover famous and less-well-known people with connections to this legendary waterway.

June 17, 2017

Rochester Subway Heritage Weekend (Rush, NY) - Celebrate the heritage of the Rochester Subway, which shut down in June 1956. Enjoy a real train ride on restored cabooses to the Upper Yard, and tour the largest collection of historic trains - including Rochester Subway Car 60 (currently under restoration). 

June 17-18, 2017

Steamboats of Seneca Lake (Montour Falls, NY) - The Steamboats of Seneca Lake exhibit with focus on the steamboats, routes, and the passenger experience.

June 17 - Sept 1, 2017


Genesee Valley Fare and Ware Festival (Castile, NY) - A festival to celebrate the food, drink and art of the Genesee Valley region. The event will feature tastings and sales of beer, ciders, spirits, wines, foods, and works of art.

June 17-18, 2017

Path Through History: "Onohgwa" - Corn Soup (Victor, NY) - Enjoy a guided walk along the Trail of Peace and visit the full-size Bark Longhouse replica to sample traditional Seneca Corn Soup from our heirloom Iroquois White Corn.

June 17-18, 2017

 Waterman Center's Annual Father's Day Breakfast on Hiawatha Island (Apalachin, NY) - Climb aboard our pontoon boat for a ride to Hiawatha Island, the Jewel of the Susquehanna. Once there, explore this one of a kind historical site and wildlife refuge. Enjoy a big farm-style breakfast cooked over open fires while learning of the unique history of the island.

June 18, 2017

"The history found in the Finger Lakes region played a huge role in shaping the history of our country," says Meg Vanek, Executive Director of the Cayuga County Office of Tourism. "Here you can find the birthplace of the women's rights movement, the homes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, and rich Native American history that influenced so much of this area. Path Through History Weekend is a great way to pay tribute to those stories, and learn about this amazing area of New York State."

For additional events and activities happening during Path Through History Weekend, visit http://fingerlakestravelny.com/




The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

The breathtaking Finger Lakes takes its name from eleven lakes spanning the region like a giant handprint, stretching from its easternmost point in Onondaga County to its westernmost border in Livingston County, near Letchworth State Park. Boasting a mix of nature trails and natural beauty, wineries and breweries scattered across the region, and quaint villages close to large metropolitan areas, the Finger Lakes Vacation Region has a plethora of tourist attractions within its borders.

In January 2014, the 14 Official County Tourism Promotion Agencies of the Finger Lakes Vacation Region formed a 501(c)(3) organization known as the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC). The FLRTC Board includes representation from all 14 TPAs and counties: Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates. For information about attractions and events throughout the Finger Lakes region, visit www.fingerlakestravelny.com or call 1-888-408-1693. 


Media Contact:

Nicole Mahoney

Regional Director, FLRTC