July 31, 2015
Join exhibit co-curators, Matthew MacVittie (SHM) and Kirsten Wise (CM) for a tour of our collaborative exhibit- Untold Stories: Treasures from the Seward Family Collection. Free for members of the Seward House & Cayuga Museum. $5 for the general public. Please contact the Cayuga Museum for more information.
August 8, 2015
Seward House Research Assistant, Mitchell Maniccia, discusses the roles and livelihoods of servants that maintained iconic mansions like the Seward House and former Willard family home. Touching upon examples from the Seward family and practices of the period, the presentation discusses the lives of the individuals behind the famous facades.
August 9, 2015 –
As part of the collaborative exhibition Untold Stories: Treasures from the Seward Family Collection, the Seward House Museum and the Cayuga Museum of History & Art, are pleased to be offering the History’s Hometown Architecture Walking Tour at 1:00 PM on Sundays June 14, July 12, and August 9, 2015.
A guided walking tour between the Seward House Museum and Cayuga Museum, the History’s Hometown Architecture Tour profiles iconic examples of domestic architecture, discussing stylistic evolution and the history of the buildings and their occupants. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably in anticipation of two hours of walking through city neighborhoods.
Admission for the tour is $10 or a Combo Package is available for $20 that includes the walking tour and a voucher to tour both museums valid through August 30th. Reservations are required by calling the Seward House Museum at (315) 252-1283 as space is limited. In case of rain, tours will be postponed one week.
August 12, 2015
Discussion of- Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.
The latest from one of the most popular history writers working today. “Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.” – NY Times
August 13, 2015
Chief Curator of the Newark Museum and decorative arts historian, Ulysses Grant Dietz, discusses the evolution of American interiors and collecting practices that characterized the late 19th century.
The Civil War unleashed a tide of wealth-building in America the likes of which had never been seen before. By the end of the 1860s, when Ulysses S. Grant was elected to the White House, America’s new industrial millionaires were making money faster than they could spend it. The result was an age of conspicuous consumption and elaborate house-building that celebrated money and its ability to purchase beauty in the name of social power. At first the American rich embraced modernity – the new, the novel, the now – in its quest for opulence. But, by the 1890s, the tide was turning, and America’s elite began to look for other ways to separate themselves from their fellow citizens. The concept of “taste” became a tool for social advancement; a weapon in the battle for social supremacy. Few of us today fully are aware of how this invention of “good taste” has shaped our modern cultural world.
Admission is $12 for members of the Seward House or Cayuga Museum, $15 for the general public. Reservations required, for more information please contact us at (315) 253-8051.
The lecture will be held in Theater Mack, and the Museum will be open before and after.
August 22, 2015 –
Join us for our first ever food truck rodeo- featuring the Syracuse Food Truck Association! Enjoy great food, beer and wine on the Cayuga Museum lawn- all to support the Museum!
The Chicken Bandit and Toss N' Fire Wood Fired Pizza will be here, as well as live music from Molto Bene and Teenager in Theater Mack. Eat up, a portion of the proceeds directly benefits the Museum.
Check out the Syracuse Food Truck Association on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/syracusefoodtruckassociation?fref=ts
Ongoing Events:Final Friday is our most popular program, featuring local live music on the last Friday of each month, September – May. Shows are 6-10 pm in Theater Mack with a $5 cover.
History Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. Members discuss non-fiction works of history on local, national and global themes. Participation is free and members can choose to attend any or all of the meetings.
Movies @ the Mack showcases classic cinema on the big screen. September – May. $3 Admission. More details here.