and Historic Sites (L-Z)
Steel Museum, Lackawana, Erie County
Once home to the largest steel plant
in the world, Lackawanna now pays tribute to western New York's steelworkers at
the Steel Plant Museum. Photos, exhibits and memorabilia depicting the region's
industrial past are housed in the beautiful Carnegie Library. 716-823-0630.
Museums, Castile, Wyoming County
Park is home to many sites of interest to students of colonial times. A statute
of Mary Jamison, "The White Woman of the Genesee" is located near an
Indian Council House and an authentic Seneca Long House. The park also features
an excellent collection of early artifacts at The William Pryor Letchworth Museum,
Livingston Arts Center
4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris. Visit the New Deal Gallery, home to Livingston
County’s collection of WPA easel paintings, and Apartment One, an exhibition space
for regional artists. Sign up for classes and workshops. Free/open to the public;
donations accepted. 1-8pm Tuesdays & Thursdays; 10am-3pm Saturdays; other times
and group tours by appointment. Information: 585-243-6785, email@example.com,
Historical Association, Lewiston, Niagara County
Lewiston is considered
one of the most historic areas in Western New York and is situated on the Niagara
River, a few miles north of Niagara Falls. It was the birthplace of the falls,
and was one of the first commercial sites in the area because it was used as a
portage for early French traders in the early 17th Century looking to navigate
around the falls. Lewiston is famous for its role in the War of 1812 when America
invaded Canada and is also known as the last stop on the Underground Railroad
for fugitive slaves seeking freedom in Canada. www.historiclewiston.org
Art Gallery, Rochester, Monroe County
The spectra of human creativity shines
brilliantly at Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, where 5,000
years of the world's great art is on display. Numbered among its treasures are
works by Matisse, Cezanne, Homer, Cassatt and Monet. The Dorothy McBride Gill
Education Center's interactive displays are aimed at families seeking new ways
to explore art. Clothesline Festival Sept. 6&7 at gallery grounds. Oldest
and largest arts & crafts festival in area. 585-473-7720.
Battlefield, Elmira, Chemung County
Newtown Battlefield and Sullivan's
Monument mark the site of Gen. Sullivan's Revolutionary War victory over the Seneca
and British forces. Today a beautiful 330-acre county park, Newtown offers family
camping, hiking and picnicking. Newtown Battlefield, Elmira. 607-732-6067.
Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, Niagara County
New York's colonial legacy lives on at Old Fort Niagara. This 18th century military
compound was occupied, in turn, by French, British and colonial troops. Historic
buildings date from 1726. Open daily, year-round, Old Fort Niagara features cannon
and musket firings, historical re-enactments, 18th century military living demonstrations
and archeology programs. 716-745-7611.
& Science Center, Rochester, Monroe County
Rochester Museum & Science
Center features exhibits on regional and local history, natural science, technology
and geology, and includes a planetarium. The permanent "Western Door"
exhibit tells the story of the Native American habitation of the region. The museum
also operates the Cumming Nature Center, a 900-acre environmental education center
in the Bristol Hills. 585-271-1880.
Salamanca Rail Museum,
Salamanca, Cattaraugus Co.
Salamanca's Rail Museum, housed in a restored
1912 passenger depot, recognizes an era when trains reigned as the country's main
means of transportation and Salamanca was an important railroad center. The period
is brought to life through artifacts, photographs and video presentations. 716-945-3133.
Seneca Iroquois Museum, Salamanca, Cattaraugus Co.
Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, is committed to preserving
the history and culture of the Seneca Nation, Keeper of the Western Door of the
Iroquois Confederacy. Expressive exhibits framed by historic and contemporary
artwork dramatize the Seneca lifestyle. Seneca Iroquois National Museum, Broad
Strong National Museum of
Play, Rochester, Monroe County
Families and history come together at the
Strong Museum, where hands-on exhibits tell the tale of everyday life in American
since 1820. World-renown collections are stacked like treasures on the second
floor: tens of thousands of dolls, toys, miniatures, dollhouses, home furnishings,
and more. Each interactive exhibit is geared toward kids having fun, while learning
about the past. 585-454-7639. www.museumofplay.org
The Rockwell Museum, Corning, Steuben County
Museum boasts the largest collection of western American art in the eastern United
States. Also featured are early Steuben glass, firearms, Native American artifacts
and antique toys. 607-937-5386.
Tired Iron Tractor Museum,
Cuylerville, Livingston Co.
Once you've visited a busy farm, you might
wonder where all the hard-working farm equipment goes when it's brought in from
the pasture, so to speak. A visit to the Tired Iron Tractor Museum in Cuylerville,
Livingston County, will answer your question. 585-382-9736. www.antiquetractormuseum.com
Doll Museum, North Chili, Monroe County
Twenty-seven years of collecting
led to the establishment of the Victorian Doll Museum. German porcelain dolls
dating from the 1890s are a highlight. Next door is the internationally respected
Chili Doll Hospital. 585-247-0130.
Wireless Radio Museum,
East Bloomfield, Ontario Co.
One of only three radio museums in the United
States, the AWA Wireless Radio Museum is devoted to wireless communication history.
Exhibits include a 1925 radio department featuring complete receivers and original
parts still in their boxes. The evolution of the television set is explained in
a display of early sets. 585-657-6260.
Women's Rights National
Park, Seneca Falls, Seneca Co.
Seneca Falls is
home to the Women's Rights National Historic Park, 136 Fall St. 315-568-2991.
Includes remains of Wesleyan Methodist Chapel where first
conference was held, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House on Washington Street
(daily tours) and the M'Clintock House in Waterloo. Also in Seneca Falls is the
National Women's Hall of Fame, 76 Fall St. 315-568-8060.
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