Although often overlooked because of the national shadow cast by Secretary of State William Henry Seward, the women of the Seward family contributed greatly to the spirit of reform that swept through mid-19th century New York State. Through the efforts of Mrs. Frances Seward in particular, women in New York gained property rights and took several important steps towards suffrage. Join Seward House Museum Director of Education Jeffrey Ludwig to learn about this largely unknown legacy and story. This program takes place in the History Center’s main gallery on Saturday, March 7, 2020 starting at 1:00 PM.


Located on 33 South Street in downtown Auburn, NY, the Seward House Museum is the historic home of William Henry Seward and his family. Serving as a New York State Senator, Governor of New York, a U.S. Senator, and as Secretary of State in the Lincoln and Johnson administrations, Seward was one of the foremost politicians of nineteenth century America. A National Historic Landmark, this beautifully preserved site houses one of the largest original collections in the United States. Jeffrey Ludwig has been the Director of Education at the Seward House Museum since 2015. Previously an instructor of History at SUNY Geneseo, Jeffrey holds a PhD in American History.


The Oneida County History Center is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving and promoting the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. Please contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website( or our Facebook page for additional information.

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