MUSEUM OF WATERWAYS AND INDUSTRY
The Seneca Museum, with Dick Sherwood's
help, has established the Morehouse Boat Registry at our facility
over-looking the Cayuga-Seneca
Canal. We are currently constructing a Morehouse database and request input
from the boating community. For pictures &information on Morehouse
MOREHOUSE BOAT REGISTRY
Morehouse boats were built on Cayuga
Lake near Seneca Falls shortly before and after World War II by the Morehouse
Boat Company. The Morehouse Boat Registry has been created at the Seneca
Museum of Waterways and Industry with the blessing of the Morehouse family and
is attempting to locate, identify and categorize
as many Morehouse boats as possible. For more information, visit the Museum's
web page at http://www.berkshiretv.com/morehouse.htm
Anyone knowing the whereabouts
of any model Morehouse boat is urged to
The pictures are of the Antique and
Classic Boat association luncheon that
the museum had Sat , October 7th.
We had David Hannah for a speaker . He
talked about the history of Seneca
Falls and the canal
history of the area.
About 50 people attended.
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FALL FOLIAGE CRUISE
Although the weatherman claimed it would be
a cold wet over-cast day, Mother Nature didn't listen and instead provided
a beautiful sunny fall day for the Chapter's Fall Foliage Cruise on October
7th. Too many folks believed the weatherman and as a result only
three boats (Roger Towndsend's Chris Craft, Larry Hall's Hacker and Jeff
Williams' Century) made the trip from Cayuga Lake State Park to Seneca
Falls and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. But
at the Museum about 35 Chapter members and another 15 or so
friends of the Museum awaited their arrival.Because
the Museum has setup the Morehouse Boat Registry, there were several Morehouse
family members present, as well as Nelson and Edith Delavan (who were the
driving force in creating the Museum) and family and friends of David Hanna
who was the speaker at the event.
After lunch, David Hanna provided an interesting,
hour-long talk about the history of Seneca Falls and the very prominent
role the village and its canal played in the events of the 19th century,
including everything from
manufacturing to women's rights.
Maybe the most surprising fact was that the canal was the source of industry
and growth for Seneca Falls in the early 1800's, making it a hub of upstate
activity and a very prominent player in the westward expansion of the country.
The canal was also the reason that the village kind of fell off the map
when the state took over the canal, relocated it and in so doing, displaced
or bought-out most of the village's
industial operations in the early 1900's.
David is a relative of Arnold Barbin who was a prominent figure in Seneca
Falls during the last century and who had begun an extensive effort to
chronicle the history of the village before he died. David has taken
up where Arnold left off and will be publishing a book next year covering
combined efforts. Many thanks to David
Hanna for a terrific history lesson, to Nelson and Edith
Delavan for hosting the event and to Neil
Young, FLC Member and Manager of the Museum, for a fine program.
Anyone passing through Seneca Falls is encouraged to stop at the Museum
right on the village's main thoroughfare (Fall Street) and have a firsthand
look at what the Museum has put together.
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February 8, 2007