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Historic & Cultural Sites Annual "Holiday Traditions" is December 10, 2017
N E W S   R E L E A S E

Editorial Contact: Gillian Sears, Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission, 131 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021, 315.255.1658/800.499.9615, e-mail:

“Join in on the Spirit of Holiday Traditions”
Auburn: History’s Hometown
Free Holiday Celebration December 10, 2017

November 22, 2017, Auburn NY - Holiday Traditions is an event that was created by the Seward House Museum over 30 years ago as a token of appreciation to the Auburn community. Since that time, other local cultural attractions and sites have opened their doors to the public for free on the second Sunday in December. Now, the “open house” is a tradition, and again this year, participation has expanded to include churches and other non-profit organizations.

Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange Street (315) 253-6669

Open Noon to 5 PM - Visit Auburn Public Theater to watch holiday cartoons from Noon to 2 PM in our Cinema Space for free. Attend SCROOGE THE MUSICAL at 2 PM ($20 general admission; $15 student/senior; $10 children 12 and under) on our Main Stage. Enjoy our holiday decorations, holiday music in Stage Right, and holiday cookies free of charge.

Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee Street (315) 253-8051
Open Noon to 5 PM - Come see the mansion decked out in its finest holiday decor!  Featuring our current exhibit Woman’s Protest: Two Sides of the Fight for Suffrage in New York.

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, 180 South Street (315) 882-8060
Open Noon to 5 PM – Come join us for this special day of discovery and hands-on activities. Learn about Harriet Tubman and how to navigate by the stars. Tour the museum. Enjoy making a North Star ornament and a toy of yesteryear. Join a guided tour and hear about Tubman’s Underground Railroad activities and life in Auburn. Free admission and parking.
Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 303 Clark Street (315) 252-7593

4 PM – ‘Voices of Christmas,’ presented by Auburn Chamber Orchestra. Steven Frackenpohl is the conductor and music director of the orchestra. Free admission with a suggested donation of $5.

Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee Street (315) 255-1553

Open~Noon to 5 PM~- Visit the Schweinfurth to view two art exhibits, the Art Center's 36th annual Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit and Drawn and Stitched Spaces by Amanda McCavour.~ This year's Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit includes quilts by 65 artists from the United States and around the world. Drawn and Stitched Spaces features thread drawings and installations created by sewing into fabric that dissolves in water. Children are invited to complete a scavenger hunt about the quilts and visitors will be able to enjoy shopping in the Art Center’s unique gift shop.

Seward House Museum, 33 South Street (315) 252-1283

Open Noon to 5 PM - Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians, see the Museum elegantly decorated by local florists and artisans, and get swept back in time as Seward House Museum staff and volunteers tell tales of a Victorian Seward Christmas.

Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, Route 38A (315) 252-7644
Open 11 AM to 4 PM - All are invited back in time and back to their childhood. The Museum/Education Center will be decorated plus vote on your favorite of over 90 decorated Christmas trees. There will be horse drawn wagon rides and musical entertainment. Santa will arrive at 12:30 PM on a horse drawn wagon and will talk to children about their Christmas wish lists. There will be special food and drink available. Come decorate Christmas cookies, make Christmas decorations and enter the Christmas contests. Admission and parking are free. Guided tours will be available and the gift shop will be open for unique Christmas gifts. Come join in the fun!

Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson Street (315) 252-0339

Open Noon to 5 PM – Bring your children and grandchildren for some holiday magic. At 1 PM Captain Jack will present “A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas,” sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of America. At 3 PM, local organist Jim Main, Jr. will perform a selection of Holiday Favorites on the chapel’s historic Steere and Turner Organ. Come experience Willard Chapel, a unique “Tiffany Treasure,” right here in Auburn!   

For more information about Holiday Traditions or for a photo from the past events, please call the Cayuga County Office of Tourism at 315-255-1658. If you have questions regarding a specific venue, please phone them directly.

About Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission
To ensure communication between the many Holiday Traditions’ partners, the City of Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission coordinates publicity and advertising for this event. The Commission site members include Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Schine’s Theater, Cayuga Museum & Case Research Lab, Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, Schweinfurth Art Center, Seward House Museum, Fort Hill Cemetery and Willard Memorial Chapel.

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