Seneca Falls Historical Materials

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Clippings from 1960 through 1974, page 3
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Collection Facts


Historical Context

Seneca Falls is a town in Seneca County, NY, notably known for being the location of the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848.  Seneca Falls became widely known throughout the United States as the home of great liberal thinkers like Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Amelia Jenks Bloomer.

Seneca Falls was also known for the success of Gould Pumps, Inc., first founded in 1849.  It was one of the largest manufacturers of pumps in the country in the 20th century.  

The town was also home to Sylvania Electric, which manufactured television tubes, as well as businesses including Guaranteed Parts, Inc., the Knight Letter Works, Seneca Knitting Mills, Inc., Seneca Falls Machine Co., Geb & Souhan Yarn Company, and Westcott Rule-Acme United Corp., American-LaFrance Fire Engine Company, Delavan Box factory, Ginsberg Cloth­ing factory, and the Wagner Rug Works.

A short-lived college was built in Seneca Falls in the 1970s: Eisenhower College. It closed in 1983 after 15 years and the campus was eventually purchased by the New York Chiropractic College, renamed as the Northeast College of Health Sciences in 2021.