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Out Upon Cayuga’s Waters

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 to Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Cayuga Lake, the longest of New York’s Finger Lakes, lies at the heart of Tompkins County. More than 38 miles long and 3 ½ miles wide at its widest point, Cayuga Lake is famous for its beauty, and for the gently rolling lands surrounding it. Commercial boating thrived here since the early 19th century as steamboats and ferryboats traveled the lake, and recreational and competitive boating and swimming have brought fun and prosperity to lakeside communities.

Opening on June 16th, this exhibit uses artifacts and images to depict the commerce and the sport, the swimmers, and the steamboats that have made lake life rich and rewarding. See early 20th century bathing suits, images of 1890s crew races, and a replica of the famous Frontenac, the magnificent Cayuga Lake steamboat that came to so tragic an end.

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