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Haunted Tales, Hoaxes, & Strange But True Stories of the Finger Lakes

November 8, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

This autumn our lecture series takes a disturbing track with the theme “After Dark.” Our presenters will focus on the unmentionable, the unexplainable, and creepy, ghostly topics.

In "Haunted Tales, Hoaxes, and Strange But True Stories of the Finger Lakes," Seneca County Historian Walt Gable will share some of the more peculiar stories of the Finger Lakes, including some found in his recent book, Historic Tales of Seneca County, New York.  The area’s fascinating history includes ghostly hauntings and apparitions, a serial killer publicly hanged in Binghamton in 1871, the Seneca Lake sea monster, and the unfortunate burning of a traveling embalmed whale. Copies of Mr. Gable’s books will be available for purchase. Join us for a journey through some of the Finger Lake’s unusual moments with this program and book signing.

Walt Gable has been Seneca County Historian for more than a decade. He graduated from the Romulus Central School and received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Syracuse University. He has written three books of Seneca County history, Historic Tales of Seneca County, The Seneca Army Depot: Fighting Wars from the New York Home Front and Seneca County and the Civil War.

The Geneva Historical Society Lecture Series is supported in part by the Samuel B. Williams Fund for Programs in the Humanities and KeyBank Foundation. For more information about this program or the lecture series call the Historical Society at 315-789-5151 or visit

This program was previously publicized as "Historic Tales of Seneca County, New York."

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