Local History

Auburn and Cayuga County are rich with local history, and the History Discovery Center is proud to be a community leader in providing access to discovering local history.

What we offer

The History Discovery Center offers a variety of materials detailing the local history. Our local history collection includes special collections on the Auburn Correctional Facility and Harriet Tubman.

Ancestry, American Ancestors, Heritage Quest & Newspapers.com NYS

We offer access to Ancestry and American Ancestors within the library as well as HeritageQuest which is also accessible from home with a Seymour Library or other Finger Lakes Library System card. These resources provide access to New York State and Federal censuses, military records, city directory listings and more.  We also offer access to Newspapers.com NYS at the library or at home for those with an in-district Seymour Library card.

Books & Periodicals

Seymour Library offers access to several periodicals of historic interest including New York Archives and New York Researcher, and within the History Discovery Center, The Record and The Register.

Newspapers

While the History Discovery Center retains some bound newspapers, including the Auburn Bulletin (1877-78, 1903-1905), the Auburn Daily News and Bulletin (1880, 1882, & 1884), the Auburn Daily Advertiser/Advertiser Journal (1892, 1895-1931), and the Auburn Citizen (1918-1963), our vast newspaper collection (with papers dating back to the 1830s) is best viewed on our microfilm machine, our digital archive or fultonhistory.com.


Explore Cayuga County

Auburn Public Theater

Cayuga Museum

Civic Heritage Historical Society

The REV Theatre Co.

Frontenac Museum

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

Howland Stone Store Museum

Little Red Schoolhouse Museum

Old Brutus Historical Society

Schweinfurth Art Center

Tour Cayuga County

Ward W. O’ Hara Agricultural Museum & Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Education Center

Willard Memorial Chapel

William H. Seward House


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