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.
We offer access to HeritageQuest, which is also accessible from home with a Seymour Library or other Finger Lakes Library System 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.
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
Civic Heritage Historical Society
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
Lock 52 Historical Society of Port Byron & Mentz
Ward W. O’ Hara Agricultural Museum & Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Education Center
We also offer programs and exhibits throughout the year. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with our offerings.