Victor, NY— With Ganondagan’s Seneca Art & Culture Center now available for its first winter, Friends of Ganondagan launches a “Family-Friendly February” featuring nearly 10 participatory programs from mid-February onwards, including six days of Winter Break activities. 

  • Saturday, February 13: Conversations, Cookies, and Crafts, 11 am-2 pm. Just in time for Valentine’s Day preparation for ages 10 and up with adult, the day offers make-and-take heart crafts including traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) beaded heart pins, beaded heart sachets and cornhusk roses made from Iroquois White Corn husks. Cost is $3/project. Iroquois White Corn-inspired heart cookies and heartwarming vegetable and corn soup will be available for purchase. At 2 pm, special guest Sally Roesch Wagner, author, women’s rights authority, and NYS Speaker in the Humanities, gives a special presentation on the unique story of the Haudenosaunee Women and the Suffragette Movement. Her presentation is followed by a signing of her book, Sisters in Spirit which relates the profound impact of Haudenosaunee women on the early women’s rights movement. This event is free with museum admission.
  • Sunday, February 14: families are invited to Heart Friendship Bracelet-making. For convenience, two sessions are available from 1-2 pm and from 3-4 pm for children age eight and up with adult supervision. Activities are free with museum admission.
  • February 16-21: Ganondagan Winter Break Family Days. Haudenosaunee culture comes to life through a variety of hands-on activities—different each day. Each day features a themed storytelling event with related craft activities. All programs this week begin at 11 am and most are appropriate for ages 7+ accompanied by an adult. Material fees may apply.
  • February 27, annual Native American Winter Games & Sports. 10 am-4 pm. Various traditional winter games include snowsnake, snowshoeing, dog-sled demonstrations, storytelling, winter artisan demonstrations, children’s activities, and new this year—snowboats. The day is free and open to the public, including free admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center; suggested donation $10/family.

"Our Family Friendly February Events offer a fun and unique way for individuals and families to spend time together while experiencing and learning about Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture,” notes Friends of Ganondagan Executive Director Meg Joseph. “With so many new and innovative programs and events on the horizon, there’s a real value in becoming a Friends of Ganondagan member and making Ganondagan a regular part of everyone's indoor and outdoor free-time activities."

For further information, call 585-742-1690 or visit


What: Ganondagan’s Family-Friendly February events

When: Various days; February 13, 14, 16-21, and 27, 2016

Where: Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 Route 41, Victor, NY

Info: or call 585-742-1690

Admission: various 

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