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Prevent sale of Cole painting "Portage Falls on the Genesee"

This painting was a gift to William Seward when he was Governor of NYS and is an important part of NYS history. It has hung in the Seward House in Auburn, NY for over 150 years. The Seward House and its contents were bequeathed to the Fred L. Emerson Foundation in William Seward III's will in 1951 "to be maintained by it as a memorial for my grandfather, William Seward, and for my father, Brigadier General William H. Seward". The Emerson Foundation maintained the Seward House from 1952-2008. In 2008 the Emerson Foundation transferred ownership of the house and all of the collection, except for the Cole painting, to the newly chartered Seward House Museum. The painting remained in the house, on loan, from 2008-2013. In February of 2013, the Emerson Foundation removed the Cole painting to an undisclosed location until such time when it would be sold and the profit shared with the Seward House Museum. Our organization, Seward Legacy Preservation, wants to prevent the sale of this painting and return it to its rightful home - the Seward House Museum.

This petition was delivered to:
  • NYS Attorney General
    Eric Schneiderman
  • NYS Governor
    Andrew Cuomo

    Linda Guinn started this petition with a single signature, and now has 128 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.