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Ganondagan State Historic Site

The only site of its kind east of the Mississippi, Ganondagan is dedicated to sharing the living culture and natural world of the Seneca people at their historic Town of Peace. At the new Seneca Art & Culture Center, approximately 300 pieces from historical artifacts through contemporary artistic and cultural contributions are featured in 15 permanent and rotating exhibits highlighting five centuries of Seneca life.

Ganondagan State Historic Site (www.ganondagan.org) in Victor, NY stands at the location of what was one of the largest, most vital 17th-century Seneca towns until its destruction in 1687. Today, it is a tourism destination for Native and non-Native people from all over the world. At the new Seneca Art & Culture Center, 15 permanent and rotating exhibits feature 300 historical through contemporary pieces showcasing five centuries of Seneca history, artistic and cultural contributions.

 

At the Orientation Theater, visitors can view the the first-ever live action and animated film of the "Iroquois Creation Story.” Two classrooms, a multi-purpose auditorium and a gift shop will help make this a destination of the first order for a global community, from which visitors will come away understanding the Seneca people from a complete cultural, historical, and environmental perspective.

 

Every summer, Friends of Ganondagan hosts its signature Native American Dance & Music Festival, attended by more than 4,000 people. Friends also sponsors the annual Canandaigua Treaty Day and presents dozens of lectures, workshops, and programs throughout the year reflecting the vibrancy of a living culture and promoting a sustainable future.