Central New York group tries prevent sale of Seward House painting

A central New York group that's trying to prevent the sale of a local museum's valuable painting is planning to hold a public meeting next week.

The newly formed Seward Legacy Preservation will hold its meeting Monday night at the Auburn Public Theater. The group's members include descendants of William H. Seward, secretary of state for President Abraham Lincoln.

It was formed after a Thomas Cole painting valued in the millions of dollars was removed earlier this year from Auburn's Seward House Museum. The foundation that owns the painting plans to sell it and split the proceeds with the museum. The sale has to be approved by a judge.

The Seward Legacy Preservation wants the painting returned to the Seward House, where the artwork had been located for 170 years.