COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

On Saturday May 6th at 1:00 pm the Oneida County History Center will host a special presentation by Emily Zaengle entitled “Silos Nearby.” Zaengle, Executive Director of the Stone Hill Quarry Art Park, will present her research documenting 160 silos along Route 8 from Utica to Brookfield. She will discuss the cultural and aesthetic history of silos and how they’ve become an indicator of a changing agricultural landscape. There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-735-3642.

On Sunday May 7th at 1:00 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House by historian Jason Newton on Theodore Roosevelt’s early adult experiences. Newton will examine how Roosevelt’s experiences in Maine and at Harvard impacted the urban elites concept of self-made manhood was displaced by a romanticized view of the rural working class male body. This discussion is supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant. Admission is $7 for adult non-members, $3 for student non-members and free for members. For more information call 315-363-0745 or visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

On Tuesday May 9th from 9:15 am to 4:00 pm the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a special basket class with Linda Scherz Allen. These special classes will be “open weave classes.” Attendees can purchase a basket kit from Linda or they can purchase materials and make what they want with assistance from Linda. Students can pre-register by paying $100 for four classes and $25 for each additional class. To register or for more information, visit www.adirondackbasketry.com or email lindascherzallen@outlook.com.

On Wednesday May 10th from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a “coffee with friends.” Come and learn about volunteer opportunities at the museum while enjoying coffee and seeing a special presentation and site tour by Donna Lynch. There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-687-3801.

On Saturday May 13th at 1:00 pm the Oneida County History Center will host a special presentation entitled “Songs to Build and Boat By: Music from the Erie Canal.” Explore the history of the canal with Mohawk Valley musicians Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. They will examine the style of songs performed during the construction of the canal and the origins of the music. There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-735-3642.

On Saturday May 13th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica will be hosting a Victorian Tea. Hosted by Betty Abel and the Landmarks Society the event will take place at No. 3 Rutger Park, Rutger Street, Utica. Tickets for the event are $12 for one, $20 for 2 or a able of 8 for $75. To purchase tickets or for more information,  visit www.uticalandmarks.org.

On Saturday May 13th from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica will be hosting a Ghost Hunter University. Hosted by psychic mediums Chris Moon and Mamma Moon the night will feature a lecture on ghost hunting as well as a investigation of the mansion. The event will take place at the Historic RutgerMansion in Utica with proceeds benefitting the Landmark Society of Greater Utica. Tickets for the event are $75 a VIP package or $25 for the lecture. To purchase tickets or for more information,  visit www.uticalandmarks.org.

On Monday May 15th from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm the Clay Historical Association and the Liverpool Public Library are sponsoring a special presentation by Joyce Mills on the Historic Resorts that were located on the West Shor of Onondaga Lake at the Soule Road Middle School. Joyce will utilize historic photos and documents to tell the stories of some of the most prominent resorts and inns that were on the lake in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The school is located at 8338 Soule Road, Liverpool. There is no charge for this event. Following the event light refreshments will be served. For more information,  call Cindy at 315-935-4365. 

On Tuesday May 16th from 9:15 am to 4:00 pm the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a special basket class with Linda Scherz Allen. These special classes will be “open weave classes.” Attendees can purchase a basket kit from Linda or they can purchase materials and make what they want with assistance from Linda. Students can pre-register by paying $100 for four classes and $25 for each additional class. To register or for more information,  visitwww.adirondackbasketry.com or email lindascherzallen@outlook.com.

On Tuesday May 16th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host a farmer’s market. The market will feature fresh local, seasonal produce, cheeses, dog treats, honey, maple products, soaps, wood fired breads, herbs wines, baked goods, salsas, jam, gelato, fresh squeezed lemonade, cinnamon nuts, kettle corn and more. For more information, visit www.mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136. 

On Friday May 19th & Saturday May 20th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm the Clay Historical Association will host their annual rummage and bake sale. Come and see what treasures you can find or what delicious goodies that you can munch on while supporting your local historic institution. All proceeds benefit the Clay Historical Association. The sale will take place at the old school building 8561 Van Hoesen Road in Clay. For more information,  contact Cindy at 315-935-4365.

On Friday May 19th at 6:30 pm the Morrisville Public Library welcomes local historian & author Judy Lyrek who will present on Historical Houses in Eaton.Lyrek authored the book Eaton’s Historic Houses, an architectural and historical survey of houses in Eaton, built before 1900 in 2007. There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-684-9130.

From Friday May 19th to Sunday May 22nd Oneida County will host a special Erie Canal Bicentennial. Events include special guest speakers, guided tours and a boat ride starting in Herkimer. Speaker information, detailed schedules, pricing and registration can all be made at http://eriecanal200.com.

On Saturday May 20th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm the Chittenango landing Canal Boat Museum will host a special workshop by David Salvetti entitled “Introduction to Woodworking.” Salvetti, of the Adirondack Folk School will examine basics of working wood with a focus on hand tool techniques. Topics will include understanding solid wood itself, planning a project, what tools to start with, how to sharpen quickly and introductory techniques. After taking this class students will be ready to start building simple to moderate level woodworking projects. All tools and materials necessary for the class will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to callSalvetti at least a week in advance at 315-341-8720 to discuss their focus and allow him to prepare to help individuals. Tuition and materials are $115 for members of the Adirondack folk school and $135 for non-members. Ages 16 and up. To register or for more information, visit https://www.adirondackfolkschool.org/afs/index.php?m=Course&cid=1132.

On Saturday May 20th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host an antique appraisal. Appraiser Phyllis Noble will appraise your cherished collectibles. Items can be appraised for $3 per item, $5 for two items, or $10 for 4 items. Appraisal fees will benefit the Historical Society’s Restoration Fund. For more information,  call 315-363-4136 or visit www.mchs1900.org.

On Saturday May 20th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a blacksmithing demonstration. Watch and learn as blacksmiths utilize traditional tools to bend and create while teaches about his trade. The event is free with a paid admission to the site. For more information,  call315-687-3801.

On Saturday May 20th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday May 21st from9:00 am to 3:00 pm the Homeville Museum (a component of the CNY Living History Center) in Cortland, NY will host their 2nd annual Civil War Camp. See live skirmishes, infantry and artillery drills, loading, firing and more. A live cavalry demonstration as well as a history will take place as well. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for students 6-18 and free for active duty military and children 5 & under. For more information,  call Kim Walsh at 315-405-8875 or visit https://homevillemuseum.wordpress.com.

On Sunday May 21st at 2:00 pm Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse will host a special guided tour entitled “Oaks & Other Trees of Oakwood Cemetery.” Guide Don Leopold will show you some of the most prominent trees in the cemetery explain their significance. Students at SUNY ESF utilize the cemetery trees as an outdoor lab. Find out what Oakwood has to offer and what makes its trees so special. Please wear comfortable shoes. There is no charge for this event but donations are accepted. For more information,  contact Sue Greenhagen at 315-684-3418. 

On Tuesday May 23rd from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host a farmer’s market. The market will feature fresh local, seasonal produce, cheeses, dog treats, honey, maple products, soaps, wood fired breads, herbs wines, baked goods, salsas, jam, gelato, fresh squeezed lemonade, cinnamon nuts, kettle corn and more. For more information,  visit www.mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Tuesday May 23rd at 7:00 pm the Canastota Canal Town Museum will host a special Canalside entitled “An Erie Boat Captain” at the Canastota Public Library. Acting Canal Boat Captain Michele Henry will share stories and adventures from the “Old Erie Canal,” explaining how for many canal boats became floating houses traveling from town to town. There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-697-7030.

On Thursday May 25th at 7:00 pm the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a special presentation entitled “Conception of the Canal.”Budding historian and Chittenango resident Derrick Pratt will present on the history of the Erie Canal. There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-687-3801.

On Tuesday May 30th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host a farmer’s market. The market will feature fresh local, seasonal produce, cheeses, dog treats, honey, maple products, soaps, wood fired breads, herbs wines, baked goods, salsas, jam, gelato, fresh squeezed lemonade, cinnamon nuts, kettle corn and more. For more information,  visit www.mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Tuesday May 30th at 5:00 pm the Hamilton Public Library will host a special presentation on Madison County’s role in WWI. Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz will tell how the county, like the US rallied together after the outbreak of war. He will tell the role that local universities, and businesses played as well as the stories of some of the residents that served. There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-824-3060.

On Tuesday June 6th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host a farmer’s market. The market will feature fresh local, seasonal produce, cheeses, dog treats, honey, maple products, soaps, wood fired breads, herbs wines, baked goods, salsas, jam, gelato, fresh squeezed lemonade, cinnamon nuts, kettle corn and more. For more information,  visit www.mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Wednesday June 7th at 6:30 pm the Morrisville Public Library will host a special presentation entitled “Magic History Tour.” Village of Morrisville Historian Sue Greenhagen will present new places utilizing photos and more. Can you figure out where these houses are located? There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-684-9130.

On Friday June 9th at 7:00 pm the Smithfield Community Center will host a special presentation of “Union Bound” kicking off Civil War Weekend. Union Bound tells the story of Joseph Hoover, a soldier in the 121st Herkimer, and a fellow soldier as they escape from Florence Confederate Prison on September 21st, 1864 and make their way back to the Union lines 33 days later – with the help of slaves who were also running north. Pat Ennis, a descendant of Joseph Hoover, will tell the story of how her transcriptions of the diaries led to the making Union Bound. For a full schedule or more information,  visit www.peteroborony.org or call 315-280-8828.

On Saturday June 10th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm the hamlet of Peterboro will host their 25th annual Civil War Weekend. Come and see live military encampments by the 12th US Infantry Reenactment Regiment, programs, activities, demonstrations, a special Sunday Military Sermon, a candlelight tour, a town ball game, the daily skirmish and so much more. Foods will be available from Deli on the Green, vendors and of course the famous Smithfield Fire Department Chicken Barbecue. Special displays from Civil War Round Tables, historical societies, period crafters and vendors will be on display throughout the event. Dreaming of Tibuctoo, a traveling exhibit from the John Brown Lives! Project in Lake Placid will open in Peterboro on Civil War Weekend. This exhibit will include a series of programs on John Brown, Gerrit Smith and the Secret Six! The 77th New York Regimental Balladeers will provide Civil War MusicSaturday afternoon. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-12 and free for children under the age of 6. Five dollar adult admission tickets can be purchased in advance by sending a check or money order to: Civil War Weekend, PO Box 6, Peterboro, NY 13134. For a full schedule or more information,  visitwww.peteroborony.org or call 315-280-8828.

On Saturday June 10th at a time TBD the Smithfield Community Center will host a special concert from the 77th New York Regimental Balladeers. Come and here Civil War era music in a special concert event. More information to come.

On Sunday June 11th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm the hamlet of Peterboro will host their 25th annual Civil War Weekend. Come and see live military encampments by the 12th US Infantry Reenactment Regiment, programs, activities, demonstrations, a special Sunday Military Sermon, a candlelight tour, a town ball game, the daily skirmish and so much more. Foods will be available from Deli on the Green, vendors and of course the famous Pancake breakfast at the Peterboro United Methodist Church. Special displays from Civil War Round Tables, historical societies, period crafters and vendors will be on display throughout the event. Dreaming of Tibuctoo, a traveling exhibit from the John Brown Lives! Project in Lake Placid will open in Peterboro on Civil War Weekend. This exhibit will include a series of programs on John Brown, GerritSmith and the Secret Six! Merry Mischief will present period music and fun SundayAfternoon. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-12 and free for children under the age of 6. Five dollar adult admission tickets can be purchased in advance by sending a check or money order to: Civil War Weekend, PO Box 6, Peterboro, NY 13134. For a full schedule or more information,  visit www.peteroborony.org or call 315-280-8828.

On Tuesday June 13th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host a farmer’s market. The market will feature fresh local, seasonal produce, cheeses, dog treats, honey, maple products, soaps, wood fired breads, herbs wines, baked goods, salsas, jam, gelato, fresh squeezed lemonade, cinnamon nuts, kettle corn and more. For more information,  visit www.mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Saturday June 14th from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a “coffee with friends.” Come and learn about volunteer opportunities at the museum while enjoying coffee and conversation. There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-687-3801.

On Thursday June 15th at a time TBD the Friends of Lorenzo will host their annual Garden Gala at the Lorenzo State Historic Site. Guests are invited to come for an early celebration. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. In support of garden restoration efforts there will be a small silent auction and dinner raffle. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information, call 315-655-3200.

On Friday June 16th at 6:30 pm the Morrisville Public Library welcomes Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz who will present “Madison County During WWI.” In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the start of the “Great War” Urtz will present the stories of soldiers and nurses abroad as well as what people were doing on the Homefront. There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-684-9130.

On Friday June 16th starting at 6:00 pm the Onondaga Historical Society will host a “Ghostwalk” at Oakwood Cemetery. Come and learn some of “Oakwood’s secrets” as costumed actors portray individuals from Onondaga County’s past. The ghosts will tell their stories in 12-15 minute vignettes. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for OCHA members. Tours leave at 6:00 pm, 6:15, 6:45, 7:00 and 7:15. To purchase tickets or for more information,  visit www.cnyhistory.org.

On Saturday June 17th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a “Bicentennial Bash!” Come and celebrate the bicentennial of the digging of the Erie Canal with all sorts of fun activities for the whole family. A fishing derby for kids aged 3-12, a “Make and Race” of model wooden boats, blacksmith demonstrations, special food and more!!!!. For more information,  call315-687-3801.

On Saturday June 17th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm the Chittenango landing Canal Boat Museum will host a special workshop by David Salvetti entitled “Building a Shaving Horse.” Salvetti, of the Adirondack Folk School will explain how the shaving horse is the ideal “workbench” for traditional woodworking such as making handles, walking sticks, rustic furniture and more. This is a fun and easy project, yet abounding in usefulness. Use a shaving horse once and you will not want to be without one. All tools and materials necessary for the class will be provided. Tuition and materials are $170 for members of the Adirondack folk school and $190 for non-members. Ages 16 and up. To register or for more information,  visithttps://www.adirondackfolkschool.org/afs/index.php?m=Course&cid=1132.

On Saturday June 17th at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will have special guided tours as part of Path Through History Weekend. Bring the whole family to explore the Mansion House inside and out. Experience a 19th century utopian community and try your hand at one of their favorite games…Croquet!!! For more information,  visitwww.oneidacommunity.org.

On Saturday June 17th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a “Boat Float.” Attendees are encouraged to bring a boat and paddle to travel along the Erie Canal to explore sunken shipwrecks and gather at 2:00 pm for a special aerial drone photo. For more information,  call 315-687-3801.

On Saturday June 17th starting at 5:30 pm the Onondaga Historical Society will host a “Ghostwalk” at Oakwood Cemetery. Come and learn some of “Oakwood’s secrets” as costumed actors portray individuals from Onondaga County’s past. The ghosts will tell their stories in 12-15 minute vignettes. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for OCHA members. Tours leave at 5:30 pm, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15,6:30, 7:00 and 7:15. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.cnyhistory.org.

On Sunday June 18th at 1:00 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House by will host a presentation by historian & author Tamar Carroll the coalition between gay men, AIDS activists and reproductive rights feminists in New York City during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Carroll will speak about how members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP New York) and the Women’s Health Action Mobilization (WHAM!) joined together to fight for rights to sexual autonomy and universal health care. This discussion is supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant. Admission is $7 for adult non-members, $3 for student non-members and free for members. For more information call 315-363-0745 or visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

On Sunday June 18th at 2:00 pm Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse will host a special guided tour entitled “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” Guide Sue Greenhagen will lead a tour of Section 24 which includes the Baum family. Please wear comfortable shoes. There is no charge for this event but donations are accepted. For more information,  contact Sue Greenhagen at 315-684-3418.

On Tuesday June 20th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host a farmer’s market. The market will feature fresh local, seasonal produce, cheeses, dog treats, honey, maple products, soaps, wood fired breads, herbs wines, baked goods, salsas, jam, gelato, fresh squeezed lemonade, cinnamon nuts, kettle corn and more. For more information,  visit www.mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Friday June 23rd at 6:00 pm the Cazenovia Public Library will host a special interview with Korean War Veteran Lieutenant Colonel Robert Clark. Clark received a Bronze Star for his service in Korea and will talk about experiences including photos from his time overseas. Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz will conduct the interview as part of the continuing veterans interview program. There is no charge for this event. For more information,  call 315-366-2453.

On Friday June 23rd starting at 6:00 pm the Onondaga Historical Society will host a “Ghostwalk” at Oakwood Cemetery. Come and learn some of “Oakwood’s secrets” as costumed actors portray individuals from Onondaga County’s past. The ghosts will tell their stories in 12-15 minute vignettes. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for OCHA members. Tours leave at 6:00 pm, 6:15, 6:45, 7:00 and 7:15. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.cnyhistory.org.

On Saturday June 24th starting at 5:30 pm the Onondaga Historical Society will host a “Ghostwalk” at Oakwood Cemetery. Come and learn some of “Oakwood’s secrets” as costumed actors portray individuals from Onondaga County’s past. The ghosts will tell their stories in 12-15 minute vignettes. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for OCHA members. Tours leave at 5:30 pm, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:15. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.cnyhistory.org.

On Sunday June 25th the Canastota Canal Town Museum will host a special Open House of the Nathan Roberts Home in Canastota. More information to come.

On Tuesday June 27th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host a farmer’s market. The market will feature fresh local, seasonal produce, cheeses, dog treats, honey, maple products, soaps, wood fired breads, herbs wines, baked goods, salsas, jam, gelato, fresh squeezed lemonade, cinnamon nuts, kettle corn and more. For more information, visit www.mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

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