COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

Sunday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m., the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will host its annual Emancipation Watch Night. Attendees will hear the history of how the event transpired more than 150 years ago and then walk to the village ,green where they will help build a watch fire with the organizers. More information to come.

Saturday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m., the Fabius Historical Society will host a special presentation by Chuck Kutscher at the Fabius Community Center. Kutscher will tell the story of how a sheepherder near Roswell, N.M., found a strange debris field that appeared to be a space ship, along with creatures unlike any humans ever seen. He will tell the story of how other countries had similar stories and findings and sightings that have taken place since that day. There is no charge for this event. Light refreshments will follow the program. For more information, call Sandra Beglinger at 315-683-5878.

Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m., the Cazenovia Public Library will host a special presentation of “The Rest of the Story of the Suffrage Movement” by Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner. Wagner will tell the story of how suffrage leaders Matilda Josyln Gage and Elizabeth Cady Stanton urged society to look beyond woman suffrage and help women protect their existing right to exercise citizenship. This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library. There is no charge for this event. For more information, call 315-655-3922 or visit

Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m., the Sherrill-Kenwood Public Library will host John Taibi who will present “A Soldier’s Journey through the Heart of the Park.” Taibi will tell the story of a returning World War II prisoner of war reunited with his wife, both of whom are sent to Lake Placid by the U.S. Army, by train, so that normalcy can be regained. The story is that of Taibi’s father, a true love story, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 11 p.m., the Friends of Lorenzo will host a masquerade ball at the Hampton Inn in Cazenovia. A night of disguise, dancing and delight. More information to come. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 3, the Smithfield Community Center will host Gerrit Smith’s 221st birthday celebration. Come and learn the history of one of New York’s most influential abolitionists. Smith biographer Norman Dann will be launching his new book on Smith’s father, Peter. More information to come.

Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. the tTown of Marshall Historical Society will host a special presentation on the history of barrel making. Bob Allers will lead this interesting history on a very popular historical shipping method. There is no charge for this event. For more information, email

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