May 1918: National Guardsmen of the 27th Division head for France

Soldiers of the 105th Field Artillery on board the troopship Mercury in Newport News, Virginia in May 2018 as the 27th Division , the New York National Guard’s division, leaves the United States for France in World War I. This photograph appeared in Major General John F O’Ryan’s book, “The Story of the 27th […]

Chuck D’Imperio presents Graves of Upstate New York

Chuck D’Imperio presents Graves of Upstate New York

Join us at the Colgate Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, for a book signing and presentation by Chuck D’Imperio, an award-winning radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist. Enjoy his lively stories of the region, its people, events and folk tales. Refreshments will be provided.

Graves of […]

Madison County court house time capsule to be opened today at noon

Madison County court house time capsule to be opened today at noon

As part of the ongoing ADA renovation of the Madison County Courthouse, the time capsule that was placed in the cornerstone of the Madison County Courthouse Jan. 7, 1909, will be removed today at about 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 16.

A limited number […]

Norwich to host lunch stop on 2018 Great Race

Norwich to host lunch stop on 2018 Great Race

Norwich will host a lunch stop on the 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Sunday, June 24, race organizers have announced.

The Great Race, the world’s premiere old car rally, will bring 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to town for the […]

Secret move of the 77th Division – the New York City division – from Long Island was not so secret in 1918

Noncommissioned officers of the 77th Divison’s 304th Machine gun battalion receive instruction in operating the Vickers machine gun from British Army Sgt. D. Harris, a member of the 44th Machinegun Company of the 44th Battalion in May 1918 in this still from a 1918 silent movie , “Training with the British Army in Picardy, […]

Canalside Talk: ‘Canastota – Sense of Place’

Canalside Talk: ‘Canastota – Sense of Place’

The Second Canalside Talk of the year will be held on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m., at the Canastota Public Library. “Canastota—A Sense of Place” will feature both a historical and a future perspective of our wonderful community.

The people of the Canastota and its surrounding area […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Historial announces April, May history-related events and activities

On Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. the Fabius Historical Society will host a special presentation by Skaneateles resident Ron Beavers at the Fabius Community Center. Beavers will talk about the railroad industry during the 19thcentury. There is no […]

Workshop on Caring for Historic Windows

Workshop on Caring for Historic Windows

WHEN: Rescheduled for Saturday, April 7, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Oneida Community Mansion House

Oneida Community Mansion House invites you to attend a historic preservation workshop led by stained-glass expert and window restorer Jerome Durr of Jerome Durr Studios, LLC. Durr is an accredited member of the […]

Decorated World War II bombardier loses life in Nelson 73 years ago

Decorated World War II bombardier loses life in Nelson 73 years ago

By Matthew Urtz

During World War II, Lieutenant Charles F. Blanke of St. Louis, Mo., flew more than 50 missions in the European Theatre, mostly in Italy. He was a decorated bombardier who had earned an Air Medal and four Oak Leaf Clusters. […]

New York’s Irish Soldiers Bloodied, Battle Tested in Trenches of WWI for St. Patrick’s Day 1918

Father Francis Duffy, Regimental Chaplain of the 165th Infantry Regiment, the Army’s famous “Fighting 69th” Irish regiment, officiates a funeral service for a Soldier of the 117th Field Signal Battalion of the 42nd Infantry “Rainbow Division” March 19, 1918. Duffy spent much of March 1918 officiating for the casualties of the Irish regiment’s first […]

Ukrainian Pysanka Egg workshop to be held Sunday, March 18

A Ukrainian Pysanka Egg workshop will be held Sunday, March 18, at First United Methodist Church located on 116 W. Grove St., Oneida, across the street from the Madison County Historical Society from 1 to 4 p.m.

Ukrainian Pysanka Egg workshop to be held Sunday, March 18

Register today for Madison County […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

On Wednesday February 28th at 6:30 pm, the Sherrill-Kenwood Public Library will host John Taibi who will present “A Soldier’s Journey through the Heart of the Park.” John will tell the story of a returning WWII POW reunited with his wife, both of whom are […]