42nd Infantry Division Soldiers were in desperate combat in January 1945 at “other Battle of the Bulge”

ABOVE LEFT: 42nd Infantry Division Soldiers prepare a defensive position at their log and dirt bunker near Kauffenheim, France, Jan. 8, 1945 (U.S. Army Photo). ABOVE RIGHT: U.S. President Harry S. Truman presents the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Master Sergeant Vito Bertoldo, a 42nd Infantry Division Soldier, at a White House ceremony […]

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oneida Receives Sacred Sites Grant of $12,000

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced 22 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $316,000 awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York State, including $12,000 to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oneida, New York to help fund window repairs and new protective glazing.

The Gothic Revival, granite “Warsaw Stone” building was completed in 1895 to […]

Annual Peterboro Watch Night commemorates Emancipation Proclamation

Commander Owen Corpin looks on as Jan DeAmicis, Chair of the Oneida County Freedom Trail, takes a turn reading Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation during the watch fire at the 2018 Watch Night program in Peterboro.

Annual Peterboro Watch Night commemorates Emancipation Proclamation

Retired Naval Commander Owen Corpin of Peterboro has once again planned for […]

The story of Vietnam veteran Doug Ginney: A special interview

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Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz will conduct a special veteran’s interview of Vietnam veteran Doug Ginney at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, at the Canastota Public Library, 102 W. Center St., Canastota.

Ginney, a native of Canastota, served as an aerial and ground reconnaissance officer. During his service, he was awarded […]

Madison County Historical Society news

Buttons and Baubles: Victorian fancywork workshop Sunday, Dec. 15

Come join us for Buttons and Baubles: Victorian Fancywork Workshop for adults and children 9 and up from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Participants will create a framed holiday tree, wreath or bell in low-relief and fashioned from old buttons, costume jewelry and […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz

On Saturday November 2nd from 1 pm to 3 pm the Clay Historical Association will host a special presentation by Tom Howard entitled “Plank Road.” Howard will talk about the nation’s first plank road (Route 11 in Cicero) which was established in 1846. The road played a vital role […]

Grants Available for Roadside Markers Commemorating History in New York State

William G. Pomeroy Foundation opens new grant round for NYS Marker Program

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation will officially open the next grant round of its New York State Historic Marker Grant Program beginning Monday, Nov. 4.

The program commemorates historic people, places, things or events in New York State within the time frame […]

Madison County Historical Society annual luncheon planned for Sunday, Oct. 27

Cottage Lawn

The Madison County Historical Society will host its annual luncheon and program Sunday, Oct. 27, at Lakeview by Chop and Grind, 1017 Golf Course Lane, Oneida. The luncheon and program are open to MCHS membership and the public. Steve Stokes is the guest speaker.

The event is open to the public.

The […]

Forum on reparations H.R. 40 postponed

The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum has postponed the Forum on reparations: H.R. 40, which was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at the Hamilton College Chapel in Clinton; the rescheduled date has not been set.

A purpose of the forum program was to raise awareness of Congressional Bill H.R. 40: Commission […]

County Archives Week underway

Sue Greenhagen, left, village of Morrisville historian and a/k/a Sheriff Bonney, who pursued the Loomis Gang, is pictured shaking hands with Canastota Canal Town Museum President Joseph DiGiorgio.

Multiple museums across Madison County are coming together for one-week-long event at the Madison County Office Building.

Archives Week began Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, and runs […]

Canal Town Museum announces Oktoberfest talk

The Canastota Canal Town Museum and the Canastota Public Library, sponsors of the popular Canalside Talks, have scheduled an ”Oktoberfest” theme entitled “The Erie Canal Brewery and Beer Making.”

The talk will be held at the library, 102 W. Center St., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.

The talk, presented by Erie Canal […]

Area pioneer honored as descendant of Mayflower passengers

Early town of Madison settler Prince Spooner has been memorialized with an official Mayflower Descendant bronze marker at his gravesite in the Indian Opening Cemetery, Indian Opening Road, Madison (near the intersection at North Street, towards Solsville). Prince Spooner’s descendant Chris Brown of Santa Fe, N.M., will dedicate the marker at 10 a.m. Oct. […]