2020 Suffrage centennial events launched in Peterboro

ABOVE LEFT: Members of the Bloomer Brigade who will serve at the Peterboro Bloomer Tea, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at the Smithfield Community Center, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro. ABOVE CENTER: Anne Fitzhugh Miller and Elizabeth Smith Miller, women’s rights reformers from Peterboro, were included in the Smithfield Women Reformers program March 7, 2020. […]

Matt Urtz takes on pro-and anti-suffragists at the OPL March 11

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At 7 p.m. March 11, 2020, Oneida Public Library will host Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz, who will present a program on women’s political activism in the county during the years leading up to passage of women’s right to vote in New York state in 1917 and, in 1920, a […]

COLUMN: The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Tree Rings, An Admiral’s Granddaughter, Hitler and Brookfield

By Hobie Morris

What follows is a true story with many unexpected twists – and circles!

Brookfield – a powerful wind and a mighty crash. A huge hard maple, weakened by age breaks and topples. Soon I begin the hard work of cutting and […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz

Spring is right around the corner, and there are lots of great 2020 events coming up – we hope to see you there!

On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 2:45 p.m. Cazenovia College will host a special presentation entitled “Native America and the Problem with Museums.” Dr. Scott Manning […]

History Where You Eat Dinner Series 2020

The Madison County Historian announced that the 2020 History Where you Eat 2020 calendar will kick-off at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, with a special dinner and tour of the Canastota American Legion 325 S. Peterboro St., Canastota.

The Canastota American Legion was once the home of former United States Congressman and Canastota native […]

Nelson Preservation Associates announces open house at former Magee Auction House and Antique Shop

The public is invited to attend an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 22, 2020, at the former Magee Auction House and Antique Shop at 3307 Route 20 in Nelson.

The event is hosted by Nelson Preservation Associates, which plans to acquire and renovate the buildings and install a restaurant, updated apartments […]

Nelson Preservation Associates announces plan to purchase and renovate Magee Auction House and Antique Shop

The Nelson Preservation Associates plans to acquire the property at 3307 Route 20 in Nelson, also known as the former Magee Auction House and Antique Shop. NPA plans to renovate the buildings and install a restaurant, updated apartments and other businesses.

The building was constructed circa 1804 and is eligible to be listed on […]

Peterboro announces Black History programs

Matthews McKivigan Goodier The 11th annual Peterboro Emancipation Day will be held at the Gerrit Smith Estate Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. After the 10 a.m. rituals of assembly, announcements, singing, photos and updates, the annual processional will begin to the cemetery to lay wreaths on graves of African-Americans who had been enslaved. Along the […]

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 […]