COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

He was a man amongst men: A true local February Civil War story

Hobie Morris

By Hobie Morris

For many years the handwritten letter is a treasured family keepsake. Then sadly it burned in a family farm house fire. The recipient of this letter is a Civil War soldier named Maurice Vaughan from this […]

Ukrainian Pysanka Egg workshop to be held Saturday, March 23, 2019

Ukrainian Pysanka Egg workshop will be held Saturday, March 23, 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 Saturday, March 23

Register today for Madison County Historical […]

ICYMI: Peterboro UMC invites public to Black History Month service

The Peterboro United Methodist Church is having a special service of worship in observance of Black History Month at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in the sanctuary at 5240 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro. Rev. Christiane Depestre invites all to attend this significant event.

The guest speaker will be Norman K. Dann, Ph.D., who […]

155th anniversary of Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to be recognized Dec. 31, 2018

155th anniversary of Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to be recognized Dec. 31, 2018

Retired Naval Commander Owen Corpin has once again arranged the annual Watch Night in Peterboro Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, to commemorate the wait Dec. 31, 1862, through the night to see if President Abraham Lincoln would release the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation Jan. 1, […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Madison County Historian reveals restored portrait

By Matthew Urtz

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to visit Buffalo State University’s Art Conservation Department to pick up a third painting of a series of paintings that once hung in the Madison County Courthouse.

Many of the paintings that were part […]

Canal Museum to host its 14th annual Christmas on the Canal

Locally made wreaths are pictured on the porch of the Mercantile at the Boonville Black River Canal Museum.

Canal Museum to host its 14th annual Christmas on the Canal

The Boonville Black River Canal Museum will host their 14th annual Christmas on the Canal on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. to […]

Celebrating 100 years of women voting

Celebrating 100 years of women voting

Margaret Milman-Barris of Oneida and Nell Ziegler of Peterboro affix their “I voted” stickers – honoring one hundred years of a women’s right to vote in New York state – on the state historical marker for Elizabeth Smith Miller in Peterboro.

Across the street at the Gerrit Smith Estate, […]

Celebrations and death marked last day of World War I at home and in France

Nurses from Brooklyn, carry an American flag through the grounds of the American Base Hospital at Dartford, England, near London, on Nov. 11, 1918 after word of the signing of the Armistice ending the fighting broke. The “Victory Parade” covered a a three mile route, around the hospital grounds and through the German […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note 2018-19

Matthew Urtz

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note 2018-19

On Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. the Cazenovia Public Library will continue their series of programs entitled “America during World War I.” This week will feature a special presentation entitled “Becoming Doughboys: Life in the Training Camp.” More information to come. There is no […]

Pie sale planned for Nov. 17

Pie sale planned for Nov. 17

The Thanksgiving Pie Sale to benefit the Old Town of Eaton Museum is set for Saturday, Nov. 17, of November. This yearly sale allows people to pick up pies for the Thanksgiving Holiday and features many different sizes, varieties as well as bake goods and treats.

The sale will […]

PACNY’s relaunched threatened properties list includes Georgetown’s Spirit House

PACNY’s relaunched threatened properties list includes Georgetown’s Spirit House

Georgetown’s Spirit House (Brown’s Hall) earned a spot on the Preservation Association of Central New York’s threatened properties list, renamed the Eight That Can’t Wait, for its role in Central and Western New York’s mid-19th-century period of religious fervor.

Spirit House, 916 NY 26, […]

Hard-fought offensive in Argonne by New York soldiers in 42nd ‘Rainbow’ Division helps end World War I

National Guard Soldiers of the 165th Infantry (formerly the 69th Regiment, New York National Guard) prepare to move forward with weapons at the ready during an attack near St. Mihiel September 16, 1918. The 165th Infantry fought as part of the 42nd “Rainbow” Division during St. Mihiel in September and Meuse-Argonne in October, […]