A unique visit behind the scenes of the Oneida Community Mansion House

At 3 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019, and Saturday, May 18, 2019; and at noon Saturday May 18, visitors may discover what’s behind closed doors at the Oneida Community Mansion House.

Participants will visit the historic landmark’s basements, towers, kitchen and collections storage to see rarely displayed objects from the OCMH collections. This walking […]

Pedestrian bridge dedication planned for June 7, 2019

Chittenango, in partnership with the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum and Creek Walk Committee invite the public to the dedication of the new pedestrian bridge from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 7.

A special reception will be held at the CLCBM to celebrate the dedication and to acknowledge the many dedicated people who […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

On Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m., the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host “Paint Time with Lisa.” In this two-hour class, local artist Lisa Billington will offer step-by-step directions to create the featured painting. By the end of the night, you will have your own masterpiece that you created. Bring […]

March Canalside Talk features ‘Peter Smith of Peterboro: Furs, Land and Anguish’

The Canastota Canal Town Museum with the Canastota Public Library will offer another Canalside Talk at 7 p.m. March 27. Norman Dann will talk about his book, Peter Smith of Peterboro: Furs, Land and Anguish.”

Peter Smith was the father of abolitionist Gerrit Smith. Peter Smith was a successful businessman in New York who […]

Joe DiGiorgio to present “Take a Walk Back in History”

Talk covers Canastota’s contributions to the Erie Canal, commerce, industry and agriculture April 6

The Madison County Historical Society is proud to present Joe DiGiorgio’s program, “Take a Walk Back in History- Canastota’s contributions to the Erie Canal, commerce, industry and agriculture,” at 1 p.m. April 6 at the Historical Society, 435 Main St., […]

Mike Allen to talk on mules and the Erie at the OPL

Mike Allen, a resident blacksmith and interpreter at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, comes to the OPL March 20 to present the marvels of the mule at work on the old Erie Canal.

Mike Allen, resident blacksmith and interpreter at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, stops by Oneida Public Library at 7 […]

Gerrit Smith: A Playwright’s Journey

Kyle Bass, the playwright of Possessing Harriet, returns to Peterboro to present “Inventing Gerrit Smith: A Playwright’s Journey” for the annual recognition of abolitionist Gerrit Smith’s birth in 1797. The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will host the special program at 1 p.m. Saturday, […]

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 […]