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. […]

Updates made to Peterboro Heritage Programs

The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro announce updates to the program calendar:

The Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, afternoon event addressing Women’s History Preparations for the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial has been canceled.  Plans are in development for countywide programs in 2020 to […]

Fortnightly Club opens 125th year

Those interested are invited to the opening reception for the Hamilton Fortnightly Club’s 125th year of sharing research and presentations.

The reception is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in the community room of the Hamilton Public Library and will feature a presentation by Colgate Professor of History Jill Harsin on “When Women […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

On Saturday Sept. 7th from 10 am to 5 p.m. the Madison County Historical Society will host their 55th annual Craft Festival. Come and enjoy one of the longest running juried craft festivals in central New York! A large selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative 2-D and 3-D works […]

COLUMN: Events of historical note

Matthew Urtz

Lots of great historic events and festivals leading into fall. Be sure to check out the upcoming “History Where you Eat” events upcoming, as well. We hope to see you there!

From Aug. 1st through Aug. 30th the Oneida County History Center will host its 3rd annual “Selfie Scavenger Hunt.” Grab your camera and learn about […]