COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

On Saturday July 6th from 10 am to 5 pm the Lorenzo State Historic Site will host the 44th annual Cazenovia Arts & Crafts Fair. For over 30 years artisans and crafters come from all over to take part in this popular event, which supports the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps. In addition to the artisans and crafts, food vendors will be on hand and raffle’s featuring great prizes offered by local merchants. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit cavacambulance.org/crafts-fair/

On Sunday July 7th from 10 am to 4 pm the Lorenzo State Historic Site will host the 44th annual Cazenovia Arts & Crafts Fair. For over 30 years artisans and crafters come from all over to take part in this popular event, which supports the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps. In addition to the artisans and crafts, food vendors will be on hand and raffle’s featuring great prizes offered by local merchants. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit cavacambulance.org/crafts-fair/

On Tuesday July 9th from 3 pm to 7 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host their weekly farmers market. Come, shop and support local vendors selling fruits, vegetables and more. There will be storytelling every week from the Friends of the Oneida Library as well as special themed weeks. For more information, visit mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Wednesday July 10th from 10 am to 11 am the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host their monthly “Coffee with Friends.” New and current volunteers and community members are encouraged to come in, reconnect and learn about opportunities available at the museum. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit chittenangolanding.com.

On Wednesday July 10th at 7 pm the Erievile/Nelson Heritage Society will host a special presentation about the Erieville Dam at the Erieville Fire House. Don Lake will talk about the construction of the Erieville dam and reservoir. There is no charge for this event. For more information, call Sonia Davies at 315-655-3298.

On Thursday July 11th the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host the 1st talk in a series on Woman Suffrage. Pamela Vittorio will present “The Role of the Erie Canal in the Woman Suffrage Movement: From Boats to Votes.” Vittorio will explore how twentieth century woman rights leader Harriet Stanton Blatch led the next generation of suffragists on a “Canal Campaign” designed to deliver the message of one woman, one vote” across New York State. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit chittenangolanding.org.

From Thursday July 11th through Sunday July 14th the Madison County Fairgrounds will host the annual Madison County Fair. Come and celebrate one of the longest running agricultural fairs featuring live music, historic display, truck and tractor pulls, and much, much more. More information to come. Admission is $3 on day one and $5 each additional days. For more information, visit madisoncountyfairny.com.

On Thursday July 11th at 7 pm the Skanonh Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool will host a special talk on the book “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy.” Crazy Horse Family Elder Floyd Clown Sr., and author William Matson will discuss the book as told to Floyd Clown, Sr. by oral tradition. Maton’s book clarifies some of the inaccuracies about their famous ancestor’s life and legacy. Floyd Clown, Sr. was one of the three sole administrators and spokesmen of the Crazy Horse estate, will talk about the family’s generational stories, Lakota treaties, what it means to be Lakota, court cases and probates for ancestry. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The event is open to the public with a sliding scale entry fee to help programs. For more information, visit cnyhistory.org or call 315-428-1864.

On Friday July 12th at 5:30 pm the New Woodstock Regional Historical Society will host their Heritage Park Concert Series with a special concert featuring the JT Hall Jazz Consort. At 5:30 Bueno Taco Truck will start serving food followed by the concert featuring the JT Hall Jazz Consort at 6:30. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NY State Council on the Arts.

On Saturday July 13th from 10 am to 2 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host a Leisure Arts Workshop Series on making an Adirondack Pack Basket. Artist Linda Scherz will instruct attendees on how to make the traditional pack basket utilizing weaving techniques including tapering, scarfing and packing a basket tight to create a small decorative Adirondack Pack Basket made from reed and finished off with a woven web harness. The cost is $70 and space is limited to 20 participants so registration is required. All basket weaving materials will be provided Participants must be at least 16 years of age. To register for the workshop or for more information, call 315-363-4136 or email history@mchs1900.org.

On Saturday July 13th at 11 am the Gerrit Smith National Historic Landmark will host a special guided exploration of the property with Norman K. Dann, PhD. Dann will describe parts of the estate that tell the story from Dann’s publication When We Get to Heaven. Accounts of the enslaved Americans who came to Peterboro on their way to Canada, who stayed in Peterboro, who came to work in the antislavery movement, and those who attended the Manual Labor of School. The Trail to Heaven will conclude at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, the site of the inaugural meeting of the New York State Anti-Slavery Society. For more information, call at 315-280-8828 or email nahofm1835@gmail.com

On Saturday July 13th at 12:30 pm the Gerrit Smith National Historic Landmark is offering a coach tour to see the plan Possessing Harriet at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, NY. For just $55 attendees will be transported via coach to can see the play that was commissioned by the Onondaga Historical Association at the historic Franklin Theatre. On the way Norman K Dann, PhD, author of Practical Dreamer: Gerrit Smith and the Crusade for Social Reform and When We Get to Heaven: Runaway Slaves on the Road to Peterboro will give a historical background for the four characters in the play. The bus will return to Peterboro at 5:30. The For more information or to reserve your spot, call at 315-280-8828 or email nahofm1835@gmail.com

On Saturday July 13th at 1 pm the Skanonh Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool will host a special talk native plant garden in the stockade. In 2015 the center established a native plant garden showcasing plants of ecological, cultural and historical value to Onondaga Lake and surrounding areas. Catherine Landis, PhD in Ecology and Rick Kulibert, nursery owner will answer questions and highlight plants of interest. The event is free with admission to the museum and open to the public. Rain date will be July 20th. For more information, visit cnyhistory.org or call 315-428-1864.

On Sunday July 14th at 2 pm Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse will host a special Cemetery Tour called “Welcome to Area Section 51.” Sue Greenhagen will lead this tour which features no aliens, no ET’s just some amazing and sometimes bizarre stores of the folks interred in Section 51. There is no charge for the tours but donations are encouraged. Tours start at the entrance near Comstock Avenue. For more information, call 315-684-3418.

On Tuesday July 16th from 3 pm to 7 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host their weekly farmers market. Come, shop and support local vendors selling fruits, vegetables and more. There will be storytelling every week from the Friends of the Oneida Library as well as special themed weeks. For more information, visit mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Thursday July 18th the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host the 2nd talk in a series on Woman Suffrage. Beth Miller of the Chenango Arts Council will present “Upstate History in Women’s History” which highlights the special place Upstate New York holds as the birthplace of the Woman Suffrage Movement, as well as being the home to many notable reformers. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit chittenangolanding.org.

On Thursday July 18th at 6 pm the Skanonh Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool will host a special event entitled “Witness to Injustice: Unraveling US and Indigenous History.” The Neighbors of Onondaga Nation (NOON) will lead this exercise adapted from the Kairos Blanket Exercise. This is a three-hour interactive group exercise that invites participants to experience colonization, conquest and attempted genocide of the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (the North American Continent). Participants engage in an experiential history lesson designed in a way that can’t be provided by reading a book. Tickets to the event are $12. To purchase or for more information, visit cnyhistory.org or call 315-428-1864.

From Friday July 19th through Sunday July 21st the Lorenzo State Historic Site will host the 2019 Lorenzo Driving Competition. For over 40 years this event has been one of the most unique events in Madison County. The event features approximately 100 horses and carriages complete in a variety of classes including ring work, obstacles and a cross country marathon. Admission is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule or for more information, visit lorenzodriving.org/

On Friday July 19th at 10 am the Oneida Community Mansion House will host a special two-part Mansion House/Factory Tour. Starting at 10 am attendees will get a special tour of the Oneida Community Mansion House. Attendees can will then get a break for lunch. They can choose to eat out or bring your own and have a picnic on site. At 12:30 attendees will reconvene at Sherrill Manufacturing where they will get a tour of the manufacturing facility. This tour is NOT handicapped accessible. Tickets for this event are $15, space is limited so be sure to order ASAP! For more information or to reserve your spot please visit oneidacommunity.org or call 315-363-0745.

On Saturday July 20th the Village of Morrisville will celebrate its Bi-Centennial Celebration. More to come

On Saturday July 20th the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a Paranormal Investigation with investigator Kenny Harris. Harris will lead attendees on investigations of the historic landmark. Two investigations will occur, the first from 6 pm to 9 pm and the second from 10 pm to 1 am. Registration is $20. Spots are limited so be sure to register your spot ASAP. To reserve your spot or for more information, visit chittenangolanding.org.

On Sunday July 21st at 2 pm the Onondaga Historical Association will host a special presentation entitled “A History Mystery: Who invented the Air-Cooled Engine.” Return to the turbulent year of 1917 and take part in this audience participation mystery filled with twists and turns. Attendees will join a special ceremony honoring john Wilkinson for his inventive achievement. Do all the attendees have Wilkinson’s best interests at heart? Can you figure out who is who and what is what before dire consequences take place? Feel free to dress in appropriate attire for this auspicious event and arrive early to take in the exhibits. Admission is $10. Seating is limited so reservations are suggested. To reserve your spot or for more information, call Karen at 315-428-4864 ext. 312.

From Monday July 22nd to Friday July 26th the Lorenzo State Historic Site will host a kid’s camp at Rippleton Schoolhouse. Every day promises to be a unique opportunity exploring life in the 19th century through art, nature and science. Open to children ages 8 – 13. The camp runs from 9 am to 2 pm daily. The cost is $165 per child or $150 for Friends of Lorenzo members. For more information or to register (by June 21st), call 315-655-3200.

On Tuesday July 23rd from 3 pm to 7 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host their weekly farmers market. Come, shop and support local vendors selling fruits, vegetables and more. There will be storytelling every week from the Friends of the Oneida Library as well as special themed weeks. For more information, visit mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Tuesday July 23rd at 1 pm the Onondaga Historical Association will host a special presentation entitled “The Craftsmen City: Syracuse’s Arts and Crafts Heritage.” OHA Curator of History Robert Searing will explore the great traditions that developed early in the 20th century that made Syracuse a center for the national Arts & Crafts movement. The lecture will review the story of Gustave Stickley, while also touching on the contribution of local architect Ward Wellington Ward, stained glass craftsmen Henry Keck and the artists at Syracuse China. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit cnyhistory.org or call 315-428-1864.

On Thursday July 25th the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host the 3rd talk in a series on Woman Suffrage. Author Norman K Dann will present Woman Suffrage: The Legacy of White Males” which will look at the woman suffrage movement as having been spawned from the abolition movement. Dann will focus on the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anne Fitzhugh Miller and her daughter Elizabeth Smith Miller. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit chittenangolanding.org.

On Friday July 26th at 5:30 pm the New Woodstock Regional Historical Society will host their Heritage Park Concert Series with a special concert featuring Gary Robertson. At 5:30 Mason’s Barbecue will start serving food followed by the concert featuring the Gary Robertson at 6:30. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NY State Council on the Arts.

On Saturday July 27th from 11 am to 4 pm the New Woodstock Regional Historical Society will host their annual Old Home Days. The Real Time Dixie Land Band will perform from 2 pm to 4 pm. More information to come.

On Sunday July 28th from 1 pm to 4 pm the Limestone Ridge Historical Society will celebrate their 25thanniversary in their historic building at 223 Main St. Special displays celebrating the beginning of the society in 1976 and rare archival materials will be on display. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 315-821-7819.

On Tuesday July 30th from 3 pm to 7 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host their weekly farmers market. Come, shop and support local vendors selling fruits, vegetables and more. There will be storytelling every week from the Friends of the Oneida Library as well as special themed weeks. For more information, visit mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Wednesday July 31st from 6 pm to 9 pm the Lorenzo State Historic Site will host a special “Taste of Madison County Event.” The event will celebrate Madison County restaurants, wineries and beer crafters. Enjoy music, food, picturesque scenery and find company. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. For more information or to reserve your spot please visit friendsoflorenzo.org.

On Thursday August 1th at 7 pm the Skanonh Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool will host a gallery opening of a new exhibit entitled “Tonto Revisited: Native American Stereotypes” For generations portrayals of Native Americans has been one of menacing warriors wielding tomahawks, knives and bows and arrows. Tom Huff’s collection of stereotypical “Indian Kitch” will be on display in one exhibit to help dispel the myths surrounding Native Americans and encourage a new understanding of Indigenous peoples. Admission is $5. For more information, visit cnyhistory.org or call 315-428-1864.

On Friday August 2nd at 5:30 pm the New Woodstock Regional Historical Society will open their Heritage Park Concert Series with a special concert featuring Swingin’ A Miss. Food TBD followed by the concert featuring Swingin’ A Miss at 6:30. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NY State Council on the Arts.

On Saturday August 3rd the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will host the 10th annual Emancipation Day. The morning events will include the commemoration and history of the Emancipation Days held in Peterboro Generations ago, as well as wreath laying on graves marked “Born a slave. Died a free (wo)man.” At the Peterboro Cemetery. The afternoon will celebrate three women of color connected to the estate: The Three Harriet’s: Powell, Russell, and Tubman. At 1 pm Norm Dann and Dot Wilsey present Harriet Powell: Escapee from Slavery on the Underground Railroad. At 2 pm Town of Smithfield Historian Donna Burdick will present Harriet Russell: Slave to Matriarch. Finally at 3 pm Kate Clifford Larson, PhD, author of Bound for Promised Land will present Harriet Tubman: Relaxing in Peterboro. For more information, call at 315-280-8828 or email nahofm1835@gmail.com.

On Saturday August 3rd at 1 pm the Chittenango Landing Museum will host a special “Strikeout Cancer” Vintage Baseball Game as well as antique tractor show. More information to come.

On Sunday August 4th at 2:30 pm Town of Smithfield Historian Donna Burdick will host a ceremony for the installation of a burial marker for Emily Russell Hill. Hill was the child of Samuel and Harriet Sims Russell. The couple and their five children’s (including Emily) were freed at a cost of $3500 through of the efforts of Gerrit Smith and his wife Ann Carroll Fitzhugh of Peterboro. Emily was the only child who left central New York and hers is the last burial site of the 8 family members to receive a marker. Festivities will include a musical tribute by Max Smith, and honored guest Carol Waverly-Shank, the great-great grand-daughter of Emily Russell Hill. For more information, call Donna Burdick at 607-775-3103.

On Tuesday August 6th from 3 pm to 7 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host their weekly farmers market. Come, shop and support local vendors selling fruits, vegetables and more. There will be storytelling every week from the Friends of the Oneida Library as well as special themed weeks. For more information, visit mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Friday August 7th at 6:30 pm the New Woodstock Regional Historical Society will open their Heritage Park Concert Series with a special concert featuring the Community Band. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NY State Council on the Arts.

On Saturday August 10th at 10 am the Madison County Historical Society will host a Leisure Arts Workshop Series on making a Rag Rug. Pamela Vogan Lynch will lead the workshop which will focus on making rag rugs, a handmade craft in the 19th century using strips of cloth and scraps that would be lopped through a woven canvas or burlap or braided into strips and sewn together to create the rug. The cost is $30 and space is limited to 25 participants so registration is required. Participants must be at least 13 years of age. To register for the workshop or for more information, call 315-363-4136 or email history@mchs1900.org.

On Wednesday August 14th from 10 am to 11 am the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host their monthly “Coffee with Friends.” New and current volunteers and community members are encouraged to come in, reconnect and learn about opportunities available at the museum. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit chittenangolanding.com.

On Wednesday August 14th at 7 pm the Erievile/Nelson Heritage Society will host a special presentation about the stories & incidents of Nelson & Erieville at the Nelson Town Hall. Lifelong resident Steve Richards will share stories and incidents of local people, many of whom are related to him. There is no charge for this event. For more information, call Sonia Davies at 315-655-3298.

On Friday August 16th at 5:30 pm the New Woodstock Regional Historical Society will host their Heritage Park Concert Series with a special concert featuring the Kruisin’ Oldies Band. At 5:30 a pulled pork BBQ will be available for purchase followed by the concert featuring the Kruisin’ Oldies Band at 6:30. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NY State Council on the Arts.

On Saturday August 17th the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a Paranormal Investigation with investigator Kenny Harris. Harris will lead attendees on investigations of the historic landmark. Two investigations will occur, the first from 6 pm to 9 pm and the second from 10 pm to 1 am. Registration is $20. Spots are limited so be sure to register your spot ASAP. To reserve your spot or for more information, visit chittenangolanding.org.

On Sunday August 18th at 2 pm Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse will host a special Cemetery Tour called “The Hills are alive…with the stories of Oakwood.” Diane Medvitz will lead this tour which focuses on the people interred in Sections 26, 43, 47, and 53. All tours are rain or shine but will be cancelled for thunder and lightning. There is no charge for the tours but donations are encouraged. Tours start at the entrance near Comstock Avenue. For more information, call 315-684-3418.

On Monday August 19th at 7 pm the New Woodstock Regional Historical Society will host a special presentation on stories from World War I. Tim Stritter will present stories from World War I. For more information, visit the New Woodstock Regional Historical Society Facebook page.

On Tuesday August 20th from 3 pm to 7 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host their weekly farmers market. Come, shop and support local vendors selling fruits, vegetables and more. There will be storytelling every week from the Friends of the Oneida Library as well as special themed weeks. For more information, visit mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

On Friday August 23rd the Lorenzo State Historic Site will host a special “Movie on the Lawn” event. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and don’t forget your sweater and enjoy a special movie on the lawn. Food trucks will be on site starting at 6 pm, and the movie will start at dusk. There is no charge for this event. Stay tuned to friendsofloreno.org and the Lorenzo Facebook page for further details.

On Tuesday August 27th from 3 pm to 7 pm the Madison County Historical Society will host their weekly farmers market. Come, shop and support local vendors selling fruits, vegetables and more. There will be storytelling every week from the Friends of the Oneida Library as well as special themed weeks. For more information, visit mchs1900.org or call 315-363-4136.

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