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 in the development of the northern suburbs in Syracuse and had an important connection to L. Frank Baum and the Wizard of Oz. For more information, call Cindy at 315-927-7537 or visit the Clay Historical Association website or Facebook page.

On Saturday November 2nd at 1 pm the Oneida County Community Center will host a special presentation entitled “Haudenosaunee Folklore & Indigenous Tales.” Jessica Farmer, Cultural Programs Coordinator for the Shako:wi Cultural Center, will talk about oral traditions and legends that have been passed from generation to generation. Farmer will also tell her version of a few of these stories. There is no charge for this event, donations are encouraged. For more information, call 315-735-3642 or visit oneidacountyhistory.org.

On Sunday November 3rd at 2 pm the Town of Nelson & the Erieville Nelson Heritage Society will host the annual Norm Odell Citizen of the Year Ceremony at the Erieville Fire Hall. The annual event honors a local citizen who has accomplished outstanding volunteer service, with a special reception. This year’s recipient is Denise Earl of Earlville. For more information, call 315-655-8582.

On Monday November 4th at 7 pm the Fabius Historical Society will host a special presentation on Syracuse’s aviation history at the Fabius Community Center. Robert Searing, Curator of History for the Onondaga Historical Association will talk about the history of airports testing planes during WWII. There is no charge for this event. Refreshments will follow the program. For more information, contact Sandra Beglinger at 315-683-5878.

On Tuesday November 5th at 3:30 pm the Town of Madison Historical Society will host a chicken & biscuit dinner. An annual tradition like no other, the Town of Madison Historical Society will host its annual election day chicken and biscuit dinner. The meals include chicken & biscuits, mashed potatoes, squash and cake all for $10. Dinners will be sold until the food is sold out. Dine in or call ahead for takeout. The dinner and takeout will be at the Historical Society on South Street in Madison. For more information, call Diane at 315-729-8323.

On Tuesday November 5th the Pompey Historical Society will host an Election Day Bake Sale at the Pompey Town Hall. Popular baked goods including pies will be available for purchase. For more information, call Gail Moreland at 315-263-2678.

On Friday November 8th at 6:30 pm the Morrisville Public Library will host a special presentation by Jim Coulthart entitled “Canadian Mustangs over Canastota & CNY.” Coulthart will tell the story of World War II fighter planes that were purchased from Canada and flown to Syracuse and Canastota. The international story weaves together a Canadian Prime Minister, two enterprising CNY businessmen, 70+ high performance piston fighter aircraft, mercenary pilots and two local airfields. There is no charge for this event. For more information, call 315-684-9130.

On Saturday November 9th from 12 pm to 5 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will host their 1st annual Community Pie Festival. A full day of fun that will include the first annual community amateur pie bake off, a pie eating contest, vendors, music, food and more. A special meet and greet with Tina, Andrea & Jason from the Great American Baking Show. A donation of $3 is suggested. For more information, visit oneidacommunity.org.

On Saturday November 2nd at 1 pm the Oneida County Community Center will host a special presentation entitled “The Case of the Black Dagger: A 100-year old Whose was it? Mystery. Genealogist & Historian Pamela Vittorio will tell the story of a black dagger passed down through four generations of family. All that was known about the dagger is that it was “taken off a German soldier in France in World War I. The dagger made its way from France to Ontario, Canada to Oneida County in 1918. Vittorio will explore where it came from and why did the soldier bring it home. There is no charge for this event, donations are encouraged. For more information, call 315-735-3642 or visit oneidacountyhistory.org.

On Saturday November 9th at 6 pm the Rome Historical Society will host their Annual Dinner at the Delta Lake Inn. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 pm followed by dinner and program at 7 pm. The Medal of the Order of 1777 will be presented to local resident Peter Leonard, author of ten books. Tickets to the event are $40 for members and $50 for non-members and can be purchased from any trustee of the organization. For more information, visit romehistoricalsociety.org.

On Wednesday November 13th 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 Thursday November 21st at 6:15 the Hamilton Movie Theatre will host a special Harriet Tubman Movie Event at the Hamilton Movie Theater. Tubman biographer Kate Clifford Larson will speak about the movie starting at 6:15. At 7 pm a screening of the movie will take place followed by a community gathering at the Colgate Inn with Larson to answer questions.

On Monday November 25th at 6 pm the CNY Genealogy Interest Group will host a special presentation by Holly Sammons on becoming a professional and when to ask for help at the Salina Library in Mattydale. Come and learn how to become a professional genealogist. There is no charge for this event. For more information, email Susan Proch at susanproch@gmail.com.

On Wednesday December 4th from 6 pm to 8 the Friends of Lorenzo will host their annual Friends of Lorenzo Christmas Party. Attendees will be treated to a special evening of live music, seasonal delights and a first chance to see the holiday theme “A Candy Land Christmas. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. To purchase tickets, become a member or For more information, visit friendsoflorenzo.org or call 315-655-3200.

On Sunday December 8th at 6:30 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will host a special presentation of Marie and the Nutcracker Prince. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience as you enter the story of the Nutcracker. Breadcrumb Productions and the Oneida Community Mansion House invite you to enjoy this immersive theatrical journey inspired by the dark and intriguing origins of E.T.A Hoffman’s original tale. Immersed in a dreamscape of Russia on the brink or revolution, audiences will choose their own pathways and allegiances through the space. Tickets are $20 and are available here . For more information, visit oneidacommunity.org.

On Wednesday December 11th 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 Tuesday December 31st at TBD the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will host its annual Emancipation Watch Night. More information to come.

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