Events of Historical Note

By Matt Urtz, Madison County Historian

On Monday January 9th at 7 pm the Canastota Public Library will host the talk “1812: New York’s War, New York’s Impetus,” by Robert W. Arnold III of St. Rose College.  The event is co-sponsored by the Canastota Canal Museum with the support of the New York Council for the Humanities.  The presentation examines New Yorkers response to the conflict militarily and otherwise and the how the war exposed serious inadequacies in the state’s infrastructure and the nation’s military capacity.  It also looks at the impact of the war and how the aftermath on the people of New York led to the public improvements of roads and canals.  Robert W. Arnold III is a career public historian who teaches at the College of Saint Rose.  He retired from the New York State Archives and was Albany County Historian and historical archaeologists.  For more information please contact the Canastota Public Library at 697-7030.

On Saturday, January 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the Oneida Public Library will welcome railroad expert John Taibi. Taibi will present “Oneida’s Third Rail,” a show and tell about the Oneida Railway Company and the West Shore electrified third rail that joined Utica with Syracuse in the early 20th century.  For more information please call 363-3050.

On Friday January 20th from 6 pm to 9 pm the Chittenango Canal Boat Museum will host a Family Fun Night at 4 Seasons in Fayetteville.  Tickets are $15 per person.  Hot Cocoa and Cookies will be served at no charge for those attending.  For more information please call 687-3801.

On Saturday, January 21, at 11 a.m., the Oneida Public Library welcomes historian and author Cheryl Pula.  Pula will  present an illustrated talk called “The Children’s Crusade: The 8th Air Force in World War II.”  She will focus on the young U.S. airmen stationed in Britain who flew B-17s in the famous bombing raids on Germany. She will also sign copies of her new historical fiction novel, The Children’s Crusade.  For more information please call 363-3050.

On Wednesday January 25th the Morrisville Public Library will host “Madison County and the Civil War” by Madison County Historian Matt Urtz.  Information about regiments, soldiers and honors will be talked about.  There is no admission charge for the event.  For more information please visit midyork.org/Morrisville/Programs.

On Saturday January 28th at 2 pm the Georgetown Historical Society will host its monthly meeting at the Georgetown Town Hall.  All are welcome.  Come learn more about the history of Georgetown.

On Monday February 13th at 7 pm the Canastota Public Library will host the talk “How Madison County Changed the United States,” by Madison County Historian Matt Urtz.  The event is co-sponsored by the Canastota Canal Museum with the support of the New York Council for the Humanities.  Madison County was home to some of the most innovative thinkers in American History. Madison County residents have directly affected the movie industry, the development of computers, firearm production, dental science, federal fiscal policy, the development of the tractor, and so much more.  There is no cost for this event.elopment of computers, firearm production, dental science, federal fiscal policy, the development of the tractor and so much more. Come out and learn about who many of these people were and you will see how Madison County impacted American history.elopment of computers, firearm production, dental science, federal fiscal policy, the development of the tractor and so much more. Come out and learn about who many of these people were and you will see how Madison County impacted American history.  For more information please contact the Canastota Public Library at 697-7030.

On Friday February 24th from 8 am to 5 pm the STUAC Conference Center at Morrisville College will host “Shades of Green in Madison County; A Green Living Experience.”  The goal of the event to help individual, businesses and communities advance green initiatives throughout Madison County to achieve more economically viable, sustainable and healthier places to live, go to school, work, shop and enjoy.  Among the many workshops offered will be one on effective historic preservation by Preservation League of New York Coordinator Amanda R. Lewkowicz.  The event is free but space is limited.  For more information please visit greenmadisoncounty.com.

 

 

 

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