COLUMN: More Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

On Wednesday February 7th at 6:30 pm, the Sherrill-Kenwood Public Library will host John Taibi who will present “A Soldier’s Journey through the Heart of the Park.” John will tell the story of a returning WWII POW reunited with his wife, both of whom are sent to Lake Placid by the US Army, by train, so that normalcy can be regained.  The story is that of Taibi’s father, a true love story just in time for Valentine’s Day.

On Friday February 9th at 10:00 am the Oneida Community Mansion House will host a “Behind the Scenes Tour.”  Participants will get to see all the special places not on the normal tours including attic spaces, basements and towers of the historic landmark.  Attendees will also get to see special materials from the museum’s collection.  The tour features 8 staircases so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.  Registration for the event is $5 for members and $15 for non-members (students aged 10-18 are $10).  To register your spot or for more information please call 315-363-0745 or visitwww.oneidacommunity.org.

On Saturday February 10th at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will host a “Behind the Scenes Tour.”  Participants will get to see all the special places not on the normal tours including attic spaces, basements and towers of the historic landmark.  Attendees will also get to see special materials from the museum’s collection.  The tour features 8 staircases so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.  Registration for the event is $5 for members and $15 for non-members (students aged 10-18 are $10).  To register your spot or for more information please call 315-363-0745 or visitwww.oneidacommunity.org.

On Saturday February 10th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm the Friends of Lorenzo will host a Masquerade Ball at the Hampton Inn in Cazenovia.  A night of disguise, dancing and delight.  More information to come.  For more information please visit www.friendsoflorenzo.org.

On Sunday February 11th at 1:00 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will host a discussion entitled “Women, Religion and Politics.”  The discussion will focus on the pivotal role that woman played in changing the political culture of the US through their support of Abolition causes and the Women’s Right Movement.  Professor Marcia Robinson of Syracuse University will speak about her research and insights into how Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, an African-American abolitionist, suffragist, poet and author crated a resistance movement that resonates today.  The event is free for members and $7 for non-members (students aged 10-18 are $3).  To register your spot or for more information please call 315-363-0745 or visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

On Wednesday February 14th from 10:00 am to 11:00 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 please visit www.chittenangolanding.com.

On Saturday February 25th the Oneida Community Mansion House will host a 30th Anniversary Brunch! More information to come.

On Saturday March 3rd the Smithfield Community Center will host Gerrit Smith’s 221st Birthday Celebration.  Come and learn the history of one of New York’s most influential Abolitionists.  Gerrit Smith Biographer Norman Dann will be launching his new book on Gerrit’s father Peter.  More information to come.

On Thursday March 8th at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will host special tours honoring International Women’s Day.  Guided tours will explore the role of women and gender equality within the Oneida Community and their interactions with the encompassing world.  The event is free for members and $7 for non-members (students aged 10-18 are $3).  To register your spot or for more information please call 315-363-0745 or visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

On Saturday March 10th at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will host special tours honoring International Women’s Day.  Guided tours will explore the role of women and gender equality within the Oneida Community and their interactions with the encompassing world.  The event is free for members and $7 for non-members (students aged 10-18 are $3).  To register your spot or for more information please call 315-363-0745 or visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

On Sunday March 11th at 2:00 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will host a special screening of a “Carol Cook: A Documentary.”  Cook was one of three women in the New York State Assembly in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  She led extraordinary efforts to crate change within a male dominated government.  As a republican assemblywoman she fought for equality and women’s rights.  She authored legislation in 1970 that decriminalized abortion in New York State, which paved the way for Roe vs. Wade.  The event is free for members and $7 for non-members (students aged 10-18 are $3).  F more information please call 315-363-0745 or visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

On Wednesday March 14th from 10:00 am to 11:00 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 please visit www.chittenangolanding.com.

On Thursday March 15th at 7:00 pm the Town of Marshall Historical Society will host a special presentation on the history of Barrel Making.  Bob Allers will lead this interesting history on a very popular historical shipping method.  There is no charge for this event.  For more information please emailmarshallhistory17@gmail.com.

On Sunday March 18th at 1:00 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will host a special discussion of “Designer Babies of the 1800’s.”  The Oneida Community practiced family planning in the hopes that their children would inherit spirituality.  Join their discussion about how religion influenced family planning and the desire for “designer children” in society today may shape our future.  The event is free for members and $7 for non-members (students aged 10-18 are $3).  For more information please call 315-363-0745 or visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

On Saturday March 24th at 1:00 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will host a Historic Preservation Workshop, “Caring for Historic Windows.  Stained glass expert and window restorer Jerome Durr (Jerome Durr Studio, LLC) will lead this workshop which will emphasize identifying issues with historic windows and best practices for the care and repair of windows.  The event is $30 for members and $40 for non-members.  Light refreshments included.  To register your spot or for more information please call 315-363-0745 or visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

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