Morrisville Public Library: Let’s Read About Frogs

Morrisville Public Library News

By Michelle Rounds

(Morrisville, NY – April 2013) During the months of April, May and June we will be hosting a Madison County History series featuring Matthew Urtz, County Historian. He will be doing three different talks on Madison County.

The first one is Friday April 12 at 6:30pm. He will […]

County Historian to Present ‘Faces from Madison County’

(Morrisville, NY – April 2013) On Friday April 12 at 6:30 p.m. the Morrisville Public Library will host the talk “Faces from Madison County,” by Madison County Historian Matt Urtz. 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 […]

Easter Basket Raffle Tickets on Sale

Morrisville Public Library News

By Michelle A. Rounds

(Morrisville, NY – March 2013) Be sure to buy your tickets for our Easter Basket Raffle going on now. Get your tickets at the library or from any trustee to win a children’s basket full of goodies. Tickets are $1 each. Winners will be announced Friday, March […]

Preston a Medal of Honor Recipient

By Matthew Urtz

(Madison, NY) Continuing with our series on Medal of Honor recipients with roots in Madison County, the second Medal of Honor recipient discussion focuses on Noble Preston. According to census records in 1850, Noble was living with his maternal grandfather, Portright Blakeslee in the town of Madison.

By the 1855 census, he […]

Medal of Honor: Wilson Smith

By Matthew Urtz

(Wampsville) The first Medal of Honor recipient discussion focuses on Wilson Smith. According to birth records, Smith was born in Oriskany Falls Sept. 7, 1841. He was raised in the town of Madison. Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Smith entered “Grennelle’s Light Infantry in Madison Sept. 6, 1861. Soon […]

Cazenovia Family Impacted Madison County, Nation

By Matthew Urtz

(Madison County, NY – Sept. 2012) The Dwinelle family of Cazenovia had an impact on not only Madison County but throughout the United States, as well. From the day patriarch Justin arrived around 1811, his family set the bar incredibly high for their social and political awareness.

Justin Dwinell (sometimes spelled Dwinelle) […]

Madison County Represented at Governor’s ‘Path through History’ Conference

Pictured are Robert Weible (NYS Historian and Chief Curator of the NYS Museum) and Matthew Urtz (Madison County Historian) discuss edits for a Central Region iconic Thruway sign proposed at Governor Cuomo’s PATH through HISTORY conference Aug. 28 at the Empire State Plaza.

(Albany, NY – Aug. 2012) Governor Cuomo formally unveiled his “Path through […]

Cazenovia’s Brewster Name has History of Business Impact


Events of Historical Note

By Matthew Urtz

(Cazenovia, Wampsville, NY – Jan. 2012) History has a way of documenting those who impacted the past in visible ways, but not as often those who otherwise influenced. Investors are very rarely remembered when we talk about discoveries, yet without their financial backing, some of the […]

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 […]

Brookfield Connected to Lincoln Administration


Events of Historical Note

By Matthew Urtz

(Wampsville, NY) I recently had the opportunity to watch the movie “The Conspirators.” The movie concerns the story of Mary Surratt who was accused – and later hanged – for taking part in the conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln.

I was curious about her story in […]