‘Lost Industries of Madison County’ Presented by County Historian

(Canastota, NY – Feb. 2013) On Monday Feb. 11 at 7 pm the Canastota Canal Town Museum and the Canastota Public Library will host “Lost Industries of Madison County” by county historian Matt Urtz at the Canastota Public Library.

The talk will focus on industries that have come and gone in Madison County. Urtz will […]

Canalside Talks Begin Seventh Year

(Canastota, NY – Jan. 2013) The seventh annual series of Canalside Talks has been scheduled, according to Joe DiGiorgio, president of Canastota Canal Town Corporation, sponsor of the popular historical talks. The four monthly programs will be held at the Canastota Public Library on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. with the exception of the March […]

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 […]

Electric Cars Built in Madison County in 1950s


By Matt Urtz

(Wampsville, NY) I find great humor when I hear talk of the electric car being a “new” innovation. Development of an electric motor to power carriages can be traced to the first half of the 19th century in Europe and it continued throughout the 19th century.

Electric cars possessed many features […]

Uncovering Madison County Inventors

Oneida Public Library News

(Oneida, NY – May 2012) Madison County Historian Matt Urtz reveals the county’s trail-blazing inventors and their lasting influence in the program “Those Inventive Fellows of Madison County” at the Oneida Public Library on Wednesday May 23 at 7 p.m.

“Madison County was home to some of the most innovative thinkers […]

Spencer’s Contributions to Vision Largely Overlooked

Events of Historical Note

By Matt Urtz

(Wampsville, NY – Feb. 2012) Madison County’s history of inventors is long and storied. Patents exist for numerous inventions that have roots in Madison County. Residents of Madison County have had a hand in everything from spinning pitchforks to electron microscopes.

But few inventors have had […]

County Historian Presents the Next Canalside Talk

(Canastota, NY – Feb. 2012) On Monday Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., at the Canastota Public Library, Madison County’s Historian Matt Urtz will present a visual PowerPoint presentation. This Canalside Talk, co-sponsored by Canastota Canal Town Museum and the Library is free to the public.

Madison County was home to some of the most […]

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 […]