Peterboro Ornithon Turns 150

The front the Ornithon, or Bird House, that Greene Smith built in Peterboro in 1863. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the unusual building, Norman K. Dann will present a program on Smith and his private bird museum at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the site of the Bird House on the […]

Save the Date: Peterboro Civil War Weekend is June 8 and 9

A unit of 12th Regiment U.S. Infantry, Co. A, the military host of the 21st Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend, assembles on the green.

Visitors at the 21st annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend can walk in the civilian camps and observe domestic fashions, daily duties, and recreational activities.

Historic exhibits and demonstrations at the annual […]

Greene Smith’s Beloved Birds Presentation is April 14

(Peterboro, NY – April 2013) On Sunday April 14 at 2 p.m. the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will celebrate Greene Smith’s birthday by hosting Colgate Sustainability Coordinator John Pumilio. Pumilio will present “A World of Wonder: Greene Smith’s Beloved Birds.”

Greene Smith was considered a leading ornithologist during the mid-19th century, lecturing at […]

Benefit for Soule to be held April 7

Former Morrisville resident diagnosed with IPF

(Smithfield, NY – March 2013) There will be a benefit to help out Sandy (Burleigh) Soule and her family with the expenses that are mounting for her upcoming lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

There will be a baked ziti dinner held April 7 from noon to […]

Peterboro Celebrates Famous Ornithologist

Ornithologist Greene Smith, (right) son of abolitionists Gerrit and Ann Smith of Peterboro, with his bird specimen hunting partner Hiram Wilson. Smith’s collection at the Ornithon, a collection of 3,000 specimens by 1880, was regarded as among the finest in the world.

In 1863, Greene Smith built his Ornithon (Bird House) in Peterboro between […]

Children’s Tea Combines Fun with History

(Peterboro, NY – March 2013) The In the Kitchen Committee at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark in Peterboro is offering a tea for children 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Smithfield Community Center, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro.

The In the Kitchen Committee hosts the annual bloomer tea in September, and this […]

Women’s History Month Recognized

Pictured are Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne F. Miller (Libby Anne) Peterboro’s women of history.

(Peterboro, NY – March 2013) Peterboro’s own Elizabeth Smith Miller, daughter of abolitionist Gerrit Smith, will be recognized with two events featuring her contribution to women’s health and safety with the creation of the bloomer costume.

The committee that organizes […]

Peterboro Heritage Season Begins

The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will hold its annual birthday celebration for abolitionist Gerrit Smith at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Smithfield Community Center, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro. The program is free and open to the public.

In 2013 the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will celebrate Greene […]

Four Abolitionists Named to Hall of Fame

(Peterboro, NY – Jan. 2013) On Jan. 31, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was proposed to the legislatures of the states by the 38th Congress and, by the end of that year, the amendment was ratified: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude … shall exist within the United States, or […]

Watch Night for Emancipation in Peterboro

African Americans watch through the night of Dec. 31, 1862, for the coming of the Emancipation Proclamation that would deliver them from a life of physical bondage into a life of freedom Jan. 1, 1863. Peterboro will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Watch Night with programs and a watch fire Dec. 31 at […]

Help get the Abolition Hall of Fame to the Second Floor

(Peterboro, NY – Dec. 2012) To celebrate its 85th anniversary the Central New York Community Foundation has awarded $8,500 for three quarters of 2012 to organizations in Madison and Onondaga counties, and has now opened voting for the fourth and final award.

The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum is on the list for […]

Volunteer Spotlight on: Tisha Lock

Volunteer Services Alliance of Madison County

Location of organization in Madison County: Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, Peterboro, NY

1. Who do you volunteer for? (What organization)

I volunteer at the Peterboro Mercantile, a community heritage gift shop at the Visitor Center for the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the National Abolition […]