Community Events - Calendar of Upcoming Events

June 6, 11:30AM, Onondaga Historical Museum

"Without Sin : The life and Death of the Oneida Community" by Spencer Kraw. There are several copies in the OCPL system and also can be bought cheaply on Amazon.

Stroll Among the Spirits, Oakwood Cemetery Ghostwalk.
June 12, 19, 6PM-7:15PM, June 13, 20 5:30-7:15PM Oakwood Cemetery.

Discover a pathway into the past through the picturesque “old section” of Oakwood Cemetery.  Meet some of the fascinating folks that reside there and hear their stories.  Friday, June 12th & 19th and Saturday, June 13th & 20th. Tours start at 6:00pm on Friday, at at 5:30 on Saturday, and leave every 15 minutes from Oakwood Cemetery's Chapel.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED Click here to make Reservations For ages 10 and up.

Circles and Squares.
June 13, 2015, 10AM with Dennis Connors
Downtown Syracuse has many locations identified by the geometry of circles and squares.  This tour will explore four of the oldest: Columbus, Vanderbilt, Hanover and Clinton.  Learn about how they got their names, the outstanding architecture of each and little known stories about the early Syracusans whose lives were shaped by these historic locales.  This tour begins at the Onondaga Historical Museum and Registration is required.  $12 per person or $10 for OHA Members. For more information and reservations please call Karen at 428-1864 x 312.   RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.   If calling for reservations on the weekend, please call 428-1864 x 321.

OHA Medal Event.
June 18, 2015 8:00AM Tiffany Ballroom, Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 East Genesee Street, Syracuse

For the 24th time since its inception in 1945, the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) Medal will be awarded to recognize distinguished contributions to local history and to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Onondaga County. This year’s honorees to be announced in the near future.  Tickets are $50 per person, regular tables of ten are $400; patron tickets are $125 and patron tables are $1250.  Sponsorships begin at $500. For ticket and sponsorship information, call Lynne Pascale, Director of Development at 428‐1864, ext. 314 or email her at lynne.pascale@cnyhistory.org. Full buffet breakfast in the Tiffany Ballroom of the Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 East Genesee Street, Syracuse. No tickets will be mailed. Check‐in the day of the event. You can buy tickets online.

Booksigning "The Spirit of New York, Defining Events in the Empire State's History," by Bruce W. Dearstyne
June 28, 2015 at 2:00PM, Onondaga Historical Museum

In this lively and engaging book, Bruce W. Dearstyne presents New York State history by exploring sixteen dramatic events. From the launch of the state government in April 1777 to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, these events altered the course of state and US history. Chapters describe great political changes, historical turning points, and struggles for social, racial, and environmental reform. The book includes daring acts of courage and against-the-odds stories of struggle and triumph. Dearstyne puts the fascinating people who made history at the center of the story, including John Jay, the lead writer of the first state constitution; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the irrepressible crusader for women’s rights; Glenn Curtiss, New York’s aviation pioneer; and Robert Moses, controversial president of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. This book makes history come alive. The momentous events illustrate the “spirit” of New York—the elusive traits that make New York State unique and a leader among the fifty states—and the complexity of its history.

Evening at the Museum
July 2, 9, 10 6:00 PM (sold out for July 2 at 6PM), 7:30PM Onondaga Historical Museum
In the spirit of GHOST WALK pay a visit to the Onondaga Historical Association for Evening at the Museum. OHA has collected innumerable stories from Syracuse and Central New York for 150 years. Now you have the opportunity to explore our past in a fun and unique way.   Accompany our knowledgeable night watchman to experience our exhibits in a new light and see who comes out of the woodwork to bring Salt City history to life. $15 per person.  Please call 428-1864 x312 for more information and reservations. If calling for reservations on the weekend, please call 428-1864 x 321.

Auburn Bus Tour to Seward House and Cayuga Museum
July 11, 2015 meet at Destiny USA at 7:45am.

This tour will explore the Seward House as well as the Cayuga Museum. The group will meet at Destiny USA on the corner of Hiawatha Boulevard and Solar Street - The last lot on the left (if you are facing Destiny) before you cross Hiawatha. $85 (or $75 for OHA members) includes transportation, admission to both museums, and lunch. Please call Jon Zella at 315-428-1864 x315 or contact him by email at Jon.Zella@cnyhistory.org for any additional questions or to make a reservation. 7:45am-6:00pm.

A Creekwalk Crawl
July 18, 2015, 10AM with Dennis Connors

Explore the history that one can discover along Syracuse’s popular Onondaga Creekwalk.  The history of Franklin Square, once a major industrial district, will be explored along with how the Inner Harbor came into existence and the role it played in shaping the city’s Lakefront.  Registration is required.  $12 per person or $10 for OHA Members. For more information and reservations please call Karen at 428-1864 x 312.   RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.   If calling for reservations on the weekend, please call 428-1864 x 321.

Arts and Crafts Festival
July 24 10-4, 25 & 26 11-4
OHA Lobby and street in front of OHA building.
As part of The Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival, OHA will host Native American crafts and art, including jewelry, baskets, dream catchers, skin products, and food for purchase in the OHA Lobby and on the street in front of the OHA building. Presented by the Circle of Life Crafters.

Thousand Islands Boat Tour - "A Tale of Two Castles"
August 8, 2015

10 AM – 6 PM
Start from Wellesley Island, NY
Parking: Thousand Islands Club parking lot
Embark: Thousand Islands Club dock on private Clayton Island Tours boat, 10 AM
Return: Thousand Islands Club dock, 6 PM
Explore the Gilded Age with OHA’s Thousand Island Boat Tour, “A Tale of Two Castles.” Following a short and scenic cruise down the St. Lawrence River, our first disembarkation is at Boldt Castle, a symbol of the American Dream pursued by builder and hotelier George Boldt, where we will have a private tour through the largely restored castle with Jordan Walker, Manager of Collections, Archives and Exhibits. A private champagne lunch will follow at the Thousand Islands Club on Wellesley Island. After lunch, we cruise upriver to quiet Chippewa Bay, dominated by Singer Castle on Dark Island where historian Judy Keeler will give us a tour of the 28-room castle. After our tour, we will enjoy drinks in the formal garden, planted with heirloom flowers and sited above a sweeping view of the mighty St. Lawrence River. We then cruise back to the Thousands Islands Club after a full day of river explorations. Price includes boat rental, lunch, admission to the castles, drinks and snacks.
Per person pricing:
$175 OHA Members
$210 non-members
RSVP by July 24 by calling Lynne Pascale, OHA Director of Development at (315) 428-1864, ext. 314, or email at lynne.pascale@cnyhistory.org. 

Interludes on the Lake, Fall Ghostwalk at Strathmore
September 25 and 26, October 2 and 3

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Onondaga Historical Association Museum, Research Center & Gift Gallery
321 Montgomery St.,  Syracuse, NY. 13202
Phone 315-428-1864, Fax: 315-471-2133