Community Events - Calendar of Upcoming Events

April 26 11:30am: OHA  Book Club. The  OHA book club will meet to discuss The Forestport Breaks by Michael Doyle.  Free and open to the public.OH Museum

May 4 2:00pm: Casual IVThe King of Instruments, OHA Collaboration with Symphoria All OHA Members are entitled to a 10% discount off Casual Concert tickets.  All who show tickets to the Casual Concert receive 10% off at OHA's Gift Gallery (the same day; cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts). St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral

May 21 4:30pm-6:30pm: James K. McGuire Boy Mayor and Irish Nationalist booksigning with Joseph E. Fahey, "A thoroughly enjoyable book offering a view of both Syracuse’s history and American history through the eyes and experiences of a remarkable man, Syracuse’s own Boy Mayor James K. McGuire."—Stephanie A. Miner, Syracuse mayor, OH Museum

May 31 11:30am: OHA  Book Club. The  OHA book club will meet to discuss their latest book.  Free and open to the public.OH Museum

June 1, 2pm: Changing Charleston: Documenting a Southern City After the Civil War The Civil War had started at Charleston, South Carolina in 1861. Four years later,just a few weeks before Lee's surrender, Confederates troops abandoned the city toNorthern forces, which included two all-black Union regiments. The port city hadbeen heavily damaged by shelling. Angry whites remained indoors, but AfricanAmericans poured into the streets to welcome their liberators. Within a few weeks,Central New York photographer George Barnard was there, recording the ruins ofFort Sumter. He would later return after the war to document the city and itsresidents as black Carolinians began to demand full political rights while settingabout to rebuild their lives and their city. OHA curator of history Dennis Connors willexplain what drew Barnard to Charleston as Le Moyne College historian DouglasEgerton discusses this transcendent moment in a city forever linked to the Civil Warand Emancipation. June 1, 2pm OH Museum Auditorium

June: Civil War by Gregory Boyd and Frank Wildhorn, directed by Sharee Lemos A powerful and sometimes haunting musical of the horrors, loneliness and tragedies that made up the American civil war—told by the voices of those who lived it.  Nominee, 1999 TONY Award for Best Musical.  *Civil War not included in season ticket packages.  Call the box office for more information, including tickets:  (315) 492-9766.  Email:  info@appleseedproductions.org  $18/Adults; $15/Student & Senior; $12/Senior Sunday. June, 2014 District Festival* Appleseed Productions, 116 West Glen Ave., Syracuse 

June 5, 8-9:15AM: OHA Medal Event For the 23rd 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:  former Syracuse mayor Tom Young and Robert Congel of the Pyramid Companies for their work redeveloping Franklin Square; Sally Roesch Wagner, Founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation; and the New York State Fair for their many exhibits that educate the public on the history of New York State.  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.

. No tickets will be mailed - your PayPal email is your confirmation. Check-in the day of the event.

June 12-14: Conference on New York State History The 35th annual conference focused on New York State history offers several presentations where information on current research in state history, covering a variety of topics is presented.  Sessions and events are open to the public with registration.  Dennis Connors, OHA curator of history, will be participating in a session on collaboration of historical agencies with other cultural groups, focusing on OHA’s program of exhibits at Syracuse Stage.  For more information and to register, visit http://www.nysha.org/nysha/for_teachers/cnysh Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

June 13, 14, 20, 21 starting at 6:00pm: Oakwood Ghostwalk Discover a pathway into the past through the picturesque “old section” of Oakwood Cemetery and meet some of the fascinating folks that now reside there and hear their stories.  Friday, June 13th & 20th and Saturday, June 14th & 21st. Tours start at 6:00pm each evening and leave every 15 minutes from Oakwood Cemetery's Chapel.  Reservations made by June 6th: OHA Members: $8, Non-Members: $10; After June 6th OHA Members: $10, Non-Members: $12.  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. Oakwood Cemetery.

June 28 11:30am: OHA  Book Club. The  OHA book club will meet to discuss their latest book.  Free and open to the public.OH Museum

September 27-28: Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Lacrosse Game and Festival On September 27-28, 2014, the Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center will host the 2nd annual Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Lacrosse game and festival at Onondaga Lake Park.  Lacrosse, which is called Deyhontsigwa’ehs (They Bump Hips) by the Onondaga, is a game that has been played at Onondaga Lake for thousands of years.  It is part of the narrative of the formation of the Great Law of Peace. For more information, go to skanonhcenter.org Onondaga Lake Park

October 2, 7:30 at Redhouse Arts Center: One Night Only - Debut Stage Reading of Major New Play by Kyle Bass, Directed by Award-Winning Renowned Director Robert Moss, and After Party to Benefit OHA Thursday, October 2, 7:30pm, at Redhouse Arts Center, 201 S. West St., Syracuse
One hundred seventy five years ago, in October of 1839, a beautiful 23-year-old African American woman named Harriet Powell came to Syracuse with the Mississippi family who owned her.  During their stay to visit friends in the area, they lodged in a suite of rooms at the very fashionable Syracuse House hotel near Clinton Square.  Working at the hotel was a free African American Syracuse resident named Tom Leonard, who also happened to be a "stationmaster" on the Underground Railroad.  On the evening of October 7, 1839, with the help of Tom, and a host of other local abolitionists, both white and black, Harriet made her daring escape from bondage and began her harrowing journey to freedom.

One of the safe houses to which Harriet was taken, was the mansion of famous abolitionist Gerrit Smith in Peterboro, New York.  At the time, Smith was hosting his cousin, 23-year-old Elizabeth Cady (who, as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, later became one of the most well-known abolitionists and women's rights activists in history).   Smith's introduction of Elizabeth and Harriet led to an emotional private discussion between the two women who, though of the same age, came from drastically different backgrounds.  Though no details of that discussion were ever revealed, both women later credited the conversation as one that changed both of their lives.

OHA has commissioned noted award-winning playwright and Syracuse Stage dramaturg, Kyle Bass, to write a major new play that will bring to life these compelling historical characters and momentous events, including the meeting and conversation between Powell and Cady, two remarkable women. The play will be directed by award-winning renowned director, Robert Moss.

Tickets are $40.00 each and can be purchased through the Redhouse Box Office only.  Online at:  http://www.theredhouse.org/ or call (315) 362-2785.  The cost includes a reception at the Redhouse Café after the play.

November 15, 6-10PM, Our Glorious Workplaces at CXtec/TERACAI. In honor of CXtec/TERACAI’s history, Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) is proud to announce that its 18th annual fundraising gala, Our Glorious Workplaces, will be celebrated at CXtec/TERACAI on Saturday, November 15, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $195.  Tables of 10 and sponsorships are also available.  For reservations or more information, call Lynne at 428-1864 x 314. No tickets will be mailed - your PayPal email is your confirmation. Check-in the day of the event.

Evening at the 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. Minimum fifteen people, $10 per person.  Please organize your own groups of fifteen.  Please call 428-1864 x312 for more information and reservations.

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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