May 18, 11:30AM: OHA Book Club The title is another fresh and highly regarded look at a famous historical figure from Auburn - Harriet Tubman: Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton. The club is free and open to OHA members and non-members. Titles are available in the OHA Gift Gallery with members receiving 10% off. For more information, call Karen at 428-1864, ext. 312. OH Museum Auditorium.
May 21 4:30-6:30, Allegany to Appomattox: The Life and Letters of Private William Whitlock of the 188th New York Volunteers by Valgene Dunham booksigning, .On September 7, 1864, William Whitlock, aged thirty-five, left his wife and four children in Allegany, New York, to join the Union army in battle. More than 100 years later, his unpublished letters to his wife were found in the attic of a family home. These letters serve as the foundation for Allegany to Appomattox, giving readers a vivid glimpse into the environment and political atmosphere that surrounded the Civil War from the perspective of a northern farmer and lumberman. Whitlock’s observations tell of exhausting marches, limited rations, and grueling combat. In plainspoken language, the letters also reveal a desperate homesickness, consistently expressing concern for the family’s health and financial situation and requesting news from home. Dunham’s detailed descriptions of the war’s progress and specific battles provide a rich context for Whitlock’s letters, orienting readers to both the broad narrative of the Civil War and the intimate chronicle of one soldier’s impressions. Valgene Dunham is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the College of Science at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. He is the author and coauthor of numerous books, chapters, and journal articles, OHA Museum, free and open to the public.
June 1-2, 8-9: Path Through History
June 7, 6-8pm: Spirited Aquaintances The Barnes Mansion, 930 James Street, $20 Barnes Members, $25 Non-Barnes Members, Wine & hors d'oeuvres 6-7pm, presentation 7-8pm. Tickets available online or by calling 422-2445.
June 14, 15, 28, 29, Tours start at 6:00PM: Oakwood Visions 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 14th & 28th and Saturday, June 15th & 29th. Tours start at 6:00pm each evening and leave every 15 minutes from Oakwood Cemetery's Chapel. Reservations made by June 7th: OHA Members: $8, Non-Members: $10; After June 7th OHA Members: $10, Non-Members: $12. For more information and reservations please call Karen at 428 1864 x 312. RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED.
June 15, 11:30AM: OHA Book Club The last book club before a summer break will be Sat., June 15 at 11:30 AM and will feature Remembering Syracuse, a book by OHA’s new research consultant, Dick Case, who will be available for the discussion and to sign books. The club is free and open to OHA members and non-members. Titles are available in the OHA Gift Gallery with members receiving 10% off. For more information, call Karen at 428-1864, ext. 312. OH Museum Auditorium.
June 20, 8-9AM: OHA Medal Event For the 22nd 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: The Erie Canal Museum, The Town of Onondaga Historical Society—Jane Tracy, and Kristine Delaney, MLS, Crouse Hospital Library. For more information and reservations, please call Karen Cooney at 428-1864 ext. 312. Genesee Grande Hotel, Tiffany Ballroom, 1060 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, $50 per person.
July 22, 1:30PM: SALT CITY ABOLITIONISTS, Oswego Public Library, 12 West Street, Oswego. Syracuse was a center of abolitionism in the 19th century and was watched by the entire country. Join two of the Salt City's crusaders for freedom, Reverend Samuel May (of the May Memorial Church) and Caroline Loguen (who with her husband, Reverend Jermaine Loguen, assisted many on their way to freedom). Learn about and become part of an antislavery meeting of the day.
September 5, 5:30-9:30PM: Raising the Roof on History, an 150th Anniversary EventInaugural event on the roof top terrace of the Merchants Bank Commons building at the corner of South Warren and East Fayette Streets in Syracuse. Come celebrate under the stars with OHA, and help pay tribute to our special Sesquicentennial award recipients. More details coming soon. Merchants Commons Roof, 220 South Warren Street, corner of South Warren and East Fayette Streets.
September 13, 14, 20, 21, Tours start at 6:00PM: Salt City Spirits Ghostwalk Take a stroll through the historic Near Eastside of downtown and encounter personalities from the Salt City’s past who can’t wait to share their stories from yesteryear. Friday, September 13th & 20th and Saturday, September 14th & 21st. Tours start at 6:00pm each evening and leave every 15 minutes from TBD. Reservations made by September 6th: OHA Members: $8, Non-Members: $10; After September 6th: OHA Members: $10, Non-Members: $12. For more information and reservations please call Karen at 428 1864 x 312. RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED.
September 28-29: Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Lacrosse Game and Festival: On September 28-29, 2013, the Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center will initiate an 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
November 9, 6-10PM, Our Glorious Workplaces at Crouse Hospital, more details, coming soon.
November 15-16: “Listening to the Wampum:” On November 15-16, 2013, the Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center with the Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse University, and LeMoyne College, will host a conference title “Listening to the Wampum.” The central focus of this event will be a reading of a wampum belt, which commemorates the coming of the Jesuits to Onondaga Lake in the 1650’s. For more information, go to skanonhcenter.org
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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