Community Events - Calendar of Upcoming Events

OHA  Book Club.
September 20, 11:30AM-1:00PM, OH Museum

The  OHA book club will meet to discuss George Eastman by Elizabeth Brayer.  Free and open to the public.

Fayetteville Phantoms Ghostwalk
September 26, 27, and October 3, 4 6:00pm, tours leave every 15 minutes from Fayetteville Village Hall, with the last tour leaving at 8:00pm.
Return to the streets of the village to visit with a number of the residents of days gone by, and hear the memorable stories of their lives.  Reservations made by September 12th:  OHA Members $10, Non-Members $12; after September 12th:  OHA Members $12, Non-Members $15.  For more information and reservations please call Karen at (315) 428-1864 x312.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  If calling on the weekend for reservations, please call (315) 428-1864 x321.

The Onondaga Arsenal:  Reflections on the War of 1812 in Memory and Loss
September 28, 2:00PM, OH Museum Auditorium—free and open to the public

In 1812, the State of New York finished a stone building along the Seneca Turnpike in Onondaga County, just in time for America’s second war against the British.  The Onondaga Arsenal was an active military storehouse throughout the War of 1812.  After the war, the arsenal fell into disuse.  Its slow decay is documented in dozens of photographs and paintings, as the building became a noted and romanticized ruin.  For decades the community expressed interest in preserving the site, while at the same time watching it slowly disappear.  Today, only a corner of the building remains, largely invisible and forgotten.  OHA Curator of History Dennis Connors will offer an illustrated lecture, reviewing its history and reflecting on how its sad story mirrors America’s memories about the War of 1812.  Free and open to the public.

DEBUT! - Stage Reading of OHA Commissioned Play by Kyle Bass
October 2, 7:30, Redhouse Arts Center, 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 dramaturge, 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.

New Member Contintental Breakfast
October 18, 10:00-11:00am, OH Museum
OHA welcomes our new members at this Saturday morning breakfast gathering in the
museum. New members will hear about OHA programming, research center resources, and upcoming events while enjoying a continental breakfast.  Afterwards, a staff member will lead the group on a tour of the museum’s exhibits and the Richard & Carolyn Wright Research Center.  Interested new members (first year of membership) should call Karen at 428‐1864, ext. 312, for reservations.

OHA  Book Club.
October 18, 11:30AM-1:00PM, OH Museum

The  OHA book club will meet to discuss Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games by Lopez Lomong.  Free and open to the public.

OHA’s Second Annual Ghost Talk Believe Them or Not!
October 25, 2:00pm and 7pm, Syracuse University Warehouse Auditorium

Scammers, schemers, charlatans and swindlers from the Salt City’s Past!  These tricksters are a treat!  Experience these past Ghostwalk rogues again, or for the first time,  in the comfort of the Syracuse University Nancy Cantor Warehouse Auditorium in Armory Square!   ‘Do the Talk  without the Walk!’  Reservations made by October 17th:  OHA Members $10, Non-Members, $12; After October 17th:  OHA Members $12, Non-Members $15.  For more information and reservations, please call Karen at (315) 428-1864 x312.   If calling for reservations on the weekend, please call (315) 428-1864 x321.

Our Glorious Workplaces
November 15, 6-10 pm, TERACAI & CXtec
In honor of TERACAI & CXtec’s history, Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) is proud to announce that its 18th annual fundraising gala, Our Glorious Workplaces, will be celebrated at TERACAI & CXtec 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 (315) 428-1864 x 314. No tickets will be mailed - your PayPal email is your confirmation. Check-in the day of the event.

OHA  Book Club.
November 22, 11:30AM-1:00PM, OH Museum

The  OHA book club will meet to discuss Salt by Mark Kurlansky.  Free and open to the public.

OHA  Book Club.
December 13, 11:30AM-1:00PM, OH Museum

The  OHA book club will meet to discuss Holiday Pot Luck Stories/Books.  Free and open to the public.

OHA  Book Club.
January 24, 2015, 11:30AM-1:00PM, OH Museum

The  OHA book club will meet to discuss Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, An American Slave.  Free and open to the public.

OHA  Book Club.
February 28, 2015, 11:30AM-1:00PM, OH Museum

The  OHA book club will meet to discuss The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race by John Stauffer.  Free and open to the public.

OHA  Book Club.
March 28, 2015 11:30AM-1:00PM, OH Museum

The  OHA book club will meet to discuss Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull by Barbara Goldsmith.  Free and open to the public.

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