Community Events - Calendar of Upcoming Events

Thousand Islands Gilded Age Boat Tour
Saturday July 19 (rain date Sunday July 20), Departing Clayton, NY, 10am, boat returns 5pm

Come with OHA for a scenic river excursion on the Miss Clayton that includes owner-guided tours of two Gilded Age mansions, champagne lunch at the historic Thousand Islands Club on Wellesley Island, and expert commentary on the history behind the many incredible "cottages" we will see along the way. Join OHA's Executive Director Gregg Tripoli, Kathleen Quigley, author of The Summer Cottage: Retreats of the 1000 Islands, and Summer Cottages photographer Jim Scherzi for an opportunity that is not to be missed!
Tickets include the boat tour, on board refreshments, and lunch, $150 per person.  It does not include travel to and from Clayton, NY.  For more information or to RSVP by July 8, contact Lynne Pascale at (315) 428-1864, ext. 314, or email Lynne Pascale

Jerry’s Story
July 20, 2:00PM, OH Museum Auditorium
Travel with escaped slave William “Jerry” Henry of Syracuse’s famous 1851 “Jerry Rescue” on his journey to freedom in this moving, two-person drama.  OHA Members and students $10; Non-Members $12.  Seating is limited.  Reservations are strongly advised.  To register, please call Karen (315) 428-1864, ext 312.  If calling on the weekend for reservations, please call (315) 428-1864 x321.

Arts & Crafts Festival
July 25 10-4, July 26 & 27 11-4, OH Museum.
Traditional foods will be available for purchase in front of OHA. Museum Exhibits on display include Watercolor Memories:  The Artistic Legacy of Betty Munro, Culture of the Cocktail Hour, and Ever a New Season:  19th Century Photographer George Barnard , along with our permanent exhibits.  The OH Gift Gallery will be open.  Native American artists and crafters will be selling their wares in the OH Museum.

Computer Security and Genealogy Research Technique
July 28 6:00 - 7:55 p.m. .Salina Library, 100 Belmont St. Mattydale
Please join us for a Presentation about Computer Security and Genealogy Research Technique by Paul Fleischmann
If you have questions Contact Susan Proch

Walking Tour:  The Industrial Legacy of Historic Franklin Square
August 2, 10:00AM, Starting place will be given at time of registration

Today, Franklin Square is an exciting district of loft apartments, breathtaking condominiums and state-of-the-art office headquarters.  However, 100 years ago, its historic buildings housed a diverse array of local manufacturing firms.  They produced products that ranged from railroad car windows and forging hammers to knitted underwear and furnishings for America’s World War II Navy.  Dennis Connors, OHA’s Curator of History, will lead participants in an informative stroll through this once fascinating enclave of industrial architecture and innovation.  Approximately 90 minutes and one mile of walking.  Saturday, August 2 at 10 am.  Pre-registration is required at $15/each or $10 for OHA members.  Space is limited.  To register, please call Karen (315) 428-1864, ext 312.  If calling on the weekend for reservations, please call (315) 428-1864 x321.

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

The  OHA book club will meet to discuss TBD.  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.

Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Lacrosse Expo
September 27-28, 9am-3pm at Onondaga Lake Park Ballfield and Carrier Dome, free and open to the public, except the clinics.  

The Skä·noñh – Great Law of Peace Center will host the 2nd annual Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Lacrosse Expo at Onondaga Lake Park, with exhibition games, clinics, talks and demonstrations.  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.  
September 27, 4pm at the Carrier Dome, two lacrosse scrimmages between Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College and the Iroquois Nationals.  Tickets for the scrimmages are $10.

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’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.

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