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DEBUT! - Stage Reading of OHA Commissioned Play by Kyle Bass "The Story of how a fugitive slave inspired a woman who changed the world"
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.

Fayetteville Phantoms Ghostwalk
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. OHA Members $12, Non-Members $15.  For more information and reservations please call Karen at (315) 428-1864 x312.  If calling on the weekend for reservations, please call (315) 428-1864 x321. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. 

Book Signing: Saint Carmella's Grotto, a novel by Judith LaManna Rivette.
October 15, 4:30PM-6:00PM, OH Museum

Local Author, Judith LaManna Rivette will be signing her new novel Saint Carmella's Grotto.  Judith LaManna Rivette has not traveled far from her Solvay roots, from a place where a Witch Woman once lived, to tell the story of another Witch Woman and her daughter who also settle at the outskirts of the village, who predict an evil to come, and who use their healing powers for the local immigrant community, to offer cures and to remove of the Evil Eye (the malocchio).  This is the author’s second novel.  She is known in Central New York for her local histories: the three-book Solvay Stories series and State Fair Stories. She is an attorney, labor arbitrator and marriage officiant.  She lives in Liverpool, NY with her husband, cats and old cars. Free and open to the public.

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.

Gallery Talk: Its In Our Very Name: The Italian Heritage of Syracuse.
October 26, 2:30PM OH Museum

Dennis Connors, OHA's Curator of History, will offer a guided talk through OHA’s newest exhibition, Its In Our Very Name: The Italian Heritage of Syracuse. Participants with local Italian heritage will be invited to add comments from their own family experiences.  Free and open to the public.

Thinkin' 'Bout Lincoln
October 30, December 4, 4:00PM, OH Museum

Thomas Hunter, OHA's Curator of Collections, will present as part of Onondaga Community College's exhibition on The Constitution and the Civil War.  Free and open to the public.

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.

Thinkin' 'Bout Lincoln
December 4, 4:00PM, OH Museum

Thomas Hunter, OHA's Curator of Collections, will present as part of Onondaga Community College's exhibition on The Constitution and the Civil War.  Free and open to the public.

Indigenous Perspectives on Museums & Cultural Centers. December 4 and 5
December 4, 12:00PM-5:00PM, Killian Room, 500 Hall of Languages, Syracuse University

December 4, 6:00PM, Dinner Reception at Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center

December 5, 8:00AM-2:00PM, Killian Room, 500 Hall of Languages, Syracuse University

A collaborative symposium that will bring together highly respected scholars and community organizers. In a series of panels and events, participants will discuss how to effectively communicate an Indigenous perspective on the history of museums as well as in cultural centers. Over the last several decades there have been efforts to transform museums into institutions that help support revitalization of Indigenous Nations and Peoples. Co-sponsors: Onondaga Historical Association and the Skä•noñh-Great Law of Peace Center

Lecture: How Did Syracuse Get Its Name?.
December 7, 2:00PM, OH Museum

Dennis Connors, OHA's Curator of History, will offer an illustrated lecture about why Syracuse was named after an ancient city in Sicily  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