Community Events - Calendar of Upcoming Events

Cooling Mother Earth: New York's Footprint in Nature, Then and Now, with Robert Spiegelman.
February 12, 2015, 5:00 PM Time, at Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center, 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool.
Are New Yorkers stewards of nature, or lords of nature? Dr. Robert Spiegelman will present a vivid lecture and multimedia presentation that probes this question. Revisiting key moments in the Empire State's development - especially its Native American, infrastructure, and conservation legacies - Dr. Spiegelman links them to today's environmental crises. To find answers, he unearths the hidden roots of New Yorkers' conflicting views of nature, development, and civilization - both then and now. Free and open to the public.

As a sociologist, multimedia artist and writer, Spiegelman presents widely on New York, Iroquois, Irish and environmental themes. The founder of SullivanClinton.com and Derryveagh.com, Spiegelman revisits hidden histories that link past and present, and foster indigenous values of peace, democracy and nature-in-balance. A college teacher for 12 years, he holds a Doctorate in Sociology from CUNY Graduate Center, and teaches it at several CUNY campuses.

This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

An Accomodating Legacy: The History of Hotels in Downtown Syracuse.
February 15, 2015, 2:00PM, Onondaga Historical Museum

Ever since Henry Bogardus built his tavern on the northwest corner of Salina and Genesee streets in 1806, the area comprising downtown has provided lodging for travelers.  Whether journeying by stagecoach, packet boat, railroad car, automobile or jet, there have been a staggering variety of establishments catering to Syracuse’s guests.  Explore how these and other forces in American life shaped the hotel heritage of Syracuse in this illustrated lecture by curator of history, Dennis Connors.  Offered in conjunction with the current OHA exhibit, Lodging Landmark: The Heritage of the Hotel Syracuse.  Free and open to the public.

Jerry's Story. In recognition of Black History Month, OHA brings you this play.
February 22, 2015, 2:00PM, Onondaga Historical Museum

Travel with William “Jerry” Henry as he escapes slavery in Missouri, seeks safety in New York State and finally finds his freedom in Canada. The most famous event of his dangerous journey took place right here in Syracuse, the 1851 “Jerry Rescue.” Meet those who hindered him as well those who helped him on his search for liberty in this compelling, two-person presentation . OHA Members, Teachers and Students: $10.00. General Public: $12.00. Reservations are suggested. Please call (315) 428-1864 x312 from Mon-Fri 8-3:30. On Sat & Sun, please call (315) 428-1864 x321.

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

Tracing Italian Immigrant History to the Italian American Present  by Salvatore Primeggia.
March 8, 2015, 2PM, Onondaga Historical Museum

They came. They worked. They built. From those who established Little Italy "villages" within our cities, to the fourth-generation upholders of ethnic neighborhoods, businesses, and traditions, the Italian immigrant legacy is a cultural imprint that continues to enrich the physical and social landscapes of our nation. What pushed so many Italians to leave their country between 1880 and 1924? What pulled these immigrants to New York City, as well as other American destinations? How did Old World attachments shape their responses to New World challenges? These questions are addressed as we examine the issues and impacts, past and present, of Italian immigration to the United States.

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

Emergency Employment and Public Enjoyment
How the Early Years of the Great Depression Transformed Onondaga Lake.

April 19, 2015 2:00PM, Onondaga Historical Museum
, An Illustrated lecture by Grant Johnson.
April 8, 2015 marks the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Works Progress Administration,better known as the WPA. The WPA was part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s series of New Deal programs to relieve the woes of the Great Depression. It was responsible for thousands of public improvements across the nation, especially notable in parks, historic sites and the arts. Previous to the WPA, the Onondaga County Emergency Work Bureau was a pilot work relief effort during the early 1930s, supported by then New York Governor Roosevelt, which completely transformed the east shore of Onondaga Lake, giving birth to today’s Onondaga Lake Park. This program will explore the local work that helped lead to the WPA.Grant Johnson is Cultural Resource Analyst with Environmental Design and Research.

Cathedral Square Organ Crawl.
April 26, 2015, TBD time, TBD beginning church, TBD cost

The Cathedral Square Organ Crawl provides an historic tour led by OHA’s Executive Director, Gregg Tripoli, with organ concerts at TBD. Proceeds to benefit the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Assn. For more information and reservations, TBD. MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!

Salt City Trivia  Book Signing.
May 11, 2015 7:00PM, DeWitt Community Library, ShoppingTown Mall, DCL Friends Room

Mr. Case will be speaking about his newest book "Salt City Trivia" extemporaneously for 15 minutes, and then open up for Q&A and selling books. Books can also be purchased at the Onondaga Historical Association's Gift Gallery at 321 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, or online here.

Stroll Among the Spirits, Oakwood Cemetery Ghostwalk.
June 12, 19, 6PM-7:15PM, June 13, 20 5:30-7:15PM Oakwood Cemetery.

More details, coming soon. For ages 10 and up.

OHA Medal Event.
June 18, 2015 8:00AM Tiffany Ballroom, Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 East Genesee Street, Syracuse

For the 24th 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 to be announced in the near future.  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. You can buy tickets online.

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, $15 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