December 12, 4:30-6:30: "Jake's Place, From One Man's Passion to a Corporation" booksigning, with Arnold Rubenstein
December 12, 6-8: Jingle Mingle Shop and Dine at the Same Time! Collaboration between retail stores and restaurants - 317 at Montgomery Street samples will be at OHA's Gift Gallery.
December 14, 11:30am-1:00pm: OHA Book Club Bring a document, artifact, or memento that represents an important piece of history for you to present to the group.
January 25, 2014 11:30am-1:00pm: OHA Book Club: Practical Dreamer: Gerrit Smith and the Crusade for Social Reform by Norman K. Dann, with Mr. Dann joining us for the discussion.
February 9, 2014 2-4pm: The Oneida Railway Company, from Horsecars to Interurbans, with John Taibi.: On February 9, at 2pm, the Onondaga Historical Association is pleased to present a PowerPoint program by John Taibi entitled, “The Oneida Railway Company – From Horsecars to Interurbans.” This program is an abbreviated adaptation of Mr. Taibi’s new book of the same title, which tells the tale of Central New York’s only electrified third rail interurban system. This will be of particular interest to Syracuseans since this unique railroad operation ran from the Salt City, through Madison County, and terminated at Oneida County’s seat in Utica. Along this route, the interurban cars passed through Oneida, which was where the Oneida Railway Company got its start on July 4, 1885. In his presentation, Mr. Taibi will explore the early life of the ORCo, examine why there was a need for this inter-urban system, take us for a ride along the route, and explain why this innovative service was abandoned after operating for only a mere twenty-three years.
Mr. Taibi is a lifelong railroad enthusiast who began photographing the ever-changing railroad scene on his native Long Island when he was only nine years old. Since then (1956) he has travelled the length and breadth of the United States to explore, examine, experience, and admire the railroad systems have helped to make our country great. He is well suited to provide this biography of our now extinct Third Rail line, as well as regale us with entertaining stories from during the railroad’s existence. John will also have available for sale, in electronic PDF form, his 284 page complete story of the Oneida Railway Company, at $20 cost.
Please join us for an exciting and entertaining afternoon on February 9 and be reminded on the era when riding the rails was the best – and only – way to travel any distance during the early 20th Century.
February 20, 2014 4-6pm: Barnard exhibit opening: More info coming soon!
February 22, 2014 11:30am-1:00pm: OHA Book Club: Wicked Syracuse: A History of Sin in Salt City by Neil Macmillan.
March 29, 2014 11:30am-1:00pm: OHA Book Club: Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How they Came to America by Ruth Gruber (author of Exodus 1947).
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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