Robert Searing

Curator of History
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Robert Searing is the Curator of History at the Onondaga Historical Association. Chartered in 1863, the OHA operates four museums, including the Onondaga Historical Museum in Downtown Syracuse; Skä·noñh-Great Law of Peace Center on Onondaga Lake; the Onondaga Veterans Museum at the Onondaga County War Memorial; and the Regional Aviation History Museum at Hancock International Airport, which was curated under Robert’s direction and opened to the public in November 2018.

In addition to his duties as Curator, which include exhibit creation, publishing articles for a variety of media outlets, presentations, and regular radio and television appearances, he also writes a weekly column for the Syracuse Post Standard.

Robert graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University with a B.A. in history, Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.A. and M.Phil. in American History from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where he specialized in Early American History, particularly political, legal and constitutional development between 1788-1815.  His dissertation on the political and constitutional ramifications of foreign relations and the creation of a national security state in the Federalist Era is yet unfinished. Robert is an adjunct in the history department at SUNY Cortland and Tompkins-Cortland CC. He lives in Syracuse with his wife and three children.