The OHA Book Club

The OHA Book Club is a bunch of history enthusiasts who enjoy reading and talking about our past.  We concentrate on books about Central and Upstate New York history, but we’re not above reading memoirs or historical fiction that are good reads, and expand our knowledge of our past.  Our meetings are generally held once a month from September through June at the Onondaga Historical Association (321 Montgomery Street, Syracuse) at 11:30AM on Saturday mornings.

Upcoming Book Club Meetings:
5/4/19, The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror and the Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller (A story about the years leading up to the assassination of McKinley and the different paths that brought together two of the most compelling figures of the era: President William McKinley and Leon Czolgosz, the anarchist who murdered him.)
6/8/19, The Fires: How a Computer Formula, Big Idea and the Best of Intentions Burned Down New York City and Determined the Future of Cities by Joe Flood (In 1968, New York City struck a deal with the RAND Corporation for computer models intended to establish more efficient public services and the ensuing decade brought a series of fires through New York, displacing more than 600,000 people due to the intentional withdrawal of fire protection from the city’s poorest neighborhoods based on RAND’s computer modeling systems.)
September 2019 (Date TBD), The Madame’s Business: The Remarkable Life and Tragic Death of Malvina Guimaraes by Ann Callaghan Allen (Oswego, NY native Malvina Guimaraes opened the South American market to the sewing machine, which was the technological wonder of its time. Guimaraes made her fortune as an independent businesswoman at a time when women rarely ventured beyond their homes.)

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Here’s a sample of past books read by the our group:

Practical Dreamer – Gerrit Smith and the Crusade for Social Reform. By Norman Dann
The Mighty Queens of Freeville – A Mother, A Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them.  By Amy Dickinson
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. By Frederick Douglass
Upstate Cauldron: Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Early New York State. By Joscelyn Godwin
Haven – The Dramatic Story of 1000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America. By Ruth Gruber
Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal. By Jack Kelly
Braiding Sweetgrass – Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Westcott’s Tale: Revisiting 19th Century Central New York. By Jane O’Shea
Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man. By Walter Stahr.
The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and The Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898. By Lisa Tetrault

A full list can be found here.