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 11:30 am on Saturday mornings.

Upcoming Book Club Meetings:
9/21/19, Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel (Ms. Jacobs was a writer and urban planning activist in NYC. She wrote The Death and Life of Great American Cities).

10/26/19, Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy by Dan Abrams and David Fisher (about the Syracuse libel trial involving Roosevelt. The book gives special acknowledgment and thanks to OHA and its staff.

11/23/19, The Madame’s Business: The Remarkable Life and Tragic Death of Malvina Guimaraes by Ann Callaghan Allen. Ms. Allen is an Oswego native and retired LeMoyne professor. Ms. Guimares was a successful Oswego entrepreneur in the 19th century.

Want to be a part of the email list? Contact Christina Pezzulo.

Here’s a sample of past books read by 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.