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March 2018

OHA Book Club – Upstate Cauldron: Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Upstate New York

March 24, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

On Saturday, March 24th, the OHA Book Club will discuss Upstate Cauldron: Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Upstate New York. About the book (via SUNY Press) Bronze Medalist 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the US Northeast – Best Regional Non-Fiction Category HONORABLE MENTION 2015 ForeWord INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the Religion Category From 1776 to 1914, an amazing collection of prophets, mediums, sects, cults, utopian communities, and spiritual leaders arose in Upstate New York. Along with the best known of these, such as…

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April 2018

OHA Book Club: Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America with Author Douglas Egerton

April 21, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Onondaga Historical Association, 321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, 13202

Join the OHA Book Club as it welcomes author and LeMoyne Professor, Douglas Egerton, to discuss his book, Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America. About the book: "In Death or Liberty, Douglas R. Egerton offers a sweeping chronicle of African American history stretching from Britain's 1763 victory in the Seven Years' War to the election of slaveholder Thomas Jefferson as president in 1800. While American slavery is usually identified with the cotton plantations, Egerton shows that on the eve of the…

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May 2018

OHA Book Club: Upstate Cauldron with Author and Professor Joscelyn Godwin

May 19, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Onondaga Historical Association, 321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, 13202

Join the OHA Book Club as it welcomes Colgate University Professor, Joscelyn Godwin, to discuss his book, Upstate Cauldron - Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Early New York State, ahead of our June Ghostwalk. About the book: “What a fascinating book! Upstate Cauldron takes a refreshing and new look at the period of time when Upstate New York was the center of the Spiritualist movement in America. Joscelyn Godwin has written a book that is very difficult to put down, introducing us to the most…

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June 2018

OHA Book Club: Heaven’s Ditch – God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal

June 23, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Onondaga Historical Association, 321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, 13202

Join the OHA Book Club on June 23rd to discuss Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal, by Jack Kelly. About the book: The technological marvel of its age, the Erie Canal grew out of a sudden fit of inspiration. Proponents didn't just dream; they built a 360-mile waterway entirely by hand and largely through wilderness. As excitement crackled down its length, the canal became the scene of the most striking outburst of imagination in American history. Zealots invented new…

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August 2018

OHA Book Club and Author Signing: Haunted Onondaga County, by Neil K. MacMillan

August 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the OHA Book Club on October 27th for Haunted Onondaga County along with a book signing with the author, Neil K. MacMillan. About the book: From the halls of Syracuse University to the quiet neighborhoods of Fayetteville and Marcellus, the communities of Onondaga County have a haunted history. Some sites are hotbeds of paranormal activity, like Syracuse's Woodlawn Cemetery, the Jamesville Penitentiary and Split Rock Quarry, where a blast killed several workers. Visitors at the Clay Hotel debate whose ghost walks…

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September 2018

OHA Book Club – Upstate Travels: British Views of Nineteenth-Century New York

September 15, 2018 @ 11:30 am

Join the OHA Book Club on Saturday, September 15th for Upstate Travels: British Views of Nineteenth-Century New York, by Roger M. Haydon, Executive Editor at Cornell University Press. About the book (via Cornell University Press):  After the War of 1812, British travelers, intensely curious about the United States, poured across the Atlantic. Hundreds published their impressions in lively, quarrelsome books that infuriated and enchanted Americans and Britons alike. Most of these volumes have been out of print for a century or more. Here…

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October 2018

OHA Book Club and Book Signing

October 27, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Onondaga Historical Association, 321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, 13202
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On October 27th, join the OHA Book Club as we welcome author Neil K. MacMillan, writer of Disasters of Onondaga County, for a book signing and to discuss his work. This event is free and open to the public. About the Author via Arcadia Publishing: Neil MacMillan was born and lives in the Syracuse area. He is a U.S. Navy veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and a Vietnam-era veteran. Neil holds a BA in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in…

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September 2019

OHA Book Club – “Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs”

September 21, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Onondaga Historical Association, 321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, 13202

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. The first major biography of the irrepressible woman who changed the way we view and live in cities, and whose influence is felt to this day. Jane Jacobs was a phenomenal woman who wrote seven groundbreaking books, saved neighborhoods, stopped expressways, was arrested twice, and engaged in thousands…

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October 2019

OHA Book Club – Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

October 26, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Onondaga Historical Association, 321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, 13202

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. Roosevelt, the boisterous and mostly beloved legendary American hero, had accused his former friend and ally, now turned rival, William Barnes of political corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that could have financially devastated him. The spectacle…

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November 2019

OHA Book Club – The Madame’s Business: The Remarkable Life and Tragic Death of Malvina Guimaraes by Ann Callaghan Allen

November 23, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Onondaga Historical Association, 321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, 13202

There is probably no prominent figure in the history of Oswego, NY more misunderstood than Malvina Guimaraes. She opened the South American market to the sewing machine, which was the technological wonder of its time. A bold successful business entrepreneur, Guimaraes made her fortune as an independent businesswoman at a time when women rarely ventured beyond their homes. Oswego native Ann Callaghan Allen is a retired professor from the Department of Communication and Film Studies at LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY.

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