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

May 19, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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 wonderful and exotic individuals. People like Timothy Brown, who built one of the most intricate (and most photographed) homes in Central New York with his own hands and out of his own head. Can you say ‘spiritual guidance’? And we meet Kate and Maggie Fox, who may have been America’s earliest rap stars. The fabulous Fox sisters used secret rapping sounds to convince converts that they were communicating with the ‘other world.’ Anthony Damiani was a spiritual godfather to many young people in the university city of Ithaca. He doled out his visions of wisdom on Ithaca’s main street, and when done, raced fifty miles to his job as a New York State Thruway toll taker. These are just some of the sometimes incredible, sometimes bizarre, but always interesting people at the core of Upstate’s Spiritualism history. Godwin tells the story of a little-known historical chapter of the area with insight and great liveliness. As the author myself of a half dozen books about Upstate New York, I found this book irresistible and absorbing.” — Chuck D’Imperio, author of Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures

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



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