Virtual Programming

Due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus and the shutdown of “non-essential” businesses, OHA has created new content and ways to connect via virtual programming.

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Curator Q&As

In part one of this two-part Q&A, Curator of Collections, Tom Hunter discusses his job, some of the things he does in a “typical” day, and demonstrates how he marks objects to be put into the collection.
As promised, here is our Curator of History, Robert Searing (aka Curator Bob), as he discusses some of the questions that you submitted, a little bit about his job and some of his “favorite” creepy objects from the OHA collection!

Curator Talks

OHA Curator of Collections, Tom Hunter, discusses one of our collection’s oddest item.
This hair picture is made with real human hair taken from President Abraham Lincoln, his first vice president, Hannibal Hamlin, members of his first cabinet, including Secretary of State William Seward (from Auburn, NY), several U.S. senators, as well as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.
It is an example of extreme patience and wonderful intricate hair weaving. In the mid-19th century, hair art was very popular. Human hair was woven into jewelry, other ornaments, and memorial pieces.

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Another #Coolorama OHA collection item, a preserved wedding cake!

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OHA Curator of Collections, Tom Hunter, discusses one of OHA’s strangest collection items, a large meteorite.

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Curator of Collections, Tom Hunter, discusses one of OHA’s most popular paintings, “Basket of Apples” by Levi Wells Prentice.

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OHA Curator of Collections, Tom Hunter, discusses Jean’s Food’s first potato chip from the 1940s, housed in OHA’s collection. This framed potato chip was the first chip made by Jean’s Foods, a subsidiary of Jean’s Beans in Syracuse. Jean’s Beans began in 1924 when Frank J. Childs, “started selling his wife’s beans out of the back of his car.” Jean’s Beans then created a subsidiary company called Jean’s Foods to make and sell potato chips, salads, and fish from a take-out shop on East Fayette Street in Syracuse during the 1940s.

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OHA Curator of Collections, Tom Hunter, discusses this painting, “Syracuse by Moonlight” and its artist, Johann Mongales Culverhouse.

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Curator of Collection, Tom Hunter, talks through some of notable Lincoln Collection items. Former President Abraham Lincoln found his way through Syracuse a couple of times during his campaign & presidency. He also crossed the paths of Syracusans that eventually came home with pieces of the President that they held in high value. Over time, these objects eventually found their way to the Onondaga Historical Association’s collection.
With so much history surrounding the former US president, Abraham Lincoln, OHA has more, BIG, objects from the Lincoln Collection. These props were used in a Wide Awake Club parade that took place in Baldwinsville in 1860. Watch the video to learn more!

OHA Stories

For this week’s story, executive director, Gregg Tripoli, tells the tale of TWO Syracusans who made it big in the theatre business at the turn of the century and whose legacies still live on today!
In the second of our new series, OHA Bedtime Stories, Gregg Tripoli, dives into the story of Jim Tucker, his 63 year triple-double record, and the Syracuse Nationals NBA team.
In the first of a new series, OHA Bedtime Stories, executive director, Gregg Tripoli, recounts one of his favorite local stories about a very prominent Syracusan, Mary Elizabeth Evans. This young entrepreneur helped pull her family from poverty and become one of the wealthiest woman in America.
Following up on last week’s Bedtime Stories, Gregg Tripoli continues the story of the Shubert brothers and discusses new player, J. Robert Rubin, who worked to create the infamous MGM that has dotted our cinema history.
In the midst of the current situation of our country, it is important to highlight those that were trailblazers in their time and helped carve the path of freedom for others, even today.
This week OHA Executive Director, Gregg Tripoli, recounts the story of a young man from Syracuse whose name is not as well known as his songs.

Interviews

OHA’s Executive Director, Gregg Tripoli, chats with Nancy Roberts on her newest podcast series, “Interview with Innovators,” to discuss how not-for-profits can raise money and
awareness through “for profit” ventures, including non-traditional ways of thinking about keeping a museum, art gallery, library, etc.

To listen to more of Nancy’s “Interview with Innovators,” podcasts visit her website or YouTube page.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who was able to join Ruth & OHA on Zoom for a Q&A session on her new book, “My Travels Through Life, Love, and Literacy – A Memoir.” If you did not get a chance to join us, enjoy some of the highlights of the conversation!
Ruth Colvin is a local, living legend who has lived, loved, and learned much over her last 100+ years. Very rarely do we have the ability to talk with someone who has seen and done so much. Take advantage of the amazing opportunity to listen to Ruth’s story and gain some valuable life advice.

Want more? Buy her book online!

Ghost Talks from Past Ghostwalks

Part One – Intriguing characters pumped life into the Village of Liverpool’s veins back in the day. People who pioneered industry, paved political trails and entertained the masses along the shores of Onondaga Lake.

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Used by Onondaga Historical Association with permission.
Part Two – Intriguing characters pumped life into the Village of Liverpool’s veins back in the day. People who pioneered industry, paved political trails and entertained the masses along the shores of Onondaga Lake.

Copyright Liverpool Public Library.
Used by Onondaga Historical Association with permission.