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.

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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OHA Stories

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.

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.

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.