On March 14, 2019 the French and Indian War fortification known as Fort Wood Creek was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Wood Creek, located on the Rome Historical Society’s Fort Bull property, dates to 1756 when it was constructed by the British to replace Fort Bull after it had been attacked and destroyed by 362 French and their Native allies. [Read more…] about Fort Wood Creek Named to National Register
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The Rome Historical Society is set to host museum educator Patrick Reynolds for a presentation about the start of the modern cheese industry on Wednesday, May 15th at 7 pm.
Just North of Rome, at the site of the current New York State Fish Hatchery, the modern cheese industry is said to have been born in 1851. Jesse Williams was a successful farmer and cheese maker but believed by working together as cooperative dairies, farmers could maximize their profits. This led him to start what is believed to be the first cheese factory in the United States, a move that revolutionized agriculture not only locally, but across the nation. [Read more…] about Jesse Williams’ Cheese Factory Revolutionized Modern Cheesemaking
Oneida County Historian Joseph P. Bottini is set to offer an illustrated presentation about the New York State Lunatic Asylum at the Rome Historical Society, Wednesday, April 17th at 7 pm. He will share the founding of this unique institution along with its growth and impact upon the treatment of the mentally ill between the mid-1800s to the 1950s. [Read more…] about NYS Lunatic Asylum History Presentation
“Integrating Primary Sources through Local History,” a program that will explore the use of local history as a way to teach and encourage historical thinking skills, will be held on Wednesday March 27, at 5 pm in Rome, NY.
The program will feature Camden High School Social Studies Teacher Jessica Harney and Camden High School Media Specialist Jennine Bloomquist who will share ways in which primary source research can help generate excitement in today’s youth. From researching deeds, to field archaeology, and building community partnerships, this program will help attendees encourage youth to be historians. [Read more…] about Integrating Primary Sources Through Local History Research
Until the twentieth century, women were often overlooked by historians. Fortunately for those of us who live in Oneida and Herkimer Counties, a collaborative project, Women Belong In History Books, has captured many inspiring stories of notable women. [Read more…] about Women of the Mohawk Valley Program Planned
The Rome Historical Society is set to host a free presentation by members of Rome’s Afro-American Heritage Association (AAHA) on Wednesday, February 20th at 7 pm. They will share their views on living in Rome, NY, since the 1950s.
Until the 1940s the African American population had never been more than 1% of the total population of Rome. With the opening of the Rome Air Depot/Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome’s African American population grew from 262 in 1940 to nearly 2,000 in 1970. Actual population numbers may have been higher due to the area’s uncounted migrant workers. [Read more…] about Rome, NY, African American Life Since the 1950s Talk
The Afro-American Heritage Association (AAHA) has invited the public to multiple exhibits around the Rome, New York, in celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) and legacy. [Read more…] about Heritage Assoc Exhibits Celebrate MLK Jr In Rome, NY
County Historian Joseph P. Bottini is set to offer an illustrated presentation about Utica’s Union Station at the Rome Historical Society’s auditorium on January 16th at 7 pm. He will share details of its history, construction, architectural features, and the story of how it narrowly avoided abandonment. [Read more…] about Utica’s Union Station Illustrated Program in Rome
The Rome Historical Society will be hosting a look back at holiday and winter traditions of Central New York on December 21 at 7 pm.
William Sawyer, Park Ranger for over 30 years, will present songs and stories looking at the various American holiday traditions in the Mohawk Valley through research of the 1700s and how the different cultures contributed to a shared version of the holiday. [Read more…] about 1700s Holiday Traditions, Mohawk Valley Music Event
Rich Massucci is set to discuss vintage toys from the 1970s and 1980s on Thursday, December 20, at 7 pm at the Rome Historical Society.
Throughout his life, Massucci has kept an interest in vintage toys, as well as other antiques and collectibles. Growing up as an only child, he often jokes that his grandmother played the role of “enabler” providing him with a steady stream of toys, sports cards, and comic books. He remembers owning many of the toys that are in high demand these days (Star Wars, Masters of the Universe, GI Joe, etc.) and has spent the last decade piecing together the collections that he once owed. Now 45 years old, Massucci admits that many of the same items that can be found in his extensive collection today, are the same ones he was given as a child. [Read more…] about Vintage and Retro Toys Program in Rome, NY