Author and story teller Paul Boehlert is set to tell the story of the siege of Fort Stanwix and the Battle of Oriskany, one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution, on Wednesday, July 17th at 7 pm, at the Rome Historical Society, 200 Church Street. [Read more…] about Battle of Oriskany and Nicholas Herkimer
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The Fort Bull Research Group is set to host a walking tour of Fort Bull on July 14, 2019. The tour, which will depart from the Rome Sports Hall of Fame parking lot, 5790 Rome-New London Road, in Rome, NY, starts promptly at 1 pm and will last about two hours.
Attendees will first be given a brief history of the area during the French and Indian War followed by a guided tour of the entire fort property. [Read more…] about Tour 1750s Fort Bull On Oneida Carry
The Rome Historical Society has announced its second Tour of Homes event, set for Sunday, July 28th, from noon to 5 pm, in historic Rome and Westernville.
Eight interesting properties and their unique histories will be showcased including three buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This year’s tour includes one of Rome’s churches, a city cultural landmark, and five impressive residential properties including one being presented for a second year by popular demand. [Read more…] about Rome Historical Society’s 2019 Tour of Homes
Megan Plete Postol is set to lead a discussion and book signing of her book, Southern Adirondacks Foothills Fishing, Hunting and Trapping (Images of America, 2019), on Saturday, June 29th, at 11 am at the Rome Historical Society.
The book features photographs of many Adirondack sportsmen and will be available for purchase. [Read more…] about Adk Foothills Fishing, Hunting And Trapping Talk in Rome
The Rome Historical Society is set to host food and beverage writer Don Cazentre on Wednesday, June 19th. Cazentre will share his research on the Mamie Taylor and other Upstate-connected cocktails in his book Spirits and Cocktails of Upstate New York: A History.
Upstate New York has held its place in cocktail history for centuries, beginning with the term “cocktail” itself. The word first appeared in an 1806 Hudson Valley newspaper, when an editor described a cocktail as “a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind – sugar, water, and bitters – it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.” [Read more…] about Spirits and Cocktails of Upstate NY Program in Rome
Archaeologists from Binghamton University, State University of New York have started their search for the remains of the French and Indian War’s Fort Bull, an important British military outpost on Wood Creek at the Oneida Carry near Rome, NY.
Rome Historical Society (RHS) is working with Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) to locate and identify cultural features related to the British fortification. The research is a first step in the path to preservation for Fort Bull. [Read more…] about Archaeological Survey Begins Search For Fort Bull
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
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