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
Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome, NY is closed and its employees furloughed as a result of the Government Shutdown.
“We hope that Washington D.C. will quickly come to a consensus on the Federal budget,” a statement sent to the press by the Rome Historical Society – Friends of the Fort said.
The original Fort Stanwix was built by the British between 1758 and about 1762. The fort was located to guard the Oneida Carry between the Mohawk River and Wood Creek, an important portage during the French and Indian War. The Fort was the site of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix (1768) between Britain and Native American tribes, and the Treaty of Fort Stanwix (1784) between the tribes and the American government. [Read more…] about Fort Stanwix National Monument Shut Down
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
The Rome Historical Society is set to host Janet Dangler, Town of Marshall Historian, who will present a program about the Brothertown Indians, a Christian group of Native Americas who settled in the Deansboro area in the 1770s, on Thursday, October 18th at 7 pm.
The Brothertown Indians were formed by several “Christian Tribes” from New England who banded together in an effort to preserve their common culture and identity. [Read more…] about Brothertown Indians Program in Rome, NY
The Rome Historical Society Annual Dinner is set to be held on Saturday, October 13 at the Delta Lake Inn, 8524 Fish Hatchery Road in Rome, NY. Cocktail hour begins at 6 pm with the Dinner and Program beginning at 7 pm.
At this year’s dinner the Society will award the Medal of the Order of 1777 to Frank Barrows, Superintendent at Fort Stanwix National Monument. The Medal of the Order of 1777 is the Society’s highest award and given annually to the person who “in conduct of life and effort, exemplifies the highest charter purposes of the Society, the finest virtues of citizenship and the ever-reliant qualities of the true patriot. This person is as worthy as the unconquered defenders of Fort Stanwix were in their time and circumstances.” [Read more…] about Rome Historical Society Annual Dinner Oct 13th
On October 6th, the Rome Historical Society’s newest exhibit “Dig! Study! Share!” is set to officially open. Designed just for kids, this interactive exhibit features a dig pit full of strange objects ready to be examined and cataloged by young aspiring archaeologists. Screens, shovels, brushes, and more can all be used while searching for artifacts, just like at a real archaeological dig. [Read more…] about New Hands-On Archaeology Exhibit in Rome, NY
The Rome Historical Society is set to host a live podcast recording of “Iroquois History & Legends” with Andrew and Caleb Cotter on Thursday, September 20th at 7 pm.
The Cotter brothers, from Canandaigua, New York, grew up with a fondness for Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) stories and fables. After researching early American and Canadian history they found the Haudenosaunee were at the center of it all, yet most textbooks had left their contributions out. For that reason, Andrew and Caleb began a podcast to tell the story of the Iroquois people and share how they influenced events throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. [Read more…] about Iroquois History and Legends in Rome Sept 20
Museum Educator Patrick Reynolds is set to discuss a variety of maps from the region using modern geo-spatial technology to overlay older maps onto current maps of the Rome area, on Wednesday, September 12th at the Oneida County History Center.
County atlas’s and Sanborn fire insurance maps will be discussed as a tool for researchers as well as some recently uncovered maps found at the Rome Historical Society. This program takes place in the History Center’s main gallery. Doors open at 5 pm, presentation begins at 5:30 pm. [Read more…] about Rome, NY Map History Talk Sept 12th
The Rome Historical Society is set to host “Chenango Canal: The Million Dollar Ditch” a presentation and book signing with Wade A. Lallier on Thursday, August 15th at 7 pm.
With the completion of the Erie Canal across New York State, the construction of other canals then began to be proposed all along the Erie’s route. One of these lateral canals would connect the Susquehanna River at Binghamton to the Erie Canal in Utica. [Read more…] about Chenango Canal Presentation Planned For Rome, NY
The Rome Historical Society has invited the public to take a tour of historic Rome and Westernville during its inaugural Tour of Homes community celebration on Sunday, July 29th from noon to 5 pm.
Eight noteworthy properties and their unique histories will be showcased as the Society re-activates a community tradition during Honor America Days weekend. This year’s Tour of Homes includes both residential and commercial buildings, ranging from an 1856 former church to a newly-built historic home reproduction, to the 1894 mansion of a significant Rome leader. Patrons may visit each property at their leisure and in the order they choose. [Read more…] about Rome Historical Society’s 2018 Home Tour Set