During the nineteenth century, New York State was an agricultural powerhouse that produced almost 90% of the hop crop of the United States. But the dominance of this market, which lasted for nearly six decades, was achieved by vast numbers of small, independent hop growers, for whom hops were only a part of their overall agricultural production. [Read more…] about Otsego Hop Historian Being Featured at Madison County Hop Fest
Madison County Historical Society
The Madison County Historical Society will host a Madison County Hop Tour of 19th-century rural structures owned by Carl Stearns of 3568 Stearns Road in Erieville on Sunday, August 28th.
The 12th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day, replicating the Peterboro Emancipation Days of the 1920s and 1930s, is set for Saturday, August 6th, at 10 am. [Read more…] about Edmonia Lewis Featured at Peterboro Emancipation Day
The United States Postal Service will issued the 45th Black Heritage stamp on January 26th, 2022 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. in honor of Edmonia Lewis, a Black and Native American sculptor who gained international recognition.
Edmonia Lewis was born in 1844 to an Ojibwa/Chippewa woman from Albany and a former enslaved man from Haiti. Both parents died when Wildfire, as she was called, was young. She went to live with her mother’s sisters. In later years her brother Samuel supported her and in 1856 she entered New York Central College. She then went to Oberlin College in Ohio from 1859 to 1863. [Read more…] about Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Honored With Black Heritage Postal Stamp
Collecting tools and household wares associated with 19th century hop farming has been a hobby of Al Bullard and Dot Willsey for decades.
Bullard and Willsey will share and demonstrate items of their collections as part of the 25th Annual Madison County Hop Fest in Oneida on Saturday, September 18th. [Read more…] about 19th Century Hops Collections at Madison County Hop Fest
The 25th Annual Madison County Hop Fest is set for Saturday, September 18th and will feature Senator Rachel May (NYS District 53), who will describe the tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic barns bill introduced in the New York State Senate (S.6042) by Senator Michelle Hinchey of Saugerties on March 31st, and by Assemblymember Didi Barrett (A.6947) from Hudson on April 14th. [Read more…] about Hop Houses, Barn Tax Credit Focus of Madison Co Hop Fest
Madison County Hop Fest volunteers who have raised awareness of the agricultural hop houses have called the region of New York State that raised hops “The MMOOOSCH Country” to recognize the counties of Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, Schoharie, Chenango, and Herkimer, which produced most of the hops exported from the United States in the 19th Century.
With regard to these counties, the Hop Heritage programs for the 25th Annual Madison County Hop Fest will present programs on hop houses at 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 1 pm on Saturday, September 18th at the Oneida Public Library. [Read more…] about Hop House Programs at 25th Annual Madison County Hop Fest
The newly incorporated Cazenovia Heritage organization has announced its plans for “A Remembrance of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law Cazenovia Convention” to be held on Saturday, August 21st, at the Cummings Theatre in Cazenovia, Madison County, NY. [Read more…] about 1850 Fugitive Slave Law Convention Being Remembered