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
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
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
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
“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