Virtual Lunchtime Lectures!

Wednesday, August 12 from 12:30-1:30 pm -  Gloves Along the Mohawk

The Mohawk Valley has produced professional baseball players since the late 1800s from some of the very first professionals in baseball history, to some of the greatest players ever, to those who played only a few games in Major League Baseball. Join Lou Parrotta, the City of Utica Historian, as he shares stories of the local ballplayers who made it to the Major League in this virtual lunchtime lecture. Based on book Glove Along the Mohawk (2012) by Lou Parrott and Scott Fiesthumel.

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Wednesday, August 19 from 12:30-1:30 pm - The Politics of Translation: The Legacy of the Dutch in New York 

The effort to translate the documents of the New Netherland colony has a long and winding history. Today the New Netherland Project has brought the history of the colony of New Netherland to a new generation interested in the Dutch history of New York, but the origins of the translation project began in Oneida County. From 1817 to 1822, Francis Adrian van der Kemp of Oldenbarneveld worked tirelessly to translate the records of the New Netherland colony. His efforts, however, were bogged down by the partisan politics of New York during the Early American Republic. This virtual lunchtime lecture by Dr. Peter Van Cleave will focus on the struggles Van der Kemp faced as he tried to preserve the history of New Netherland and its role in the creation of the United States.

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Other Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, August 26 from 12:30-1:30 pm - Murder & Mayhem in the Mohawk Valley with Jim Greiner

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​​Past Presentations

 The Battle of Oriskany & Herkimer's Militia

The story of the Battle of Oriskany on August 6, 1777 has been passed down for generations, but how much do we really know about General Nicholas Herkimer and the Tryon County Militia? As historical records are scanned for digital collections, more original documents are available than ever before, painting a broader picture of the battle and its participants. Alexis Albright, curator of the Oriskany Museum, discusses this important event in our national and local history.

View a recording of the presentation on the History Center YouTube Channel

 The Conception of the Erie Canal

​ While the Erie Canal took only 8 years to dig, getting to the point where people could start digging was a nearly 100-year long process. This virtual lecture by Erie Canal Museum Educator Derrick Pratt looks at the early efforts to harness New York’s interior waterways and the political wrangling that almost kept the “Eighth Wonder of the World” from happening. 

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"The Coney Island of Central NY”- Sylvan Beach in its Heyday 

​Dive into Oneida Lake and Sylvan Beach history with author and local expert, Jack Henke.  Henke will talk about "The Beach" during its heyday, ~1900, sharing fun facts and photos from the past.  Henke is the author of four books about Oneida Lake history including From “The Beach” to Brewerton: Stories of Oneida Lake, and Oneida Lake: “The Only Happiness” Place Names and History.

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In Search of What She Left Behind ​

View the History Center's first virtual presentation! Barbara Dunadee will present a historic travelogue focused on finding remnants from the past left behind by notable area women. Inspired by her involvement in the two-volume series, Women Belong in History Books, Herkimer and Oneida Counties, 1700 to 1950 edited by Jane Spellman, Barb and her group organized several bus tours through parts of Herkimer and Oneida Counties showing others the rich history of this region. Her talk will feature some of what they have found while searching local highways and byways in an attempt to connect history with modern-day.

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