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House Tours and Heritage Handicraft Workshop

For Immediate Release       

Date: May 30, 2014

Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Re: Madison County Historical Society will offer house tours and Heritage Handicraft Workshop during the Past Through History Weekend on Saturday, June 14 from 10 am- 2 pm.

During the Path Through History Weekend on Saturday, June 14 from 10 am- 2pm the historical society will host a Heritage Handicraft Workshop, Tussie- Mussie. Popularized in Victorian times, the term Tussie-Mussie comes from the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901), when the small bouquets became a popular fashion accessory. All materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of favorite family photos, meaningful quotes, and any miscellaneous embellishments, such as buttons, fabric scraps, charms, or costume jewelry they may wish to incorporate in the design for a more personal creation. Pamela Vogan Lynch, a professional artist and retired Director of Art for the Oneida City School District will be the instructor.

The workshop is open to adults and children 10 years of age and up. The cost of the workshop is $10 for adults and $5 for children. We encourage you to call ahead to reserve your space. We will also be offering free guided tours of the historical society and viewing of the latest temporary exhibit “Medicine over the years, 1800s- 1950s.For more information please contact the society at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or sydney@mchs1900.org. The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in Oneida.  The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County’s heritage. The historical society’s headquarters are housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places. Like Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY on Facebook.

In conjunction with Path Through History Weekends, I LOVE NEW YORK’s social media channels will be highlighting various themes with photos, videos, event itineraries and more. Follow I LOVE NEW YORK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or use #ISPYNY to join the journey down New York’s Path Through History. Path Through History highlights historically and culturally significant sites and events throughout New York State. The program, introduced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, builds on New York’s already robust heritage tourism attractions. The initiative is currently focused on 13 themes including: Arts & Culture, Natural History, U.S. Presidents, Women’s Rights, Canals & Transportation, Civil Rights, Colonial History, Immigration, Innovation & Commerce, The Revolution, Native Americans, Sports History and the War of 1812. Important heritage sites and events across the state were selected with input from leading historians. For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com/Summer/Themes/Path-Through-History.aspx.

Heritage Handicraft Workshop, Tussie-Mussie

Picture1On Saturday, May 10 at the Madison County Historical, the society will host a Heritage Handicraft Workshop, Tussie- Mussie in       celebration of Mother’s Day at10 am- 11 am. Pamela Vogan Lynch, a professional artist and retired Director of Art for the Oneida City School District will be the instructor. A tussie- mussie, also referred to as a nosegay or posie, is a small flower bouquet arranged in a decorative holder to be hand carried or hung by ribbons for display. Popularized in Victorian times, the term tussie-mussie comes from the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901), when the small bouquets became a popular fashion accessory. The flowers chosen for the tussie-mussie had special symbolic meanings (Language of Flowers), and therefore, could be used to send a special message to the recipient. This spring, to honor our mothers, and/or our cherished memories of them, the Madison County Historical Society will be presenting a Heritage Handicraft Workshop, devoted to the design and creation of these unique bouquets. All materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of favorite family photos, meaningful quotes, and any miscellaneous embellishments, such as buttons, fabric scraps, charms, or costume jewelry they may wish to incorporate in the design for a more personal creation. Call to reserve your space. The cost of the workshop is $12. The workshop is open to adults and children 10 years of age and up. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please contact the society at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or sydney@mchs1900.org. Like Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY on Facebook. The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in Oneida. The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County’s heritage. The historical society’s headquarters are housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places.

Victorian Christmas Open House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: November 22, 2013

CONTACT: SYDNEY LOFTUS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE: MADISON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE DECEMBER 8 from 1-4 pm

St. Pat's Select Choir
St. Pat’s Select Choir under the direction of Amanda Yeoman will be performing at this year’s Madison County Historical Society’s Christmas Open House on December 8th from 1-4 pm.

The Madison County Historical Society will hold its Victorian Christmas Open House on December 8th from 1 to 4 pm at Cottage Lawn, headquarters of the society, on 435 Main Street, Oneida.  This event is free and open to the public.  The period rooms will be festively decorated by area floral shops. The Green Thumb Garden Club will adorn the music parlor, while the Sherrill Garden Club will decorate the children’s room. The historical society’s collection committee will decorate the other rooms in the house.

Entertainment throughout the afternoon will be provided by the Durhamville Elementary School 2nd grade Chorus under the direction of Stephanie Gwilt from 1:15-1:35 pm. A group performance under the direction of Roselle Lynch will be from 1:40- 2:10 pm.  St. Pat’s Select Choir under the direction of Amanda Yeoman will perform from 2:25-2:55 pm. Suzuki Violin Studio of Oneida and Hamilton under the direction of Iryna Juravich will close the afternoon with their performance from 3:35-4:00pm.

Come visit the society’s latest temporary exhibit, “Medicine over the years” that highlights the period of 1800- 1950s and Madison County medical professionals, hospitals and medical services during the open house. On display will be items from the historical society’s medical collection along with items on loan. The Medical Society of Madison County, created back in 1806, has loaned their leather bound book of recorded minutes of the medical society from 1880-1940.  The Brookfield Historical Society, Peterboro Area Museum, Town of Madison Historical Society and Jill Stratton have also loaned a variety of objects and images from their own collections for the exhibition.

Check out our giftshop for that special holiday gift and to purchase raffle tickets for the gift baskets and handcrafted cane chair by Lisa Gardiner of Chittenango. All drawings will be held at the end of the event.

Come join us on Sunday, December 8th from 1 -4 pm at the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Victorian Christmas Open House. The event is free and open to the public. Holiday refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact the Madison County Historical Society at (315) 363-4136 or (315) 361-9735, or 435 Main Street, Oneida, NY 13421, email: history@mchs1900.org, or visit our website at www.mchs1900.org, and check out our Madison County Historical Society, Oneida, NY Facebook page.

Holiday Heritage Ornament Workshop

For Immediate Release

Date: November 1, 2013                         

Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Re: Make-your-own Holiday Heritage Handicraft Ornament workshop for children and adults on Saturday, November 16th at Madison County Historical Society, please call to reserve your space by November 15th.

Holiday Heritage Ornament Workshop
Make-your-own Holiday Heritage Handicraft Ornament workshop for children and adults on Saturday, November 16th at Madison County Historical Society, please call to reserve your space by November 15th.

Get into the holiday spirit by registering for the Madison County Historical Society’s make-your-own Holiday Heritage Handicraft Victorian Ornament workshop on Saturday, November 16th  from 1- 4 pm at the historical society. There are two workshops, one for children between the ages of 7-9 and the other for adults. Enjoy creating lasting memories by making your very own handmade Victorian style ornaments. The adult workshop is $25 and the children’s workshop is $10. Ribbons, Victorian “scrap,” colored embossed paper, tinsel, colored paper, cotton batting and other supplies will be available to use. Reservations are required for both workshops as space is limited to 12 per workshop. Pamela Vogan Lynch, a professional artist and retired Director of Art for the Oneida City School District will be the instructor for the adult craft workshop.

Holiday refreshments will be offered. The deadline to register is November 15th. For more information please contact MCHS at 315-363-4136, or history@mchs1900.org. The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in Oneida.  The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County’s heritage. The historical society’s headquarters are housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places.

Annual Dinner and Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Date: September 30, 2013

Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner and Program is Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Leandro’s Restaurant in Canastota.  Reservations required by October 21st .

The Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner and Program, with guest speaker, John Taibi is October 27th. Reservations must be made by October 21st.
The Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner and Program, with guest speaker, John Taibi is October 27th. Reservations must be made by October 21st.

The Madison County Historical Society cordially invites its members and the public to the society’s Annual Dinner and Program on Sunday, October 27 at Leandro’s Restaurant, 7133 Seneca Turnpike in Canastota. The sit-down dinner is at 4:30 pm with a cash bar offered at 4 pm. The evening’s Program, “Madison County Railroaders & Railroad Admirers” will be presented by guest speaker, John Taibi. Reservations must be made by October 21st.

Tickets to the dinner are $35 for MCHS members and $38 for nonmembers and include a choice of the following entrees:

  • NY STRIP, 10 oz. USDA prime cut served with a creamy, cracked five peppercorn sauce, served with mashed potatoes and vegetables
  • CHICKEN FRANÇAISE, herb and Parmesan egg battered chicken breast, served with sautéed baby spinach over spaghetti
  • EGGPLANT PARMESAN, fresh breaded eggplant with Italian herbs, homemade marinara   and mozzarella, served with penne marinara

For dessert:  Oranges and Cream Shortcake: shavings of marble orange and white chocolate sprinkles over three layers of shortcake and  orange preserve, sandwiched between three layers of whipped cream with a choice of coffee or tea.

John Taibi is the author of numerous books about railroads. His program will highlight stories of people who had worked and admired the New York Central, Oneida Railway Company, and Ontario & Western railroads. Mr. Taibi is a resident of Munnsville and lives in the New York, Ontario & Western Depot.

The Madison County Historical Society will be selling raffle tickets during the dinner. There will be many winning tickets drawn. Prizes range from the many craft items donated by the crafter vendors at the historical society’s 49th Annual Craft Days. Tickets for the raffle items are $1 each or 6 for $5. The winning tickets will be drawn at the Annual Dinner; winner(s) need not to be present to win. All proceeds benefit restoration at the Madison County Historical Society.

Reservations for the Annual Dinner and Program must be made by October 21st. The evening’s Program, “Madison County Railroaders & Railroad Admirers” will be at 5:30 pm. Seating is limited. Please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or history@mchs1900.org for more information, directions, or to make a reservation.