Donation Auction Fundraiser

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Items to be auctioned off at the Madison County Historical Society’s upcoming Donation Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, July 12 at The Gorman Foundation Community Center.

The Madison County Historical Society’s Donation Auction Fundraiser is Saturday, July 12. The  preview is at 5 pm with the auction following at 6 pm. Auction items have been coming in and there are many wonderful items from furniture, antiques, art and decorative objects. Thompson Appliances and Furniture has donated a brand new Sharp LED-LCD 32” TV. The society will  still accept donations, so please contact us to make last minute arrangements. All items accepted for the auction are tax deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax receipt forms will be furnished when item(s) are received. Auctioneer Bradley Markowski will conduct the auction. There is no buyer’s premium.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Madison County Historical Society’s Restoration Fund. Restoration of an 1850 Gothic Revival period home is an ongoing process. So donate an item and bid high at the society’s fun fundraiser on Saturday, July 12 at the Gorman Foundation Community Center, 1081 Northside Shopping Center in Oneida. The preview is at 5 pm with the auction following at 6 pm. Food will also be available at the auction.The Madison County Historical Society is very grateful to the Gorman Foundation for allowing the historical society to hold our Donation Auction Fundraiser in their building.

For more information about the auction, please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 435 Main Street, Oneida, NY 13421. Call us at 315.363.4136, or 315.361.9735, or email us at sydney@mchs1900.org, or visit www.mchs1900.org.The New York State Board of Regents granted a charter to the Madison County Historical Society on March 29, 1900.The Madison County Historical Society’s mission is 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 the county’s heritage for the people of Madison County and those studying the county’s heritage.  The society’s headquarters, Cottage Lawn, located in Oneida, is an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa designed by prominent architect Alexander Jackson Davis. Cottage Lawn is preserved and operated as a historic museum.

Have you thought about growing your own hops?

Contact: Sydney L. Loftus, Executive Director

Date: June 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RE: Have you thought about growing your own hops? If so, then now is the time to buy some hop plants.

Norm Dann with hop plants
Norm Dann at his home in Peterboro standing near the Hop Plants that he grows every year for the Madison County Historical Society’s Annual Hop Fest.

Norm Dann of Peterboro is selling hop plants again on behalf of the Madison County Historical Society’s Hop Fest.  Please call Norm Dann at 315.380.9389 to purchase your $5 hop plant. Take advantage of picking up your hop plant during your visit at Civil War Weekend in Peterboro on June14-15.

Buy your plants early and then join the Madison County Historical Society in September for the 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest. Hop Fest weekend begins Friday, September 12 with a paired beer dinner at Kenwood and Vine in Oneida. The event continues on Saturday, September 13 on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society featuring: guest speakers presenting programs on hop culture along with hop experts sharing their knowledge on brewing and growing hops.  Stay for the Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing from 12- 2 to taste some of the finest appetizers prepared by Cakes and Other Goodies, Colgate Inn, Hamilton Inn, Kenwood and Vine, Madison Bistro, No. 10 Tavern, The Ridge Golf Club and Tavern and Ye Olde Landmark Tavern. Then partake in the beer sampling from 2:30-5:30 pm to sample some of your favorite craft breweries and new ones to add to your list.

Advance sale tickets for all Hop Fest weekend activities will be available online at the society’s website- madisonhopfest.org and at participating locations soon. Watch for special discounted tickets on our website.  There is no admission to attend the Hop Fest. There is an admission fee for the beer sampling, Taste of Hops and Paired Beer Dinner.

For more information on the Hop Fest, please contact MCHS at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or www.madisonhopfest.org. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or volunteering your time, please contact the society! Like Hop Fest on Facebook. To purchase hop plants now, please contact Norm Dann at 315.380.9389. All proceeds from the sale of hop plants go to the Madison County Historical Society. Combine your love of history, beer and food at the 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest.

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.