Gregg Tripoli

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The Onondaga Historical Association is heading to Pittsburgh this weekend in hopes of collecting an Emmy award for a short film about a long-standing NBA record achieved here in Syracuse.   Mayor Ben Walsh credits OHA Director Gregg Tripoli for using film to tell the story of Jim Tucker and the 1955 Syracuse Nationals.

It was called the trial of the century ... and in 1915 brought Teddy Roosevelt to a Syracuse courtroom.  Now it’s the subject of the book Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense.  Authors Dan Abrams, Legal Affairs Correspondent for A-B-C News and Best Selling Author David Fisher will be here to talk about it Tuesday. 

“And here locally, it was a mob scene at the courthouse, particularly when Teddy Roosevelt was on the stand.”

Onondaga Historical Association Executive Director Gregg Tripoli recalls the historic event.

Syracuse Stage’s newest play tells a fascinating story of an Underground Railroad escape to freedom, here in Central New York 180 years ago.  The main character in the new play Possessing Harriet made contact with important historical figures, while her story resonates with issues today.

Most people have heard of or seen the Jerry Rescue Story and Monument.  You might also know the Mission Restaurant downtown gave safe harbor to escaped slaves, as did other local homes.  In the last part of C-N-Y Unknown Underground, we’ll fill in some interesting details; each historic connection might have had more significance than you know.

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One Central New York man has his name woven through much of the history of the abolitionist movement…though many might not know him, or much about him.  In this installment of our Black History Month series C-N-Y: Unknown Underground we’ll visit Peterboro to learn a little more about Gerrit Smith.  Many of the anti-slavery activities and prominent figures in local history benefited greatly from his support.