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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.

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This week, the Onondaga Historical Association is capturing a bygone era in Downtown Syracuse with the opening of their newest exhibit, “Strolling Down Salina Street: 1940 to 1980."  Curator Bob Searing says the idea came from holiday pictures of Salina Street after World War II.

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Aug 2, 2018
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It's often been uttered that "the past should stay in the past". We're are set to disagree with that statement this week on The 315. The Onondaga Historical Association is planning to launch a new version of the once classic Congress Beer. This week Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by one of the men behind the return, Bob Searing. They discuss the history of Congress Beer, the history of brewing in Syracuse, and the flavor profile of Congress Beer.

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A nearly forgotten WWI monument on the southern edge of Downtown Syracuse will be rededicated Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the regiment and battle it commemorates.  WAER News met Curator of History at the Onondaga Historical Association Bob Searing at the monument in Billings park bound by S. Warren, E. Adams, and S. Salina Streets.  

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Mayor Ben Walsh put his mark on history this morning by signing his name in Syracuse’s Mayoral Autograph Book in the Onondaga Historical Association Museum. The signature marks the 52nd to be added since Syracuse’s first mayor, Harvey Baldwin, added his autograph in 1848.

Walsh’s name also sits alongside his grandfather’s, William Walsh, who served as the 48th mayor of Syracuse from 1962 to 1969. 

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The photos capture local and national artists who have captivated audiences since the early 80’s.  The Onondaga Historical Association is commemorating this year's 35th anniversary Syracuse Jazzfest with an exhibit of  photos, articles and video from past events.  Local artists Dave Hanlon and Maria DeSantis quickly spotted themselves on stage in photos and shared instant memories.


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. 

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Walking into the Hotel Syracuse is like witnessing a rebirth of historic tracings of the past.  The man responsible for rescuing the hotel was honored today.  The Onondaga Historical Society presented the Owner, Ed Riley with the OHA Medal Award recognizing outstanding and meritorious service to local history.