Historian Notes

Greetings and Happy (Belated) New Year! 

2017 is a huge year for History in New York State.  Throughout the year we are celebrating several important and exciting anniversaries including the 200th anniversary of the beginning of construction of the Erie Canal, the 100th...

Several months ago, New York State Historian Devin Lander sent out a survey to the various municipalities in New York about their local government historian. This survey included questions such as: salary, time spent at the post, college degree and type, the facilities offered to them as the...

The Madison County World War I project was an offshoot of a project we undertook in 2013.  Each year in October we host Archives Day, usually displaying documents from our archives.  In 2013 we decided to “create new archives.”  Partnering with local libraries, we created a list of all WWII...

While researching for the 2013 Archives Day we found a box that housed the book Madison County’s Welcome Home for her Sons and Daughters who served in the World War from 1917 to 1919, published in 1919 by the Oneida Dispatch Press and Madison County’s WWI register.  Each source has its...

With assistance from the County Clerk’s Office, Madison County Veterans Office and a number of local libraries, I compiled as much information as I could from the above sources and more, and continue to update the list as more information becomes available.  Our goal is to have as comprehensive...

Suffragette Mothers on the March in New York

“We fall forward,” said women in New York in November 1915 when the suffrage bill failed by 80,000 votes. After that initial stumble, two years later New York voters passed the 1917 Suffrage Amendment. President Wilson then changed his position on the issue of women voting and in August 1919...