Town of
Pompey Historical Society

    Established 1976


Programs 2019  - Detail and background informationEvents 2019
All Programs at Pompey Town Hall. All Events are on PHS Campus (corners of Rte. 20 & Pompey Center Rd).


April 17, 2019, Wednesday - 7:00 p.m 
Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway
Cheryl Pula, New York Mills
Village Historian

      Vastly outnumbered, a small American naval force defeated the Imperial Japanese Navy in a pivotal battle in the Pacific War just six months after Pearl Harbor.

     May 15, 2019, Wednesday - 7:00 p.m.

 A Different Kind of War:  Saving the Art and Culture of Europe in WWII

Tom Henry, retired Social Studies/History teacher and Historian

            In early 1942, FDR established The Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas. That, in turn, would spawn an unusual military
unit of classics scholars, museum directors, art historians, archivists and other unlikely warriors not to destroy but to recover, preserve and protect religious, cultural and historic artifacts in the midst of the fighting. We will look at the challenge, successes and history of the Museum, Fine Arts, and Archives unit, and the men and women who did indeed protect and preserve Europe's cultural heritage during and after the war.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019  7:00 PM
Gliders and Tigers and Blimps, Oh My!

Tom Henry, retired Social Studies/History teacher and Historian

        WWII featured a number of colorful and unusual flying units in response to a wide variety of needs, real and perceived. We will look into the airborne's glider division, the famed Flying Tigers, the Navy's Lighter than Air Division and some of the inno-vations created as the war took to the air.

On Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00 pm
Longest Day, June 6, 1944
 Cheryl Pula, New York Mills
Village Historian

This is the story of the Allied invasion
of Europe in World War II, code named Operation Overlord. Learn about the preparations for the invasion and its aftermath.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:00 PM

Philadelphia Experiment:
Project Invisibility

Cheryl Pula, New York Mills
Village Historian

The U.S. Navy conducted experiments to render ships invisible to radar. Some say one experiment went a little too far, not only making a destroyer escort invisible, but also transporting it through time and space. Others say the entire story is a hoax.

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Note: Speaker fees, exhibition expenses, and Festival entertainment are funded, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

June 14, 2019, Friday, 6:00 pm until Dark

Our theme is World War II, so plan on viewing our Hotaling Room exhibit of WWII artifacts and stories.

Holy Smoke with their delectable BBQ will return to provide supper options for purchase. The band, Soda Ash Six, will provide musical entertainment and focus on the popular tunes of the 1930s and 1940s.

Plan on ice cream and all the toppings for purchase!

Event held RAIN OR SHINE at our campus
(the Heritage Center is a large open covered building).

    On Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm
we will have our
Annual Meeting at the Pompey Town Hall.  Annual reports, election of officers, celebration of PHS volunteers, refreshments, and, of course, our annual raffle.   Please join us.




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