Town of
Pompey Historical Society

    Established 1976


Programs 2017  - Detail and background informationEvents 2017
All Programs at Pompey Town Hall. All Events are on PHS Campus (corners of Rte. 20 & Pompey Center Rd).


April 19, 2017, Wednesday - 7:00 p.m 
 The Power of Women:  Matilda Joslyn Gage and the New York Women’s Vote of 1880
Susan Boland, Senior Docent
at the Matilda Joslyn Gage House

       In November of 2017, we will celebrate the centennial of women’s right to vote being guaranteed by the State of New York in 1917.  However, women have been voting, legally and illegally, in New York since 1868.  In 1880, the state allowed women to vote in and run for school board elections.  How New York women gained and used this limited right demonstrates the activism of suffrage leaders such as Matilda Joslyn Gage.  Most importantly, this story illustrates the courage of ordinary women who went outside of their traditional domestic sphere for the first time and took on a new public role under harsh circumstances.  Historian Sue Boland focuses on the voting effort in Gage’s hometown of Fayetteville, New York, as a microcosm of the national suffrage movement, illustrating many of the victories and setbacks that suffragists experienced throughout the struggle for full voting rights for women.

  May 17, 2017, Wednesday - 7:00 p.m.
 The Life of Elizabeth Smith Miller -
 Norm Dann, Professor Emeritus, Morrisville State College, will examine the perspectives that
guided Elizabeth Smith Miller's life:
Her domestic concerns about designing a
peaceful home life; her political concerns about how women were treated, and her adoption of the bloomer dress; her concerns over the power of women in society, leading to her support for educating women and women's suffrage.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017  7:00 PM
From Boats to Votes:  Suffragettes
and the Erie Canal

Pamela Vittorio, Associate Teaching professor at the New School University , NY
and Trustee and Editor of Chittenango Landing
Canal Boat Museum Boatyard

   This presentation traces the next generation of woman suffrage leaders and how
"Canalboat Campaigns" allowed them to
reach a wider audience prior to the vote on woman’s suffrage in New York State.

Wednesday, August  16, 2017
"Stories from The Landing: History of the Dry Docks at Chittenango"
Mike Allen, Resident Blacksmith and Historical Interpreter, Chittenango
Landing Canal Boat Museum
   Mike will share his insights about the construction of the Erie Canal and its effect on
the State and local areas.   He will also discuss
the dry docks and their history.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  7:00 PM
Speaker: Robin Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY-ESF and Director, Center for Native  Peoples
and the Environment

  Dr. Kimmerer is author of the books, Gathering Moss and Braiding Sweetgrass.  As a writer and scientist, her interests include restoration of ecological communities, the ecology of mosses, and the restoration of peoples' relationship to the land.  Join us for a fascinating dialogue.

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June 2, 2017, Friday, 6:00 until Dark
    This year we celebrate all Pompey family histories with our Festival theme, The Year of Pompey Women.  
- Donny's Dogs Food Truck will provide supper
options for purchase including Hoffman's Coneys,
hamburgers, sausage sandwiches and more.
- The Soda Ash Six Dixieland Jazzband (
will provide musical entertainment. 
- We will depart from strawberry shortcake this year. Instead, plan on our signature Strawberries with 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).

This project is made possible 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.

Road Trip!
Saturday, August  19, 2017  begins 10:00 AM  at the Chittenango Museum for the Study of the Erie Canal, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango, NY - Mike Allen, Host
& Canal Town Museum, Canastota, NY

    First Stop - We visit the Chittenango Museum
(717 Landing Rd.)  Tour the grounds and exhibits, and see Mike in action at the Blacksmith Shop.
Admission is $6.00/person.  

Second Stop - We go on to the Canal Town Museum in Canastota (closes at 3:00 PM). Admission is $3.00; free to children under the age of 12.  Travel is by car pool - call us at the Museum,315-682-4729 or use the Feeback form on this site if you can drive or if you need a ride.  Lunch is on your own.

      For more information including a wide angle photograph of a small part of our the display in the Hotaling Room. You will also find a link to the Art Trail site. The following is their brief description:

       Meet the artists where they bring their works to life. Along the Cazenovia Art Trail, painters, sculptors, potters, photographers and crafts people welcome you to their studios in the village and the surrounding hills and valleys of Cazenovia. The Art Trail is free and open to the public.

    On Sunday, October 15, 2017 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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