Town of
Pompey Historical Society

    Established 1976


Programs 2018  - Detail and background informationEvents 2018 
All Programs at Pompey Town Hall. All Events are on PHS Campus (corners of Rte. 20 & Pompey Center Rd).


April 18, 2018, Wednesday - 7:00 p.m 
Service, Sacrifice, and Support on the Front Lines and the Home Front during World War I: The stories of Homer Wheaton, Mary Elizabeth Evans, and Melville A. Clark and the War to End All Wars. Service, Sacrifice, and Support on the Front Lines and the Home Front during World War I: The stories of Homer Wheaton, Mary Elizabeth Evans, and Melville A. Clark and the War to End All Wars. Gregg A. Tripoli, Executive Director of the Onondaga Historical Association.

      This presentation focuses on the general theme of Service, Sacrifice, and Support in our local community during WWI, including the first "War Chest" in the country, the beginning of the New York State Troopers, the Syracuse Training Camp, and even the war's influence on the Women's Suffrage Movement. It ends with a more in-depth look at 3 individuals from our community that made significant contributions to the war in different, but important, ways - a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice and two civilians, one in France and one at home who served our country and supported our troops that were "over there".

  May 16, 2018, Wednesday - 7:00 p.m.

 A Genealogical Mystery:
Who Is That Covill Child?

Nancy Edwards, PHS Special Projects Coordinator and Ruth Hotaling,
Town of Pompey Historian

 Because of its poor condition, PHS decided to apply for a conservation grant through the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. In the process of gathering application documentation, we have investigated the identity of the child in the portrait.
Nancy and Ruth will share the story of their exploration into genealogy records, cemetery records, Perry diaries, and even 1800 editions of the Cazenovia Republic in their quest to discover the identity of the Covill family who purchased
the painting in remembrance of their son –
but which son?
Nancy and Ruth don’t agree on the conclusion!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018  7:00 PM

William Avery and the First Steamboat on the Erie Canal - Richard Palmer, Presenter

      Richard will join us to share his study of William Avery and the first steamboat on the Erie Canal. Richard will also explore little known facts about the steamboat’s use on the Great Lakes.

   Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Fashions of the WW1 Era
Kirsten Schoonmaker, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design, School of Design at Syracuse University

      Professor Schoonmaker will examine the innovations in textiles that occurred in the World War I era with discussion about the impact of the war on those innovations. She will share photo-graphic examples from Syracuse University’s Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018  7:00 PM

The Lost Battalion of the Argonne in WW1
Cheryl Pula, Presenter

      The Lost Battalion is a discussion of the experiences of a regiment of the 77th U.S. Army Division, which became detached from other units during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Under the command of Major Charles Whittlesey, and surrounded by Germans, the regiment, made up mostly of New Yorkers (nicknamed the Liberty Division), held out for five days without support or relief. They were never beaten or captured. Whittlesey became the first American to be awarded the Medal of Honor in World War I.

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Road Trip!
Tuesday, April 17, 2018: New York State Museum in Albany, 7:45 AM - 6:30 PM.

Bus Fare: $40.00/person Round trip; reservation confirmed upon receipt of payment (1st paid, first served).
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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 8, 2018, Friday, 6:00 pm until Dark
    Our theme is The Fashions of the Times, so start digging through your vintage clothing or that family trunk in your attic to find an old hat (now) that was the fashion of its time. Wear it to the Festival and tell us its story! Shelly's Food Truck of DeRuyter will provide supper options for purchase. The band, Jambones, will provide musical entertainment. 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).


The unveiling of the
Pompey Stone Legends and Lore Highway Marker  will be
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM
at the Guynup Farm, 3482 Watervale Rd.
(south of Brown Gulf and #2 Rds.)

Through a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation we have our first Legends and Lore marker.  We will also have the Pompey Stone on display from our archives.  Town Historian Ruth Hotaling and Special Projects Coordinator Nancy Edwards have researched that the stone was most likely discovered in a field of this farm.  Please join us to celebrate the new marker and the old stone
and its story.  Parking available - follow the signs.

    On Sunday, October 21, 2018 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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