Join us in Library Hall* for a lecture with Robert Searing, Curator of History at the Onondaga Historical Association. This lecture series was made possible in part by a state grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco. Free. No registration.
Bottoms Up: A Short History of the Brewing Industry in Syracuse
Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 PM
Beer has been made in the Syracuse area as early as the 1790s. This lecture reviews its local history, ties to various ethnic neighborhoods, struggles with the Temperance Movement and the Depression, and its revival in the late 20th century with both local brewpubs and national industrial giants.
Gustav Stickley and Syracuse Arts & Crafts Legacy
Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 PM
This program explores the great traditions that developed early in the 20th century that made Syracuse a center for the national Arts & Crafts Movement. The lecture reviews the story of Gustav Stickley, but also touches on the contributions of local architect Ward Wellington Ward, stained glass craftsman Henry Keck and the artists at Syracuse China.
Springs, Lakes & Reservoirs: The History of Syracuse’s Water System
Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 PM
Syracuse’s water supply was not always drawn from the crystal clear depth of Skaneateles Lake. Before that 1890s project, the community struggled with a variety of sources. Probe the story of Syracuse’s various attempts to develop a safe and dependable water system and how that was important to the health, safety and economy of an American city.
*Please note that Library Hall is only accessible by stair, there is no elevator access.