For over 10 years, Michael “Mike” Huchko, a long-time volunteer has been working on organizing and cataloging the Rome Historical Society’s photograph collection. During that time, he has unearthed many interesting photos from Rome’s early days — Train wrecks, car races, plane crashes, and more.
Huchko will show some of these recent finds along with several longtime favorites at the Rome Historical Society on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
Prior to this at 6 p.m., the Daily Sentinel will be having a book release party for “Rome Memories,” a photographic history of the early years, at the historical society. With help from the Rome Historical Society, the Oneida County History Center, and the community, “Rome Memories” offers a glimpse of the Rome area from the mid 1800s to the 1930s.
Huchko has scanned thousands of photos and glass plate negatives that have been donated to the Society. Mike also fields many of the photographic requests from researchers. This research involves searching through tens of thousands of photos; many of which are the work of two Romans, CB Howland and JM Brainerd, who captured news events as well as social gatherings in Rome during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Mike will show some of the favorite images he has discovered including photos of sporting events, early views of Camp Kingsley, and even a “walk down Dominick Street,” circa 1900. Also featured will be select images from the Peter Leonard Collection, a photo collection of over 1,000 photos which the Society purchased in 2017.
The program is free and open to the public, and all persons interested in the history of the area are invited to attend. Mike Huchko will be presenting a sampling of the outstanding photo collection in the Rome Historical Society auditorium located at 200 Church Street and is handicap accessible.
The Rome Historical Society is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. For more information, call (315) 336-5870, like them on Facebook, or visit their website at romehistoricalsociety.org.