Studying Rome’s cherished past

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Among the intellectual gems we benefit from is the Rome Historical Society.

With its beginnings that date back to 1936, its collection of over 40,000 items, and its museum, the historical society is a rare resource for those who wish to more about Rome’s long and cherished history.

An example: On Wednesday, from 5 to 6 p.m. the society, will present a lecture entitled “Integrating primary sources through local history research activities: Using local history to teach historical thinking skills and generate excitement in your course.”

That’s quite a mouthful but the subject matter will describe the collaboration of two educators who have worked to integrate and appreciate local history while teaching historical thinking skills and document research. The lecture will be presented by Camden High School social studies teacher Jessica Harney and CHS library media specialist Jennine Bloomquist.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for registration and light refreshments, and the program is free and open to the public.

On behalf of the Oneida County History Center, they were instrumental in getting a state historic marker in Florence through the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s grant program in 2016. The marker commemorates the free black farming settlement organized by abolitionist Stephen Myers through land grants from wealthy abolitionist Garritt Smith of Utica.

As its website (romehistoricalsociety.org) points out: “At the Rome Historical Society, you can discover the ways Rome has adapted, grown, and changed over time, from its days as a place of portage for colonial traders to its early fortifications like Fort Bull and Fort Stanwix, from a small town briefly named Lynchville to the industrious city of Rome that supplied one-tenth of the world’s copper and was home to Griffiss Air Force Base.”

Rome Historical Society is located at 200 Church St.

For more information on this or other Society events, visit romehistoricalsociety.org or call 315-336-5870.

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