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Onondaga County and the Environment

All too often cited by federal and state governments for "crimes" against the environment, Onondaga County should be recognized for its efforts to sustain and improve its green resources. Presented by, Joseph Barry Ombudsman for Central New York. September 13, 2014


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Evelyn Wrench Speaker

The Rainborowes: One Family's Quest To Build a New England

Introduced by Shirley Bowen April 8, 2014

The Rainborowes: One Family's Quest to Build a New England: In the tumultuous decades between 1630 and 1660, a group of Massachusetts settlements quickly grew into a network of established colonies with their own distinctive social, economic and religious culture, while across the Atlantic, England was involved in a bloody civil war that shook the fabric of English social, political and religious life. At the center of this turbulent time was a remarkable family: the Rainborowes.

Adrian Tinniswood OBE is a distinguished British historian, author and lecturer, whose passion for architecture and history began when he began researching and writing about Sudbury Hall, (owned by the National Trust) located in Derbyshire. Mr. Tinniswood has written many books including, The Polite Tourist, His Invention So Fertile: The Life of Christopher Wren, By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London, The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War and Madness in 17th-Century England. Mr. Tinniswood currently resides in Bath, England.


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2014 Shakespeare Competition Makes Headlines

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Jeffrey Kringer, Haven Kohanski and Lucy Purnine were the top winners of the 26th annual Shakespeare Competition of the Syracuse branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States. High school students from 19 Central New York schools competed in the Saturday event. During the competition, students recited a monologue and sonnet. While there were19 local finalists, 159 students competed in the first round at their high schools.

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May 10, 2014 - Amelia Earhart Aviatrix Extraordinaire

A portrayal of the aviation pioneer and author, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic. Her plane disappeared in 1937 during a flight over the Central Pacific Ocean. Fascination with her life, career, and disappearance have never ceased. Presented by Eleanor Stearns, Actress, Geneva Theatre Guild.


The G.I. Bulge at Syracuse University: March 8, 2014

One of the events that changed the S.U. campus and the city of Syracuse forever was the creation of the G.I. Bill, a series of benefits for World War II veterans, including a college education. Despite its relatively small size, S.U. enrolled more veterans than any other university in New York State.

Presented by Ed Galvin, Director Archives and Records Management.


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