Congratulating the Onondaga Historical Association on the Occasion of Its 150Th Anniversaryby Former Representative Daniel B. Maffei
Posted on 2013-02-15
of new york
in the house of representatives
Friday, February 15, 2013
Mr. MAFFEI. Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate the Onondaga
Historical Association (OHA) on the occasion of its 150th Anniversary.
I join the community in celebrating OHA on this historic occasion.
We are grateful to have a museum and research center that reminds us that we have inherited a special place to live because of the people and events that have come before us. Onondaga County New York's rich history is intertwined with many key periods in our country's history, including the building of the Erie Canal, women's suffrage, emancipation, the history of Central New York's Native Americans, the Haudenosaunee, also referred to as the Iroquois Confederacy. OHA's recent jubilee celebration was built around the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, the same year the association began.
OHA's mission is to inspire people's understanding that the history we share as a community is the foundation for our future together. Its purpose is to encourage a diverse audience from the neighborhoods of Syracuse and the communities of Onondaga County to explore, appreciate and utilize their past. OHA offers engaging exhibits and programs, pursues partnerships with other cultural organizations and community groups, and develops and cares for a definitive collection related to local history. In addition, OHA operates a museum and research center in Syracuse, New York.
We take comfort that OHA will continue to document our history in Onondaga County and that its work will serve as a guide to future generations. Simply stated, OHA is our bridge to the past, present and future of Onondaga County. We are a stronger community because of the exceptional work of the OHA's staff, Board, and community supporters.
Once again, I congratulate OHA and all the individuals who have helped to preserve this extraordinary organization over the past 150 years.