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Sunday, November 05, 2023

01:00 PM  
Madison County Historical Society Annual Program and Sunday Dinner

Madison County Historical Society's Annual Program and Sunday Dinner will be held on November 5 at Ye Olde Landmark Tavern.  The program is open to the Madison County Historical Society's membership and the public. Jim Ford is the guest speaker.


Oneida-The Madison County Historical Society cordially invites all its members and the public to the society's Annual Program and Sunday Dinner on November 5 at Ye Olde Landmark Tavern located on Route 20 in Bouckville. The Madison County Historical Society is proud to present guest speaker, Jim Ford. Ford's afternoon program on George "Hooks" Willtse, Madison County's most famous baseball player of the early 1900s, will highlight "Hooks" Wiltse's boyhood and young adult years playing with the Bouckville Summits, and his rise to the major leagues.  "Hooks" Wiltse played for the New York Giants and their legendary coach, John J. McGraw.

Jim Ford grew up on a dairy farm just north of Madison.  He attended Madison Central School and S.U.N.Y. Oneonta, where he earned his history teaching degree.  He received his master's degree from Colgate University.  Following graduation from Oneonta, Jim taught for one year at Stockbridge Valley, before returning to Madison Central for the next 33 years.  Since retirement, Jim has written eleven books on local history.  He and his wife, Joan, live near Hamilton, have two sons, and have been married for 54 years.

The menu options for the meal served are chicken marsala, baked haddock, or roasted pork tenderloin. The meal includes salad, rolls, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, dessert, coffee, and tea. Tickets for the meal and program are $40. Reservations are required by October 30. The Madison County Historical Society will be selling raffle tickets throughout the program. Prizes range from the many handmade craft items donated by the talented craft artisans at this year's 59th  Annual Madison County Craft Festival. Tickets for the raffle items are $1 each or 6 for $5. The winning tickets will be drawn at the annual meeting. All proceeds benefit restoration at the Madison County Historical Society.


The restaurant will open its doors for our event at 12:30 p.m. The meal will be served at 1:00 p.m. The program will follow at 2:00 p.m. Please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, or history@mchs1900.org for more information, directions, or to make a reservation. The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in Oneida. The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County's heritage. The historical society's headquarters are housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places.





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