ROME – The Historical Society of Rome, 200 Church St., will host award-winning educator and local historian Gary Ford, and the Project Fibonacci Foundation, Inc., for the grand premiere of “Not HYPE – Not the History You Probably Expected” from 2 at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19.
Free events will include an engaging historical discussion, the debut of an episode of the “Not HYPE” educational series, a Q&A session with Ford, light refreshments, historical collections at the Historical Society of Rome, and more .
RHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, interpreting and presenting the history of Rome, and serving the local community through its museum, research library and range of educational programs free.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Project Fibonacci Foundation and Mr. Gary R. Ford for this event,” said HRH Educator Miranda Sherrock. “I hope this will bring people to the museum who have never been there before.”
Project Fibonacci Foundation is an educational non-profit organization focused on using STEAM education (STEM with the arts) to foster the next wave of young scholars, scientists, artists, and productive citizens. The ultimate goal of the Not HYPE effort is to serve as a unifying exercise: Knowing the History; and expand your knowledge of the Constitution, as well as the intent of the Founders, and understand the power of words — yours as well as that of others, Sherrock said.
Ford is a retired history teacher from the Rome Free Academy and has won numerous awards, including Most Influential Teacher.
Ford served his community as an alderman for the city of Marshall from 2005-2013, was a founding member and first chair of the Southern Oneida Council of Governments, a former trustee of the Genesis Group of the Greater Mohawk Valley, and is the program facilitator . for the Legacy Now leadership program.
He was awarded the Medal of the Order of 1777 by the Historical Society of Rome and is currently the owner and operator of Whimsical Woodworks.
The events are free, but with a limited number of places. Book your tickets on EventBrite.com or through the Rome Historical Society at 315-336-5870.