Loomis Gang Subject of Madison County Historical Society Event

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MADISON – The Madison County Historical Society invites all of its members and the public to the Society’s Annual Luncheon and Program on Sunday, October 24 at 1 p.m. at the Solsville Hotel, 7243 Valley Road.

The Madison County Historical Society guest speaker will be Jim Ford, who will present “The Loomis Gang – Their Activities in the Town of Madison during the Period 1840-1865”.

Some of the items used in Mr. Ford’s presentation on the Loomis Gang will cover the theft at the Solsville Hotel. Jim Ford grew up half a mile north of the Solsville Hotel and attended Madison Central School.

He received his BA in Oneonta State History Education and his MA from Colgate University. Since retiring from teaching, Ford has published 10 books on local history and has conducted extensive research on many topics related to the history of the city of Madison.

The lunch buffet served at noon includes salad, roast beef, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, mixed vegetables, hot potato chips, coffee and tea. Tickets for the annual lunch and program are $ 25. Reservations are required before October 22.

The Madison County Historical Society will be selling raffle tickets throughout the event. Prizes range from the many handmade crafts donated by talented artisans at this year’s 57th annual Madison County Craft Festival. Tickets for raffle items cost $ 1 each or 6 for $ 5. The winning tickets will be drawn at the annual meeting; the winner (s) do not need to be present to win. All proceeds are donated to the restoration of the Madison County Historical Society. Other ongoing raffle tickets will also be sold throughout the event.

The lunch buffet will be served at noon. The restaurant will open for the event at 11:30 am. The program will follow lunch around 1:00 p.m. Easy Money Big Band will perform at the Solsville Hotel at 3:00 PM.

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 company continues to preserve, collect, promote and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one town through the development of programs that enhance the heritage of Madison County. The headquarters of the historical society are housed in a neo-Gothic villa from 1849 listed in the National and National Register of Historic Places.


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