Resolution J455-2013

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Onondaga Historical Association

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  • Feb 12, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 12, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 8, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Onon-
daga Historical Association

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions which devote themselves to the welfare of the  community  and  its
citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate the 150th Anniversary of the Onondaga Historical Association; and
  WHEREAS,  In  early  1862,  during  a  devastating Civil War, in which
central New York citizens were playing an increasingly pivotal  role,  a
group of community leaders decided that it was important to preserve and
document  the  history they were witnessing and experiencing; the organ-
ization they formed for this purpose, the  Onondaga  Historical  Associ-
ation (OHA), was officially chartered in 1863; and
  WHEREAS, Now, in 2013, OHA enters its sesquicentennial year with great
pride; it is the oldest cultural organization in Onondaga County and one
of the earliest historical associations in the country; and
  WHEREAS,  OHA  has evolved tremendously over the past 150 years into a
vibrant association of heritage-related  museums,  research  and  educa-
tional  centers,  historic  sites, and retail venues in Onondaga County;
its collections consist of well over a million items, including the  May
1775  "General  Association  for...the Rights and Liberties of America",
which was the first document of the very first representative government
of New York; it also  consists  of  the  earliest  known  photograph  of
Frederick  Douglass,  along  with  the  largest  private  collection  of
portraits by Charles Loring Elliott, the most accomplished and  renowned
portraitist of the 19th century; and
  WHEREAS,   OHA's   collections  have  informed  exhibits,  educational
programs and publications on a state, national and international  level;
as  a  major local cultural institution, it embraces its serious role as
an economic engine for the community; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those organiza-
tions which enhance the well-being and vitality of their communities and
have shown a long and sustained commitment to excellence certainly  have
earned  the  recognition  and applause of all the citizens of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  150th  Anniversary  of the Onondaga Historical Associ-
ation; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Onondaga Historical Association.

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