Calendar of Events



▪ Policing Early Onondaga County 1794 1900
Date:08/09/2016
Weekday:Tuesday
Time:7:00 PM
Type of Event:Lecture
Description:This presentation focuses on the development of policing in and around Onondaga County circa 1794-1900. Topics include the formation of the Military Tract, Jails & penitentiaries, the first recorded jailbreak 1812, the Coffee House Riot 1844, aspects of policing the Erie Canal, the Jerry Rescue 1851, legal executions 1840, 1873, 1876, & 1881, and the James Harvey incident 1893. The presentation highlights the importance of recognizing professional heritage & local history.

Presented by Lt. Jon Anderson, Onondaga County Sheriffs Office.
Museum members $5, non-members $7



▪ Gershom Powers 1827 Report on the Founding and First 10 Years of Auburn Prison: Setting the Agenda for the Next 200 Years
Date:08/16/2016
Weekday:Tuesday
Time:7:00 PM
Type of Event:Lecture
Description:Dr. Lombardo began studying prisons after he started his career as a teacher in Auburn Correctional Facility in 1969. Gershom Powers Report to the Legislature was one of the first books he read. Compiled only 10 years after Auburn Prisons opening 200 years ago it was astonishing to find that Powers descriptions of issues surrounding the purposes of prisons and concerns of prison administrators of 1827 were still important in in the early 1970s and today.
Should prisons simply punish or should / can they reform prisoners? What is the place of work, of education in prisons? What is the place of substance abuse in prisoners lives? How do you control prisoners inside of a prison: surveillance, enforcing rules, the use of force. These are all issues Gershom Powers describes as the Auburn System developed through trial and error and practical responses to observed problems into a template for prison choices for the next 200 years.

Presented by Dr. Lucien Lombardo
Museum members $5, non-members $7



▪ Policing the Erie Canal
Date:08/23/2016
Weekday:Tuesday
Time:7:00 PM
Type of Event:Lecture
Description:Based on historical research from the Onondaga County Sheriffs Office Historic Preservation project, this presentation focuses on law enforcement issues surrounding the storied Erie Canal - The character of policing of the era, the urban crime ridden red light canal districts, the legacy of the orphaned canal boys, the Sabbatarian movement, various canal code laws, and the unique challenge for law enforcement with the canals role in the underground railroad.

Presented by Lt. Jon Anderson, Onondaga County Sheriffs Office
Museum members $5, non-members $7



▪ What Franklin Roosevelt knew about Thomas Mott Osborne that Auburnians Misunderstood
Date:08/30/2016
Weekday:Tuesday
Time:7:00 PM
Type of Event:Lecture
Description:No one knew Osborne and his radical prison reforms better than Franklin Roosevelt, whose conclusions were quite different from what most Auburnians thought. Yet allegations associated with their friendship dogged Roosevelt even after his death.

Presented by David Connelly
Museum members $5, non-members $7