OHA Museum unveils Syracuse China Collection March 24 and 26

Since acquiring the revered collection of the Syracuse China Corporation, the OHA Museum will present this exquisite collection of pottery and china made in Onondaga County from 1871-2009.

For almost 140 years, Onondaga Pottery and Syracuse China produced some of the world's finest china in a wide variety of shapes and patterns.

Leading patrons on special guided behind-the-scenes tours, OHA staff and volunteers will present more than 30 cabinets filled with magnificent and historic specimens of Syracuse China in a newly designated exhibit space at the museum.

On display:

-Imperial Geddo, which won a medal and citation for translucent china at the Chicago Exposition in 1893,

Popular railroad car china, from American railroads such as the Santa Fe, Union Pacific, Great Northern, and New York's own New York Central that traveled down Washington St. in Syracuse until the mid 1930s.

-Commemorative plates made by Syracuse China to celebrate Syracuse's centennial as a city (1848-1948), a breakfast held at the Hotel Onondaga in 1911 for President William H. Taft, as well as another plate made for the Hotel Onondaga depicting Hiawatha, the Native American leader credited with forming the Iroquois Confederacy.

-Cafeteria china for H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Company, maker of the air-cooled Franklin auto in Syracuse from 1902-1934,.

-Harry Aitken nature and bird studies.

Vintage paintings and prints of the factory and employees, a company logo sculpted in copper, competition awards, a dining room table set with samples of the china, as well as a ceramic landmine from World War II are part of the show.

Visit the OHA on Wednesday, March 24 or Friday, March 26 from 5-8 pm. for a tour that includes hors d'oeuvres, sparkling refreshments. The cost to attend this event is $30 per person. Call 428-1864, x 312 to make your reservation.

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