Madison County Historian to speak at the Cazenovia Public Library

— All are invited to join Matthew Urtz, Madison County historian, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room for a discussion entitled “Madison County Exposed.”

The presentation will focus on crimes, scandals and events that headlined the local news in Madison County from its roots until now. Featured topics include the first and last hangings in the county, the “Trial of the Century,” the demise of the Loomis Gang, Madison County’s “No-Hitter,” multiple murders, arsons, and much more.

Urtz was appointed the Madison County historian in April 2010. He serves as well on the Cabinet of Freedom for the National Abolitionist Hall of Fame and Museum and on the archives committee for the Central New York Library Resource Council. He is also a board member and regional coordinator for the Association of Public Historians in New York State.

In October 2013, Urtz started a project to record the stories of World War II veterans from Madison County. To date, the stories of seven veterans have been recorded with more to come. The goal is to have the recordings available at local libraries and at the Madison County Historical Society.

Urtz’s July 17 presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

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