About the Program

Out of the Attic is a special lunchtime lecture series at the Cayuga Museum. The series will feature local experts who have selected a few objects from the Cayuga Museum’s vast collection to anchor their historical discussions. Bring a bag lunch, and learn more about the unique history of Cayuga County!  These lectures will take place in the Carriage House Theater. Parking is available in a lot adjacent to the Carriage House on Orchard Ave, and in front of the museum on Genesee Street.


$5 general public, members free!

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Cayugans in the Civil War

Tony Gero

Thursday, November 9

12 PM- 1 PM

Join military historian Anthony Gero as he explores the history of Cayugans on the battlefield throughout the American Civil War. Utilizing an assortment of uniforms and photographs from the Cayuga Museum’s collection, Gero will share the stories of the individuals who wore the pieces and the regiments in which they served.

Anthony F. Gero holds a BS in Secondary Education from S. U. C. at Oswego and an MA: History from S.U.C. at Cortland. He is a retired high school teacher and former adjunct history instructor at Cayuga Community College. He is an elected Fellow of the Company of Military Historians and is an author and co-author of nine military history books and over 200 articles on military history among them Black Soldiers of New York State: A Proud Legacy (SUNY Press, 2009). Recently he has entered the field of fiction work that include Boots: A Novella of the Civil War (Camp Pope Publishing, 2013) and The Night Dancer Chronicles: Book One (Downtown Books Publishing, 2014) Book Two (Downtown Books Publishing, 2015)

Virtual Access

Are you unable to make the lunchtime lecture, but would still like to experience it live? No worries, because we will be recording this lecture live on Zoom. Non-members should click on the button below to purchase access to the Zoom link. Members should reach out to Geoff Starks at geoffrey@cayugamuseum.org to receive your free link. A link will be sent to all virtual attendees the day before the lecture.

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View Recordings of Previous Programs

July 13, 2023

The Angel and the Warrior: The Love Story of Emily Martin & General Emory Upton

Speakers: Don & Sharon Burkel

Through the letters and diary of Emily Norwood Martin and General Emory Upton we will tell their brief, yet tragic, story of their life together. It relates to their courtship, the Martin & Upton families, Willowbrook, and the various locations in the country where Emily and Emory resided throughout their time together. A PowerPoint program provides visuals and other details to go along with the readings.

Out of the Attic 2023 Schedule

Mark your calendar with all these upcoming presentations!

Friday, March 17
12 - 1 PM
Clothing & Fashion History
Speaker: Megan Gillen
Wednesday, May 17
12 - 1 PM
In Their Own Words: The Case Lab's Primary Sources
Speaker: Haley Boothe
Thursday, July 13
12 - 1 PM
The Angel and the Warrior: The Love Story of Emily Martin & General Emory Upton
Speakers: Sharon & Don Burkel
Thursday, November 9
12 - 1 PM
Cayugans in the Civil War
Speaker: Anthony Gero

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Support is provided by the Title Sponsor, Tompkins Community Bank, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts, and 2023 Exhibitor Sponsors