In The Heart of Central New York: Stories of Historic Homer, NY Martin A. Sweeney makes the past come alive through this collection of articles from his column in The Homer News. Through his writing, Sweeney offers readers a glimpse of the excitement he brought to his classrooms by bringing to life the people, events, manners, and mores of the past in a community that is the heart of Central New York State. This compilation represents Sweeney’s successful efforts as a public historian in using the press as a tool for generating interest in his community’s unique historical identity.With annotations and a touch of humor, this book illustrates for current and emerging public historians how to successfully engage a community in acknowledging their history matters—that the fibers of “microhistory” contribute to the rich tapestry that is county, regional, state, and national history.
Martin A. Sweeney is a retired Unites States history teacher. He currently serves as the historian for the town and village of Homer, New York. As a public historian he has a regular column on local history in Homer’s newspaper, The Homer News.
Map of Central New York State
Chapter 1: Articles of 2010 and 2011
Chapter 2: Articles of 2012
Chapter 3: Articles of 2013
Chapter 4: Articles of 2014
Chapter 5: Articles of 2015
Chapter 6: Articles of 2016
Chapter 7: Articles of 2017
Chapter 8: Articles of 2018
Chapter 9: Articles of 2019
Chapter 10: Articles of 2020
Chapter 11: Article at the start of 2021
About the Author
To understand Homer, New York, start with this book. Martin Sweeney has assembled a collection of his historic writings in this compilation, and taken as a whole, he has put his finger on what makes this community so significant. The Heart of Central New York is local history at its finest.
In his new book, The Heart of Central New York: Stories of Historic Homer, a selection of his informative and well-researched newspaper columns, Historian Martin A. Sweeney tells the stories of the many people, places and events that shaped Homer, New York into the vibrant and special place it is today. In vivid detail, readers experience the drama and intrigue of everyday life; Prohibition raids; a stagecoach ride on the Albany Post Road; the discovery of a traveler on the Underground Railroad; a visit with Eleanor Roosevelt; the trials and tribulations of early settlers of European descent; an unsolved murder; an influenza pandemic; the removal of the Klan from Cortland County; important connections to President Lincoln and the Civil War; and much more. This book is everything a local history should be, providing context and a glimpse back in time that informs the present and future of Historic Homer.
Martin A. Sweeney is a careful and enthusiastic historian who dives deeply into the fascinating details of life in Homer, NY. His research is thorough, and he has effortlessly woven together engaging tales that bring history to life. This book is a must read for anyone interested in Homer, Cortland County, and New York State history and how it all fits into United States history.
Homer has long been the quiet gem, unknown to the thousands that pass it by each day. But no longer. Martin Sweeney’s The Heart of Central New York brings to life the rich architectural heritage of this community and the people that have been the pulse.