SPRING SPEAKERS AT HISTORY CENTER – “Frances Cleveland,” “Haudenosaunee 101”

Thursday, April 27 – 2 pm – “Frances Folsom Cleveland” – Re-Enactor Darcie Homme

Clevelands 1White House weddings have always been big news but one more than any other. In 1886, 19-year-old Frances Folsom of Buffalo and Medina married President Grover Cleveland, her late father’s friend and her legal guardian, in the Executive Mansion. Re-enactor Darcie Homme will  portray “Frances Folsom Cleveland” in a program at the History Center on Thursday, April 27, at 2 p.m.

As a young, pretty and fashionable First Lady, Frances became an instant hit with the public, and her image appeared on many types of advertisements.

“Mrs. Cleveland” will tell us how she changed the role of First Lady and her effect on women’s fashions of the day. She’ll speak of her life in the White House and her interests and activities in later life, including after Cleveland’s death.

Darcie Homme began re-enacting as a Step Back in Time Player at History Center cemetery tours. She has also portrayed Belva Lockwood and Mary Todd Lincoln.


Thursday, May 25 – 2 pm – “Haudenosaunee 101” – Speaker Freida Jacques

Freida JacquesCome to know the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) at the History Center’s May speaker program. Clan Mother Freida Jacques of the Onondaga Nation will present “Haudenosaunee 101,” Thursday, May 25, at 2 p.m., at the History Center.

Jacques will offer fundamental information on the Iroquois Confederacy, drawn from her first-hand life experiences and understanding of her culture. As part of her 90-minute program, Jacques will also invite the audience to ask questions and engage with her accounts of Iroquois life.

This free presentation is made possible by a grant from the Humanities New York Public Scholar program.

Jacques recently retired after 21 years as a Home/School Liaison at the Onondaga Nation School. The Onondaga Nation, one of the nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, is located south of Syracuse.

Jacques, whose native name is Whatwehni:neh, has been a Clan Mother of the Turtle Clan for more than 40 years. She has served as a liaison between Iroquois culture and educational institutions across New York State, as well as a leader in her Nation. Jacques has a particular interest in the subjects of peace and healing and has published essays on those topics.

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