History at NOPL

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on February 5, 2014
Feb 052014

Reading & Discussion Series:
Making Sense of the Civil War

February – June 2014
NOPL @ N. Syracuse

The Civil War was a time of great conflict and transformation for our country, as well as the individual people who lived during that time. Its legacy survives to this day in the form of historical accounts, speeches, personal letters, and even modern-day fiction novels.

In this new, five-part Reading and Discussion series, you will be introduced to a powerful selection of diaries, speeches, essays and works of historical fiction, and invited to join an open, guided discussion exploring how the war’s themes impact our lives and society today.

Please join us for a kickoff meeting on Wednesday, February 12th at 6 PM to learn about the program, discuss the reading list and receive reading materials! The five-part series will be held on the last Wednesday of each month (February through June) from 6-7:30 PM. Readings will be provided to participants free of charge through the library.

Sign-up is required as group size is limited. Simply sign up for the kickoff meeting and you will be registered for the series!

SPMH Military History Lecture Series

The Military History Lecture Series is organized by the Society for the Preservation of Military History (SPMH). Lectures occur monthly during the academic year at the North Syracuse Library, and are open to all.

September 12, 2013:  History of Jihad
October 10: The Anaconda Plan
November 14: Operation Urgent Fury
December 12: The Battle of Trenton
January 9, 2014: The Crimean War
February 13: Infantry Weapons of WWII
March 13: Battles of the Bible: Ai and Jericho
April 10: Cold Warrior: Behind the Iron Curtain
May 8: World War I: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive
June 12: Napoleonic Wars: The Peninsular Campaign

History resources online

  • Great Events From History – Includes hundreds of essays covering historical events from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. It also includes historical biographies. (OCPL Library Card needed)
  • Milestone Documents in American History – Includes 268 full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary covering American and African American history. (OCPL Library Card needed)


  • Heritage Quest – A collection of genealogical resources with digitized books and periodicals containing family and local histories from around the country, and searchable images of the complete U.S. Federal census, 1790 – 1930.  (OCPL Library Card needed)
  • Ancestry Library – [In-library use only]  Provides access to Census records; birth, marriage and death records; military records; immigration and emigration records and more.
  • Family History Video Kit –  Let us help you discover and preserve your story. You can check out one of our easy to use Flip video cameras for up to one week. Record your family’s stories on the camera and save to you own computer or we can help you burn to a disc.