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Rome Historical Society
200 Church St
Rome NY 13440
Tuesday through Friday:
9 A.M. to 3 P.M.
10A.M. to 2P.M.
Programs are specifically designed for students and teachers to stimulate interest in our area's rich past. The Rome Historical Society offers two program options:
Each year the Society presents a series of programs, including visits and presentations at businesses, nursing homes and other community organizations. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in arranging a presentation for your organization.
A History of the Trinkaus Lights Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM
With the holiday season upon us, the lights of the old Trinkaus Manor now light up the city of Rome. On Saturday December 9 at 10:00 AM, Judy Malozzi, historian from the town of Whitesboro will give a presentation on the history of the Trinkaus lights at the Rome Historical Society.
For over thirty years the lights were the cornerstone of the holiday celebration at Trinkaus Manor in Oriskany. Starting in 1955 the Trinkaus brothers began their holiday lighting display and added new features each year. The thriving restaurant could seat nearly 700 patrons and attracted people from across the country. Tour buses were a regular site at the Manor.
In April 1992, a fire destroyed Trinkaus Manor, but many of the Christmas lights and displays had been stored in a separate area and survived the fire. They were donated to the City of Rome by Andy Trinkaus in 1992 and now line the streets of Rome each year.
Our mission: To actively research, collect, preserve, and present the historical importance of Rome, N.Y. and to serve as an educational and community resource.
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