Free Soup Luncheon / Costume Portrayal / Art Gallery

Monday, January 20 at 11:45 a.m. in YWCA Multi-Purpose Room

All are invited; school-aged children welcome to attend.

Martin Sweeney, Homer Historian, on the right, and portrait of President Lincoln by David P. Quinlan of Homer in the background. Photo credit: Bob Ellis, former staff photographer for the Cortland Standard.

Local Historian Martin A. Sweeney to Portray Historic Homer Figure

Sweeney, retired Homer Central Junior High history teacher and current  Historian for the Town and Village of Homer, will portray, in costume, historic Homer figure, William Osborn Stoddard. He will tell the story of how ten-year-old Stoddard discovered a runaway slave in his grandfather’s cellar, learned about Abolitionism, tolerance, and human rights, came to oppose slavery, and ended up working for Abraham Lincoln, “The Great Emancipator.”


YWCA Art Gallery to Feature Posters Created by GEMS Group

Participants are invited to come early to view the display in the back Art Gallery where YWCA will feature posters created by members of teen mentoring group, GEMS (Girls: Empowered, Motivated, Successful). The GEMS chose iconic pictures from black history,  reflected on what they mean to them, and with the assistance of artist, Liz Sharp, crafted posters incorporating the images and thoughts. The posters will be on display from January 17 to February 28 in honor of Black History Month.