This photo postcard of a trolley rounding the Four Corners in the center of Baldwinsville 100 years ago, is featured on the front cover of Bob Bitz's newest local history book, "Transportation in Central New York and the Baldwinsville Area 1600 to 1940." Bitz will discuss his books and be available for signing on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Baldwinsville's Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse.
Baldwinsville Two new publications by Plainville’s Robert (Bob) Bitz will be the subject of a talk by Bitz to be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Baldwinsville’s Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse. Titled “Transportation in Central New York and the Baldwinsville Area 1600 to 1940” and “One Hamlet and One Farm, Each Representative of Thousands,” local history is the focus of both books.
Bitz’s experiences as an agriculturalist and entrepreneur who developed the historic family farm into the nationally recognized Plainville Turkey Farm, his genuine interest in people and his avocation for history have been combined in his more recent role as author. The two books slated for discussion at the museum are the latest in a series of seven titles by Bitz that have been published since 2007.
In June, Bitz was honored by the Onondaga Historical Association, which presented him with its OHA Medal that is described as “the highest honor given to an individual or organization for contributions made to the cause of preserving and interpreting the heritage of Onondaga County.”
The museum presentation will be accompanied by a book signing. Copies of the new releases as well as Bitz’s “A History of Manufacturing in Baldwinsville and the Towns of Lysander and Van Buren” are available at the museum shop. The museum is located at 46 Canton St. in the village’s McHarrie Park. It is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information, contact the museum at 638-2452 or online at shacksboromuseum.com.