SUNY Morrisville Human Services Institute and Chenango County Historical Society & Museum host National Author’s Day event

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In celebration of National Author’s Day, the Human Services Institute at the SUNY Morrisville Norwich Campus, in conjunction with the Chenango County Historical Society & Museum, is highlighting five authors on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Norwich Campus, located at 20 Conkey Avenue in Norwich. 

In part one of the two-part series, which runs from noon-5:30 p.m., authors will discuss their work and the writing and publishing process. To RSVP for this session, which includes lunch, call 607.334.5144 or email

The second part, from 5:30-7 p.m., will celebrate authors who have published in the latest edition of the Historical Society’s Journal. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.

The Author’s Day agenda:  

•    Noon – Cynthia Falk – Barns of New York: Rural Architecture of the Empire State 

o    Falk is professor of Material Culture at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, a two-year master’s program in museum studies at SUNY Oneonta. Falk served as the co-editor of Buildings & Landscapes: The Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum from 2012-2017 and is currently appointed to the National Historic Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board. 

•    1 p.m. – Wyatt Galusky – Protein Machines, Technology & the Nature of the Future

o    Galusky is professor of humanities at SUNY Morrisville. He has also served as visiting professor in environmental studies (2021-22) at Hamilton College and as the Gretchen Hoadley Burke Endowed Chair for Regional Studies (2014-15) at Colgate University. His research interests include animals in agriculture and public engagement with science and technology. 

•    2 p.m. – Matthew Urz – Honoring World War Casualties of Madison County, New York

o    Urtz was appointed Madison County Historian in April of 2010. He started the Veterans Story program, which documents veterans firsthand accounts of their experiences during World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm.

•    3-3:30 p.m. – break

•    3:30 p.m. – Ann Silverthorn – William E. Dimorier: Servant Leader

o    Silverthorn explores many forms of writing, including biography, creative writing, historical writing and blogging. She serves in various volunteer capacities in northwest Pennsylvania, including vice-regent of the Presque Isle Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, appointee to the Erie School District Athletic Field Commission and member of the curatorial team at the Erie County Historical Society. 

•    4:30 p.m. - Andres Lopez – Cooperstown Picasso

o    Lopez was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States with his family at age 7. Raised in Queens, New York, he became fascinated by literature and writing at an early age. A published Bronte scholar (New Approaches to the Literary Art of Anne Bronte, edited by Julie Nash and Barbara Suess, 2001), Lopez holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Stony Brook University and is a humanities professor at SUNY Morrisville, where he has taught writing and literature for 32 years.

•    5:30-7 p.m. - Chenango County Historical Society Journal authors celebration