NY State document found in attic of historical society





In 2002 the Onondaga Historical Association decided to put its attic in order. They hired archivist Phil McCray, a pro from Cornell. After 2 1/2 years, he announced the job was done, and revealed his big surprise: four pages of a paper entitled: "The 1775 General Association for the Rights and Liberties of America." It is considered New York's declaration of independence from England. McCray found this precious document in a grocery box. Most people thought it had been destroyed in a fire in the state library in Albany in 1911. Some people claim to have seen it since that time but no one knows how it ended up in the grocery box. It is currently on display at the OHA's headquarters at 321 Montgomery Street in Syracuse.


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