Upstate NY History

Chuck DImperio
Chuck DImperio

"Big Chuck" D'Imperio is one of Upstate New York's longest tenured morning radio personalities.  He has been on the air at WDOS in Oneonta since 1989. He was inducted into the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame as "NY Broadcaster of the Year" in 2000.  He also is a newspaper columnist (150 columns) and has written over 500 articles for various national and local periodicals in the last two decades. Chuck is a prolific author and popular public speaker who gives approximately 40 presentations annually in New York State, including in New York City. We have the great pleasure of offering a series of classes that will focus on seven of his published books.

Join Big Chuck for a fun and insightful series of seven 90-minute classes focusing on the "other side" of Upstate New York History. Select one or more of his revealing historical classes, or the entire series. Attendees will come away with a vast history of our Upstate New York region, often having heard a story that may have never been told before. Big Chuck is sure this will be one of the fastest 90 minutes you'll have spent in a classroom. Come see for yourself!

Class One: Upstate Uncovered

An Introduction to the Series

  •  A taste of what's to come, including a compendium of Big Chuck's favorite stories from the road. The stories are charming, historic, and will leave you wanting to learn more!  Well, don't worry, you will have the chance to enroll in any number of his spring classes.
    This is a great gift to give a friend or relative for a holiday, birthday or even an anniversary.

When: Tuesday, March 3, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hunt College Union, Café Union Square
Fee: $20 per class, or register for the entire series and get a discounted rate of $110. That is a savings of $30 and equivalent to 1.5 free classes!

REGISTRATION 

Spring 2020 Class Options:

  • Class Two: The Unknown Museums of Upstate NY 
    A look at 50 smaller museums "off the grid" in Upstate New York. These include important museums, unheard-of museums, sentimental favorites and some that are almost impossible to describe (but oh so much fun!).  These museums, like their bigger, more-visited museum cousins, are the very treasure chests which hold the amazing history of our region over the centuries. 
    When: Tuesday, March 24 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Hunt College Union, Café Union Square
  • Class Three: A Taste of Upstate NY
    A look at the story of the people and the foods of our region. Many foods were born in Upstate New York and Chuck's research took him to the places where they started and how they came to be. You'll learn the back story behind hot wings from Buffalo, potato chips from Saratoga, spiedies from Binghamton, half-moon cookies from Utica and so many more.
    When: Tuesday, March 31, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Hunt College Union, Café Union Square
  • Class Four: Graves of Upstate NY

    A look at 100 final resting places of the rich, famous, infamous and little-known people buried in Upstate NY: who they are, why they are buried here and directions to their graves. Among the famous are Lucille Ball, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mark Twain. The infamous include mafia gang bosses. Unknowns include, "The Very First Movie Villian."  Also poets, folk heroes, sports stars, writers, entertainers, a Kentucky Derby-winning horse and the most famous one-legged tap dancer in the world! 
    When: Tuesday, April 7, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Hunt College Union, Café Union Square

  • Class Five: Upstate NY in 100 Words or Less

    A look at a random selection of 100 small towns and villages throughout Upstate NY. These locales were picked at random and Chuck spent 6 months visiting each one and finding out "their story." 
    When: Tuesday, April 14, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Hunt College Union, Café Union Square

  • Class Six: Monumental NY (great monuments, statues and memorials)

    Take a closer look at 30 of Upstate's great monuments, statues and memorials. Why are they located where they are? Who was the sculptor? What is the story behind their creation?  Fascinating stories here, (including a look at a memorial in Oneonta ... at SUNY!) 
    When: Tuesday, April 21, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Hunt College Union, Café Union Square

  • Class Seven: Open House 

    Big Chuck's newest book looks at 35 historic homes ranging from mansions to log cabins across Upstate NY. Each is open for visiting by the public. 
    When: Tuesday, April 28,  from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Hunt College Union, Café Union Square

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