Judith Wellman, Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Chair for Regional Studies, organized a visit for students to meet with Ted Bartlett of Crawford and Stearns Architects and Preservation Planners at the Jonathan Olmsted House. The house, which was built about 1810, is an important historical resource for the university and the community. It is historically significant as the founding place of what was to become Colgate University, in 1817, and as the homestead of Deacon Jonathan Olmsted, who was a prominent early settler and one of the founders of the University. The building is architecturally significant as a distinctive example of timber frame construction from the Hamilton settlement period.
This semester, Dr. Wellman is teaching the Upstate History class, HIST 313. This class explores the social, political and cultural history of central New York in the first half of the 19th century focusing on topics such as women’s rights, utopian communities, anti-slavery and the Erie Canal, amongst others. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to directly explore the community outside Colgate by visiting The Fenimore Art Museum, the Oneida Community Mansion House and the Olmstead House.
Dr. Judith Wellman is Professor Emerita at State University of New York at Oswego and Principal Investigator at Historical New York Research Associates. She has more than 30 years of experience in research, teaching, cultural resource surveys and grants administration in U.S. history, women’s history, local history, Underground Railroad history, and historic preservation. She is the author of “The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman’s Right Convention” (2004).