Forman House Plaque Dedication

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Please join us on February 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Zen Center of Syracuse for the dedication of a historic plaque celebrating the 1810 residence of Joshua Forman, first President of the Village of Syracuse.  The house has been lovingly restored by the Zen Center since 1996, when it acquired the property at 266 West Seneca Turnpike.

The plaque was made possible through a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, and Mr. Pomeroy will be present at the dedication ceremony.  A short reception will follow.

Joshua Forman was a New York State Assemblyman who proposed and championed the creation of the Erie Canal, commissioned the mapping of Syracuse’s streets, opened the law office of Forman and Sabine in Onondaga Hollow, established the First Onondaga Religious Society and Onondaga Hollow Religious Society, founded the Plaster Company of Camillus, was appointed First Judge of Onondaga County Common Pleas, and erected two grist mills, among other achievements. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

His vision and energy continued to manifest throughout the history of this beautiful house, which has served as a private home, a seminary, and a community gathering place for concerts on its sweeping porches. Neighbors sewed bandages there for soldiers during the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The Zen Center of Syracuse teaches the fundamentals of meditation, offers cultural and educational programs, maintains a community art gallery, commissioned a large-scale public artwork by Haudenosaunee artist Tom Huff, and welcomes people of all religions, races, and ethnic traditions to find inner peace at this six-acre wildlife preserve along Onondaga Creek.

RSVP: 315-492-9773 or e-mail Caroline Savage at

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 - 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Forman House
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