Your memories of downtown Syracuse's shopping heyday wanted for history exhibit

Holiday garland abounds in downtown Syracuse and traffic chokes Salina Street during the holidays (Undated photo from Onondaga Historical Association).

Central New Yorkers of a certain age have powerful memories of holiday shopping along downtown Syracuse’s South Salina Street.

E.W. Edwards, Addis, Chappell’s, Dey Brothers and other stores dotted the downtown blocks. During the heyday, there were several theatres including RKO Keith’s, Empire and Loews.

Now, the Onondaga Historical Association is working to recreate the glory days in a new exhibit: “Strolling Down Salina Street: 1940-1980.” The new exhibit will take over space on the OHA’s first floor gallery and allow visitors to stroll down the grand old street once again.

“This community has deep love for Salina Street, and we are hoping that there are artifacts out there in basements and attics that people will be willing to share, tangible memories of this bygone era,” said Bob Searing, OHA’s curator of history.

The OHA is looking for members of the community to donate or loan photos or store boxes or items of clothing purchased in downtown Syracuse between 1940-1980.

If you have something to share, call the OHA at 315-428-1864.

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