Earlier this summer, author Neil K. MacMillan visited the Barnes Mansion to talk about his book, Wicked Syracuse, A History of Sin in Salt City. MacMillan also signed copies of the book for those in attendance. We have several copies available for sale — and thanks to MacMillan and The History Press, the Barnes Foundation gets to keep a portion of the proceeds from each copy we sell.
Wicked Syracuse, A History of Sin in Salt City, is a 144-page paperback book which went on sale in June. Here’s a brief summary from the book’s publisher, The History Press:
Gangsters, train robbery, forgery and prostitution–these misdeeds are more often associated with New York City or the Wild West, but make no mistake, Syracuse, New York, has housed its fair share of vice and sinners. A riot prompted politicians to make Syracuse a city in the first place. A man who billed himself as “Dillinger the Second” once walked ‘Cuse’s streets, and a notorious gangster boasted of his desire to retire in Salt City. At the end of the nineteenth century, neither law enforcement nor fervent clergy could stop rampant illicit gambling. Local author Neil MacMillan tours the city of Syracuse, unearthing tales of its most infamous residents and their dastardly deeds–from strange murders to bounty jumpers to vandals.
Sounds pretty interesting, right? You can learn more about the seedier side of Syracuse’s history AND help the Barnes Foundation at the same time! We have a limited number of copies available for $20 each. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will stay with the Barnes Foundation.
Order Your Copy Here and We’ll Ship to You!
You can order your copy right here on the Barnes Foundation website. We will ship a copy of the book directly to you. In order to cover shipping costs, we must add $5 to the price, for a total of $25.
After you click “Add to Cart,” the page will re-load. When you have finished your order, click the “Checkout” button. You will be directed to PayPal, where you can securely provide your payment information as well as the address where you’d like us to send your book.
Local Pick-Up Option to Avoid Shipping Costs
You can get the book for the regular price of $20 — and avoid the extra shipping fee — by paying for and picking up your copy in-person at the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion on James Street in Syracuse. Please contact us first, so we can arrange a time for you to pick up your copy.