Know stories, know Syracuse. No stories, no Syracuse. To me, this means exactly as it reads. To know Syracuse, you must know the stories of Syracuse, and to know these stories is to know ourselves. My name is David and I’ve been a Syracuse resident since birth, currently residing in the Eastwood neighborhood. My ancestors came to this city from Germany in 1893. I’m always intrigued by the fact that they chose this place, and that I continue to make that same choice every day. Since 2013, I have been capturing stories and telling them on my Instagram account, @SyracuseHistory. The stories I write are often short blurbs about the people who have come before us and buildings that surround us. My mission has always been to evoke pride in our city and encourage people to think about who we are, who we were and who we can become. Each story is accompanied by a picture that represents that person, place or thing today, providing a tangible connection to the past, a past that might otherwise be forgotten. Each one of these stories have connected me to a different person, place or thing; from meeting with fraternities at Syracuse University to reuniting a family with a lost postcard from 1910, I never know what might be next.
One particular piece that stands out among the rest is a story I did in 2015 with local writer, Sean Kirst, to tell the tale of Disney’s Dumbo and its connection to Syracuse. Sean is a prize-winning author who has provided an unwavering voice for this community for several decades. I’m lucky to say that Sean is a friend and mentor of mine. We share similar souls, a love for this community and a passion for storytelling. He helped provide inspiration as I sought a way to nurture this passion in an ever changing media landscape, and this website is the result.
So, without further ado, welcome to Storycuse.com, the new home of human interest storytelling for Syracuse and Central New York. I’m excited to embark on this adventure and invite you, the readers, to join me on this journey and engage in the community that surrounds you. Through this website, I will continue to provide a voice to the unique stories of CNY and act as a ripple for the wave that is Syracuse. Stay tuned!