During the dinner this year's Medal of the Order of 1777, an annual award by the Rome Historical Society, will be presented to a recipient who has worked steadfastly for preservation and awareness of Rome's history. The Medal of the Order of 1777 is the Society's highest award and given annually to the person who "in conduct of life and effort, exemplifies the highest charter purposes of the Society, the finest virtues of citizenship and the ever-reliant qualities of the true patriot. This person is as worthy as the unconquered defenders of Fort Stanwix were in their time and circumstances."
Also presented at the dinner will be this year’s History Maker Award. With the History Maker Award, the Society annually seeks to recognize, honor, and celebrate citizens and/or organizations that are making significant contributions to the greater Rome Community.
This year’s keynote speaker is professional genealogist and historian Pamela Vittorio. Her program is entitled "From Boats to Votes: Women's suffrage and the Erie Canal."