The Oneida County History Center will return to Sangertown Square Mall on November 24-26 and December 9-23, 2017 to operate a satellite bookstore near the Macy’s wing.
A large selection of titles will be available for purchase. New titles in 2017 include New Hartford: Images of America, Chenango Canal: The Million Dollar Ditch, and Murder of a Herkimer County Teacher. Returning titles include Heaven’s Ditch: God Gold and Murder on the Erie Canal, Haunted Old Forge, and local history puzzles featuring colorized scenes from Utica and Oneida County. Continue reading
On Saturday, November 18th at 1 pm, the Oneida County History Center and the St. David’s Society of Utica will celebrate Welsh heritage in Oneida County.
Participants can learn about the history of Welsh settlers in Oneida County and Welsh-American culture in the region today.
This interactive celebration features a presentation on Wales and Welsh settlers, a teacake cooking demonstration, and advice on researching Welsh ancestry. Continue reading
The Oneida County History Center will host a musical celebration with local Irish cultural group Craobh Dugan, on Saturday, October 21 at 1 pm.
“The Irish & the Erie” shares the story of how the Irish immigrants helped to build the Erie Canal in an entertaining one hour presentation featuring the traditional Irish music they played and songs they sang. This event is free and open to the public. Continue reading
The Oneida County History Center will host a lecture by Jack Henke on the Zion Lutheran Church’s 175 years in Greater Utica on Wednesday, September 27th at 5:30 pm.
Jack Henke has been exploring the history of Utica’s first Lutheran congregation for the past five years. In this illustrated lecture, he discusses research strategies and outlines the past of Zion Church, which directly reflects events in the histories of the Mohawk Valley and the country as a whole. Continue reading
The Oneida County History Center will host author Wade Allen Lallier for a signing of his new book Chenango Canal: The Million Dollar Ditch on Wednesday, September 20th, starting at 5:30 pm.
Chenango Canal: The Million Dollar Ditch chronicles the story of a central New York canal and how it changed the region. Touted as “the best built canal in New York State,” the canal was never profitable for the state, but did bring prosperity to the communities along its length. Lallier will discuss the canal’s history and impact on Oneida County. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and for the author to sign. Continue reading
A new exhibit at the Oneida County History Center, Realities of Resettlement explores refugee integration into urban life in Utica. The resettlement and integration of refugees affects the social, political, and economic fabric of the Mohawk Valley.
This exhibit offers an opportunity to learn from the city’s challenging and successful resettlement experiences in order to serve as a model for similar communities elsewhere. Continue reading
Liz Covart, host of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast about Early American History, will discuss the New England migration into New York State throughout the 18th and 19th centuries in Utica on April 29th.
Covart is a historian of early America who practices scholarly history, public history, and digital humanities. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast, folksingers Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle perform songs from the early days of the Erie Canal. Gibson and Staudle will perform their Erie Canal program at the Oneida County History Center on Saturday, May 13, at 1 pm at 1608 Genesee Street in Utica.
Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
On Saturday, April 1st at 1 pm, the Oneida County History Center will host Author Madis Senner who will discuss his new book Sacred Sites in North Star Country.
Upstate New York was the birthplace of the Women’s Movement and American Democracy, home to America’s Second Great Awakening, and was called the Burned-Over District for its spiritual wildfires, and America’s Psychic Highway. Continue reading
On January 1, 2017 the Oneida County Historical Society became the Oneida County History Center (OCHC).
The Oneida County History Center stated that their name has changed, but their mission hasn’t – to preserve the past as a source of information and enlightenment for those who are living today, and for our descendants. They have announced a new logo to coincide with the new name. Continue reading