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Exhibit Celebrates Utica’s Benita Denemark


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Denemark Family in the early 1950's- Be and Nathan Denemark, daughters Debrah and GaelThe Oneida County History Center has announced a new exhibit on Benita “Be” Denemark, one of Utica’s leading businesswomen during the middle 20th century, is set to start on Saturday, March 3rd at 1 pm.

This short term exhibit highlights Denemark’s accomplishments in the business community and her advocacy work in the realms of social justice and women’s equality. The exhibit will be introduced by Executive Director Brian Howard and includes remarks from Be’s family and friends.

The public is invited to share their memories and stories of Be following the opening remarks. Continue reading

Local History Book Sale At Oneida Co History Center


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OCHC BookstoreThe Oneida County History Center’s winter book sale is set to run Thursday, February 15th through Sunday, February 17th, in the center’s main gallery.

The center’s newly reorganized bookstore stocks over 200 book titles, one-of-kind local history puzzles and merchandise. The public will recieve 10% off all purchases, plus 50% off select titles. Members receive an additional 10% off sale prices. Continue reading

Poetry, History Songs Saturday In Utica


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Cosby & TomThe Oneida County History Center is set to host Mohawk Valley musicians Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle for an original folk and blues program “Poetry & History Songs,” on Saturday, February 10th at 1 pm.

Staudle will perform original music put to the words of famous poets including Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Andy Rooney, a local poet, and more. Gibson will perform five original songs from her American History series, which portrays the life of the American settlers during the Revolution. This program takes place in the center’s main gallery. Continue reading

African Americans in Times of War, Utica Feb 3rd


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John Hilton Recieves Soldiers MetalThe Oneida County History Center has announced “African Americans in Times of War,” a program celebrating Black History Month, is set for Saturday, February 3rd from 1 to 3 pm.

The Oneida County History Center will join the Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP to celebrate and honor African American Veterans. Guest Speakers will include Ms. Pauline Bright, Mr. John Harrison, and Mr. Edward Jackson all of Utica, and Mr. Herbert Thorpe of Rome. These individuals will present a brief summary of their experiences in the military and its relationship to the theme “African Americans in Times of War. In addition, there will be a tribute to African American Veterans, performances, and light refreshments. Continue reading

Urban Renewal in Rome, NY 1958-1977


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rome nyOn Saturday, January 27 at 1 pm, the Oneida County History Center in Utica is planning to host the event “What Happened to Downtown Rome? Urban renewal in Rome, NY 1958-1977.”

Between 1958 and 1977 the city of Rome underwent an aggressive urban renewal program covering over eighty acres that forever shaped the growth of the city. Patrick Reynolds, Educator at the Rome Historical Society, will discuss what worked, what didn’t, and why. Continue reading

Utica: Citizenship, Sufferage Around the World Dec 2nd


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oneida county history center logoOn Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 3 pm, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s History-Interdisciplinary Studies “Gender Issues in World History” class, with Professor Kristina Boylan, will share their semester-long research comparing citizenship and suffrage struggles in New York State and around the world.

This family friendly program in Utica includes creative, interactive stories and activities about these activists and their achievements for children in first grade and up. Free and open to the public.  Continue reading