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
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
Registration for the New York Archives Conference is now open. This years conference will be held from Wednesday, June 7 to Friday, June 9, 2017 at Utica College.
Plenary Speaker, Devin Lander, New York State’s 16th Historian, will present “2017: A Year of History,” discussing statewide initiatives taking place surrounding 2017’s historical anniversaries. Continue reading
The Board of Trustees at Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute have announced that Museum of Art Director and Chief Curator Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio has been appointed President and CEO, effective in early August. D’Ambrosio succeeds Anthony Spiridigloizzi, who announced his retirement earlier this year. 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
The exhibition Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-35, on view June 18 through October 9 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, is an exhibition celebrating the Empire State as the driving force behind the creation of 20th-century modernism.
From Buffalo to Brooklyn, artists, designers, and manufacturers generated avant-garde art, fashion, technology, and music that resulted in the century’s most important artistic revolution. Continue reading
Abraham Van Santvoord, a descendent of one of the earliest Dutch settlers in Albany, was born in Schenectady on December 18, 1784. At the age of 14, he worked with his granduncle John Post who owned a shipping business in Utica. Since, at the time, there were few roadways, and the ones they had were snow covered in the winter and mud bogs in the spring, most shipping was done by water.
Van Santvoord successfully ran a shipping business on the Mohawk River. During the War of 1812, he contracted with agents of General Stephen Van Rensselaer of Albany to store and ship provisions westward on the Mohawk to support Van Rensselaer’s troops planning to invade Canada. Continue reading
From its founding in 1893, and over the next 30 years, the Beaver River Club was the destination of many of the visitors to the Stillwater area.
It was the summer retreat of wealthy and influential families from Syracuse, Utica and to a lesser extent from throughout New York State. The decision to enlarge the Stillwater Dam and create today’s Stillwater Reservoir utterly destroyed this glittering outpost in the wild. Here is its story. Continue reading
This week “The Historians” podcast features Dennis Webster, author of Old Main: New York State Lunatic Asylum in Utica, N.Y. . (North Country Books, 2015) Opened in 1843, Old Main was the first insane asylum in New York State and the second one in the nation. Listen at “The Historians” online archive.