The Oneida County History Center is set to return to the Sangertown Square Mall in Utica for its 10th year this coming holiday season to operate its satellite bookstore. The store will be located in Center Court by Mr. Smoothie & Zales, and provides extended hours to meet your busy holiday schedule. It also offers a great selection of local history titles and merchandise. [Read more…] about History Center Bookstore Returning to Utica Mall
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The new book Rome Memories, A Photographic History of the Early Years (Rome Daily Sentinel, 2019) offers a glimpse into life in Rome, NY from the mid 1800s through the 1930s.
Rome Memories is a compilation of scanned images obtained from the public, and the collections of the Rome Historical Society and Oneida County History Center. [Read more…] about Rome Memories Photo Collection Highlights
A black dagger passed down through four generations had a “story” behind it. All the family knew was that it was “taken off a German soldier in France, during The First World War.”
The dagger made its way from the battlefields of France to Ontario, Canada and then to Oneida County, NY in 1918. But whose was it, and why had a Canadian soldier brought it home? [Read more…] about Case of the Black Dagger
The Iroquois or Haudenosaunee are a historically powerful northeast Native American confederacy in North America. Storytelling is an important component of Haudenosaunee culture. Oral traditions and legends have been passed from generation to generation, teaching communities how to live, act, and care for one another, as well as how to manage during the unpredictable seasons. [Read more…] about Haudenosaunee Folklore & Indigenous Tales in Utica
Volunteers are essential to the Oneida County History Center. They staff the bookstore and research library and assist with a wide range of activities from answering phones to digitizing collections.
The History Center is looking to recruit a few new individuals to the organization’s volunteer pool.
All ages and backgrounds are encouraged to inquire. [Read more…] about Oneida History Center Seeks Volunteers
The Oneida County History Center has announced “Wicca & Witchcraft in Central New York,” a program set for Saturday, October 26th, at 11 am and 1 pm.
Two practicing Wiccans, known as Lady Awen and Lord Teiwaz, will explore concepts such as intuition, wives tales, superstitions, dowsing for water, and other long-held practices, celebrations, and beliefs through the centuries, and consider the tales and traditions handed down through the ages around the world. [Read more…] about Wicca and Witchcraft in Central NY Talk Saturday
Roscoe Conkling (October 30, 1829 – April 18, 1888) was a lawyer and politician who served both as a member of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
A leader of the Stalwart faction of the Republican Party, he was the first Republican senator from New York to be elected for three terms, and the last person to turn down a U.S. Supreme Court appointment after he had already been confirmed to the post. [Read more…] about Roscoe Conkling’s 190th Birthday Being Celebrated
Utica is home to a park system that is unusually large and historic. Phil Bean is set to explain the local origins of these parks, the philosophy of the famous Olmsted family that designed them, and their place in American as well as local history, on Saturday, October 5th at the Oneida County History Center. [Read more…] about Utica’s Olmsted Park and Parkway System Presentation
The Mohawk Valley Latino Association (MVLA) is set to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), on Saturday, September 28th.
Author Kathy Smith will speak about migrant workers in the Mohawk Valley; Census Field Representative Christopher Iven will discuss the 2020 Census, and the MVLA will celebrate the opening of a display that celebrates the heritage of community members through objects representing their home countries. [Read more…] about Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Utica on Saturday
Jesse Williams, a successful farmer and cheese maker in Rome, believed that farmers could maximize their profits by working together as cooperative dairies. He started a cheese factory in the n 1851 just north of Rome, NY and helped revolutionize the modern cheese industry locally and across the nation. [Read more…] about Jesse Williams’ Early Cheese Factory in Rome, NY