Two new exhibits are set to open at the Oneida County History Center on August 9, 2018.
World War I Centennial: Oneida County and New York in the Great War commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the first World War by focusing on the American experience and local history of the war. The exhibit uses original documents, artifacts, and posters to explore topics such as New York’s efforts to fund the war and conserve resources, technological innovation and its impacts, women in the war, and individual Utican’s experiences during the conflict.
The Oneida County History Center has announced their second historical selfie scavenger hunt.
Choose an Oneida County or Utica-based hunt and follow the clue sheet to historical sites, buildings, and markers around the greater Mohawk Valley. Take a selfie at each location on either a camera or smartphone after learning about the location’s history. Post your photos and tag the history center on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to share your adventure. Continue reading
A restored 1926 O.J. Childs Fire Truck is set to be on display in Utica from June 14-17, 2018 courtesy of the Richmond, Michigan Volunteer Fire Dept.
The truck was built in Utica and is one of several fire apparatus built by the O.J. Childs company. The truck will visit several facilities throughout the area to share the history of the company and the trucks they built. Continue reading
A program highlighting Oneida County’s significance during the Second Great Awakening has been set for Thursday, June 14th at 5:30 pm, at the Oneida County History Center in Utica.
Oneida County’s significance during the Second Great Awakening as the “burned-over district” has long been long established; however, many histories of this period and place often only consider those revivalists who welcomed evangelicalism, and have neglected those who opposed the revivals with equal fervor.
Antirevivalists, whose myriad religious beliefs earned them colorful insults and even threats from revivalists, accused evangelicals of violating their fundamental right to religious freedom. Continue reading
A history Show & Tell is set to return to the Oneida County History Center in Utica on Wednesday, June 6th from 5:30 to 7 pm.
Visitors can share their story and the stage with special guest Frank Tomaino and host Joe Kelly. Continue reading
John Bower, Hyde Hall Marketing Manager, is set to present an illustrated discussion of the history and preservation of Historic Hyde Hall, a fifty-room mansion in Cooperstown designed by Albany’s celebrated architect Phillip Hooker, on Saturday, May 5th at 1 pm.
This National Landmark and New York State Historic Site was built between 1817 and 1834 by George T. Clarke and served as home to five generations of the Clark Family. Hyde Hall was acquired by New York State for the development of Glimmerglass State Park in 1963 and today is operated by Hyde Hall Inc. as a house museum and regional culture center. Continue reading
A three day conference on the history of women in the Mohawk Valley has been set for May 18-20 in Utica.
Women in the Mohawk Valley: A History Conference is aimed to highlight the role of women in local history and promote women’s issues in the greater Mohawk Valley. Women have made significant contributions to history at national, state, and county level. Acknowledgment and celebration of women’s roles in history has risen, but remains slim at the local level. Continue reading
The Oneida County Historians Association (OCHA) annual conference has been scheduled for Saturday, April 14 and will be held at the Rome Historical Society, located at 200 Church Street in Rome, NY.
Speakers will include New York State Historian Devin Lander, New York State History Blog Founder & Editor John Warren, Barbara Granato from the Daughters of the American Revolution, and others. Continue reading
The 13th Annual Oneida County History Center Telethon is set for Tuesday, April 3rd from 6:30 to 8 pm, 2018, and will be broadcasted live on WUTR-TV.
The telethon is the history center’s largest annual fundraiser, and will be held at the history center, located at 1608 Genesee Street in Utica, and will be hosted by longtime emcee Joe Kelly and Oneida County Tourism Executive Director Kelly Blazosky. Members of the public are invited to watch from the gallery balcony or tune in at home. Continue reading
Specialized workshops focusing on Mohawk Valley Historic Districts have been set for March 10th and 21st in Utica.
Topics will include District vs. Registry; Rehabilitation Do’s and Don’ts; Insurance Issues – Regular and Replacement; The Work of Historic Commissions; and Grants and Other Financing. Continue reading