The Oneida County History Center (OCHC) and the Midtown Utica Community Center (MUCC) have announced Adventures in Time: Midtown Utica. This three-part, hands-on history program invites area youth ages 10 and up to explore their neighborhood and city history. Meet at MUCC each week to discover the people, places, and events that shaped our community. All events are free and open to the public. [Read more…] about A Midtown Utica History Program for Kids
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The Oneida County History Center has announced a talk on The Negro Motorist Green Book has been set for Wednesday, June 12th at 5:30 pm.
The Negro Motorist Green Book was a critical travel guide for African Americans who struggled to travel safely throughout the United States. The brainchild of Victor Hugo Green, who published the first edition in 1936, it would become the national travel guide for black motorists. The Green Book provided the locations of travel and other services, but even more important served as a way to avoid refusal of service, harassment, discrimination, and threats. David Layne will share the story of the Green Book in connection with our New York State and Oneida County history. [Read more…] about ‘Negro Motorist Green Book’ Talk Slated for Utica
Author Karen Foresti Hempson is set to discuss her new book Bean Pickers: American Immigrant Portraits, which shares eight true-life portrayals that focus on the Italian-Americans who begin their American lives as summer bean pickers, on Wednesday, June 5th at 5:30 pm, at the Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica. [Read more…] about Bean Pickers: Italian Immigrant Portraits in Utica
Veterans of the Valley, a full-day history symposium that explores local contributions to the nation’s military history and honors Mohawk Valley veterans from the First World War to the present, has been set for Saturday, May 18th from 9 am to 5 pm, at the Oneida County History Center.
This event features lectures and panel discussions on the Tuskegee Airmen, Utica’s World War Two POW camp, the Vietnam experience, and experiences from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program culminates with a driving tour of Forest Hill Cemetery that highlights monuments and gravestones of veterans. [Read more…] about Mohawk Valley Military History Symposium Planned
Edelweiss Schuhplattlers of the Utica Maennerchor are set to perform several traditional German/Austrian folk dances at the Oneida County History Center (OCHC) on Saturday, May 11th at 1 pm.
The public is invited to watch the dancers and may be offered the chance to learn a few steps. [Read more…] about Edelweiss Schuhplattlers Folk Dancers May 11 in Utica
Bob Loomis, descendant of Loomis Gang member Amos Plumb Loomis, is set to share history of one of the Mohawk Valley’s most notorious families, on Saturday, May 4th at 1 pm, at the Oneida County History Center.
Amos and his five brothers were part of the Loomis Gang from the 1840s to the 1870s, specializing in horse theft and livestock rustling, they also dealt in stolen goods, engaged in burglaries, and counterfeiting, arson and other harassment of their enemies. The Loomis family was the nucleus of a gang composed of youths from their area, as well as criminal elements from elsewhere and were able to buy protection from local authorities. [Read more…] about Mohawk Valley’s Notorious Loomis Gang
The Oneida County History Center and the St. David’s Society of Utica are planning to celebrate Welsh heritage and history, on Saturday, April 27th, at 1 pm. [Read more…] about Welsh Heritage Day in Utica, Sat April 27
Lauren Robinson is set to join the Oneida County History Center as a digital archivist. This part-time position is funded by an anonymous donor to facilitate the History Center’s ongoing digitization efforts. [Read more…] about Oneida History Center Adds Digital Archivist
Folk artists Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle are set to present Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs on Saturday, April 20th at 1 pm at the Oneida County History Center. The acoustic duo will sing and play historic songs traditionally performed by lumberjacks in the 1800s logging camps of the Adirondack Mountains. [Read more…] about Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs in Utica, April 20th
Genealogist Pamela Vittorio is set to lead a workshop focused on the many ways to find your roots using traditional and hidden resources, on Saturday, April 13th from 11 am to 1:30 pm, at the Oneida County History Center. [Read more…] about Family History Artifacts, Canal Records Genealogy in Utica