The Oneida County History Center has announced that Elizabeth Tantillo has been recruited to serve as their interim executive director. She brings years of management and non-profit experience that will aid the History Center during its transition to the next permanent executive director. [Read more…] about New Interim Director at Oneida Co History Center
All we know for certain about Frank Johnson’s birthdate is that it preceded the passage of the 1799 Gradual Emancipation Act, thereby making him a “slave for life,” as he was called by the man who owned him according to the law. That man, Alexander Bryan Johnson, born in England in 1786, followed his father to Utica, New York arriving in 1801. There he became an important man, involved with the merchandising business, banking, writing, and gaining recognition as a public intellectual. There is still a park named after him in Utica. [Read more…] about Frank Johnson’s Story: An Enslaved Man’s Experiences
Winner of the Kraft Hockeyville USA contest in 2018, the spirit and passion for hockey is strong in the village of Clinton, Oneida County, N.Y. This enthusiasm is rooted in the community’s rich hockey history that began over 100 years ago. [Read more…] about Oneida County Hockey History in Utica
The Oneida County History Center Board of Trustees has established a search committee to recruit a new executive director according to Board Chairman Andrew Weimer. Brian Howard, the current executive director, is leaving at the end of the year to take a similar position with the North Andover Historical Society in Massachusetts. [Read more…] about Oneida Co History Center Seeking New Director
For over 30 years light displays were a cornerstone of the holiday celebration at Trinkaus Manor in Oriskany. Starting in 1955 the Trinkaus brothers began their holiday tradition and added new features each year: angels, snowflakes, Santa’s village, elf workshops, a carousel, and more. So lavish were the displays, they could be seen by planes passing overhead.
The Trinkaus Manor restaurant could seat nearly 700 patrons and attracted people from across the country including celebrities and politicians. Tour buses were a regular sight at the Manor to see the elaborate decorations. Tragically, a fire destroyed Trinkaus Manor in April of 1992, but the Christmas lights and displays had been stored in a separate area and survived. [Read more…] about Trinkaus Holiday Lights Were Once A Tradition
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
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
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
The Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame, begun in 1946, has named six individuals to the Richard W. Couper ‘Living Legends’ class of 2019 and five individuals to the Dr. David and Carolyn Ellis Historical Historical Hall of Fame class of 2019.
This year’s inductees are being recognized for their service as community leaders and for their efforts in furthering the region’s industries, culture, and educational opportunities. [Read more…] about Oneida Co Historical Hall of Fame Inductees Named
The Oneida County History Center is set to host their third annual historical selfie scavenger hunt, August 1-30th. Participants can embark upon a county or city-wide scavenger hunt and document their journey with a photo or selfie.
All ages are encouraged to participate with prizes for children age 18 and under. Participants can pick up a clue sheet and instructions at the History Center or download one online. [Read more…] about Oneida County Historical Selfie Scavenger Hunt