Until the twentieth century, women were often overlooked by historians. Fortunately for those of us who live in Oneida and Herkimer Counties, a collaborative project, Women Belong In History Books, has captured many inspiring stories of notable women. [Read more…] about Women of the Mohawk Valley Program Planned
The Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame has named five individuals to its 2018 Historical Hall of Fame inductee class: Rear Admiral Samuel Livingston Breese, Utica Public Library Director Alice Cynthia Dodge, educator Anthony Schepsis, Clinton Hockey trailblazer Edward Stanley, and Utica sports editor and enthusiast Len Wilbur.
The Hall of Famers will be inducted alongside the 2018 Richard W. Couper ‘Living Legends’ class: Oneida County Historian Joseph P. Bottini, US Navy veteran and community advocate Edward Jackson, Reverend Joseph A. Salerno, and animal rights activist Anita Vitullo. [Read more…] about Oneida Co Historical Hall of Fame Inductees Named
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. [Read more…] about Oneida County Historical Selfie Scavenger Hunt
A Kids’ Day Out event has been set for Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 at the Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Avenue in Oneida, NY.
Museum staff will provide the scavenger hunt information, and families can pick the clue sheet and complete the challenge anytime during museum business hours. The completed sheets can be entered in a raffle drawing to win a prize. The drawing will be done after the weekend. [Read more…] about Kid’s Day At Oneida Mansion House June 16th
This week on The Historians podcast Michael Doyle discusses his new book on a 19th century utopian community in Upstate New York, The Ministers’ War: John W. Mears, the Oneida Community, and the Crusade for Public Morality.
The new book, Harold Bell Wright and his Wright Settlement Cousins, by Christine Tyrlik, looks into Harold Bell Wright’s life, and his ties to New York State.
In the early 20th century Wright became one of America’s best-selling authors. Known for his westerns, Wright was born in 1872 near Rome, NY, and maintained close ties to his cousins and old friends in Wright Settlement (Ridge Mills). Wright returned to New York often and used some of the state’s settings and people in his novels.
His birthplace, Spring Brook Farms is now the Mohawk Glen Golf Clubhouse on the former Griffiss Air Force Base (now itself an industrial park). Wright’s parents and a brother are buried near the runway at the historic Wright Settlement Cemetery. [Read more…] about New Book On Oneida Co’s Harold Bell Wright
Michael Doyle’s new book The Ministers’ War: John W. Mears, The Oneida Community, and the Crusade for Public Morality (Syracuse University Press, 2018) takes a look at Hamilton College philosophy professor and Presbyterian minister John W. Mears and his fight against every sin and carnal lure, from liquor to free love.
In The Ministers’ War, Doyle explores the ways in which Mears’ multipurpose zeal reflected the passions behind the nineteenth-century temperance movement, the fight against obscenity, and the public animus toward unconventional thought. As an speaker, author and political candidate, Mears was a prominent moralizer.
[Read more…] about Oneida Community And The Crusade For Public Morality
Anthony Wonderley’s new book Oneida Utopia: A Community Searching for Human Happiness and Prosperity (Cornell University Press, 2017) is a look at a long-standing social experiment born of revival fervor and communitarian enthusiasm.
The Oneida Community of upstate New York was dedicated to living as one family and to the sharing of all property, work, and love. [Read more…] about Oneida Utopia: Community, Human Happiness and Prosperity
“A Negro Elected President of the Village of Cleveland.”
On May 16, 1878, this was the startling title of the Oswego Daily Times’ article on the election of Edward “Ned” Sherman as President, or Mayor, of a small village of approximately 500 residents on the North shore of Oneida Lake three days earlier.
His one year term began with a surprise win in a special election for the office. It’s said he did not campaign for the post, which opened after a surprise resignation.
Upon his taking office, The Rome Daily Sentinel referred to Cleveland as “a mirthful village [that] must be peopled by a lot of fun-loving fellows.” [Read more…] about Ned Sherman: Early African-American Mayor
On Sunday, January 14, 2018, the Oneida Community Mansion House will host “Shaken & Stirred: Religious Ferment and Utopian Living,” a discussion with Utopian Community expert Christian Goodwillie about the radical changes in religion that shaped American society.
From the eighteenth century to today, members of new religions and communities have faced intense consequences for their beliefs, ranging from threats of arrest to violence. The January 14 discussion will consider the different motivations that inspired new religious movements and the outcomes. [Read more…] about Religious Ferment and Utopian Living