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
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
The Oneida Community Mansion House will host behind the scene tours of the Mansion House on Friday, May 17th at 3 pm and Saturday, May 18th, at noon and 3 pm.
The Mansion House was the residence of the 19th century utopian Oneida Community (1848-1880), which rejected monogamous marriage and promoted female equality. OCMH preserves, collects and interprets material culture, intangible heritage, and the historic building, situated on 33 acres of landscaped lawns and gardens. [Read more…] about Utopian Oneida Community Mansion House Tours
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