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
History show & tell is set to return to the Oneida County History Center (OCHC) on Saturday, January 11, 2020, where attendees can share their story and the stage with special guest Frank Tomaino and host, Joe Kelly.
The public is invited to bring an old photograph, a personal artifact, or other memorabilia to ‘show & tell,’ or just listen. [Read more…] about History Show & Tell In Utica Jan 11th
Oneida County History Center is set to host Dr. Norm Dann, who will explore the history of the Underground Railroad in Central New York, on Saturday, January 18th.
Dann will speak about the operation and function of the Underground Railroad, plus intriguing details about the station in Peterboro that was operated by the Gerrit Smith family. [Read more…] about Norm Dann Underground Railroad Talk in Utica Jan 18th
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 Christmas Truce was a ceasefire between German, French, and British troop on the western-front on Christmas Eve in December 1914. Both sides informally agreed to stop fighting for a few hours and joined together for food, carols, and companionship.
The 5th Annual Peace Carol, an evening honoring the Christmas Truce of World War One, on Tuesday, December 10th, at 4:30 pm. This celebration features carol sing-alongs led by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica choir, a performance by members of the Proctor Senior Choir, the Procter JNROTC Color Guard, a presentation on the truce by Joe Schmidt, light refreshments, and more. [Read more…] about ‘Christmas Truce’ Peace Carol in Utica
The ranks of the 10th Mountain Division during World War Two were filled by men who in civilian life were already proficient in skiing and mountaineering.
They were shipped to the Italian front and their actions in the Apennine Mountains and the Alps led to the German surrender in Italy on May 2, 1945. The division was disbanded in late 1945, but reestablished in the 1980s, and is based today at Fort Drum, in Watertown, New York. [Read more…] about 10th Mtn Division in World War II Talk in Utica
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
The Iroquois or Haudenosaunee are a historically powerful northeast Native American confederacy in North America. Storytelling is an important component of Haudenosaunee culture. Oral traditions and legends have been passed from generation to generation, teaching communities how to live, act, and care for one another, as well as how to manage during the unpredictable seasons. [Read more…] about Haudenosaunee Folklore & Indigenous Tales in Utica
This week on The Historians Podcast, Army veteran and Utica College student David Cooney discusses his research on upstate New York prisoner of war camps where German soldiers were housed during the Second World War. One such camp was near today’s Fort Drum and another was in Utica. [Read more…] about World War II POW Camps in Upstate New York