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
The Oneida County History Center has announced “Wicca & Witchcraft in Central New York,” a program set for Saturday, October 26th, at 11 am and 1 pm.
Two practicing Wiccans, known as Lady Awen and Lord Teiwaz, will explore concepts such as intuition, wives tales, superstitions, dowsing for water, and other long-held practices, celebrations, and beliefs through the centuries, and consider the tales and traditions handed down through the ages around the world. [Read more…] about Wicca and Witchcraft in Central NY Talk Saturday
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
Utica is home to a park system that is unusually large and historic. Phil Bean is set to explain the local origins of these parks, the philosophy of the famous Olmsted family that designed them, and their place in American as well as local history, on Saturday, October 5th at the Oneida County History Center. [Read more…] about Utica’s Olmsted Park and Parkway System Presentation
AIn the 19th and early 20th century most towns of any size in the Mohawk Valley had their own local brewery. The Utica-Rome area has been home to well over 40 breweries since 1801. Two factors played a major role in the industry. The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 significantly lowered transportation costs for brewing supplies and finished beer. Also, hop growing became a huge industry in Central New York during the second half of the 19th century.
These two factors resulted in booming commerce with New York and Pennsylvania generating 85% of the beer produced in the US in 1860. The great “social experiment” of Prohibition made the manufacture and sale of alcohol illegal and from 1920 through 1933 and the thriving industry was crippled, with only a handful of breweries surviving. [Read more…] about Mohawk Valley Brewing History, Tasting, and Book Signing
The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is set to host Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG), who will give live glassmaking demonstrations daily at noon, 1, 2, and 6 pm, from August 2-11, on the front lawn of the Museum of Art.
In association with the Museum of Art exhibition, “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection,” the CMoG’s skilled technicians demonstrate complex hot glassmaking techniques. [Read more…] about Corning Museum Hot Glass Roadshow In Utica
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
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