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Burned Over District: Antirevivalist, Religous Liberty


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Lorenzo Dow and the Jerking Exercise. A program highlighting Oneida County’s significance during the Second Great Awakening has been set for Thursday, June 14th at 5:30 pm, at the Oneida County History Center in Utica.

Oneida County’s significance during the Second Great Awakening as the “burned-over district” has long been long established; however, many histories of this period and place often only consider those revivalists who welcomed evangelicalism, and have neglected those who opposed the revivals with equal fervor.

Antirevivalists, whose myriad religious beliefs earned them colorful insults and even threats from revivalists, accused evangelicals of violating their fundamental right to religious freedom. Continue reading

Mohawk Valley Women’s History Conference May 18-20


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oneida county history center logoA three day conference on the history of women in the Mohawk Valley has been set for May 18-20 in Utica.

Women in the Mohawk Valley: A History Conference is aimed to highlight the role of women in local history and promote women’s issues in the greater Mohawk Valley. Women have made significant contributions to history at national, state, and county level. Acknowledgment and celebration of women’s roles in history has risen, but remains slim at the local level. Continue reading

Oneida County History Center Telethon April 3rd


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oneida county history center logoThe 13th Annual Oneida County History Center Telethon is set for Tuesday, April 3rd from 6:30 to 8 pm, 2018, and will be broadcasted live on WUTR-TV.

The telethon is the history center’s largest annual fundraiser, and will be held at the history center, located at 1608 Genesee Street in Utica, and will be hosted by longtime emcee Joe Kelly and Oneida County Tourism Executive Director Kelly Blazosky. Members of the public are invited to watch from the gallery balcony or tune in at home. Continue reading

Brothertown Indians Program in Utica March 10th


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Romane WyattTown of Marshall Historian Janet Dangler will discuss the Brothertown Indians; a Christian group of Native Americas who settled the Deansboro area in the 1770s and later relocated to Wisconsin.

The Brothertowns formed by choice from several northeastern tribes to preserve their common culture and identity. Dangler will discuss the group’s history, share stories of several well-known Brothertons, including Samson Occum, Asa Dick, and Romance Wyatt, and address issues facing the Brothertown Indians today.

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Exhibit Celebrates Utica’s Benita Denemark


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Denemark Family in the early 1950's- Be and Nathan Denemark, daughters Debrah and GaelThe Oneida County History Center has announced a new exhibit on Benita “Be” Denemark, one of Utica’s leading businesswomen during the middle 20th century, is set to start on Saturday, March 3rd at 1 pm.

This short term exhibit highlights Denemark’s accomplishments in the business community and her advocacy work in the realms of social justice and women’s equality. The exhibit will be introduced by Executive Director Brian Howard and includes remarks from Be’s family and friends.

The public is invited to share their memories and stories of Be following the opening remarks. Continue reading

Local History Book Sale At Oneida Co History Center


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OCHC BookstoreThe Oneida County History Center’s winter book sale is set to run Thursday, February 15th through Sunday, February 17th, in the center’s main gallery.

The center’s newly reorganized bookstore stocks over 200 book titles, one-of-kind local history puzzles and merchandise. The public will recieve 10% off all purchases, plus 50% off select titles. Members receive an additional 10% off sale prices. Continue reading

Poetry, History Songs Saturday In Utica


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Cosby & TomThe Oneida County History Center is set to host Mohawk Valley musicians Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle for an original folk and blues program “Poetry & History Songs,” on Saturday, February 10th at 1 pm.

Staudle will perform original music put to the words of famous poets including Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Andy Rooney, a local poet, and more. Gibson will perform five original songs from her American History series, which portrays the life of the American settlers during the Revolution. This program takes place in the center’s main gallery. Continue reading

African Americans in Times of War, Utica Feb 3rd


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John Hilton Recieves Soldiers MetalThe Oneida County History Center has announced “African Americans in Times of War,” a program celebrating Black History Month, is set for Saturday, February 3rd from 1 to 3 pm.

The Oneida County History Center will join the Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP to celebrate and honor African American Veterans. Guest Speakers will include Ms. Pauline Bright, Mr. John Harrison, and Mr. Edward Jackson all of Utica, and Mr. Herbert Thorpe of Rome. These individuals will present a brief summary of their experiences in the military and its relationship to the theme “African Americans in Times of War. In addition, there will be a tribute to African American Veterans, performances, and light refreshments. Continue reading