​Oneida County History Center

Make Your Mark in History 

Now on exhibit !

Membership is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Oneida County's past, present, and future.
by Hayley Arlin, Colgate '18
Wednesday, September 20 at 5:30 PM-  Book Signing: Chenango Canal, The Million Dollar Ditch (Images of America) 

​Chenango Canal: The Million Dollar Ditch chronicles the story of a central New York State Canal and how it changed the region.  Join author Wade Allen Lallier as he discusses the canal’s history and impact on Oneida County. 

Wednesday, September 27 at 5:30 PM-  Zion Lutheran Church's 175 Years in Greater Utica

Jack Henke has been exploring the history of Utica's first Lutheran congregation for the past five years. In this illustrated lecture, he discusses research strategies and outlines the past of Zion Church, which directly reflects events in the histories of the Mohawk Valley and the country as a whole. Call ahead and reserve a pew.

Wednesday, October 4 at 5:00 PM- Historical Hall of Fame/Living Legends Awards Banquet

Join the history center for our 17th annual Historical Hall of Fame/Living Legends Awards Banquet!  Ten individuals will be honored and recognized for their years of service as community leaders and for their efforts in furthering the region's industries, culture, and educational opportunities.  This year's banquet features a cocktail hour (cash bar), dinner buffet, Hall of Fame video presentation courtesy of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, speeches from the 2017 Living Legends inductees, and a silent auction.  Tickets should be purchased in advance by calling the history center at 315-735-3642.  Prices are $40 for current OCHC members, $55 for the general public, and $400 for tables of eight.  The event will be held at Hart's Hill Inn, located at 135 Clinton St. in Whitesboro.  Doors open at 5:00 PM.

Class of 2017 Living legends & Hall of fame announced!

Living Legends

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Hours of Operation

Exhibits, Bookstore, & Research Library

Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Welcome to the Oneida County History Center, where history is yours to discover, explore, and enjoy!

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historical selfie scavenger hunt

Explore Mohawk Valley history through this interactive, county-wide scavenger hunt.  Grab your camera to learn about the people, places, and events that shaped Oneida County and your community.  Pick up and return your clue sheet and instructions at the Oneida County History Center. 

August 1st—31st, 2017   

Realities of Resettlement 

Hall of famers