Coming November 15: "What the Photographer Saw: Utica in Color" - The historical society is pleased to announce its latest exhibit, , opening on Saturday, November 15 at 12 p.m. The twelve images in this exhibit explore mid-century Utica through the eyes of local photographers who documented the area during the middle 20th century. When they looked through the lens, they saw colorful street scenes, but their cameras captured only black and white. With the magic of Photoshop, society volunteer Carl Saporito has brought the photographs back into color, allowing us to see the past as it truly existed. The added color enlivens the scenes, making details pop and showing a vibrant city with impressive landmarks, busy shops, and active streets. The high quality images illustrate changes in style from 1938 to the 1960s and hint at World War II’s impact on everyday life. They show a city in motion with half-painted buildings, flashy billboards, and elaborate window displays. These images will be supplemented by artifact displays and a special program from longtime historian Frank Tomaino and photo archivist Carl Saporito. A presentation by Carl Saporito on the science and art of digital restoration and colorization starts at 1 p.m.
Monday–Friday: 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm. Closed Sunday. Admission to the museum is free, though donations are welcome.
Our 5,000square foot museum area has multiple exhibits running concurrently. Events are open to the general public and are accessible to the physically challenged.
The Society's Research Library carries over 250,000 documents and books, tens of thousands of images (photographs, paintings, slides, drawings, etc.) and thousands of artifacts. Many are rare collection items that provide invaluable information for researchers. A $5.00 research fee is required for all non-members to begin any research undertaking.