​Oneida County History Center

Make Your Mark in History 

Membership is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Oneida County's past, present, and future.
Saturday, April 15 at 1:00 PM- Book Signing: Murder of a Herkimer County Teacher

Come hear the historic details of one of the most influential murder trials in the history of New York State.  The murder of 21-year old school teacher Lida Beecher by the hands of her former student shook the small town of Poland, NY in 1914.  Author Dennis Webster utilizes unprecedented access to court documents to reveal details of this sensational crime never before made known to the public. 


Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 PM- The New England Invasion into New York

Liz Covart, host of Ben Franklin’s World:  A Podcast about Early American History, will discuss the New England migration into New York State throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.  Covart is a historian of early America who practices scholarly history, public history, and digital humanities.

Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 PM- Silos Nearby

In Silos Nearby, Emily Zaengle presents her research photo-documenting 160 silos along Route 8 from Utica to South Brookfield.  She discusses the cultural and aesthetic history of these objects and how they've become an indicator of a changing agricultural landscape.  Audience members are encouraged to share their personal experience and memories of working with, and around, silos.

Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 pm- Songs to Build and Boat By: Music from Erie Canal

Explore the history of the Erie Canal through song with Mohawk Valley musicians Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle.  These high-spirited independent artists, along with their guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, and ukulele, will examine the style of songs performed during the construction of the canal and their origins.  Don’t miss this original music program that celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the Erie Canal.    


Friday, May 19- Sunday May 21- Erie Canal Bicentennial Conference

Come one, come all to the Erie Canal Bicentennial Conference! Celebrate the canal's 200th anniversary in the county where it all began. This 3-day event features lectures, a bus tour, and a boat cruise on the Erie Canal.  Attend all three days, or choose your favorite event. Great for history lovers, educators and students.  Visit www.eriecanal200.com for details and registration.

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Hours of Operation
Exhibits, Bookstore, & Research Library
Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m, Saturdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Closed Sunday and Monday
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Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 PM- 2017 OCHC Telethon broadcast live on WUTR

Join the Oneida County History Center for our 12th annual telethon broadcast LIVE on WUTR-TV.  Call 315-735-3642 during the telethon on Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30-8:00 pm to pledge your support.  Renew your membership or make a donation, any amount will do.  Individuals who join, renew, or pledge, will be eligible to win 2 tickets to the Adirondack Scenic Railroad Wine and Beer Train, Stewart’s Shop gift certificates, a Delmonico’s Steak House gift certificate, an Oneida County Tourism Gift Basket, or an Oneida County History Center gift package.  The phone number to call in a membership renewal or pledge is 315-735-3642.