As 1913 drew to a close, Uticans were already making big plans for their city's future. The years before 1914 saw Utica blossom into a twentieth century city teeming with factories and businesses, religious and educational opportunities, and cultural museums and impressive architecture.
Snow blanketed the city in the early days of January 1914, but many upstate New York years begin cold and quiet. By December, the city saw the erection of two grand buildings: Utica's Union Station and the First Church of Christ, Scientist. A new business, the Utica National Insurance Group, took root. Several local institutions, including the Catholic Church and the Utica Free Academy, celebrated their centennials, while the citizens took time to remember the 50th anniversary of the Civil War and the 100th anniversary of the War of 1812. The city swelled with visitors as it welcomed former Uticans for Old Home Week, but the outbreak of war in Europe clouded the festivities and the unveiling of the remarkable Baron Von Steuben statue. The year ended under the shadow of the "Great War," World War I.
"Utica (1914)" uses artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Society's collection to share the story of Utica in 1914 and what life was like 100 years ago.
This exhibit focuses on the major industries and recreational activities in Utica at the time of the founding of the Oneida County Historical Society in 1876.
Also it looks at the textile industry and the Erie Canal. These two major economies brought in more population, business and notoriety to the region.
Some of the features include a Union Loom Works No. 36 loom which is found in the textile section of the exhibit. In addition some of the recreational activities covered are baseball and bicycling in particularly as Utica had a bicycle craze starting in the 1880s.