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Our intention is not to lecture about history but to have you experience it, and what makes Your History Place most engaging are the popular exhibits we display. Local volunteers, town historians, organizations, and community members help to bring you a piece of history on a local perspective. Our 5,000square foot museum area has multiple exhibits running concurrently. Events are open to the general public and the cost is $2.00. Members and children are free. Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday: 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm. Closed Sunday. The society is accessible to the physically challenged.
"What the Photographer Saw: Utica in Color."

Developed as a tribute to the buildings and builders that have defined our region, this exhibit showcases one dozen enlarged, colorized images that are sure to evoke memories of years past. With the magic of Photoshop, photo archivist Carl Saporito has brought the photographs back into color, allowing us to see the past as it truly existed.

The twelve images in this exhibit explore mid-century Utica. 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. Please enjoy this opportunity to see "What the Photographer Saw."

"Utica (1914)"

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.

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