Downtown at its Best
Rediscover the golden age of downtown Utica. The streets were lined with wall to wall department stores, theaters, restaurants, and much more. Come relive your fondest memories.
Oneida County: New York’s Key to the West
By David Cooney, Utica College

From the Colonial Era, to the Revolution, and in the early days of the United States, the area now known as Oneida County served a key role in commerce and trade, in addition to serving as a key military pathway to the rest of the colonies and the west. What made this area vitally important to not only the colonies, but Britain and France? Find out with this new exhibit coming soon!   


New to the Gallery!

The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Oneida County: A Classically Homegrown American Religion By Kennen Eksic, Proctor High School

This exhibit explores the development of the First Church of Christ both nationally and locally, delving into the immense impact this religious movement had in our community...and even on our very own Oneida County History Center itself.
Our objective is to have you experience history. Volunteers, town historians, interns, and community organizations help to bring you a piece of history with a local perspective.  Our 5,000 square foot gallery has multiple exhibits running concurrently. Admission is free and open to the general public; however, donations are strongly encouraged (suggested donation $3.00/person). 
HERstory celebrates 130 years of YWCA Mohawk Valley history in vintage photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts.  On display in celebration of Women's History Month, March 5-31, 2019.
The Oneida County Historical Society: Bringing the World Back Home for 140 Years
Come discover the earliest days of the center! This exhibit features the center's oldest and most unique artifacts, some dating back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. 

Also on Display

​Oneida County History Center

World War I Centennial: Oneida County and New York in the Great War 
This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the first World War by focusing on the American experience and local history of the war.  
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Showcases items from the career of U.S. Navy sailor Gerald James 'Bob' Magee of Utica, who was killed aboard the U.S.S. Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Items of national historical significance include a rare U.S.S. Arizona cruise book, photographs, certificates, and multiple service medals.  
The Power of the Vote
By Emily Depietro and Derek Smith, Whitesboro High School

Political equality may seem quite common today; however, this principle was at the forefront of nationwide tension in the early 20th century. Strong figures around the Utica area contributed greatly to suffrage movement, but not without hardship and challenges. Utica was changing rapidly both socially and economically. These shifts set the stage for generations of political change.