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. 

New to the Exhibit Gallery

Tramp and Trail Club of Utica: 100th Anniversary
Closes September 1, 2021

The Tramp and Trail Club of Utica officially organized April 1921. The Club is the oldest hiking club in New York State, and has conducted over 6,000 weekend hikes, plus countless interesting evenings, overnight trips, and social events, since its founding.  Hike on over to the History Center see to this exhibit and to celebrate 100 years of hiking history in CNY. 
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.  

Coming Soon to the Exhibit Gallery 

History Makers: A Salute to Contemporary African Americans
Closes July 30, 2021

History is happening now in our community and across the world. History Makers salutes just a few of Utica’s African American citizens who belong in our history books. This exhibit features memorabilia from the first African American female Oneida County legislator Evon Ervin, Utica’s youngest council person Delvin Moody, and actor and internationally recognized prostate cancer awareness advocate Kevin Byrd. 


Now on Display!

Central New York & The Birth of the Oneida County Freedom Trail:

The Underground Railroad was more than a route to freedom; it was a social movement that blurred the lines of race and gender. It featured the cooperation of free and enslaved groups -- black, white, men, and women who pushed the nation one step closer to universal freedom. This exhibit highlights the Underground Railroad movement in Oneida County along with how it weaved together social, political, and economic transformations, which made the route to freedom possible.  
The Progress of Cotton: 

This showcases a wonderful collection of lithograph prints from the early 19th century.  The prints date from 1840 and show the entire process of cotton production from harvesting, spinning, weaving and dying- very similar to many of the processes and machines used in the textile mills of Oneida County.  The illustrations are by James R. Barfoot of Islignton, England and were originally published in book form to document the process for the manufacture of cloth.
Experience history!  Volunteers, town historians, interns, and community organizations help 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; donations are strongly encouraged (suggested donation $5.00/person). 
The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Oneida County: A Classically Homegrown American Religion

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.
Erie Canal Odyssey
Closes September 1, 2021

An Erie Canal Odyssey, by local award-winning photographer Frank Forte depicts communities, structures, boats, people, and activities along the canals of New York State. Forte began exploring and photographing parts of New York canal system in 2019.  This exhibit includes the first part of his self-commissioned project to visit and document New York’s entire canal system. Now on display through August 2021.

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