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Hours of Operation:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Research by appointment​: 
Call 315-735-3642​

Underground Railroad Walking Tour
Exhibit Companion

Introducing the Oneida County Freedom Trail Walking Tour. Walk or drive the self-guided, narrated tour that provides maps and images of nine stops in downtown Utica associated with the Underground Railroad. This virtual tour was developed by Colgate Intern Ashley Tourtelot in partnership with the Oneida County Freedom Trail Commission and is based on tours previously given by the Commission.

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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.  
Venerable Folks of the Tug Hill
​September 24-October 24

This traveling exhibit documents the living folks and the stories that exemplify the traditions and spirit of the Tug Hill region. They represent the resourceful and hardy farmers, loggers, mill workers, doctors, teachers, and artists who carry on traditions of hunting camps, old-time fiddling, antique collecting, and other ways that celebrate their heritage. This exhibit was created through the collaborative efforts of the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, Tug Hill Commission, Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, and artist Loretta Lepkowski.

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Museum Gallery

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.  
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). 
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The Progress of Cotton

This exhibit 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.
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.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

​​​​​​​​​Oneida County History Center

​​​​​​​​Oneida County History Center