Hours of Operation:

  Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

​​​​​​​​​Oneida County History Center

​​​​​​​​Oneida County History Center

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

Hours of Operation:

  Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

Proctor Family Christmas Cards: 

Maria Watson Williams Proctor (1853-1935), was one of the wealthiest and generous women of Utica. Both she and her husband, Thomas R. Proctor, were prominent in local business circles and known for their charity and philanthropy.

Because of their social status, the Proctor’s received many Christmas cards and Maria was a big collector. After her death, the collection was donated to the History Center. Currently on display are over three hundred cards, but a fraction of the collection spanning the 1880’s to 1930’s.

Now on Display

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.  

New Exhibits 

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). 
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.