Pioneer Benita “Be” Denemark was one of Utica's leading businesswomen during the middle 20th century. This short term exhibit highlights her accomplishments in the business community and her advocacy work in the realms of social justice and women's equality. 
The Oneida County Historical Society: Bringing the World Back Home for 140 Years by Ben Schrantz
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. 
Portraits featured in this exhibit courtesy of Lynne Browne
100 Years of Architecture in Utica by Katelyn Broat
Explore Utica's past through 1820's-1920's architecture. This exhibit showcases 100 years of original photos, artifacts, and information about the structures and the architects who built them. 
Curated by our 2016 and 2017  summer interns Hayley Arlin (Colgage University), Katelyn Broat (Proctor High),  Erin Burke (Colgate University), and Ben Schrantz (SUNY Fredonia), each exhibit features a unique look at a different aspect of our regional history. Come explore the past and learn something new to share with your friends!
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). 
World War I Centennial: New York and Utica in the Great War 
Explore the impact of the Great War on Utica and Oneida County and the region's role in this international battle. Opening August 9, 2018.


New in summer 2018

Mohawk Airlines: A Retrospective by Erin Burke
Glimpse into the history of Oneida County's own regional airline. This exhibit offers a local and national perspective examining achievements, events, and social issues.
Realities of Resettlement by Hayley Arlin
Explore the history of refugee resettlement in Utica. Learn about refugee integration into urban life and it's effects on the social, political, and economic fabric of the Mohawk Valley.  Taking time to learn about the refugee integration process is an act of friendship and commitment to uphold the rights of these vulnerable peoples. 

​Oneida County History Center

Also on Display

Be Denemark: Utica's Business and soical Pioneer

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. Opening August 9, 2018.