mary bottini named 2017 volunteer of the year


The Oneida County History Center returns to Sangertown Square Mall this coming holiday season! The history center will operate our satellite bookstore November 24-26, 2017 and December 9-23, 2017. A large selection of titles from our bookstore will be available for purchase.

Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm & Sundays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. 

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Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 PM- Uncommon Valor

Commemorate Veteran's Day with tales of courage and humanity in wartime.  Noted storyteller Paul Boehlert will tell stories of men and women who served our nation, with a special emphasis on soldiers, sailors and airmen from Oneida Country and the Mohawk Valley.  Solemn, uplifting and proud, this is a program to honor all those who served.

Saturday, November 18 at 1:00 PM- Welsh Heritage Day

Join the history center and the St. David’s Society of Utica to celebrate Welsh heritage in Oneida County. Learn about the history of Welsh settlers in Oneida County and Welsh-American culture in the region today. Come enjoy an afternoon filled with history, recipes, traditional costumes, and more!

Saturday, December 2 from 1:00- 3:00 PM- Citizenship and Suffrage Around the World

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Professor Kristina Boylan, PhD. and students will share their semester-long research comparing citizenship and suffrage struggles in New York State and around the world.  This family friendly program includes stories and activities about these activists and their achievements for children in first grade and up.  

Saturday, December 9 at 1:00 PM- Haudenosaunee Creation Story

Storytelling is an important component of the Oneida’s culture. Oral traditions and legends have been passed from generation to generation. The Haudenosaunee have always recognized that people are complex, possessing both good and bad qualities. The Creation story serves as a reminder: no human is flawless.  Presented by the Shako:wi Cultural Center and the Oneida Indian Nation.

Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 PM- The Erie Canal and the Birth of American Religion

Dr. Brent Rodriguez-Plate explores the religious life established by the Erie Canal and its influence on religiosity across the continent and the globe.  This illustrated talk explores how the canal cultivated extraordinary experimental spiritual groups and engendered the religiously infused social movements of abolition, women's suffrage, and temperance.

Wednesday, December 27-Saturday, December 30- Funtrak Model Railroad Club Train Display

The Frankfort United N-Trak (FUNTRAK) Model Railroad Club returns to the OCHC for their annual post-holiday exhibition. Come enjoy the club's displays and talk rail history with fellow enthusiasts of all ages. The model trains will be displayed in our main gallery throughout the week.  Free and family friendly.

Hours of Operation

Exhibits, Bookstore, & Research Library

Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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The Research Library, Exhibits, and Bookstore at 1608 Genesee Street will be closed the following dates.



2017 holiday hours

The Oneida County History Center has named Mary Bottini the 2017 Volunteer of the Year!  Volunteers, such as Mary, are vital to the daily operation and long-term care of the history center.  Mary was voted 2017 Volunteer of the Year by her co-volunteers, history center staff, and the Board of Trustees. 

Mary, a volunteer with over 7 years of dedicated service, is responsible for maintaining the history center's map collection and assists with bulk mailings, special events, fundraisers, telethon registration, and works multiple shifts at the OCHC satellite bookstore at Sangertown Square Mall each December. 

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