​Oneida County History Center

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Save the Date​​

Make Your Mark in History 

Join hosts Joe Kelly and Kelly Blazosky for the 13th annual Oneida County History Center Telethon broadcast LIVE on WUTR (ABC).  Call 1-315-735-3642 during the telethon on Tuesday, April 3 from 6:30-8:00 pm to pledge your support.  This special event is the history center’s largest annual fundraiser and is used in part to build new exhibits, underwrite special programming, and support operation of our library for historical and genealogical research.

May 18-20, 2018

Membership is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Oneida County's past, present, and future.

2017 Living legends & Hall of fame 

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. 

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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mary bottini ~ 2017 volunteer of the year

Saturday, February 17 from 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM-  Open House

“I’ve never been to the history center” is a phrase we hear all too often.  Our winter open house is the perfect opportunity to change this! Explore local history exhibits, discover our archives and artifacts with hourly, behind-the-scene collections tours, and visit community information tables to learn how you can experience local history through our partner organization.  Plus, enjoy light refreshments at this free and family friendly event.

Saturday, March 3 at 1:00 PM- Exhibit Opening- Be Denemark: Utica's Business and Social 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.  Join the history center for the official exhibit opening with an introduction from Executive Director Brian Howard and remarks from Be’s family and friends.

Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 PM- The History of the Brothertown Indians

Janet Dangler, Marshall Town Historian, will discuss the Brothertown Indians; a Christian group of Native Americas originally comprised of individuals from several northeastern tribes who settled the Deansboro area.  Dangler will discuss the group’s history, share stories of several well-known Brothertons, including Samson Occum, Asa Dick, and Romance Wyatt, and address issues facing the Brothertown Indians today.   ​


Saturday, March 17 from 1:00-3:00 PM- Irish Tea Fundraiser


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Oneida County History Center!  Join us for our 3rd annual Irish Tea featuring hot beverages, finger foods, desserts, door prizes, and more.  Entertainment to include a presentation by Bob Sullivan on one of our country’s most famous Irish descendants, John F. Kennedy. Tickets: $18/ticket or $135/table.  All proceeds benefit the Oneida County History Center.  Tickets can be purchased at the history center or by phone 315-735-3642.


Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 PM- Sesquicentennial Scrapbook 

Joe Kelly's Sesquicentennial Scrapbook celebrates Utica's history in a series of fun and entertaining vignettes. The booklet was originally written for a weekly column in the Observer-Dispatch to commemorate the city's 150th anniversary. A lot has changed in since the city’s sesquicentennial, but Utica’s history hasn’t. Join Joe Kelly to discuss and sign copies of the 35th Anniversary Edition of his popular book.
A 3 day history conference aimed to highlight the role of women in local history and promote women's issues in the greater Mohawk Valley. Speakers will include experts in women’s studies and history, and community leaders that are currently shaping the Mohawk Valley.

13th annual ochc telethon on wutr

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