living legends and hall of fame class of 2017
The Oneida County History Center telethon is an annual fundraising event to benefit the history center’s ongoing operations and public service efforts. Telethon funding is used in part to build new exhibits, underwrite special programming, and support operation of the center’s library for historical and genealogical research.
The 2017 Telethon, held on Wednesday, April 12 raised over $24,000! The history center staff, volunteers, and board of trustees would like to thank the many organizations, businesses, and individuals who pledged their support. Special thanks to our Major, Gold, and Silver Level Sponsors.
2017 Telethon Raises $24,000!
The Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame, begun in 1946, inducted five individuals to its 2017 Richard W. Couper ‘Living Legends’ class: retired White House correspondent and USA Today journalist Richard Benedetto, champion epilepsy fundraiser Jeanne Donalty, Latino community advocate and Mohawk Valley Latino Association founder Carmen Sonia Martinez, educator and firefighter Brian McQueen, and Genesis Group president Gene Quadraro. The Living Legends were inducted alongside the 2017 Historical Hall of Fame inductee class: thoracic surgeon Dr. Pasquale Ciaglia, architect Frederick H. Gouge, writer Blandina Dudley Miller, Utica College professor Dr. Eugene Nassar, and architect Lorimer Rich. This year’s inductees were recognized for their service as community leaders and for their efforts in furthering the region's industries, culture, and educational opportunities. Biographies for each inductee are available by contacting the history center at 315-735-3642.
Major, Gold, & Silver Sponsors
The Boilermaker Road Race presented a check for $1,000 to the Oneida County History Center on Tuesday June 20, 2017. The history center served as the beneficiary for the Erie Canal Half Marathon, which took place in on May 21st. The race, which runs along the Erie Canal trail, is organized by the Boilermaker Road Race.
The history center hosted the Erie Canal Bicentennial Conference on the same weekend as the race. The conference sought to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the canal and its impact on Oneida County and the Mohawk Valley.
Oneida County History Center Executive Director, Brian Howard said " This is a great example of the value of local partnerships, and we were pleased to be able to join forces in this effort."
The 40th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place on Sunday, July 9th, 2017. Don't miss this Utica tradition!
L - R, Tim Fitzgerald (Treasurer, Oneida County History Center), Brian Howard (Executive Director, Oneida County History Center), Jim Stasaitis (Race Director, Erie Canal Half & Boilermaker Road Race
Oneida County History Center
Boilermaker donate $1,000!