​Oneida County History Center

The Oneida County History Center is excited to announce its 16th annual telethon presented by the Bank of Utica! The event will be broadcast LIVE on WUTR-TV (ABC) and steaming on CNYHomepage.com, reaching its largest audience ever.  Call 315-735-3642 during the telethon on Wednesday, May 19 from 5:00-8:30 pm to pledge your support. Become a member, renew your membership, gift a membership, or make a donation. Help preserve local history by making a pledge; your contribution gives Oneida County the opportunity to shine, and your financial support ensures our future!

2021 Oneida County History Center Telethon

Utica Native Donate Books to Support Youth

Join, Renew, or Donate! Call 315-735-3642

This special event is the History Center’s largest annual fundraiser and will be hosted by longtime emcee Joe Kelly, Oneida County Tourism President Kelly Blazosky, and History Center Executive Director Rebecca McLain. The 2021 goal is to raise $30,000 to support the organization’s mission to protect and preserve Central New Your history for present and future generations.

 The Oneida County History Center does not receive government funding and relies solely on the generous support of members and private contributors. Contributions pledged during the 2021 telethon will support ongoing operations and strategic initiatives including continued care of our growing genealogical, archival, and artifact collections; free access to the research library for students and low-cost access for non-members; internship opportunities for college and high school students; free and discounted virtual programming; and exhibit development and installation, including a new Kid’s Corner.

Several special incentives will be offered during the broadcast. The first 40 callers to pledge $50 or more will be eligible to receive a limited-edition, History Center water bottle. This special give-away is sponsored by Oneida County Tourism.

You can double your impact by calling during the Staffworks Matching Challenge from 7:00-8:00 pm.  The phone number to call in a membership or pledge is 315-735-3642.
Utica native Kevin Byrd has donated 30 copies of Our Stories, Our Voices: Black Men Speak Their Truth to the History Center.  He is one of 13 contributing authors who open up to share their trials and tribulations in this journey called life. The proceeds from books purchased through the History Center will be used to provide memberships to area youth and families focusing on students of color and low-income households.  Young Scholars and Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP will help identify interested students.   Kevin hopes that this initiative will foster an interest in local history and pride in community. The book can be purchased through History Center e-Bookstore or on-site at 1608 Genesee Street.