living legends and hall of fame class of 2017
The Oneida County History Center raised over $24,000 during our 13th annual telethon held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm. The telethon was broadcast live on WUTR-TV from the history center’s main gallery and encouraged community members and organizations to call in and pledge; $24,495.00 in new memberships, membership renewals, and donations were received. Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who showed their support.
This special event is one of the history center’s largest annual fundraisers and is used to support our ongoing efforts to promote and preserve the history of the greater Mohawk Valley. The investment made by the community is vital to the history center and will serve to support educational opportunities for students of all ages, free public programs, exhibits, collections maintenance, and much more.
Several special prize drawings were held following the broadcast. Viewers who joined or renewed their memberships during the telethon, and non-members who pledged a donation were eligible to win prizes from the local business community. Congratulations to our winners: Elizabeth McKeon of NY Mills (32” LED flat screen television), Howard Bushinger of Deerfield (Oneida County Tourism Saranac Gift Basket), and Ernest Galle, North Syracuse (Oneida County History Center gift package).
Several organizations, businesses, and individuals were recognized during the broadcast as part of the ‘Historical Star’ board and special check presentations. The history center staff, volunteers, and board of trustees would like extend a special thanks our Naming, Major, Gold, and Silver Star sponsors
2018 Telethon Raises $24,495!
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.
Boilermaker donates $1,000!
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 took place on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.
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
Major, Gold, & Silver Sponsors
Oneida County History Center