Hours of Operation:

  Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Research by appointment​: 
Call 315-735-3642​

Hours of Operation:

  Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, Feb. 12 at 1:00 p.m.

Who Were the First Americans?


​Who were the first Americans? Recent discoveries, including come in central New York, have challenged traditional knowledge on the subject. Join Mike Beardsley, archaeologist and Town of Sullivan Historian, to discuss this complex question and learn about the Owlville Pine, South site, a Crowfield Paleoindian site near Canastota site that dates back approximately 12,000 years !

Join us in-person or virtually via Zoom. Register in advance by clicking HERE After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
Saturday March 26 at 1:00 PM
Women of the Civil War

Join Historian Cheryl Pula to learn about contributions made by women during the Civil War including their role as doctors, nurses, spies, and even combat soldiers! Cheryl will also include a discussion of Oneida County’s own Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, the first female U.S. Army surgeon, and only female Medal of Honor recipient.

Join us in-person or virtually via Zoom. Register in advance by clicking HERE.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.​
Saturday, February 19 1:00 PM
      
Charles Finney & George Gale: the Westerville Connection
Steve Smits of the Westernville Historical Society

​The program will  describe the lives and work of two prominent theologians and educators with strong ties to Oneida County. Rev. Charles Grandison Finny was the most renowned evangelist of the nineteenth century. His rise to national and international fame started in Northern New York and Westernville. He later became a founder of Oberlin College. Rev. George Washington Gale, Finney's colleague and friend, started the "Labor Movement" on his farm in Western. He was the founder and first superintendent of the radically abolitionist Oneida Institute in Whitesboro. Gale moved to Galesburg, Illinois where, with other Oneida County notables, he founded Knox College.

Join us in-person or virtually via Zoom. Register in advance by clicking HERE.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
Saturday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Black History Month Celebration
Join the Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP to celebrate Black History Month 2022. This virtual event will follow the national theme, Black Health and Wellness, which acknowledges the legacy of all the types of medical practitioners, Black scholars, and community health contributors. Visit the History Center website for more information as the event approaches.

Join us in-person or virtually via Zoom. Register in advance by clicking HERE.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 

Upcoming Programs & Events


The programs below are free and open to all. Please direct any questions to preynolds@oneidacountyhistory.org, or call the OCHC at 315-735-3642
Children's Story Hour 10:30 AM

Join OCHC for story hour on select Saturdays.  Created in partnership with the Utica Public Library, each story includes a hands-on make and take activity.


Feb. 12 & 19  Black History Month
March 19 & March 26:  Women’s History

       *March date change due to Saint Patrick's Day Parade

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Wednesday March 2 at 5:00 pm

And Still We Rise: A Novel about the Genocide in Bosnia. 

Book Signing and Author Talk with Jordan Sher
 
  Published in the Fall of 2021, this book is "an exceptional work of fiction that illuminates the struggles faced by many Bosnians during the Genocide. Sher will discuss his research and findings.

Join us in-person or virtually via Zoom. Register in advance by clicking HERE.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 
Saturday March 19 at 1:00 PM
Sir William Johnson and the Mohawk Valley

Sir William Johnson (1715 - 1774) was the largest landowner and most influential individual in the colonial Mohawk Valley. His relations with the Six Nations of the Iroquois greatly influenced England's control of colonial North America. As Superintendent of Indian Affairs, a position to which he devoted himself and held throughout his life. Wade Wells, Johnson Hall Site Manager will discuss this important figure in Mohawk Valley history.

Join us in-person or virtually via Zoom. Register in advance by clicking HERE.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Research by appointment​: 
Call 315-735-3642​

​Recent Programs

from the Oneida County History Center

Jan. 22 1:00 PM.
VIRTUAL LECTURE      
A Wild Idea: The Story of the Adirondack Park: Talk and book signing


New York’s Adirondack Park is bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon, and Great Smokies National Parks combined.  It also might be the world’s best protected wilderness, even though 85 million people live within a day’s drive. How did that happen? Author Brad Edmonson will share his recent book on the development the Adirondack Park and excerpts of the recent movie.  

Please join us via zoom. Register in advance by clicking HERE.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

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