​Recent Programs

from the Oneida County History Center

Friday, April 9, 2021 from 9:00 am - 11:30- Association of Public Historians in New York State Region 7 Meeting 

The Association of Public Historians in New York State (APHNYS) invites area historians and the public to their Region 7 virtual meeting. This online program includes presentations from Burke Library Director and Curator of Special Collections Christian Goodwillie, Town of Summit and Village of Stamford Historian Karen Cuccinello, Oneida County History Center Director of Public Programs Patrick Reynolds, and Oneida County Underground Railroad expert Jan DeAmics.  This program is free courtesy of APHNYS as part of in-service education for historians. Registration information, presenter bios, and a schedule are available below. 

Advanced registration is required; limited to 100 participants.
 You will receive a link and instruction on how to join this online event after registration is complete.
Also Showing on the ​History Center YouTube Channel

Murder & Mayhem in the Mohawk Valley 

The Mohawk Valley is a region steeped in history including fascinating historical murder cases. James Greiner, Herkimer County Historian and contributing author of Murder & Mayhem in Herkimer County, discusses cases with Utica connections in this virtual lunchtime lecture.


View a recording of the presentation on the History Center YouTube channel.


The Battle of Oriskany & Herkimer's Militia

The story of the Battle of Oriskany on August 6, 1777 has been passed down for generations, but how much do we really know about General Nicholas Herkimer and the Tryon County Militia? As historical records are scanned for digital collections, more original documents are available than ever before, painting a broader picture of the battle and its participants. Alexis Albright, curator of the Oriskany Museum, discusses this important event in our national and local history.

View a recording of the presentation on the History Center YouTube Channel


"The Coney Island of Central NY”- Sylvan Beach in its Heyday 

​Dive into Oneida Lake and Sylvan Beach history with author and local expert, Jack Henke.  Henke will talk about "The Beach" during its heyday, ~1900, sharing fun facts and photos from the past.  Henke is the author of four books about Oneida Lake history including From “The Beach” to Brewerton: Stories of Oneida Lake, and Oneida Lake: “The Only Happiness” Place Names and History.

View a recording of the presentation on the History Center YouTube Channel


In Search of What She Left Behind ​


View the History Center's first virtual presentation! Barbara Dunadee will present a historic travelogue focused on finding remnants from the past left behind by notable area women. Inspired by her involvement in the two-volume series, Women Belong in History Books, Herkimer and Oneida Counties, 1700 to 1950 edited by Jane Spellman, Barb and her group organized several bus tours through parts of Herkimer and Oneida Counties showing others the rich history of this region. Her talk will feature some of what they have found while searching local highways and byways in an attempt to connect history with modern-day.

View a recording of the presentation on theHistory Center YouTube Channel
Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 PM CNY Hops: birth, death and rebirth of a Central New York Industry 

In the late 1800s Central New York grew eighty percent of the hops in the United States.  A number of factors brought a swift end to things about 1920, but that once great industry is striving to make a comeback. The Oneida County History Center will host Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz, who will discuss the rise and fall of the historic hop industry, and Chad Meigs, founder of The Bineyard hop farm in Cazenovia, who will share his adventures in modern hop farming on April 14, at 6:30 PM.

Upcoming Programs & Events


The programs below are free and open to all. Advanced registration is required; limited to the first 100 participants
You will receive a link and instruction on how to join the online event after registration is complete.

​Oneida County History Center