Oneida County History Center

  • Admission

    Free; suggested donation $5.00 (includes access to exhibit gallery, bookstore, and most programs)

    Research Library: $5 per day for non-members, free for History Center members

    K-12 Field Trips: $2.50 per person

    College & Educational Non-profit Tours*  $3.00 per person

    Group Tours*:  $4.00 per person

    After Hours Tours:  $5.00 per person

    *All tours beginning after 5:00 pm or scheduled on days the OCHC is closed are considered an After Hours Tour.  A minimum of 10 people required to schedule an After Hours Tour. All  tours subject to staff & volunteer availability.

    School Visits and Offsite Presentations:  contact rmclain@oneidacountyhistory for pricing

    Facility Rental:  contact director@oneidacountyhistory.org for pricing

    Photo reproductions:  $10 and up.

    Research Request:  $25 per hour

    ***Pricing subject to change. Updated 01/04/2021. ***

  • Hours of Operation

    Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Weather

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Oneida County History Center

The Oneida County History Center was founded in 1876 and has served since that time to collect, preserve and make accessible the past heritage of Oneida County and the upper Mohawk River Valley.

From the Battlefield at Oriskany to the Boilermaker Road Race of today, from the Native Americans who first called this land home to the farmers and Patriots who shaped local and national destinies, Oneida County has a remarkable history – filled with important events and fascinating figures.  We continue to make history every day.

OUR MISSION​​

To protect and preserve the past of Oneida County, as well as, Central New York, for present and future generations. The History Center seeks to make this rich heritage readily available to researchers, families, and students enhancing the community’s knowledge and appreciation of its history.

Events

Valentine’s Day Drop-In Workshop

Start date: February 7, 2023
End date: February 11, 2023
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642​
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On February 7 – 11, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., children of all ages are invited to make old-fashioned handmade cards.

Cut, paste, and decorate with provided materials. Art projects are designed for ages four and up. This is a fun way for children to get creative and use their hands to make something they will be excited to share with a friend or loved one.

Searching for Timbuctoo: Film Screening with writer/ director Paul Miller

Date: February 11, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642​
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Searching for Timbuctoo tells the little-known story of a Black settlement established in the wilds of upstate New York that brought together a group of ardent abolitionists willing to risk their fortunes, families, and futures to destroy slavery. This feature-length documentary reveals the hidden history of this long-lost community and the search for the elusive Timbuctoo settlement. A Q&A session with writer and director Paul A. Miller will follow the film. In-person only.

Author Talk & Book Signing: Ruthie Deeply

Date: February 25, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425
Organizer: Oneida County History Center
Phone: 315-735-3642​
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Ruthie Deeply

Ruthie Deeply by author Vincent Palmieri shares the true-life story of Ruth Morgan. She faced challenging circumstances after being abandoned in east Utica in 1934 including homelessness and being forced into the Syracuse State School. She remained steadfast in her belief to be released and achieved her goal; she is currently alive and well at 87 years old in Herkimer County.

Ruth’s life story is truly the personification of the old adage, “It is not where you start that counts; it is where you finish

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