Utica, New York has a long and rich history of brewing ale and beer. From the 1790s to today, there have been over forty breweries active in the city. Owners and names changed often, but the city supported the industry with breweries that lasted a year or two to some in operation for a century or more. [Read more…] about The History of Brewing in Utica
Oneida County History Center
The Oneida County History Center will host “Historical Landscapes of the Erie Canal,” a program with Steve Boerner on the early years of the Erie Canal, set for Saturday, May 6th. [Read more…] about Historical Landscapes of the Erie Canal
Utica Harbor is a unique feature of the NYS Canal System and was purposely nestled close to Utica’s major textile industries adjacent to the Erie Canal. The Utica Harbor is the only harbor on the Barge Canal with its own lock. It also possesses one of the largest branches leading from the main channel passing through the Mohawk River to its end, only a quarter mile from Utica’s downtown district. [Read more…] about The History and Development of Utica Harbor
A historic roadside marker commemorating the Florence Farming Association (1845-1860), a community where free Blacks could own land and farm, was installed and dedicated in 2017 on Florence Hill Road in Oneida County. [Read more…] about Black Florence Farming Association Historic Marker Vandalized
The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 13 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places and submitting one request to the Columbia Turnpike East Toll House to the National Park Service.
The nominations include a key site associated with Rochester‘s LGBTQ+ history, a historic synagogue in Manhattan‘s Upper West Side, a public park in Ithaca, a church connected to Yonkers’s civil rights history, a re-built Lustron House in Erie County, the Oneida County History Center, and more. [Read more…] about NYS Nominates 13 Places for State, National Registers of Historic Places
The 1947 Utica Blue Sox laid the foundation for the team that would go on to become the 1950 National League baseball champion, the Philadelphia Phillies.
A new book, The 1947 Utica Blue Sox: A Season To Remember (self-published, 2022) is a detailed account of the players and personalities that captivated Utica, NY, a slice of life that takes the reader back to a nearly-forgotten time, viewed through a lens of reverence, respect, and a genuine love of the game. [Read more…] about 1947 Utica Blue Sox: A Baseball Season to Remember
Famous 19th-century English author Charles Dickens made two trips to America and had an unscheduled 18-hour layover in Utica, NY in March 1868. His unexpected presence at Bagg’s Hotel caused a stir among the locals. [Read more…] about Film Premiere: Mr. Dickens Comes to Utica
Amelia Simmons wrote what is widely regarded as the first American cookbook, American Cookery. Through its recipes and ingredients, this work shows how a unique American diet and identity was created.
The book was so popular that after its first printing in Hartford, Connecticut in 1796, and it’s second printing in Albany, NY, that same year, it remained in print for 35 years after its first publication; however, very little is known about its author. [Read more…] about Amelia Simmons and America’s First Cookbook
Like many museums, the Oneida County History Center has more artifacts than can be displayed in its exhibit gallery. The History Center cares for a growing collection of over 250,000 documents and books, thousands of images including photographs, paintings, slides, drawings, and thousands of artifacts. Many are rare collection items that are not frequently seen on exhibit. [Read more…] about Behind-The-Scenes Tours of Oneida Co History Center
The Oneida County History Center in Utica has announced “Vintage Victorian Valentines & Drop-In Valentine Workshop,” a special exhibition featuring Victorian era and vintage valentines from the History Center collections, now open through March 5th. [Read more…] about Vintage Victorian Valentines & A Utica Drop-In Valentine Workshop