Historian explores how colonial New York was settled

Published Oct 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

Independent historian Terry McMaster plans a presentation exploring settlement and development along colonial New York’s western frontier at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 in the main gallery of the Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee St., Utica.

McMaster is an independent historian whose research focuses on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley and on the settlement patterns, family connections, and border warfare along colonial New York’s western frontier in the 18th century. He has presented his research at Fort Plain Museum’s “American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley” conference, Hyde Hall, and many other locations.  

The presentation is “Ethnicity, Alliance, Family and War: Scots-Irish Immigration and Defense of the New York Frontier, 1740 to 1778.” The presentation is enhanced with maps and illustrations from 18th century sources demonstrating the migration and settlement of culturally and ethnically diverse peoples including Scots-Irish settlers in frontier villages such as Cherry Valley, Unadilla and Onaquaga, and early 18th century Native American settlements.

The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley.

Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. For more information, contact the center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website, www.oneidacountyhistory.org, or its Facebook.com page.