Civil War Memorial project update Saturday

DUE THIS YEAR — A restored 10-pounder Parrott Rifle cannon, like the one seen here, will be the centerpiece of the new Oneida County Civil War Memorial at the Oneida County Historical Society. The cannon and memorial pavilion will be finished in 2012. (Photo submitted)

An update on the new Oneida County Civil War Memorial project at the Oneida County Historical Society, 1608 Genesee St., Utica, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $2 or free for OCHS members and children ages 5 and under.

The Civil War Memorial is a community project designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war which was fought between 1861 and 1865. In September 2011 the historical society announced an effort to restore one of three 1861 ‘Parrott Rifle’ cannons in its collection. Parternerships with other community entities, including the Brothertown Association of Deansboro and the Mohawk Valley Community College, are helping to move this project toward completion in 2012. OCHS director Brian Howard will detail these efforts and also describe Oneida County’s role during the Civil War.

Howard has served as Executive Director at the Oneida County Historical Society since 2007.

The Oneida County Historical Society is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution and is dedicated to preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley.

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