Battle of Oriskany topic of virtual lecture


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, according to Alexis Albright, curator of the Oriskany Museum, who will present a virtual lunchtime lecture to help people rediscover this pivotal event in local — and national — history.

The free online presentation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. To view the stream or for more information, please visit the event Facebook page The Battle of Oriskany & Herkimer’s Militia or visit the Oneida County History Center website,

Albright is the curator of the Oriskany Museum, 420 Utica St., in Oriskany. She is an alumna of Oriskany Central Schools and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Clarkson University. She specializes in genealogy and primary source research.

The Oriskany Museum is currently open by appointment as permitted by state COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.

The Oneida County History Center is a private, not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving and promoting the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. Please contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website ( for additional information.


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