History Center exhibit to help celebrate club’s 100th anniversary

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UTICA — In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Tramp and Trail Club, the Oneida County History Center is presenting a special exhibit about the Utica based hiking club founded in 1921.

The exhibit features artifacts, photos, and scrapbooks from the club’s rich history. The Tramp and Trail Club of Utica, Inc., is the oldest hiking club in New York State. They have conducted over 6,000 official weekend hikes as well as countless interesting evenings, overnight trips and social events.

The club is still active today with hikes happening every weekend, regardless of the weather. The first outing was held April 30, 1921. Led by Abigail Dimon, 17 Tramps and Trailers hiked from the Elm St. entrance of Roscoe Conkling Park (Utica) west to Third St. (now Valley View Road) and on to Cascade Glen.

Scrapbooks and yearbooks in the exhibit highlight the numerous hikes and outings.

In the early years of the club they often started via Trolley from Union Station. The first canoe trip was in Old Forge in 1923. The club added skiing and snowshoeing in 1971. In more recent years kayaking was added to the mix.

“As the Tramp and Trail Club begins its 100th Anniversary year, we are so pleased to partner with the Oneida County History Center.” said Mary Pat Connors, former president of Tramp and Trails.

“In 1921, Meade Dobson gathered with a group to found a hiking club in Utica. Little could he know that 100 years later that club would still be going strong. It’s impossible to condense all those years, but together we have brought together a collection of documents and artifacts to highlight those adventurous years,” Connors added.

Tramps and Trails will be on display through July 30.

Admission to the exhibit gallery is free with a suggested donation of $5.

The Oneida County History Center is a private, not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley for present and future generations.

The History Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 pm, and on Saturdays by appointment. Masks and distancing are required.

Call 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website at www.oneidacountyhistory.org for additional information.

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