The Oneida County History Center is opening three exhibits that are the culmination of the organization’s interns’ summer projects and explore the many facets of county history.
An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
More information about each exhibit can be found below and at www.oneidacountyhistory.org/exhibits.html.
• “Oneida County: New York’s Key to the West,” by David Cooney, Utica College.
From the Colonial Era, to the Revolution, and in the early days of the United States, the area now known as Oneida County served a key role in commerce and trade, in addition to serving as a key military pathway to the rest of the colonies and the west. What made this area vitally important to not only the colonies, but Britain and France?
• “The Power of the Vote,” by Emily Depietro and Derek Smith, Whitesboro High School.
Political equality may seem quite common today; however, this principle was at the forefront of nationwide tension in the early 20th century.
Strong figures around the Utica area contributed greatly to suffrage movement, but not without hardship and challenges. Utica was changing rapidly both socially and economically. These shifts set the stage for generations of political change.
• “The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Oneida County: A Classically Homegrown American Religion,” by Kennen Eksic, Proctor High School.
This exhibit explores the development of the First Church of Christ both nationally and locally, delving into the immense impact this religious movement had in our community and even on the Oneida County History Center itself.
Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged.
The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley.
Contact the center at 315-735-3642 or visit www.oneidacountyhistory.org or Facebook.com page for additional information.