New exhibits at Oneida County History Center


UTICA — Two new exhibits opened earlier this month at the Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee St.

“World War I Centennial: Oneida County and New York in the Great War” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the first World War by focusing on the American experience and local history of the war.

The exhibit uses original documents, artifacts and posters to explore topics such as New York’s efforts to fund the war and conserve resources, technological innovation and its impacts, women in the war and individual Utican’s experiences during the conflict. “World War I Centennial” was created by Jolene Patrina of West Simsbury, Conn., a rising senior at Colgate University. As a history major and anthropology minor, she is interested in pursuing a career in museum work to further explore and engage in history.

“Downtown at its Best” invites you to relive memories of downtown Utica featuring history and memorabilia from department stores, restaurants and theaters that were once a staple of downtown. The Boston Store, J.B. Wells, the Olympic Theatre and Kewpee are just a few of the businesses featured.

This exhibit was created by Whitesboro High School juniors Emily Depietro and Derek Smith. Both students volunteered their time to research and design this exhibit.  “Downtown at its Best” was created to evoke the memories that downtown Utica created for some many people over the years and to inspire new generations to discover local history.

The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private not-for-profit educational institution. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center will be closed for Labor Day.​

Contact the center at 315-735-3642 or visit for additional information.


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