UTICA — Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee St., is now open, with on-site services resuming and virtual programming continuing in July.
Appointments may be made at the research library, or patrons may join for a virtual lecture, find a history book from the in-person or e-Bookstore or become a member.
Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
On-site research services are now available. Call 315-735-3642 to schedule a visit. Visitors are admitted by appointment only and must be confirmed by a staff member. Mask wearing and social distancing will be required. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Thursday. Access to the library is $5 per visit, free for history center members.
New titles are available at the Oneida County History Center book store, including “Images of Aviation: Pioneer Women in American Aviation,” by Charles R. Mitchell and Kirk W. House; “Spirits & Cocktails of Upstate New York, A History,” by Don Cazentre; and “A History of Native American Land Rights in Upstate New York,” by Cindy Amrhein. Shop #localhistory in person or online during the summer. The history center E-bookstore is open 24/7, and curbside service is available during normal business hours.
Coming in August will be the Historical Selfie Scavenger Hunt to be held throughout the month. Learn about the people, places and events that shaped Oneida County and the community, and take a photo with your camera or smartphone at special designations. Clue sheets will be available starting Aug. 1. For more information, go to www.oneidacountyhistory.org.
And the Oneida County History Center and Utica Public Library are teaming up to document the community’s response and lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The goal is to record history as it’s happening to allow future generations to reflect upon the time. Community members are encouraged to share their photos, stories, audio and video submissions. Materials may be shared at www.oneidacountyhistory.org/covid-19-stories.