UTICA — The Oneida County History Center will host Phil Bean for a discussion on the history of Utica’s park system on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
Bean will cover the origin of the parks, the philosophy of the famous Olmsted family that designed them, and their place in American and local history.
Bean is a Utica native, and a graduate of Proctor High School, with degrees from Union College, Oxford University, and University of Rochester.
Bean has written a number of scholarly articles about Utica’s political and immigration history, and a book, “The Urban Colonists,” about Utica’s Italian community, published in 2010.
The Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee St., is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the greater Mohawk Valley.
For more, visit oneidacountyhistory.org or call 315-735-3642.