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Saturday, March 18, 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Charles DickensUtica, N.Y. - Famous 19th-century English author Charles Dickens made two trips to America and had an unscheduled 18-hour layover in Utica in March 1868. His unexpected presence at Bagg’s Hotel caused a stir among the locals. Join us for Mr. Dickens Comes to Utica, a documentary created by local filmmaker Dennis Dewey, that shares this exciting story.

Ruthie DeeplyFebruary 25, 2:00 p.m.

Utica, N.Y. -- Ruthie Deeply, by local writer Vincent Palmieri, shares the true-life story of Ruth Morgan. She faced challenging circumstances after being abandoned in East Utica in 1934, including homelessness and being forced into the Syracuse State School. She remained steadfast in her belief to be released and achieved her goal, and is currently alive and well at 87 years old in Herkimer County.

Vintage Victorian ValentinesOpen Now through March 5, 2023

Utica, N.Y. - Paper, lace, gilt, and watercolor. Don’t miss these Victorian era and vintage valentines from the History Center collections. A large selection, including some from the Proctor family, will be on display throughout the month of February in this pop-up exhibit. What’s not to love about these seasonal favorites? The collection spans the 1880s through the 1930s and contains a sampling of the “Golden Age” of valentines.

National Baseball Hall of Fame logoVirtual Programs, Museum Features Highlight Exploration of Black Baseball Experience --

Cooperstown, N.Y. – As the nation celebrates Black History Month in February, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the contributions of Black baseball pioneers, heroes and legends with programming in Cooperstown and online while hosting local and regional students.

We Are NYState Supported, World-Class Recreation and Sporting Complex Will Serve as Premier Tournament-Based Facility for Ice Hockey, Box Lacrosse, Soccer and Other Field Sports 

Will Host Major Tournaments, Drawing Sports Teams from the Northeast and Canada to the Mohawk Valley Region 

Projected to Attract More Than 320,000 Annual Visitors Who Will Add More Than $26 Million to Regional Economy, Reinforcing State's Economic Vision for Mohawk Valley  

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the grand opening of the $64 million Nexus Center in downtown Utica. The announcement comes in advance of a ceremonial "puck drop" to be held later this evening by local officials. Thanks to state support, which includes $22 million through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, the 170,000 square-foot tournament-based recreation and sporting complex will be utilized for ice hockey, box lacrosse, soccer and other field sports, and will draw competitive youth teams from across the U.S. and Canada.

Mohawk AirlinesScheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 2:00 PM

Utica, N.Y. -- On December 3 at 2:00 p.m., the Oneida County History Center will host Jim Coulthart, a local amateur military aviation historian, who will share his research on Mohawk Airlines. This hour-long presentation covers the history of central New York’s regional airline, from the early years as Robinson Airline through to its demise in the early 1970s. This program is free and open to the public.

Red Shed BreweryEnglish Pub-Style Taproom Features Cask Beer System and English-Inspired Fare  

Cherry Valley, N.Y. – Red Shed Brewery is welcoming a third location to the family – Red Shed Ale House. The new taproom, located on Main Street in Cherry Valley, is reminiscent of an English pub with its dark, yet warm and cozy atmosphere. It is currently open Thursdays through Sundays from 3:00 – 9:00 P.M. (as business warrants) with plans of remaining open all year long.  …

Archaeology UncoversSaturday, November 12, 2:00 p.m.
Archaeology Uncovers: Canal Locks and Privies

Utica, N.Y. – The Chenango Canal was built between 1833-36 and connected Binghamton to Utica. It closed in 1878 due to competition from the railroads. Archaeological projects completed by the New York State Museum Cultural Resource Survey Program have uncovered remnants of original canal locks, sluiceways, and three residential privies. Archaeologist David Staley will share recent discoveries at the Oneida County History Center, Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.

Beige Colorful Paint and Easel Phone WallpaperSaturday, November 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Utica, N.Y. – The Oneida County History Center is bringing back its popular Sip & Paint program featuring a still life with historical artifacts from the museum’s collection. Participants will create a holiday-themed painting with beautiful crockery from White’s Pottery, a Utica Ginger Beer jug, and other historical items. Tickets are $40 for non-members and $35 for OCHC members and include all art materials, one beverage ticket, and light snacks. Pre-registration is required. Join us for an afternoon of a bit of painting, a little sipping, and a lot of fun!…

Oneida County History CenterUtica, N.Y. – Tickets are now on sale for the Historical Hall of Fame and Living Legend induction celebration!

Join the Oneida County History Center to honor and celebrate the class of 2022. The event will be held at Valentino’s Banquet Hall, New Hartford, and includes an opening reception with music by Monk Rowe & John Hutson, a cash bar, dinner buffet, Hall of Fame induction video, and speeches from the Living Legends.

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