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Tickets for the 16th Annual Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame/Living Legends Awards Banquet are now on sale! Tickets may be purchased by calling the society at (315)-735-3642. Prices are $40 for current OCHS members, $55 for the general public, and $400 for tables of eight. Ten individuals will be honored and recognized for their years of service as community leaders and for their efforts in furthering the region's industries, culture, and educational opportunities. This year's banquet features a cocktail hour (cash bar), dinner buffet, Hall of Fame video presentation courtesy of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, speeches from the 2016 Living Legends inductees, and a silent auction of ten large colorized images of downtown Utica during the 1940s and '50s. We hope you can join us!

This event takes place at the Hart's Hill Inn in Whitesboro, NY on Wednesday, October 5, starting at 5PM.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 at 6:00 PM- BARBARA GRANATO- WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM GENEALOGY ? Join Barbara Granato as she explains the perks and importance of genealogical research. Granato will share personal stories and anecdotes to illuminate the benefits of conducting personal research and tracing your family's lineage. How much do you know about your ancestors? They all have stories waiting to be discovered!

Sat. October 1 at 1:00PM— FILM: In God's House: The Religious Landscape of Utica, NY (2014) (50 min) (Not Rated). This documentary is about religion and immigration in central New York and explores the sacred spaces of the rust belt city of Utica, NY. The film examines how religious groups have and have not changed, and reveals a resiliency across religious communities and a surprising flexibility with regard to the nature of each group's notion of "sacred" space. Director Robert Knight will introduce his film and be available for questions.

Sat. October 15 at 1:00PM— Exploring Welsh Quilting Traditions in Central New York. Wrap yourself up in the history of America as it is seen through the eyes of a quilter. Throughout the years quilts have become unique accounts of history. Explore the immigration of the Welsh to America by way of their quilts. This interactive program presented by Susan Jones Graff includes a presentation, handouts, and 5 hands-on stations to explore circa 1890 – 1930 Welsh Quilts for yourself.

Sat. October 22 at 1:00PM— BOOK SIGNING: Around Remsen and Steuben (Images of America). The first settlers of the rugged wilderness that became the towns of Remsen and Steuben were hearty pioneers, Welsh immigrants, and a famous Revolutionary War hero. The untamed forest of Oneida County proved challenging, but the area flourished into a place of farming, manufacturing, business, and religion. Join Megan Plete Postol as she discusses and signs copies of her book, which shares these tales through visuals of old Remsen and Steuben.

Sat. October 29 at 1:00PM—BOOK SIGNING: WOMEN BELONG IN HISTORY BOOKS Herkimer and Oneida Counties New York 1700-1950 Vol 2. Volume II is here! Editor Jane Spellman, will speak and sign copies of Women Belong in History Books, Vol. 2. Volume 2 features historical and biographical essays concerning Blandina Dudley Miller, Rosamond Gould Childs, Margaret Fitzgerald Griffith Weiss, and other remarkable women from Oneida and Herkimer County.

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