The historical society, in general, tends to project a stuffy image that appeals to seniors, but I think the Oneida County Historical Society is trying to offer more diversified programs that appeal to a wider audience.
I get there at least once a month for lectures and run into many people I know. The OCHS drew a packed audience a few weeks ago for a lecture on "Adirondack Louie," an Adirondack guide and hermit. They also had a good turnout for a presentation on the Adirondack Railroad, but it was from the unique perspective of a gentleman who discovered his parents had made just one trip to the Adirondacks, in 1946 after his father, a POW, had returned home to the U.S. Another popular event is a version of "Antiques Roadshow," in which local people bring in historic memorabilia and share stories about the objects with the audience.
The only "problem" with the Saturday lectures is that they usually only last an hour and the society closes around 2 p.m., which doesn't give visitors much time to view the exhibits unless they get there earlier--which I recommend.
As a local person, I'm disappointed that their exhibits don't change often enough. On the other hand, the exhibits are good and informative for out-of-towners. The OCHS staff is very small and it depends on volunteers, so I can appreciate the difficulty in changing exhibits. Their book store has a big selection for both locals and visitors.
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