The History Center celebrates Polish Heritage Month on October 2

In honor of Polish Heritage Month, the Oneida County History Center has partnered with the Kopernick Memorial Association to present a special exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia celebrating the Polish heritage of Utica from the Saturday 2 October.

This exhibition features works of art, glassware, sculptures, dolls and more, all of which reflect important Polish traditions.

From the 1880s, the textile industry in Oneida County attracted hundreds of Polish immigrants. This trend continued after World War II as several immigrants fled Communist-dominated Poland. In Utica they worked in industry and started a small business.

The Kopernik Memorial Association was established in 1973 and is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Polish culture, history and traditions.

“By preserving and promoting our Polish heritage, we keep alive the centuries-old traditions of our ancestors. Because by preserving our past, we cultivate our future.

As per local, federal, and CDC guidelines, masks are mandatory for all visitors, regardless of immunization status, during public events and programs.

The Oneida County History Center is a private, non-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history, heritage and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley for present and future generations.

Admission to this program is free; donations are encouraged. Contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website ( for more information.

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