Teaching, research, and the archiving and sharing of significant historical document collections are the three pillars of our mission at the Utica College Center for Historical Research. We serve students, academic and non-academic historians alike. Through various outreach activities we endeavor to bring campus and community together to foster a greater understanding of the historical condition and its global importance.
We fulfill our mission through various avenues:
In early 2015, the Center for Historical Research began the Digital History Project to collect and curate a digital archive of the people of the Mohawk Valley. We accept a wide variety of materials, including: personal correspondence, photographs, business records, journals, diaries, and many other types of historical artifacts. We return all historical artifacts and provide the owner with a free digital copy of their submission. Click here to learn how you can help preserve the Mohawk Valley's history in a digital age.
Once per month during the academic year, we welcome a speaker to present his or her research on a historical topic. Presentations are not limited to a specific geographic location of period of time; rather, our goal is to foster an intellectual dialogue on a wide variety of topics. The talks are free and open to the public. Click here to see a list of previous speakers.
Annually, the Center hosts a day long symposium to commemorate a major historical event. Scholars from throughout the country are invited to participate. In 2014, we hosted our inaugural symposium: World War I @ 100. Click here to read the presenters' papers and see photographs from the event.
Working in conjunction with the Utica College Department of History, the Center sponsors various talks related to history themed months each academic year. Previously, we have welcomed scholars from a diverse range of academic interests to celebrate Black History Month, Womens History Month, LGBT History Month, and Native American History Month. Click here to view a previous list of speakers.
In 2014, the Center for Historical Research partnered with Oneida-Herkimer-Madison County BOCES to form the Teacher Training Institute. Middle School and High School teachers work closely with Utica College history professors to obtain additional training in locating and incorporating primary sources into their classrooms. Previous years have focused on World War I and the American Civil War.