The History Center is open Wednesday - Friday 12-4pm; Saturday 10am-4pm with health and safety protocols in effect. We are closed for the month of January.

Greater Oneonta History Society

Small Community, Big Ideas: Greater Oneonta

GOHS’s permanent exhibition, Small Community, Big Ideas: Greater Oneonta, explores the history of the town and city of Oneonta, New York. The exhibit includes modern, interactive, and digital features and a variety of different, formerly unseen objects from GOHS’s object and archival collections.

Small Community, Big Ideas features five chronological modules, each shedding light on the everyday people, places, and events that have shaped the town and city of Oneonta over the past three centuries. It tells the stories of how Natives, settlers, immigrants, and residents created a community, and how they built and rebuilt Oneonta to become a destination city—one that was adaptable and evolved with the changing geography, economy, culture, and society.

Throughout the exhibit visitors can explore floor maps, ambient sound, audio, and visual content. They can also contribute their own ideas of what they believe the next “big idea” for Oneonta might be. The permanent exhibition is continuously growing and changing with expanded content, new objects, and interactives, ensuring visitors a different experience each time they visit. 

Town & Gown: SUNY Oneonta and the Local Community, Past and Present

(Opening September 16 – November 12)

GOHS’ next special exhibition, Town & Gown: SUNY Oneonta and the Local Community, Past and Present, will explore SUNY Oneonta’s long history of partnership and collaboration with the Oneonta community.

The exhibit will help mark the inauguration of SUNY Oneonta’s ninth president, Dr. Alberto Cardelle, in October 2022, with an emphasis on his institutional agenda and commitment to increased community involvement and participation.

Town & Gown opens on Friday, September 16 in the Brzozowski Special Exhibition Gallery and the Buckingham and SUNY Oneonta Alumni windows and closes on Saturday, November 12.