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Greater Oneonta Historical Society

D&H Special Exhibition

Part I (April 22 – August 5)
Part II (August 8 – November 4)

This spring, GOHS will open our next special exhibition, to open in April 2023. Released in two parts, the exhibition will commemorate the bicentennial of the D&H Canal Company charter, which provided over 100 years of railroad service to the town and city of Oneonta.  

Part I, Building Up Steam: The Rise of the D&H Railroad in Oneonta (April 22 – July) and Part II, Leaving the Station: The Fall of the D&H Railroad in Oneonta (August – November) will explore the rise and fall of the D&H Railroad and its operations in Oneonta from the 1850s through modern day, including the invaluable impact the railroad had on Oneonta’s economic, social, and cultural landscape.

On display in the Brzozowski Special Exhibition Gallery and the SUNY Oneonta Alumni and Buckingham windows, it will feature a variety of local D&H artifacts, documents, and photographs from GOHS’ collection. 

The exhibit is curated by GOHS’ Executive Director, Dr. Marcela Micucci, and Associate Curator Bhanu Gaur, with the help of a talented team of exhibition designers, docents, advisors, and collections staff. This exhibition was made possible in part by a 2023 New York State Council of the Arts Support for Organizations grant.

Oneonta -- On the Road to Major League Baseball 

This summer the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will have a display exploring baseball’s Major Leaguers who played for Oneonta teams. Oneonta – On the Road to Major League Baseball will open Thursday, June 1, and close Saturday,
September 1, at the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main Street.

Oneonta has a storied baseball history, including dozens of major leaguers who played for Oneonta teams. Major leaguers played for Oneonta High School; Hartwick College; SUNY Oneonta; the Canadian-American League’ Oneonta Indians; the New York-Penn League’s Oneonta Red Sox, Yankees, and Tigers; the Oneonta Outlaws of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, and more! 

The display will feature baseball cards of some of those players, including Frank Malzone, Don Mattingly, Curtis Granderson, and many more.  GOHS’ Bob Brzozowski and Chris Vredenburg are curating this display of baseball cards from the GOHS collections.

June 1, 2023 – September 30, 2023

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.