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Oneonta History Center

History Center Reopens Friday

History Center

Reopens Friday

The Oneonta History Center at Dietz and Main is opening Friday.

ONEONTA – The Oneonta History Center reopens at noon Friday, Executive Director Bob Brzozowski announced a few minutes ago.  COVID-19 closed the center at 183 Main St. almost four months ago.

The GOHS has developed a Safety Plan to help ensure everyone’s health upon reopening. Attendance will be limited to 15 persons at a time. Masks and social distancing will be required. There will be regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-contact surfaces.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Architectural Scavenger Hunt 07-01-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for  WEDNESDAY, JULY 1

Architectural Scavenger Hunt

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SCAVENGER HUNT – July 1 – August 31. Youths and families are invited to participate in 2020 Historic Oneonta’s Main Street Architectural Detail Scavenger Hunt. Search for architectural details on Main Street Oneonta and tell the Oneonta History Center about them. A great lead in to upcoming exhibit ‘Building Blocks Of A City: 100 Years og Architecture In Oneonta.’ Visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Fun Programs For Kids Winter Break

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WINTER PROGRAMS – 1 – 3 p.m. Bring the kids for some learning fun over February break. Choose from programs ‘Forest as a Habitat’ featuring interactive games on how action of animal & humans affect the forest, or ‘New York State Breakout Box’ families try to open the Breakout Box with their knowledge of NYS social studies. Free, open to public. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/index.htm

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

Auction To Benefit Wigs & Wishes

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FUNDRAISER – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Support Tracy Abrams to provide wigs to local community members who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. Enjoy Quarter Auction, food, drink, preview items. Partnered with 501c organization Wigs & Wishes. Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-287-4294 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaVetsClub

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Fun Ugly Sweater Holiday Run

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HOLIDAY RUN – 10 a.m. Race through Cooperstown in your ugliest holiday sweater. Runners receive free coffee/hot chocolate upon completion. Registration 8:30 – 9:30. Cost, $25/individual. Start at Santa’s house, Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2019-rockin-around-cooperstown-ugly-sweater-runwalk/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

Hartwick To Honor Longevity

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

AWARDS – 4 p.m. Hartwick college holds 2019 Quinquennial Awards Celebration recognizing milestones faculty & staff service to the college. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4315 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/quinquennial-awards-to-recognize-service-to-hartwick-5/

Learning At Ancient Skill At Oneonta History Center

Learning An Ancient Skill,

At Oneonta History Center

Newly appointed chairman Kim Back, left, shows workshop attendees how to make corn-husk dolls and wreaths at the Oneonta History Center Saturday, part of a new series of historical programs. Others are, from center left, SUNY Oneonta student Laura Santos, and Helen Rees and Celeste Leone, both of Oneonta. “I wanted to do something with a Native American basis,” said Back. November is National Native American Heritage Month and corn-husk dolls were adopted from the Iroquois by early settlers. The Oneonta Historical Society began such hosting workshops in September and plans to continue the program on a monthly basis. In December, they will have an ornament workshop and in January, will host a program with the Oneonta High School History Club. The workshops are free and open to all ages.  (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Wintertime Sports Of Otsego County

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

EXHIBIT OPENING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Discover new winter exhibit “Otsego On Ice: Histories of Wintertime Sport” featuring Fenimore’s outstanding collection of ice skates, snow shoes, sleds, more. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

Bresee’s Christmas Elves Come Back To Downtown

GOHS LOANED 6 HOLIDAY MANNEQUINS

Bresee’s Christmas Elves

Come Back To Downtown

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s Christmas decorators paused to inspect their handiwork after putting four Bresee’s Department Store elves and two does in the Oneonta History Center’s windows this morning, where they may be view by youngsters and nostalgic oldsters until Monday, Dec. 9.  The motorized mannequins were loaned by St. James’ Manor & Retirement Community to the GOHS through the intercession of John Pontius, at right in top photo, who serves on both boards of directors.

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