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Greater Oneonta Historical Society

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society, founded in 1939 as the Upper Susquehanna Historical Society, is a non-profit membership organization with a 17-member Board. As one of the largest local history groups in Central New York, GOHS works to preserve the heritage of the city and town of Oneonta.

GOHS' collections of thousands of items include photographs, postcards, portraits, clothing, ephemera, and other historical objects about life in the Upper Susquehanna region. These arts, artifacts, and archives are housed at GOHS' Oneonta History Center at 183 Main Street, in the oldest brick building in the Oneonta Downtown Historic District.

The History Center also houses permanent and temporary local history exhibitions and displays, and resource library, and a gift shop.

Admission is free.

2021 Events: 

Summer Walking Tours Series Dates: 
Wednesday, June 16: Downtown DRI Walking Tour

Wednesday, July 14: Main Street in the late 1960s Walking Tour

Sunday, July 18: "Electric Lake" Walking Tour

Wednesday, August 11: Oneonta Past and Future Downtown Walking Tour

Saturday, August 14: Sixth Ward Walking Tour

Sunday, August 22: Glenwood Cemetery Walking Tour 

Friday, November 19: GOHS Annual Benefit Auction




We strongly advise that you check business websites or call ahead for the most up-to-date information on possible limited hours and whether reservations are necessary or not. 

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Season / Hours of Operation

FALL: Sept. 1 Wed, Thur and Fri 12-4pm and Sat 10am - 4pm. June, July & August Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 12pm - 4pm and Saturdays 10am - 4pm.

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    Oneonta, situated just south of Cooperstown in the Susquehanna Valley, is known as the "City of the Hills" and home to the State University College at Oneonta and Hartwick College. Oneonta's quaint Main Street is filled with cafes and boutiques; just a short drive across the river, you'll find national retailers, more dining and family-fun activities.

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