UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Coming up tomorrow night, the Oneida County History Center 17th Annual Telethon will kick off at 5 pm on cnyhomepage.com, and right here on WUTR.

“We are so lucky in the Mohawk Valley, Central New York, Oneida county, where we live – we have a ton of connections to these state and national events that really shaped our nation’s history and a lot of them happened right here in Oneida County,” said Rebecca M. McLain, Executive Director at the Oneida County History Center.

She continued, “The construction of the Erie canal, of course, there’s the revolutionary war – we had a lot of battles here, inventors – the list goes on and on.”

The goal of this event is to fundraise $35,000 or more for the history center. It’s also to highlight the importance of local history and community partnerships, and how important it is to protect and preserve the history of Central New York for years to come.

If you would like to join the Oneida County History Center, renew a membership, or donate – you can do so by calling 315-735-3692 during the telethon.

“We are asking people to call in with whatever they can do – any amount is greatly appreciated,” said McLain.

“Because we are a nonprofit and don’t receive government funding, it’s vital to our operations, and we can’t exist without the support of the community.”

And as a special thank you, the first 40 callers to pledge $50 or more will be eligible for a giveaway. So be sure to tune in to the telethon this Wednesday, May 18th, 2022, from 5 to 8 pm.