In 1849 storekeeper Collis Huntington left Oneonta to open a branch store and find his fortune in California. He was accompanied by five other local men - Leroy Chamberlain, Daniel Hammond, George Murray, Egbert Sabin, & Carleton Watkins. This exhibition tells the story of “The Oneonta 49ers”. It will include life in the newly incorporated village of Oneonta, the group’s trip to California, their intertwined lives, and their legacies. It promises to be a fascinating look at how the Gold Rush changed lives in a village in Upstate New York and the great influence at least some of these new Californians from Oneonta had.
The reception for the exhibition will include refreshments and is free and open to the public.