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Oneida County History Center 2021 Historical Hall of Fame & Living Legends Announced

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This article originally appeared on the Oneida County History Center website.

The Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame, begun in 1946, has named five individuals to its 2021 inductee class: writer Jack Behrens, international literacy advocate Welthy Honsinger Fisher, abolitionist Rev. Beriah Green, Congressman Richard Hanna, and Utica's first black teacher Jermain Wesley Loguen. The Hall of Famers will be inducted alongside the 2021 Richard W. Couper 'Living Legends' class: orthopedic surgeon and Olympic physician Dr. James Dennison, community leader and Indium Corporation CEO Gregory Evans, cultural leader adn Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, beloved community figure and owner of Ventura's Restaurant Rufus Ventura Jr., and community advocate and spiritual advisor Rev. Dr. Mary Webster. Biographies for each inductee are below.

This year's inductees are being recognized for their service as civic leaders and community advocates, and for their efforts in furthering the region's industries, culture and educational opportunities. They will be honored during the annual Historical Hall of Fame and Living Legends Awards Celebration to be held at Valentino's Banquet Hall, New Hartford on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 starting at 5:00pm. Read more...