Welcome! City historian Mark Simonson grew up in Oneonta, but like many at his age left to explore opportunities elsewhere. He returned in 1997. See the "About the Author" link for details.
Mr. Simonson was appointed Oneonta City Historian in 1998. Since then, he has been doing freelance research and writing for a column seen twice weekly in The Daily Star of Oneonta.
Additionally, Mark has published books about Oneonta and the other general topics of local history in a 5-county region.
Mark Simonson is always available for local speaking engagements. Typically, the ever-changing presentation is in a format of a mock television newscast;
featuring local and regional history, complete with news/sports/weather.
Please note that NO taxpayer dollars financed this website. It is an independent project by the city historian. The historian does not have an office
at city hall. Mark considers his "office" to be any library or historical society in a 60-mile radius. So in a sense, you've entered one of his many "branch offices".
Celebrated its 100th Anniversary|
As A City Throughout 2008.
Missed it? Centennial Souvenir Books are
available by clicking here.
Pull up a chair and hear
the conversation on Kitchen Table Conversations, a weekly feature
with interviews of noted local personalities and their reflections on
local history. Click here to find the archived interviews.
If you are seeking geneaological information, click here.