Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Utica Curling Club (UCC) and discover the rich history of curling with club President Roger Rowlett. Established in 1868, the UCC is one of the oldest clubs in the United States and the spirit of curling remains strong. This ice sport was first played on open-air rinks on Ballou Creek near Rutger Street in Utica. Today the club’s state-of-the-art facility hosts novice and competitive curlers from across the Northeast and the country. Grab your friends and come learn about this unique sport with deep roots in Oneida County.
This program takes place in the center’s main gallery on Saturday, January 20, 2018, starting at 1:00 PM.
Roger Rowlett is the Emeritus Gordon & Dorothy Kline Professor of Chemistry at Colgate University, where he served for 35 years as a teacher and researcher in biochemistry. He is also a recent former President of the Council on Undergraduate Research, a national higher education organization dedicated to promoting high-quality research opportunities for college students. Roger also serves on the Hamilton Municipal Airport Commission. He has been a curler since 2003, has long-term involvement in both adult and college curling instruction, and currently serves as the President of the Utica Curling Club. In addition to curling, Roger also enjoys flying, photography, and the outdoors.
The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution and is dedicated to preserving the history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. Please contact the center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website (www.oneidacountyhistory.org) or Facebook.com page for additional information.