One-of-a-kind sales and rentals business seeks to be an asset to local historians, war re-enactment enthusiasts and TV and movie production companies seeking to preserve war history.

Oneida Heritage, a new store located in Sherrill, NY officially opened its doors today. With a focus on American wars, the shop rents and sells military uniforms, war paraphernalia and other equipment.

Military guns, uniforms, costumes, cannons and a Jeep from WWII are among the items on display at the new store. Large dioramas spotlight the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, Civil Wars, and World War II. In an effort to bring the past to life and preserve the culture and history of the Oneida Indian Nation and the entire region, Oneida Heritage makes important artifacts available to the public. In line with this vision, the shop also sells Oneida hand-crafted jewelry, baskets, artwork and lacrosse sticks, as well as hand-made American Indian pottery. Oneida Heritage’s wide selection of books and DVDs are also available for the most ardent heritage history buff.

Additionally, a uniform belonging to the late Oneida Member Theodore (Ted) Phillips (Turtle Clan), a staff sergeant in the Army serving in World War II and the Korean Conflict, was donated to Oneida Heritage during today’s grand opening celebration and is now on display for the public to see. A survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, Phillips helped rescue concentration camp victims by ushering them to medical facilities as a member of the medic ambulance crew.

Important military personnel such as Phillips and the stories from the wars often become the focus of re-enactment efforts, and other historical celebrations, including movie and TV productions that document the wars. These tributes to history are exactly what Oneida Heritage strives to be an asset to.

Each year thousands of tourists visit Central New York to experience the profound history linked to our region, harboring significant ties to our country’s inception and development. This Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, the I Love NY campaign urges residents and visitors to experience the historic sites that showcase New York’s fascinating history during the new “Path Through History” weekend. Nearby sites include the battlefields of Oriskany and Saratoga.

Oneida Heritage plans to create a program for Veterans and aims to work closely with groups dedicated to the forts and battlefield sites.

Open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oneida Heritage is located at 245 West Seneca Turnpike, Sherrill, in Central New York. For more information call (315) 363-1735 or visit www.OneidaHeritage.com.

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