The Mansion House has permanent and changing exhibits. Additionally, there are a number of period rooms open to museum guests including a sleeping room, a sitting room, the Community's library, and the nursery kitchen.
The Oneida Community Mansion House will feature a temporary exhibit from October 15, 2017, through January 7, 2018, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Historic Zoar Village, Ohio. Like many utopian communities of the 19th century, Zoar was founded by religious separatists fleeing persecution in their home countries throughout Europe.
The German Separatists who founded Zoar fled their homeland of Württemberg and, in 1817, arrived on the banks of the Tuscarawas River in northeast Ohio to build a communal settlement that would last until 1898. The Separatists thrived on agriculture, but also applied their work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit to other endeavors, such as helping to construct a portion of the Ohio and Erie Canal, creating a “Zoar-style” of furniture for export, and building a popular tourist destination for weekenders in the mid-1800s.
In addition to highlighting these and other aspects of Zoar life, the exhibit includes a three- dimensional replica of the Zoar Garden – a 2.4-acre, scripture-inspired meditative space that remains the centerpiece of the village today.
The Braidings of Jessie Catherine Kinsley. Trace the roots of Kinsley’s art to childhood experience with textile work in the Oneida Community and to formal art training from Kenneth Hayes Miller, an influential figure in twentieth-century American art. The presentation featuring exquisite silk braidings and paintings explores Kinsley's themes and the significance of her achievement. What began as rug decoration evolved, during the 1910s, into a new painterly art form and her fusion of tapestry and illustrated manuscript exemplified the American Craftsman aesthetic (ca 1910-1925). (Suggested donation $2)
Oneida Game Traps, 1852-1925: The Edward J. Knobloch Collection. An installation featuring a representative selection of traps sold by the Oneida company under the names Newhouse and Victor and still considered the world's best. The exhibit contains more than fifty types of traps and illustrates how local trap-making began with the Oneida Community (1848-1880), a famous experiment in utopian living.
Mansion House Architecture: The Lost Drawings
Oneida Silverware Ads by Coles Phillips, 1911-1924
Oneida Community Women in the Material World
John Humphrey Noyes: Pictured and Described
The Design and Promotion of Lady Hamilton Tableware: 1932 – 1954