News & Highlights

April 29: Arbor Day Celebration

On Saturday, April 29, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, join us for an Arbor Day festival! Join in a woodland scavenger hunt and learn to identify trees by their leaves. Build your own birdfeeder (materials fee required). Learn about maple syrup production with the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill HS Future Farmers of America chapter. Marvel as a professional arborist climbs trees, and visit the Utica Zoomobile! Delicious food truck refreshments will be available for purchase. The first hundred attendees receive a pine seedling courtesy of Bartlett Tree Service.

April 22: Earth Day Celebration

Oneida Community Mansion House celebrates environmental stewardship and conservation with two weekend events in April. First, we will celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, join us for a nature photography and clean-up hike around Sunset Lake. Bring your camera and capture woodland plants and animals in photographs. The best pictures will be exhibited to the world on our Facebook and Twitter pages and at our public Arbor Day event on April 29. Hike the pathway around Sunset Lake and pitch in to restore the lake edge and woodlands.

April 8: Historic Preservation of Slate and Slate Roofing - Register Today!

Workshop with building preservation specialists Jeffrey Levine and Julie Palmer, Levine & Co., PA. This is an excellent professional development opportunity for those who maintain or own buildings that employ slate roofing or slate interior materials.

March 19: 'Uncle Johnny's Girl Farm' Discussion

Today, the Oneida Community is known for its utopian social practices, including equality between women and men.

March 12: ‘A Goodly Heritage Gone Wrong’ J. P. L. Hatcher Book Reading

Former Oneida Ltd. executive John P. L. Hatcher describes, with insider detail, the rise and fall of the once-successful tableware manufacturer. Join us for a book reading and discussion with author J. P.L. Hatcher, who will read from his recently published book Oneida (Community) Limited: A Goodly Heritage Gone Wrong. Copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase in the Mansion House bookshop.

Fridays in March, (de)Constructing Gender Seminar Series

High school students from around the region will meet every Friday in March to discuss the significance of gender in American society. Seminar discussions will examine how gender roles have evolved through time and how they are changing in the United States today. Students will also examine contemporary portrayals of gender in three documentary films.

Feb. 19th: The End of Marriage: Adultery in the 19th Century

Join us on Sunday, February 19 at 1:00 pm for a discussion with historian and author Carol Faulkner that examines the debate over adultery and marriage among nineteenth-century Americans

February 18, 24 & 25: Behind the Scenes

Visit the attic spaces, basements, and towers behind the scenes of the historic landmark and see materials in the Oneida Community Mansion House collection.
Reservations are required, tour size is limited.


December 16th: John P.L. Hatcher Book reading

On Friday, December 16th at 2pm, author John P.L. Hatcher will be at the Oneida Library​ for a talk on his recently published book "Oneida (Community) Limited: A Goodly Heritage Gone Wrong" which describes the Community's emergence as a successful corporation and its eventual collapse. Details are available on the library's website. 

Oneida Community on BackStory

BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today.  Their most recent story was a history of utopias and it included the Oneida Community. Check out the podcast story "A Whole New World: A History of Utopias." 

Mansion House Winter Day Camp

From December 27-30th Oneida Community Mansion House is home base for a week-long day camp geared to young learners ages 7 to 12. Campers will explore the National Historic Landmark site under the expert guidance of history educators from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm each day.

Thanksgiving at the Mansion House

Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner in the location of the Oneida Community's original dining room. The buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner will include traditional favorites and will be prepared by Patrick O'Connor's A Movable Feast.

Call 315-363-0745 for reservations as seating is limited. $32 adults, $16 ages 5-10, children under 5 eat free.

Giles Wayland-Smith

Giles Wayland-Smith died suddenly, but peacefully, surrounded by family, in his apartment in the Mansion House on Friday, October 28

Oct 29: Oneida Community Cemetery Tour

A tour of the cemetery will follow a brief talk on how people mourned in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and how the Oneida Community understood and practiced death and the afterlife.

Oct 1: Factory Tour

Since 1914, silverware has been made in Sherrill, New York. From Oneida Community, Ltd. to Sherrill Manufacturing, discover the history of the craft that made Madison County known throughout the country. Go behind the scenes for a first-hand glimpse of America's only silverware manufacturers, Sherrill Manufacturing's Liberty Tabletop, located in the historic Oneida factory.

Guests will meet at the Mansion House before the factory tour.

Oct 15: International Archaeology Day

Join us on International Archaeology Day as we search for evidence of past lives in the landscape surrounding the Mansion House!

Landscapes are palimpsests; they are built up layers of past uses, altered during decades and centuries of uses to produce the landforms we recognize today. Archaeologists study human history in part by exploring and documenting those changes in built environments.

Sept 23: Wine & Design

Join us September 23, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, for “Wine and Design,” an event to benefit the Oneida Community Mansion House.

Historic Preservation Workshop: Historic Housekeeping

September 17th, 11am-1pm: Workshop on Best Housekeeping Practices for Old and Historic Buildings

Housekeeping that ensures the preservation of historic building interiors is carried out with materials and using methods that do not harm surfaces being cleaned or delicate objects nearby. Those who maintain historic homes and buildings should practice preventive care, especially inside, where cleaning is a regular occurrence.         

Gallery Talk: Mansion House Architecture: The Lost Drawings

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 3:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wonderley

Exclusive Members’ Viewing: Mansion House Architecture

Members will have an exclusive viewing of the new exhibit, Mansion House Architecture: The Lost Drawings, on Friday, August 26 - 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Gallery Talk: The Art of the Ad

Curator of Education Molly Jessup discusses Coles Phillips and The Art of the Ad in a gallery talk in the exhibition at 3:00 pm, Sunday, July 31. This talk also marks the end of the exhibition at the Mansion House.

Book reading with Ellen Wayland-Smith

Join us for a book reading and discussion on Tuesday, July 26th at 7pm.  Ellen Wayland-Smith reads from her new book Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table. The event is co-sponsored with the Oneida Public Library and copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase.

Requested donation: $5


Fourth of July

The Mansion House will be closed on the Fourth of July

Mansion House Summer Camp, July 11-15

From July 11th-July 15th, the Oneida Community Mansion House is home base for a week-long day camp geared to young learners ages 7 to 12. Campers will explore the entire 33-acre National Historic Landmark site under the expert guidance of history educators, naturalists and anthropologists, from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm each day.

Camp activities include hands-on, inquiry-based explorations of 19th and early 20th century buildings and objects, local natural science, and local ecology.

Strawberry Jam, June 12th

Strawberry Jam is a day full of events, organized by Friends of the Mansion House:

9am-Noon: A flea market on the Vineyard (across from the Mansion House) 
12pm-4pm: live music and a bake sale on the South Lawn
12pm-4pm: Tours of the Mansion House at reduced admission

The Life and Art of Jessie Catherine Kinsley


Join Pody Vanderwall on Saturday, May 21st at 10:30am, as she explores the exquisite folk art of Jessie Catherine Kinsley, on display and in the collections of the Oneida Community Mansion house. Vanderwall is J.C. Kinsley’s great-granddaughter.

On Exhibit: Oneida Silverware Ads by Coles Phillips, 1911-1924


            On exhibit through June 2016, “Oneida Silverware Ads by Coles Phillips, 1911-1924” curated by Tony Wonderley and Molly Jessup with panel work by Don Cornue, features the illustrations that helped disseminate the company name worldwide.