News & Highlights

Sun., March 12: Hatcher Book Reading

Oneida (Community) Limited: A Goodly Heritage Gone Wrong - Book Reading/Signing

On Sunday, March 12th at 3 PM, author John P. L. Hatcher will be at the OCMH​ 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.

John P. L. Hatcher, former Oneida Ltd. executive, reads from his just-published book. Book signing, with copies available for purchase, will follow. 

March High School Student Seminar Series

Seminar: (de)Constructing Gender, a new media seminar for high school students every Friday evening in March
Reservations are required; register today for the excellent extracurricular opportunity exploring digital media and gender!


Fridays in March, 6:00 pm

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.