News & Highlights

March 18: Discussion: Designer Babies of the 1800s, Oneida Community Children

March 18 (1pm): The Oneida Community practiced family planning in the hopes that their children would inherit spirituality. Join our discussion about how religion influenced their family planning, and how their ideas relate to and diverge from the larger history of eugenics and reproduction.

March 11: Film Screening: Connie Cook, A Documentary

March 11 (2pm-4:30pm) In recognition of International Women's Day, join us for a film screening of "Connie Cook: A Documentary." As one of only three women in the New York State Assembly in the 1960s and 70s, Connie Cook led extraordinary efforts — against the odds — to create change within a male-dominated government. As a Republican Assemblywoman for New York’s 125th District, she sought equality and fought for women’s rights.

March 8 and 10: International Women's Day Tours

March 8 and 10 (10am and 2pm): What was life like for the women who became members of the socialist Utopian Oneida Community? In recognition of International Women's Day, OCMH will have guided tours at 10am and 2pm that explore the role of women and gender equality within the Oneida Community and their interactions with the outside world. 

Free to members, non-members: $7, students: $3.

Feb 11: Discussion: Early Resistance: Women, Religion, and Politics

Sunday, February 11 at 1pm: Women played a pivotal role in the changing political culture of the United States through support of abolition and the women's rights movement. Prof. Marcia Robinson of Syracuse University will join our discussion to share her research and insights into how Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, an African-American abolitionist, suffragist, and writer, fought in a resistance movement that resonates today.

Feb 9 &10: Behind the Scenes Tours

Feb 9 & 10: Behind the Scenes (Feb 9 at 10am;  Feb 10 at 10am and 2pm)

Jan 14: Discussion: Shaken & Stirred: Religious Ferment and Utopia

Sunday, January 14 at 1pm: Discussion: Shaken & Stirred: Religious Ferment and Utopia

Threats of violence. Excommunication. Arrest. Members of new religions and communities have faced intense consequences for their beliefs. From the eighteenth century to today, members of new religions and communities have faced intense consequences for their beliefs. This discussion will consider the different motivations that inspired new religious movements and the outcomes. 

Dec. 27-29: Mansion House Winter Camp

Dec 27-29, 9am-1pm: Join us for the Mansion House winter day camp for ages 7-12. Campers will explore the National Historic Landmark site under the expert guidance of history educators from 9:00am-1:00pm each day.

Dec-March: Winter Tour Schedule

December-March: Docent-led tours of the Oneida Community Mansion House will be by appointment only. Please contact us at 315-363-0745 to make a tour reservation in advance.

The Mansion House will remain open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sundays 12pm-5pm for self-guided tours, visiting exhibits, and other programming.

Dec. 2: SOLD OUT A Christmas Carol Retold

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: RETOLD by Breadcrumbs Productions
written by Marisa Valent with excerpts from Charles Dickens and Christina Rosetti
performed by Maya Dwyer, Tanner Efinger, Peter Fekete & Lana Stafford

Nov 24: Annual Meeting

Nov. 24, 10:30am-1pm: Our annual meeting will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017. At the meeting, we will review the past year and the plans for 2018. Officers and Trustees will be elected.

The meeting is open to the public.​

Nov 23: Thanksgiving at the Mansion House

Nov 23 at 1pm: 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. Gratuity is included.

RSVP to 315-363-0745 by Nov. 17

November 5: The Game of Life: The Great Peterboro Baseball Story

On Sunday, November 5 at 2pm, we are pleased to present "The Game of Life: the Great Peterboro Baseball Story" with the OPL players!

Nov 5: No Guided Tour at 2pm

Sunday, November 5 we will be open regular hours (12pm-5pm) for visitors to enjoy a self-guided tour or to browse exhibits.

There will not be a guided tour at 2pm because we'll be in the Hall enjoying "The Game of Life: The Great Peterboro Baseball Story!" The production is free with museum admission.

Oct 30: Séances and Spiritualism in the 1800s

Oct 30, 6pm-7:30pm: What was Spiritualism and why was the Oneida Community interested in it? Join us for an after- hours program that explores nineteenth century fascination with the spirit world.

Registration required. Call 315-363-0745 to make your reservation.

Free to Members. Non-Members: $10. Students (ages 8 & up): $5.

Oct 28: Cemetery Tour

Feel the spirit of the season on Saturday, October 28 from 4:30pm-6pm, as we explore 19th century mourning culture in the Oneida Community Cemetery. We'll decipher symbolic meaning of gravestones and learn stories of notable Community members. 

Advance registration is required. Please register by calling 315-363-0745

Oct 21: International Archaeology Day

Oct 21, 10:30am-12pm:

The Oneida Community built a communal home consisting of dozens of buildings and hundreds of acres of land, which they used to support their specific ways of life, work, and thought.

Oct 7: Welcome to Silver City!

Oct 7, 10:30am-12:30pm:

Learn about industrial history of the Oneida Community by viewing objects from our collection that were used in the Community’s factory (built 1863) and then tour the historic factory to see Sherrill Manufacturing’s Liberty Tabletop, the only domestic manufacturer of silverware. Don’t wait, advance registration required!

Members: $5.00; all others: $10.00. Youth (8 – 16 yrs.) with parental supervision: $3.00. 

Sept.23: Museum Day Live!

Sept 23: All Day.

With this special program, co-sponsored with the Smithsonian Institute, enjoy free admission to the Mansion House with SI voucher (available on-line).

For information see:

Sept. 9: Bricks and Mortar: Cliff Notes for a Successful Masonry Repair Project

Sept 9, 10:30am-1pm: Join us for a historic preservation workshop about masonry with Scott Lupini of Lupini Construction. The workshop will address the four main processes of repair: identify, investigate, document, and execute. 

Reception and Security positions available

The OneidaCommunity Mansion House has employment opportunities available for a part-time receptionist (evenings & weekends) and a part-time security guard (New York State licensed) (evenings, weekends, and holidays). For more information, please call OCMH at 315-262-0745 or stop by to pick up an application. 

August 12: Architectural Walking Tour of Kenwood

August 12, 10:30am: What can architecture teach us about history and the community around us?  Join us for a walking tour that examines the architecture of the Mansion House, and the surrounding Kenwood neighborhood which includes homes designed by Ward Wellington Ward and Theodore Skinner. 

Tour participants will meet at the main entrance to the Mansion House.

July 30: Silverwood Clarinet Choir ft. Marco Antonio Mazzini

July 30, 1pm: Join us at the Mansion House for a concert with the Silverwood Clarinet Choir featuring guest performer Marco Antonio Mazzini. Mazzini is currently director of Clariperu, the Peruvian Clarinet Orchestra, a member of the chamber music ensemble Nueva Lima Clásica, and a music professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He has performed internationally in nineteen countries and at venues including Carnegie Hall. 

July: Summer Camps (Sessions I and II)

Register your youth (age 7-12) for our summer camp program today!

Mansion House summer camps, session I (July 10 - 14) and session II (July 17 - 21), are day camps for young people to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities connected to themes of: nature, archeology, and history. 

June 18: AIDS & Reproductive Rights Activism Discussion

Join us as historian Tamar Carroll discusses, " 'It Saved My Life': AIDS & Reproductive Rights Activism in the Creation of Queer Politics," a talk on the coalition between gay men AIDS activists and reproductive rights feminists in New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP New York) and Women’s Health Action mobilization (WHAM!) joined together to fight for rights to sexual autonomy and universal health care. 

June 17: Path through History Family Tours

Bring the entire family to explore the Oneida Community Mansion House, indoors and out! Experience life in the 19th century utopian community: sitting rooms, bedrooms, reading library, and meeting hall. And try your hand in one of the Community’s favorite games—croquet! 

Special guided tours at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. 


May 7: Teddy Roosevelt Among the Lumberjacks

Join us for a discussion with historian Jason Newton about popular 19th century attitudes about work and masculinity. Newton examines Theodore Roosevelt's early adult experiences in the Maine woods and at Harvard in a discussion of urban elites’ views of masculinity. Ideas about “ruggedness” shaped everything from immigration policy to imperialism, while rejecting what was considered feminine.

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.

April 23: Reproductive Freedom - Who Decides?

Join us for a discussion about the history of reproductive freedom and its connection to political and civil equality. Political and civil equality for women has historically and explicitly turned to the question of who controls a woman's body: individual women? a woman's husband? society? This right to self-determination was hotly contested throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

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.

April 8: Historic Preservation of Slate and Slate Roofing

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.

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.


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

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.