Educational Programs

 

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Oneida Community Mansion House are available  by appointment. Please email hospitality@oneidacommunity.org in advance to schedule.  Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

 

Special group tours of the Mansion House are welcome with advance reservation, please call (315) 363-0745. Additional fees may apply.

Educational Programs (Grades 4-12)

Explore the past with one of our programs designed with curriculum needs in mind. Our programs align with New York State Learning Standards and emphasize different ways of thinking about history. We welcome learners of all ages—from primary and secondary schools to community groups, social service organizations, and universities.

For 4th and 5th graders, we offer “Children of the Mansion House,” which introduces learners to a variety of primary sources and encourages them to interpret the past.

Sketching the Summer House
Sketching the Summer House

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Petting Exotic Animals
Petting Exotic Animals

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A Path Through History
A Path Through History

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Sketching the Summer House
Sketching the Summer House

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For 7th graders, “Reform and Revivals in Upstate New York” introduces students to the “Burned-Over District” of New York State and the religious enthusiasm that swept through the region. Two main religious beliefs of the Oneida Community, fellowship and selflessness, are introduced using primary source materials, including the Community’s newspaper, The Circular. The lesson also contrasts the Oneida Community with other religious movements and shows how the lives of Oneida Community women challenged many nineteenth-century expectations.

 

For 8th grade students, we offer “Oneida Goes to War,” the story of how Oneida Limited supported the United States military and war production during World War II and became one of the few companies to be awarded the government’s coveted “E” for excellence four times. Using the Community Commando newspaper, students will engage with a primary source to understand the lives of everyday Americans who contributed to the war effort through their work at Oneida.

 

For high school Advanced Placement and U.S. History students, a customized tour of the Mansion House covers many subjects important in the state U.S. History curriculum—gender, reform, religion, and utopian experiments.

For college students, the tour is adapted to the instructor's course, and may cover topics in architecture, anthropology, history, sociology, women's studies, religion, art, or economics.

For more information, please contact hospitality@oneidacommunity.org or call (315) 363-0745.

 

Outreach & Distance Learning

If you can’t come to us, we can come to you! The Mansion House offers outreach lessons that can bring the Oneida Community’s unique history into your classroom, or as distance learning via skype. For more information, please call (315) 363-0745.

 

Our educational & public programs are made possible in part by Humanities New York, the John Ben Snow Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, Sherrill-Kenwood Community Chest, individual donors and our members. Thank you!