The Oneida County History Center is set to host a virtual presentation on the Trinkaus Manor, a holiday destination for many in and around Oneida County, set for Wednesday, December 23rd, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
From 1955 until 1992 Trinkaus Manor hosted an annual display featuring over 750,000 lights, drawing in thousands of visitors each year.
Oneida County Historian Joe Bottini will lead the presentation, which includes photos of the Trinkaus decorations, photos and quotes of the fire that destroyed it all, Trinkaus Manor history, and Trinkaus family history.
Joseph P. Bottini is a retired schoolteacher with 34 years of professional service at local schools including Kemble School in Utica and Perry Junior High in New Hartford. A native of Rome, NY, Bottini is a graduate of Rome Free Academy and Utica College, and completed graduate studies at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
Bottini was appointed Oneida County Historian in 2014. He has co-authored multiple books including Utica: Then & Now, Legendary Locals, and Oneida County: An Illustrated History. He also writes local history articles for the Greater Utica Magazine and the occasional guest editorial for the Utica Observer Dispatch.
Admission is $5 for non-members and free for History Center members. Tickets should be purchased in advance at the History Center e-Bookstore. Members can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register. The deadline to purchase/register is December 23rd, 2020 at 4 pm.
For more information, contact the Oneida County History Center at (315) 735-3642 or visit their website.
Photo of Trinkaus lights provided by Rome Historical Society.