“Mansion House After Dark” tours of the Mansion House, set for September 14, October 12, and November 9 at 6 pm, will kick off at dusk and examine the people, spaces, and practices that made the Oneida Community one of the most radical social experiments of its time. It will also take guests by LED lamplight into spaces not seen on regular tours to learn about how the Community navigated the dark and the spaces primarily used at night. These tours are $25 for the general public and $15 for members and students, space is limited to 15 people and includes a complimentary replica LED lamp.
In addition, the Mansion House will be offering “Exclusive Insider Tours.” These special tours focus on a specific aspect of the Mansion House offering access to experts, behind the scenes spaces in the Mansion House, exclusive exhibit tours, and in-depth time with collections.
On October 14th at 5 pm Director of Museum Affairs, Tom Guiler and Director of Buildings and Grounds, Mike Colmey will host an intimate guided tour of the architecture and preservation efforts at the Oneida Community Mansion House. Guests will see the construction work up close, learn about historic preservation, and the innovative and fashionable architecture the Community used to design their home. Guests
will also get a special sneak peek at what work is in store for the next phase of its multi-year historic preservation project.
On November 13th at 5 pm will be a very special guided tour of the One Community, Many Lives exhibit with guest-curator Colgate senior Eli Watson. The tour will highlight the extraordinary untold stories of four Oneida Community members who made huge contributions to the Community. On this tour, guests will get an exclusive look at how exhibits come together at the Mansion House from a brand new perspective.
The Mansion House also preserves the history and collections of the Oneida Ltd. silverware company and on December 11th at 5:00pm, Collections Manager Emily Stegner will showcase historic silverware patterns, items made for the war effort, and some of the quirkiest objects saved from the Oneida Ltd. Sales Office nearly 10 years ago–many of which have never been seen.
These tours are $25 for the general public and $15 for members and students, space is limited to 15 people.
This Fall OCMH’s cemetery tours return on October 14th and 29th at 10 am, focusing on the death and mourning practices of the Oneida Community. The tours include visits to the graves of the people who created one of the most successful and longest lasting utopian societies in American history. These tours are $20 for the general public, $15 for members, and $5 for students, space is limited to 20 people.
All proceeds support the Oneida Community Mansion House’s preservation efforts and educational programming.
The mission of the OCMH is to use the historic site and collection to share the story of the Oneida Community – one of the most radical and successful of the 19th century social experiments – to explore pressing
social issues that still confront audiences today.
The Mansion House is open for visitors for self-guided and guided tours by appointment. Landscaped gardens, grounds and trails are free to the public year round.
Oneida Community Mansion House is located at 170 Kenwood Avenue, in Oneida, NY. For more information call (315) 363-0745 or visit their website.
Photos of Oneida Community Mansion House provided.