Oneida Community Mansion House
170 Kenwood Avenue, Oneida, NY 13421 - United States
The Oneida Community Mansion House (OCMH) was once home to the 19th century utopian Oneida Community (1848 – 1880). Today, the building houses a museum with permanent and changing exhibitions about the Community, overnight lodging, and banquet and meeting space. The Mansion House is a National Historic Landmark and history museum chartered by the New York State Department of Education.
The Mansion House is open to the public year-round (except major holidays) presenting programs and exhibits about the Oneida Community, its successor organization Oneida Ltd., and related topics.
Guests can tour the period rooms and permanent exhibits at the Mansion House.
Furnished Period Rooms
The period rooms include the family hall, the upper sitting room, a sleeping room, the nursery kitchen, and the library.
Mansion House Architecture: the 1862 House
Recently discovered architectural drawings provide new information about how the Mansion House was built, and how it reflected and encouraged the Oneida Community’s distinctive way of life. Featured graphics of the Mansion House central building (1862) show how the unique archtecture was developed. They also show how the original designs were altered by the client Community and then further changed in response to practical use and construction requirements.
The Braidings of Jessie Catherine Kinsley
Trace the roots of Kinsley’s art to childhood experience with textile work in the Oneida Community and to formal art training from Kenneth Hayes Miller, an influential figure in twentieth-century American art. The presentation featuring exquisite silk braidings and paintings explores Kinsley’s themes and the significance of her achievement. What began as rug decoration evolved, during the 1910s, into a new painterly art form and her fusion of tapestry and illustrated manuscript exemplified the American Craftsman aesthetic (ca 1910-1925).
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