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Mansion House to hold open house

The Oneida Community Mansion House, once home to the 19th century utopian Oneida Community will hold an open house and tour on Sunday May 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.

At the annual Open House and Bake Sale, visitors may explore exhibits and tour period rooms for free and at their own pace throughout the 93,000 square foot building. On exhibit: "The Braidings of Jessie Catherine Kinsley"; an Orientation Exhibit; and "Art of the Oneida Community and its Children."

Period rooms include the Big Hall, described as "an embodiment of our life and faith" by founder John Humphrey Noyes, with its exquisite trompe l'oeil ceiling; the Upper Sitting Room that most defined their idea of home; the Community Library where lifelong education was encouraged and more than 100 newspapers, magazines, and journal subscribed; and the Vestibule and its cabinet of curiosities.

Tour guides stationed in the period rooms are available to answer questions about the Oneida Community and their Mansion House, a National Historic Landmark.

Melanie Zimmer, storyteller, will be in the Lounge - also the locale of the Bake Sale - from 2:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m. to entertain young visitors.

The Oneida Community Mansion House is located at 170 Kenwood Ave., Oneida, NY. For information call 315-363-0745 or visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

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