SERRILL — Thanks to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, Oneida Community Mansion House will unveil a new National Register of Historic Places sign in the front yard of Mansion House on Thursday, October 6th at 5pm.
Officials say Mansion House was on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966, a feat achieved by only about 3% of the properties on the register.
Despite being designated more than 50 years ago, the Mansion House has had no signs to alert the public to this important piece of American history. To remedy this, OCMH applied for and was awarded the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s National Register of Signage Grant, a program that aims to provide signs to historical sites that currently do not have signage to inform people of a building’s historical significance.
A marker was produced in Ohio and shipped to Mansion House this summer.
Officials added that the official opening ceremony of Mansion House is an opportunity to thank the Pomeroy Foundation and celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the construction of this National Historic Landmark, and the ceremony will be followed by a small reception inside the Mansion House.
“As we celebrate the 160th birthday of this magnificent building in 2022, it is very important that we welcome as many people as we can,” said Thomas Guiler, director of museum affairs. “One of the best ways to do that is to partner with the Pomeroy Foundation to put one of their magnificent landmarks outside our building where drivers and passers-by can see it, and stop by to learn more about one of the most successful utopian communities in American history.”
Managing Director Christine Hall O’Neil added: “The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is one of the most important and generous philanthropic organizations in downtown New York, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their support. Historical marking programs are of tremendous benefit to the community and we are excited and honored to be a part of it.”
OCMH was the 93,000 square feet home of the utopian Oneida Community (1848-1880). Now a non-profit organization, OCMH’s mission is to use its historic space and collection to explore and explore these social issues to share the story of the Oneida Society, one of the most radical and successful 19th-century social experiments. still faces the audience today.