Mansion House names new director of museum affairs

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ONEIDA — The Oneida Community Mansion House has welcomed Thomas Guiler, Ph.D as the director of museum affairs. Guiler is a specialist in Utopian and intentional communities and the upstate region.

He has published and presented on a wide range of topics including the history of the Oneida Community from its roots into the 20th century. Guiler is vice president for the Communal Studies Association.

“There are so many incredible stories at the Mansion House that have such relevance today,” Guiler said. “The Oneida Community is a story of community, family, and the desire to imagine a better world. I think there is a lot we can still learn from the Oneida Community about what it means to be a member of a community — to look out for one another, to value compromise, and to come together to celebrate life as a collective.”

Guiler will lead the museum into its next stage of interpretation and engagement, officials said.

With a focus on relevancy and community engagement, Guiler will highlight three centuries of community at the Mansion House and explore its relevance in today’s world.

Born and raised in Rochester, Guiler earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from the University of Scranton, a M.A., a M. Phil., and Ph.D. in History from Syracuse University. Prior to coming to the Oneida Community Mansion House, Guiler spent just over five years as assistant professor of history and public humanities at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library outside Wilmington, Delaware.

Members will have an opportunity to meet Tom virtually on Nov. 22, 2021at a Meet and Greet Zoom Event. Check the OCMH website or Email News for more information.

The Mansion House is open for visitors daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for self-guided tours. Guided tours are available by appointment. Landscaped gardens, grounds and trails are free to the public year-round. Oneida Community Mansion House is located at 170 Kenwood Ave., Oneida, 13421. For more information, call 315.363.0745 or visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

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