Oneida library to screen documentary tonight

Published Dec 13, 2017 at 4:00pm

Oneida Public Library, 220 Broad St., will screen the free documentary “Women’s Voices” tonight at
6:30 p.m.

The one-hour documentary presents four local women setting out as young women to make careers in the 1960s in fields dominated by men.

They sat down with Oneida High School student interviewers from Tom Kirkpatrick’s English class last spring to talk about their experiences, and the interviews were filmed by OHS students under the supervision of Peter Gillander at the OHS/PAC 99 studio.

The film was edited by professional videographer Michael Brown. The film’s subjects are Patricia Bruno, Mary Jo Nixdorf, Virginia Seminaroti and Nancy Fauls Walter.

Bruno worked in Oneida banks and eventually rose to become a vice-president. Nixdorf, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy Nursing Corp, worked during the Vietnam War and retired with the rank of commander.

Seminaroti became an English teacher in Oneida’s middle school, while Walter was a working mother, balancing the responsibilities of home with the demands of her bank job.

Virginia Drake, herself a retired Oneida High School teacher, provides the film’s narrative and, at one point, shares her own workplace experiences.

The Women’s Voices Project was an initiative of the OPL as part of its year-long celebration of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State. It was supported by an Action Grant from Humanities New York.

For more information call 315-363-3050.