History Center offers Trinkaus Manor presentation


Trinkaus Manor was a holiday destination for many in and around Oneida County for almost 40 years.

An annual display featuring more than 750,000 lights drew thousands each year from 1955 until 1992, and Oneida County Historian Joe Bottini is inviting local residents to rediscover this festive part of local history and rejuvenate the holiday spirit on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

The presentation will include powerful photos of the Trinkaus decorations, photos and quotes of the fire that destroyed it all, Trinkaus Manor history, and Trinkaus family history.

The online presentation takes place on from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Admission is $5, free for History Center members in good standing. Tickets should be purchased in advance at the History Center e-Bookstore. Members can contact rmclain@oneidacountyhistory.org to register. The deadline to purchase/register is 4 p.m. Dec. 23.

Bottini is a retired school teacher with 34 years of professional service at local schools including Kemble School in Utica and Perry Junior High in New Hartford. A native of Rome, Bottini is a graduate of Rome Free Academy and Utica College, and completed graduate studies at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Bottini was appointed Oneida County Historian in 2014. He is an accomplished writer and has co-authored multiple books including “Utica: Then & Now, Legendary Locals,” and “Oneida County: An Illustrated History.” Bottini also writes local history articles for the Greater Utica Magazine and the occasional guest editorial for the Utica Observer Dispatch.  


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