Preserve the Mansion House campaign launched


ONEIDA — The Oneida Community Mansion House and Kenwood Benevolent Society are launching its Preserve the Mansion House campaign.

Coinciding with “National Preservation Month,” this special fundraising campaign gives OCMH friends and supporters the opportunity to double their donations up to $75,000 from May 1 through May 31 by visiting

“We made the Mansion House our top priority this year with a $75,000 matching commitment, in recognition of this critical moment for the building’s infrastructure,” said KBS Board members. “We hope our gift spurs others to make the Mansion House one of their philanthropic priorities for the year to preserve the legacy of this significant building.”

OCMH has developed a multi-year strategic plan to address the Mansion House infrastructure issues documented in two recent architectural and structural engineering reports.

This ten-year initiative is estimated to cost more than $6.5 million and will cover critical work to preserve the Mansion House building, parts of which have stood since 1861.

“We are grateful to Kenwood Benevolent Society for this gift,” said Christine O’Neil, executive director of OCMH. “Their generosity, combined with the gifts of our other supporters, allows us to begin Phase One of the Mansion House preservation plan with vital roof repairs.”

Donations made to OCMH between May 1 and 31 are eligible for matching, up to $75,000, including contributions by mail, online, and over the phone. This campaign coincides with National Preservation Month.

To mark this event, OCMH will host free tours and a virtual program examining the preservation of the National Historic Landmark building. For more information, visit

The Oneida Community Mansion House is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with an educational charter from the New York State Board of Regents. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965 as part of the National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings.

For more information call 315-363-0745 or visit


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