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Centering Historic Preservation in Community

Friday, August 25, 2023

12 - 1:30 PM EST

The Oneida Community Mansion House and the Preservation League of New York State will host a webinar to discuss the challenges of preserving historic structures. The session will share one site's journey to address a building's needs with limited resources. Learn how the Oneida Community Mansion House–the home of the utopian Oneida Community--interprets the preservation of historic structures for wider public audiences. Further conversations will explore ways in which sites can approach planning for and funding historic preservation projects.


Christine Hall O'Neil

Executive Director

Oneida Community Mansion House

Thomas Guiler

Director of Museum Affairs

Oneida Community Mansion House

Janna Rudler

Grants and Technical

Services Manager

Preservation League

of New York State

Christine Hall O'Neil is the Executive Director of Oneida Community Mansion House. She has led efforts to grow funding with increased philanthropic support by securing new public and private grants and by implementing a bold revenue plan for the Mansion House. Work included multi-year capital campaigns, the planning and execution of a $1.8M preservation project, securing $1.6M in government funding, and bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars in private and foundation funding for preservation.

Thomas Guiler is the Director of Museum Affairs at the Oneida Community Mansion House. A scholar of intentional and utopian communities, Tom received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2016 and taught for 5 years at the University of Delaware and Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. He researches and teaches 19th and 20th century American social and cultural history and has particular interests in social protest, material culture, and the digital and public humanities.

Janna Rudler is the Grants and Technical Services Manager at the Preservation League of New York State. The Preservation League is the statewide non-profit dedicated to historic preservation advocacy, education, and grants since 1974. Janna advises non-profits and municipalities in achieving their preservation goals, offers technical support and referrals to all who seek assistance in their preservation efforts, and oversees the League’s grant programs. Her career has taken her from archaeological digs across New York State and directing an archaeology lab to managing a historic house museum. Janna holds a BA in Anthropology from Binghamton University and a Master of Arts in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.


MANY is committed to making our virtual programs as accessible as possible. All virtual programs will have ASL interpretation provided by Interpretek.

Virtual programs are made possible by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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