Oneida County History CenterScheduled for Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:30 Pm

Utica, N.Y. – Trinkaus Manor was a holiday destination for many in and around Oneida County for almost 40 years.  An annual display featuring over 750,000 lights drew thousands each year from 1955 until 1992.  Join Oneida County Historian Joe Bottini to rediscover this festive part of our local history and rejuvenate your holiday spirit. 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.

This online presentation takes place on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for non-members and free for History Center members in good standing. Tickets should be purchased in advance at the History Center e-Bookstore. Members can contact to register. The deadline to purchase/register is December 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

Joseph P. Bottini is a retired schoolteacher 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, NY, Joe is a graduate of Rome Free Academy and Utica College, and completed graduate studies at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

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

The Oneida County History Center is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history the Greater Mohawk Valley. Admission to the exhibit gallery is free; donations are encouraged. Please contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website ( for additional information.




 Rebecca M. Mclain at (315) 735-3642 Utica, NY