Giles Wayland-Smith died suddenly, but peacefully, surrounded by family, in his apartment in the Mansion House on Friday, October 28
Giles was foundational to the Mansion House as it is today and especially as an organization devoted to history and the humanities. He was a strong and passionate advocate of OCMH as the sum of its many narratives, and of our mission to explore those narratives especially as they intersect in contemporary society. His view of history was propelled by an equally strong and sincere humanism, which he attributed to his lifelong association with the Oneida Community and its descendant community in the region. Giles was a mentor to many and always a ready and willing advisor and collaborator in these pursuits.
As we grieve his passing let us also celebrate his many contributions to knowledge, to ‘history with a capital H,’ and to enriching the human spirit.