About The Clinton Liberal Institute

In 1831 The Universalist Convention of the State of New York established the Clinton Liberal Institute, a non-sectarian boarding school for both boys and girls, as a protest narrowness and intolerance of the sects dominating other schools.

One of its most famous students was Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross. The Girls’ Division permanent home at 13 Chestnut St, depicted in this ornament, wasn’t built until 1851. At that time it had a commanding a view of both the village and the Oriskany Valley.

When it was finally torn down in 1908, materials were used to build St. Mary’s Church, but the regal pillars were left standing and they remain part of the modern structure today.

Recently when a towering old black walnut tree on the property needed to come down, the owners of the property, Corrine Gates and Tom Neumann offered the wood to local woodworker Moe Lalonde. It is that wood which has become the Clinton Historical Society’s 2018 Christmas ornament. The design was done by a local artist based upon a photograph in the CHS collection.



Welcome to the official website of the Clinton Historical Society. The Village of Clinton is located in Oneida County in the heart of the historic Mohawk Valley. Here you will find some of what the Clinton Historical Society has to offer. You will see pictures from our archives, see the list of books and maps available for sale, and get a brief history. If you are in the area, please be sure to visit us. For more information, please contact us.