The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present a lecture and discussion with author Ellen Wayland-Smith on Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library’s MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

A descendent of John Humphrey Noyes, the founder of the Oneida Community, Ellen Wayland-Smith discusses her new book about the 19th century free love commune that evolved into the nation’s leading manufacturer of silverware and a coveted mark of middle-class respectability. Wayland-Smith is a Professor of Writing at the University of Southern California and received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Princeton University. A book sale and signing, courtesy of Barnes & Noble, follows the program.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair-accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to the event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 7, R7, R10. Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, R3, 5, and 9 also stop within a short walking distance. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

  • Submitted by Jen Ullrich, Public Services Librarian