Western Monroe Historical Society - Morgan Manning House

Western Monroe Historical Society - Morgan Manning House This historic house has been the home of our local history society since 1964.
www.morganmanninghouse.org
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The red brick, two story house, built in 1854, was occupied by the Morgan family from 1864 until the fire of 1964. The fire caused the death of 96 year old Sara Morgan Manning, the last of the seven Morgan children. The damage to the house was extensive, and the future of the place was in doubt. However. volunteers, members of the newly formed Historical Society, took over the tasks of most of the repairs, which required a number of years to accomplish. Today the house is fully restored, and tours of the house and the carriage house may be arranged by appointment. (585-637-3645) Historical Society members see to the maintenance of the House, and offer regularly scheduled programs open to the public. The preservation of local history is also an important part of the house’s functions, and a number of publications about Brockport’s events and population are available at the Lift Bridge Book Shop on Main Street. Cooperation with the teachers in our public schools allows fourth-grade children to view the house and to learn about the Victorian way of life. Special school tours and holiday festivities are arranged for the month of December. The Historical Society strives to encourage all students in their studies of history, and offers an annual award to a Brockport high school senior who has done outstanding work in that field.

For #TechnologyMW we are showcasing the reaper, which brought the Industrial Revolution to Agriculture not only in Weste...
05/17/2020

For #TechnologyMW we are showcasing the reaper, which brought the Industrial Revolution to Agriculture not only in Western New York but in the entire world.

Did you know that the first functioning McCormick reapers had been manufactured in Brockport? In 1846, D. S. Morgan and his partner William Seymour undertook the challenge in their foundry, the Globe Iron Works. They later designed an improved model, which they called the Triumph reaper. Considered to be the "perfect machine", the Triumph was manufactured in Brockport by the D. S. Morgan & Co. from 1874 to 1894. You can still see an example of this machine at the Emily L. Knapp Museum in our village! Attached are some beautiful illustrations from catalogues of the time. As well as a picture of the Reaper which is at the Henry Ford Museum. #MuseumWeek #LocalHistory #BrockportHistory

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to drastically modify our lives. Lives have sadly been lost, and innume...
05/15/2020

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to drastically modify our lives. Lives have sadly been lost, and innumerable healthcare workers continue to put their own lives on the line to save others.

One hundred years ago, the world was facing a similar situation: the 1918 Flu Epidemic infected about a third of the world population at the time. In her diary for that year, Sara Morgan Manning briefly mentioned as she and the Morgan family had been affected by the influenza pandemic. Here are a few pages from her 1918 diary. #ClimateMW

Wed. Oct. 16, 1918

Oh! A hard day
Closed the house
Mother went to Gladys
Cook (MLT) left for good.
May went home (visit)
I went to New York
With Jocelyn + Sue.
Arrived late. Waldorf
Hotel

Thursday 17
We slept until
Late, shopped for
Jocelyn. Lunched
Onto. Got very tired
Decided to attend
Theatre, but were
scared on account
of epidemic of
influenza. Remained in.

Today is #MuseumMomentsMW. We unfortunately are not able to celebrate our traditional 4th of July celebration at the Mor...
05/14/2020

Today is #MuseumMomentsMW. We unfortunately are not able to celebrate our traditional 4th of July celebration at the Morgan-Manning House this year. The health and safety of our community is our first concern. Nevertheless, a glance at last year’s events makes us look forward to us getting all together to learn about history in the best of company. You can be sure that we will strive to create new delightful memories at the Morgan-Manning House! Attached are photos from our 2018 July 4th event by Shauna Zurowski and photos from last years English Tea.

Keep checking our website and social media, as we will keep you posted on our future programs and events. #MuseumWeek2020

“In today’s environment it is paramount that we remain united while physically distancing. […] We believe that now, more...
05/13/2020

“In today’s environment it is paramount that we remain united while physically distancing. […] We believe that now, more than ever, it is important for us to feel globally connected.
To date, almost half of the world’s population is confined and our thoughts go to those affected by this disease and their loved ones. We are thinking of everyone on the front lines working tirelessly in emergency and healthcare institutions to treat the ill, and to those providing other essential services. Together we know our societies can recover...”
—Benjamin Benita, MuseumWeek Organizer, President of Culture For Causes Network

For day three of #MuseumWeek we celebrate #TogetherMW. Togetherness was also extremely important for all the members of the Morgan family. In 1891-92, when Sara and Susanne Morgan were in Germany studying, the family endeavored to remain “together”, to share special moments through the numerous letters they exchanged, which brought so much joy to the recipients.

Today, we too at the Morgan-Manning House want to remain connected with our community! We look forward to hearing from you, even if it is just to say “Hello!”

From Susan to Sara on Feb 9 1891:
“My dear Mama,
… It is strange
how irregular the mail is
and how long it takes for
a letter to come, nevertheless
we scream for joy every time
one arrives, they are welcomed
just as much to day as
they were the first days
we were here.”

For day two of Museum Week, #CultureInQuarantine, here is a drawing of a Victorian dress that is upstairs in one of our ...
05/12/2020

For day two of Museum Week, #CultureInQuarantine, here is a drawing of a Victorian dress that is upstairs in one of our bedrooms by Mary Lynne Turner! We invite you to continue to send drawings of anything related to MMH or share memories with us! #MuseumWeek #ArtInQuarantine

On this first day of Museum Week, #HeroesMV, we are celebrating Helen Smagorinsky (1933-2020), as we remember her and he...
05/11/2020

On this first day of Museum Week, #HeroesMV, we are celebrating Helen Smagorinsky (1933-2020), as we remember her and her rich contributions to not only Morgan-Manning House, but also the village and beyond. We miss you, Helen! #MuseumWeek #MuseumsFromHome

For part of our Morgan Manning House at home, a picture of Sara Morgan Manning drawn by Serenity, a Fred W. Hill School ...
04/30/2020

For part of our Morgan Manning House at home, a picture of Sara Morgan Manning drawn by Serenity, a Fred W. Hill School student and her Mom, Payge! We thank you for participating in this project!

Hello MMH family! 🏠✨ Are you looking for something different to do while being at home all day? We invite you to draw a ...
03/25/2020

Hello MMH family! 🏠✨ Are you looking for something different to do while being at home all day?

We invite you to draw a picture of the Morgan Manning House! Look through our photo albums here on Facebook to find photos of the interior or exterior. Maybe you find the front porch interesting or a portrait on the wall or perhaps draw from an event you attended with us.

We’d love to share what you create. Please make sure to tag us!
If you don’t feel like drawing feel free to send us fond memories you’ve had at MMH instead! 😊
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#togetherapart #isolationchronicles #cornersofmyworld #morganmanninghouse

03/20/2020

The Morgan-Manning House is Closed until further notice

A packed house tonight at our "HELLMIRA: The Union's Most Infamous POW Camp of the Civil War" presentation by Mr. Derek ...
02/21/2020

A packed house tonight at our "HELLMIRA: The Union's Most Infamous POW Camp of the Civil War" presentation by Mr. Derek Maxfield. 🎖

Be sure to come to our next presentation, "Naturalist, Artist, Taxidermist: The Talents of David Bruce" on March 19 at 7 p.m. 🦆

Annual Victorian English Tea - delicate sandwiches, desserts, teas
02/17/2020

Annual Victorian English Tea - delicate sandwiches, desserts, teas

Annual Victorian English Tea - delicate sandwiches, desserts, teas

The Morgan family plot in Lakeside Cemetery this evening.
06/07/2019

The Morgan family plot in Lakeside Cemetery this evening.

Brockport Community Museum
06/03/2019

Brockport Community Museum

Interesting talk coming up at the Clarendon Historical Society.

Brockport Community Museum
05/03/2019

Brockport Community Museum

Great event coming this weekend, Saturday from 5-8:30pm.Visit any or all of these wonderful local museums!

04/25/2019
Brockport Community Museum

Brockport Community Museum

Here's a tip when researching the Brockport area in nyshistoricnewspapers.org. The newspaper coverage is overall from 1856-1974, but, it is split between 3 separate titles. Brockport Republic, 1856-1925; Brockport Republic and Brockport Democrat, 1925-1955, and the Republic-Democrat 1955-1974.

From the Brockport Republic, August 6, 1907. Gifford Morgan and George "Buzz" Guelf were close friends and sailing enthu...
04/12/2019

From the Brockport Republic, August 6, 1907. Gifford Morgan and George "Buzz" Guelf were close friends and sailing enthusiasts. They were leading members of the Brockport Yacht Club in its early years. Gifford Morgan was a businessman by profession, and Guelf was a sort of village polymath, printer at the newspaper, naturalist, photographer, fireman, sailboat builder and more. A week cruise on the lake sounds rather nice doesn't it?

Brockport Community Museum
02/06/2019

Brockport Community Museum

Every other month the Brockport Community Museum displays a different artifact in the Seymour Library. The artifact is not identified; that is your challenge, to guess what it is! Here is the current challenge. And while you're in the library, do check out a book, or have a look at a magazine, support your local library :-)

Brockport Community Museum
12/07/2018
Brockport Community Museum

Brockport Community Museum

It is a little confusing, but a great thing overall, that Brockport has so many local history sources. This group, the Brockport Community Museum, is distinct from the Emily Knapp Museum. We're a sort of "virtual" museum with a webpage and some physical presence, e.g. the historical plaques we've put up.

The Knapp Museum is the offical village museum on State Street in the old Seymour House. Then of course there is the historian at the Morgan Manning House, and the local history collections the college has, not to mention the area town historians of Sweden, Clarkson etc.

http://www.brockportcommunitymuseum.org/index.html

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
11/14/2018

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

As a reminder, the scholarly history of the College at Brockport, written in 1969 by History professor Wayne Dedman (shown here in 1966) is online, full text! The book includes a good bit village history, including businesses, prominent families and individuals...
https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/student_archpapers/41/

Here's a test for students of the Morgan family; this 1938 photo of the laying of the cornerstone for the "new" college ...
11/05/2018

Here's a test for students of the Morgan family; this 1938 photo of the laying of the cornerstone for the "new" college building, which later was named Hartwell Hall, features, among others, Gifford Morgan, who was on the board of the school then, and a staunch supporter of it. Can you see him?

10/04/2018
Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Digital preservation note: an external hard drive failed recently in the archives, and I think that I did have most everything on it backed up to cloud storage. I say think, because our IT staff weren't able to revive the drive enough to see what had been on it.

The moral of the story of course is local back up is good, say a PC hard drive to an external hard drive, but cloud storage adds a nice layer of security. Google Drive at the free level is 15gb, which isn't bad at all, and Amazon Cloud for Prime members is 5gb. For modest rates you can up that considerably.

09/19/2018

October 17, 2018 – Wed, 7PM - “Modernizing Brockport” (Presenter: Dr. Bill Andrews) Brockport saw an incredible transformation from the time period between 1866 and 1916. Schools, transportation, mail, sidewalks and the addition of electricity had a profound impact on the way every day citizens of Brockport lived their lives. A narrative about the lives of a father and a son, George Harmon Sr. and George Harmon Jr., will be used as a practical way to see the change from one generation to another. For sale at this event will be Dr. Andrews’ book “Brockport in the Age of Industrialization”. The program is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Brockport Community Museum
08/30/2018

Brockport Community Museum

An interesting educational event coming in September from our friends at the Clarendon Historical Society.

In Brockport's industrial era of the 19th century Seymour & Morgan shared the village with a number of other manufacture...
07/31/2018

In Brockport's industrial era of the 19th century Seymour & Morgan shared the village with a number of other manufacturers. One of the largest was the Johnston Harvester works which was north of the canal, on both sides of Main Street, where the Dollar General and so on are today, north of Clark and Liberty Streets. This illustration of the plant is from an 1877 history of Monroe County. In 1882 a fire swept through the works and the business moved to Batavia.

07/13/2018

CARRIAGE HOUSE KIDS - FIBER ART - Aug 15, 15 & 16, 2018 10AM-12 noon. Make your own fiber creations by learning from spinners and weavers. $15 - open to children ages 8-12. Call 637-3645 to sign up.

07/10/2018

SHAKE ON THE LAKE AT MORGAN-MANNING HOUSE, JULY 28TH AT 6:30PM –

Saturday, July 28th, at 6PM (Pre-show), and 6:30 pm - Production of Richard III. This event, brought to you by the WMHS and the Village of Brockport, is free and open to the public. No ticket is needed. It will be held on the Lawn of the Morgan-Manning House, 151 Main Street, Brockport, NY.

We will have seats set up in the front, but bring your lawn chair if you want to sit in the back. Popcorn, ice cream, and drinks will be available.

IN CASE OF RAIN OR BAD WEATHER, the production will be moved to the Nietopski Pavillion in Sweden Town Park on Redman Road in Brockport.

07/09/2018
Brockport Community Museum

Brockport Community Museum

A Brockport history grad is giving a talk:

Please join us on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:00 PM when Daniel D. Cody, M.A. will present The 1918 Influenza Epidemic.

In the fall of 1918 the Great War was coming to an end. However, another war was just starting. This was the war against Influenza, an epidemic that killed millions worldwide in just a few short months. Rochester was not immune from the ravages of influenza. This presentation explores how Rochester dealt with the epidemic they knew was coming and would be deadly.

Daniel D. Cody is employed as Collections Manager and Registrar for the Rochester Historical Society. He is also an adjunct lecturer of American History at the Finger Lakes Community College.

06/04/2018
Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Doing genealogy? There are some great area genealogy resources right here on Facebook! Both the Rochester Genealogical Society and the Western New York Genealogical Society have active groups here on Facebook. Great places to ask questions and get help! Just search for them in the search box at the top of the page and follow from there :-)

05/11/2018

June 3 to Sept 2, 2018 - 1-3 PM - Every Sunday - Summer Sunday Tours of first and second floors of the Victorian style mansion, the Morgan-Manning House. Last tour starts at 2:30. Suggested donation $5.00 per adult, and children are free.

05/09/2018
The Farmers' Museum

If you know anything about the Morgan family you know that they were involved in the agriculture world as manufacturers of reapers and mowers, and then as pioneers in cold storage facilities. A great museum on farming and agriculture is right here in NY, the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown.
http://www.farmersmuseum.org/

Daily programming and special events related to hops and craft brewing offer a glimpse into the region’s connection with beer production – past and present.

05/01/2018

May 10, 2018 - 7 PM - Thursday - Tom Grasso, President Emeritus of the Canal Society of NYS, will present program "Barge Canal Wonders and Contract 61" as part of the annual Low Bridge/High Water celebration in Brockport. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program at the lovely Morgan-Manning House.

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151 Main St
Brockport, NY
14420

General information

Business Office Hours are 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM Mon-Fri - No tours are given during this time unless arranged ahead of time. To arrange a tour, call 585 637-3645. For information on public tour times available without a reservation, see our web site at www.morganmanninghouse.org - check under section called "Tours"

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Please join the Morgan Manning House for a FREE reading of "Red Bird's Christmas" on Dec. 23rd at 7pm. Live music begins at 6:50pm and refreshments & cookies to follow the program.
Morgan Manning House is cancelling our program scheduled for 12/18/2019. Be safe out there!
Welcome to the special exhibition entitled, “Changing Victorian Deathways in the 19th Century” in the Red Parlor of the Morgan-Manning House at 151 Main Street in Brockport, New York. The three-day exhibition is scheduled Monday through Wednesday, October 28, 29, and 30, 2019, from 6 - 8 p.m. There will also be a special lecture on Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m., “Dying on Script: Changing Victorian Deathways in the 19th Century,” by Derek Maxfield, GCC professor of history who is also a member of the Morgan-Manning House Board of Trustees. Approximately 25 GCC students from a variety of academic programs are participating in the project by researching specific historic museum artifacts, developing detailed descriptions, and helping to curate the exhibition in preparation for the three-day event. The students are also learning the history of Morgan-Manning House, which was built in 1854, fully restored in 1965 and placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1991. Admittance into the Morgan-Manning House is free, but donations are encouraged. No tickets are necessary. For more information, email Maxfield at [email protected] or call 585-343-0055 ext. 6288 or Marketing Communications Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or email: [email protected].
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