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

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.

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.

April 25, 2018 - Wednesday - 7:00 PM - PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE -- TWO PART PROGRAM:  Quarantined - We live in a world w...
03/09/2018

April 25, 2018 - Wednesday - 7:00 PM - PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE -- TWO PART PROGRAM: Quarantined - We live in a world where we nearly take for granted all the medicines and doctors who help us stay healthy. What was the field of medicine and diseases like 150 years ago? Arnold Manning died at a very young age of tuberculosis of the spine. This intriguing evening will explore the diseases, flues and epidemics of Brockport from 1850 to 1950. Some of the Morgan-Manning House collection of doctor's "tools of the trade" will be on display. The program will be presented by Dr. James Goetz.
2ND PART OF PROGRAM - The Birth of Modern Perfumery: An Olfactory Journey into Victorian times" presented by Rosa Davila.
Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program.

02/14/2018

March 8, 2018 - Thursday - 7:00 PM - THE STORY OF BROCKPORT'S NAMESAKES -HIEL and PHEBE BROCKWAY - The town of Brockport was named after Hiel Brockway. Why him? Who was Hiel Brockway? This evening will explore the lives an history of Hiel and Phebe Brockway. We will uncover how this man brought the Red Bird Line packet boats and many other ventures to Brockport. The program will be presented by Mary Lynne Turner. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Gordon Fox has been doing some research into the yacht that Gifford Morgan owned in the 1920s and '30s, the Seamaid, and...
01/23/2018

Gordon Fox has been doing some research into the yacht that Gifford Morgan owned in the 1920s and '30s, the Seamaid, and has received some interesting information from the City Island Yacht Museum. Here are some of the images he shared!

01/23/2018
Brockport Community Museum

Brockport Community Museum

Scanning tips: I was telling an intern how to scan slides and negatives, and thought others might find this helpful. First of all you need a scanner that has a removable lid on the inside top, so light can pass thru from both sides.

Then the basic rule of thumb is to scan with the dull, "matte" side up. In other words, with the image reverse facing you. It will come out in proper orientation in the scan. It's easier to see that one side is shiny, one side dull or matte with large negatives. For 35mm negatives note the lettering on the top of the strip, place so it is backwards facing you. With slides it's a little harder. They usually have lettering, "Kodak..." Place the slide with the lettering up facing you so the lettering is reversed. Again, that is the reverse image, and it will come out properly in the scan. Other tips and suggestions welcome!

An exciting program is on for tomorrow night, Thursday the 11th, at 7pm at the Morgan Manning House. The presentation is...
01/10/2018

An exciting program is on for tomorrow night, Thursday the 11th, at 7pm at the Morgan Manning House. The presentation is on Lewis Swift, who grew up on Ridge Rd. in Clarkson and became a noted astronomer in the mid-19th century.

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
12/20/2017

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

"Making a snowman," happy holidays from Rosalie Mower's campus school kindergarten class c1952!

A number of years ago a man named Stanley Soules spent many hours with microfilm of the old Brockport Republic newspaper...
12/12/2017
"Early Settlers of Sweden: Fifty Years Ago, Brockport in 1829" by Stanley Soules

A number of years ago a man named Stanley Soules spent many hours with microfilm of the old Brockport Republic newspaper, looking for items of interest. So for example he found these reminiscences of the early days of Sweden and Brockport from the 1879 issues of the newspaper and typed them up as a little booklet. It's a great capture of original voices recalling this area in its early days!
https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/local_books/13/

In 1879 the Brockport Republic newspaper ran a series of articles commemorating the early settlers of Sweden, Brockport, and Clarkson. Stanley Soules was a retiree who made an avocation of local history and in the 1980s transcribed these articles from the microfilm of the paper. They cover the early...

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
12/08/2017

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Happy holidays from 1917 :-)

As many know, Brockport's Dayton Morgan & William Seymour worked with Cyrus McCormick to build his first commercial batc...
12/04/2017
McCormick-International Harvester Collection | Wisconsin Historical Society

As many know, Brockport's Dayton Morgan & William Seymour worked with Cyrus McCormick to build his first commercial batch of reapers. While they later became business rivals, one has to admire McCormick's ingenuity and drive. The Wisconsin Historical Society has quite an archival collection for him:
https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS15303

Browse documents, photographs and films related to Cyrus Hall McCormick and the International Harvester Company, including more than 30,000 online items.

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
11/29/2017
Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Sometimes I am asked about how one should handle family history materials, old photos, scrapbooks and so on. Here is a great resource for learning more about this, from the National Archives. Scroll down the schedule to "Taking Care of Your Family Heirlooms." Over to the right you will see links to download the presenters slideshow and handout, both very informative.
https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/2017/schedule-handouts

A not to be missed Christmas event!
11/15/2017

A not to be missed Christmas event!

Brockport Community Museum
11/13/2017

Brockport Community Museum

"Triangle Tract" anyone? It's the fascinating story of the very early days of our area. You can read about the history in the manuscript linked to here. There is a monument to it, at 9600 Summit St. in LeRoy, pictured here.
http://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/local_books/19/

11/10/2017

December 1 & 2, 2017 – Friday and Saturday – Candlelight Christmas. Friday 10AM-9:00PM, Saturday 10AM to 4:00PM. Enjoy Shopping in the Victorian Décor for Handcraft Holiday Decorations and Ornaments, Woven Garments, Wood Carvings, Paintings, Florals, Jellies & Jams, Chocolates, Maple Products, Alpaca, Ceramics, Folk-art, Quilting & Braiding, and Other Creations. Handcraft Raffle available donated by the Vendors. Credit Cards Accepted. $3 donation requested at door.

December 3, 2017 - Sunday - 3:00PM to 5:00 PM - Pictures with Santa - Bring your own camera and have one of our volunteers snap a couple of photos of your whole family with Mrs. and Mrs. Santa Claus in front of the fireplace at the Morgan-Manning House. A donation of $5.00 per family is appreciated.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 at 7PM - TOYS AND TRINKETS - The Frisbee came out in 1957, so what are these two young girls ...
10/20/2017

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 at 7PM - TOYS AND TRINKETS - The Frisbee came out in 1957, so what are these two young girls playing? It is called "La Grace." To find out more about this toy and the games played by children in the 1800's and early 1900's, come to our program at the Morgan-Manning House. Judy Jensen will highlight toys from this era and the history behind them.

Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program.

10/18/2017

November 9, 2017 - Thursday - 7:00 PM - Toys and Trinkets - With no computers, cell phones or televisions, what did children play with? This delightful evening will explore the wonderful world of toys from the late 19th and early 20th century. The evening will highlight many toys found in the collection of the Western Monroe Historical Society collection and the history behind them. The program will be presented by Judy Jensen and Lynne Ballusio. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program.

A fun archives/historical event coming next Wednesday: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rochester-archives-fair-2017-mysteri...
10/13/2017
Rochester Archives Fair 2017: Mysteries and Untold Stories

A fun archives/historical event coming next Wednesday: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rochester-archives-fair-2017-mysteries-and-untold-stories-tickets-38155996613

Discover the remarkable archival resources available in the Rochester region! More than a dozen area institutions will host exhibit tables highlighting their unique collections and have staff on hand to discuss the archival treasures they preserve. Whether you are interested in history, genealogy, p...

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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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