Brockport Community Museum

Brockport Community Museum The Brockport Community Museum shares local history with our community. It is a "Museum Without Walls" that exists both as a website and also places historical markers and mounts exhibits in area buildings.
Vision: – Make local history accessible to the community at no cost. – Develop awareness of community needs. – Enable on-going resident participation. – Find and preserve historic materials before lost. – Support other local history repositories. – Increase our visibility to the community. ******* Implementation: – Make local history accessible to the community at no cost. • Being a Museum Without Walls, there is no admission fee. – Develop awareness of community needs. • Identify various audiences and uses: Genealogy; Curriculum; Tourism, etc. – Enable on-going resident participation in Museum projects and activities. • Encourage response to Museum projects through email, blogs, etc. • Grow the “Friends of the Museum” (per our bylaws). – Find and preserve historic materials and/or memories not yet publicly available, before they are lost. • Interview groups, individuals and families; record memories, images and artifacts. – Support other local history repositories. • Work with existing and emerging local history organizations (Museums, Libraries, Archives, Societies) such as the Capen Fire Museum, Emily L. Knapp Museum, Morgan-Manning House / Western Monroe Historical Society, Seymour Library, SUNY Brockport Archives, and others. • Consolidate existing content from various sources into single focus topics for use in projects such as Interpretive Panels, Exhibit Cases, and the Web Site. – Increase our visibility to the community to enable the above vision. • Utilize traditional and social media to continually increase the visibility of the Museum, its members, constituents and projects.
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Vision: – Make local history accessible to the community at no cost. – Develop awareness of community needs. – Enable on-going resident participation. – Find and preserve historic materials before lost. – Support other local history repositories. – Increase our visibility to the community. Implementation: – Make local history accessible to the community at no cost. • Being a Museum Without Walls, there is no admission fee. – Develop awareness of community needs. • Identify various audiences and uses: Genealogy; Curriculum; Tourism, etc. – Enable on-going resident participation in Museum projects and activities. • Encourage response to Museum projects through email, blogs, etc. • Grow the “Friends of the Museum” (per our bylaws). – Find and preserve historic materials and/or memories not yet publicly available, before they are lost. • Interview groups, individuals and families; record memories, images and artifacts. – Support other local history repositories. • Work with existing and emerging local history organizations (Museums, Libraries, Archives, Societies) such as the Capen Fire Museum, Emily L. Knapp Museum, Morgan-Manning House / Western Monroe Historical Society, Seymour Library, SUNY Brockport Archives, and others. • Consolidate existing content from various sources into single focus topics for use in projects such as Interpretive Panels, Exhibit Cases, and the Web Site. – Increase our visibility to the community to enable the above vision. • Utilize traditional and social media to continually increase the visibility of the Museum, its members, constituents and projects.

Mission: The Brockport Community Museum is a "Museum Without Walls" that brings local history into the community. It was chartered by the New York State Education Department in 2002.

The new "What's It" item will be on display at Seymour Library tomorrow. Follow the link here to learn about the item, a...
02/03/2020
Brockport Community Museum

The new "What's It" item will be on display at Seymour Library tomorrow. Follow the link here to learn about the item, and visit the library to see it for yourself!
http://brockportcommunitymuseum.org/

The Brockport Community Museum is a “Museum Without Walls” that brings local history into the community. It was chartered by the New York State Education Department in 2002.

02/03/2020

Rochester History is a journal about the history of not only Rochester but the surrounding region, including Brockport, Clarkson.... It has been published for many decades, and all of it is available online:
https://www.libraryweb.org/~rochhist/indexa.htm

It's a bit complicated, but what an amazing resource if you have the time and interest!https://unwritten-record.blogs.ar...
01/29/2020
Researching Aerial Photography of the United States : RG 145 Aerial Indexes Now Digitized

It's a bit complicated, but what an amazing resource if you have the time and interest!
https://unwritten-record.blogs.archives.gov/2020/01/23/researching-aerial-photography-of-the-united-states-rg-145-aerial-indexes-now-digitized/

The Cartographic Branch holds aerial imagery covering much of the United States and also many areas around the world. Today’s post will focus on getting started with aerial imagery covering t…

01/12/2020

The big mother ship of all archives and historical collections in NY is the NY State Archives. Their site is well worth a visit!
http://www.archives.nysed.gov/

Stop by Seymour Library to have a guess at the current "What's It!"
01/04/2020

Stop by Seymour Library to have a guess at the current "What's It!"

Folks seemed to like the previous December 1950 ad from the old Brockport Republic, so here is another!
12/30/2019

Folks seemed to like the previous December 1950 ad from the old Brockport Republic, so here is another!

An ad from the December 28, 1950 Brockport Republic.
12/28/2019

An ad from the December 28, 1950 Brockport Republic.

Something for the season, a holiday ad from Dunn's run a century ago in the Brockport Republic, December 18, 1919.
12/07/2019

Something for the season, a holiday ad from Dunn's run a century ago in the Brockport Republic, December 18, 1919.

11/05/2019

This email is from the Clarkson Historical Society:

"Please join us for our final 2019 presentation: “Preserving our local gems—Our one-room schoolhouses”

The many one-room schoolhouses that scatter our landscape were once the backbone of American rural education. Educator and historic schoolhouse expert Chris Manaseri will give an illustrated presentation on the various projects aimed at rescuing and preserving these gems in the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions.

The talk begins a 7:00 PM Wed., November 6 at the Clarkson Historical society Academy, 8343 W. Ridge Road. It is free and everyone is welcome to attend."

Here's a digitized book by Helen Hastings, gr-niece of William Seymour and founder of the Brockport Village Museum, that...
11/01/2019
The Reaper Industry in Brockport

Here's a digitized book by Helen Hastings, gr-niece of William Seymour and founder of the Brockport Village Museum, that gives a nice overview of the reaper industry which once was such a major presence in our community:
https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/local_books/3/

A paper on the history of the reaper industry in Brockport NY. Miss Hastings was a keen amateur historian, and a great niece of William Seymour, a key participant in the industry. She covers the history of the industry, including the patent battle between Seymour & Morgan and the McCormick company.....

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
10/22/2019

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Our friends at the Morgan Manning House gave us this photo. It is the 3rd grade class of the campus school in 1913. They are pictured on the lawn of the old Normal school, where Hartwell Hall is today. For local folks there might be some familiar names!

Doug Hickerson was honored at the recent Brockport Community Museum meeting for his service to the community. His articl...
10/09/2019

Doug Hickerson was honored at the recent Brockport Community Museum meeting for his service to the community. His articles in the Suburban News about local events, people and history are invaluable documentation of our area. Many of them are available here:
https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/local_books/25/

Some photos of the Brockport Community Museum table at the Sweden Harvest Fesitval this fall. The first photo has member...
10/08/2019

Some photos of the Brockport Community Museum table at the Sweden Harvest Fesitval this fall. The first photo has members Norm Frisch, left, and Archie Kutz, right.

Here's some more photos of the unveiling of the panel commemorating the 1979 Special Olympics, what a great event!
10/04/2019

Here's some more photos of the unveiling of the panel commemorating the 1979 Special Olympics, what a great event!

10/03/2019

Interesting program coming up at the Clarendon Historical Society on the Erie Canal:

"...Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM Bruce Schwendy will present “The Three Erie Canals. ” New York’s Erie Canal has experienced three eras: the original canal derided as “Clinton’s Ditch” completed in 1825, the enlarged canal which was completed in 1862, and today’s barge canal system which was completed in 1918 Mr. Schwendy will discuss common misconceptions about the canal’s history and demonstrate some actual canal horns and explain how they were used for signaling on the early canals. He will also focus on the Canal where it is nearest to us, in Holley and Hulberton."

Richard Black of the BCM with our latest interpretive panel, which commemorates the International Special Olympics held ...
09/30/2019

Richard Black of the BCM with our latest interpretive panel, which commemorates the International Special Olympics held at the college in 1979.

An exciting harness race and a view of the old Brockport Fair from about 1910. This fair was held on grounds located at ...
09/10/2019

An exciting harness race and a view of the old Brockport Fair from about 1910. This fair was held on grounds located at the end of Spring Street

Years ago amateur teams played a wide variety of sports from basketball like these "Brockport Independents" to baseball ...
09/04/2019

Years ago amateur teams played a wide variety of sports from basketball like these "Brockport Independents" to baseball and football. After WWII with the increasing televising of professional sports amateur sports experienced a real decline.

The obituary for Gertrude Page, from the pages of the Brockport Republic, 10/25/1962. Her family were one of the oldest ...
08/21/2019

The obituary for Gertrude Page, from the pages of the Brockport Republic, 10/25/1962. Her family were one of the oldest African American families in town.

Recently the college archives was able to post rare home movie footage of Brockport in the 1930s online, have a look!htt...
08/16/2019
1930s Home Movies of Brockport

Recently the college archives was able to post rare home movie footage of Brockport in the 1930s online, have a look!
https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/archival_videos/1/

This rare footage was shot by a student in the "training school," or campus school as they called it then, of the old Brockport Normal School. The student was Emmett Costich, who used his father's movie camera to record various events. Much of the footage is of "Color Day," which was a spring celebr...

Another interesting sounding talk from our friends at the Clarendon Historical Society.
08/08/2019

Another interesting sounding talk from our friends at the Clarendon Historical Society.

This is the new "What's it?" item that will be placed in the Seymour Library today. The item is small, 5.5" high, and op...
08/05/2019

This is the new "What's it?" item that will be placed in the Seymour Library today. The item is small, 5.5" high, and open the diameter at the large end is 3.5". It was discovered in an old barn in Clarkson. The question is "What was it for, or used with?' Stop by the Seymour Library to have a look and submit your guess!

Members of the Brockport Community Museum have been hard at work this summer designing an interpretive panel that will b...
07/31/2019

Members of the Brockport Community Museum have been hard at work this summer designing an interpretive panel that will be placed by the "Happiness to the World" statues and fountain on the east side of the college library. The site is a cherished legacy of when the 1979 International Special Olympics were held at the college. It seemed appropriate for the 40th anniversary to mark the site so newer generations understood the historic significance of the event. Shown here is the fountain area in 1979.

Here is the new "What's Ii?" at the Seymour Library. Stop by and see if you can guess what it is! Specifications:Hardwoo...
06/11/2019

Here is the new "What's Ii?" at the Seymour Library. Stop by and see if you can guess what it is! Specifications:Hardwood with leather belt and metal buckle.
Weight = 2.30kg (81oz.); Height = 72.39cm (28.5in); Base width = 16.51cm (6.5in); Base depth = 10.16cm (4.0in)
Clue: Found in an 1870s barn used as a changeout station for draft horses.
Questions:– What kind of simple machine is this, can you identify its parts?
– What is the purpose of the belt?

Interesting talk coming up at the Clarendon Historical Society.
06/03/2019

Interesting talk coming up at the Clarendon Historical Society.

This is an exciting local history story here. Sue Savard of the Knapp Museum discovered trunks in the attic containing m...
05/28/2019

This is an exciting local history story here. Sue Savard of the Knapp Museum discovered trunks in the attic containing many notebooks, artworks and related materials that had belonged to Helen Hastings, founder of the museum. This book is the story of how she found them, their significance, and their place today.

Great event coming this weekend, Saturday from 5-8:30pm.Visit any or all of these wonderful local museums!
05/03/2019

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

04/25/2019

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.

In one of this groups latest adventures, we have had the pleasure of working with John Rombaut who has crafted this stee...
04/15/2019

In one of this groups latest adventures, we have had the pleasure of working with John Rombaut who has crafted this steel stand to hold the tree section in place in the Seymour Library display being planned. Thanks John!

04/01/2019
www.brockportcommunitymuseum.org

Here's the current "What is it" item on display at the Seymour Library!
http://www.brockportcommunitymuseum.org/pdfs/whatsit/19-02%20clue%20v.01.pdf

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
03/22/2019

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

A recent donation to the archives, from the granddaughter of Bessie Johnson, Class of 1915. This is the "Agonian" room in the old Normal school building, which stood where Hartwell Hall is today. Each of the sororities and fraternities here then had their own room in the building. A very nice, and rare, shot of the interior of that long gone building.

Here's a great story by one Brockport Community Museum board member about another's sharing of history with local school...
02/25/2019
Bill Andrews addresses Hill School students about history - Westside News

Here's a great story by one Brockport Community Museum board member about another's sharing of history with local school children. It is quite a talented set of members we have!
http://www.westsidenewsny.com/features/2019-02-25/bill-andrews-addresses-hill-school-students-about-history/

After the February 13 assembly at Hill School, Bill Andrews displayed a 1770 Map of North America which he referred to in his presentation. Andrews talks with Alexander Zelent who expressed thanks for the presentation and asked questions about the map. Josh Mangalino (right) also studies the map. Ph...

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
02/14/2019

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

From the 1954 college yearbook: you didn't bring a laptop then, you brought your trusty portable typewriter!

Every other month the Brockport Community Museum displays a different artifact in the Seymour Library. The artifact is n...
02/06/2019

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 :-)

There was some discussion among some on the Brockport Community Museum board recently about an opinion piece by Brent St...
02/05/2019

There was some discussion among some on the Brockport Community Museum board recently about an opinion piece by Brent Staples in the Feb. 3, 2019 NY Times that mentioned Fannie Barrier Williams, a Brockport native. She was the first know African American graduate of the old Normal school, 1870, and had quite a career as a speaker and activist. The part of the article pertaining to her ran as follows. Shown here is Fannie as a young woman, the house she grew up in on Erie St next to the Nativity school, and the house farther out Erie St that where she and her sister Ella lived in their senior years.

"Less well known in the city today is the estimable Wells contemporary Fannie Barrier Williams, a member of the black elite who had a profound impact on Chicago during more than three decades of civic and political activism.
As her biographer, Wanda Hendricks, points out, Barrier Williams broadened her influence by crossing racial lines, becoming the first black woman admitted to the Chicago Women's Club, one of the most powerful white women's groups in the country. She led the charge to get black women politically engaged and worked tirelessly to open the business world to them as well.
As Harper did, she dissented from the white suffrage movement's gender-centric view of voting rights, arguing that ''black women had unique needs that were defined as much by race as they were by gender and region,'' making clear that she was less interested in a political candidate's gender than in what he or she had to say about the plight of African-Americans. Beyond that, she bluntly reminded white women that racism in their ranks represented a prime obstacle for black women, writing ''that the exclusion of colored women and girls from nearly all places of employment is due mostly to the meanness of American women.''

A c1910 photograph of the High Street cemetery by George Guelf.
01/28/2019

A c1910 photograph of the High Street cemetery by George Guelf.

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
01/03/2019

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Someone contacted the archives recently asking about the history of a fraternity, Gamma Sigma, which is having its 150th anniversary this year. The fraternity was started here in 1869 by a group of students with the support of Principal Charles McLean. By the 1920s it had become a fairly widespread fraternity in both Normal schools and high schools. The Brockport Normal chapter closed around 1928, but it may have continued on in the high school for a time. Shown here is a c1891 photo of members on the steps of the old Normal. The names on the back are (in not very clear order:)
Harry Fletcher, Fred Shafer, Charles Carr, S. Scoville, John Williams, Perry Shafer, David Cook, Bert Paine, Charles Staples, Herbert Lewis, Fred Crofoot, George Sinne (?) and some others difficult to read now...

One of our more unusual activities recently was getting a safe moved to the Seymour Library for a display. Helping move ...
12/19/2018

One of our more unusual activities recently was getting a safe moved to the Seymour Library for a display. Helping move it were some great guys from the Clarkson Highway Department. Left to right are: Matt Sealy, Mike Farrell, Patrick Viscardi and Justin Holberton, with Carl Gouvia, library director, to their right.

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
12/10/2018

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

This is a section of an elm tree that is parked outside the archives on the ground floor of the college library. It's from one of the trees cut down in back of Alumni House last year. Professor Jason Dauenhauer from Social Work got the idea to get a grant and have the wood saved for furniture, and a couple slabs were set aside to use as historical markers. "The Normal school became a Teachers college at this tree ring" sort of thing...

The tree was easily 125+ years old, thus taking one back to the Normal school years, when we became a Teachers College in 1942 etc. It will be outside the archives for this week of finals, feel free to come have a look at it.

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I've seen some of their signs when I've been in town. This is a great project.
Original FMC on Perry Street...
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Hi,I just found this page and I'm excited because my great great great grandparents lived and died in Brockport! Just today I found in an old newspaper with their obituaries in the Brockport Republic. It states that they were buried in the West Cemetery. This was in 1905 and I am wondering if anyone on this page could help me. I'm not sure which cemetery they mean. Also when I search the cemetery records in Monroe county I can't find their names listed anywhere. Its a mystery that I really would love to solve. Their names are William Powley died 1862 and Janet Powley died 1905. I'm coming to Brockport next weekend and I'm going to search every cemetery till I find them!!! Hoping someone on here knows which cemetery is the West Cemetery!
I was just browsing my 3rd great-grandfather's name, Frederick P. Root, and found the write up about him. Thank you to those who put this information together. I was wondering if this house is still there? My mother told me that the family had a farm in Sweden but I knew very little about it.
Lucky Brockport to have a museum like this.