Brockport Community Museum

Brockport Community Museum The Brockport Community Museum brings local history directly to the Victorian Village of Brockport, NY and the surrounding community.
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.

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.

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!

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.

It is a little confusing, but a great thing overall, that Brockport has so many local history sources. This group, the B...
12/07/2018
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

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.

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/

This was a nice piece in the Suburban News by Doug Hickerson about the interpretive panel this group worked on with the ...
11/08/2018
The Capen Hose Co. No. 4 and Fire Museum’s interpretive panel - Westside News

This was a nice piece in the Suburban News by Doug Hickerson about the interpretive panel this group worked on with the Capen Hose folks:
http://www.westsidenewsny.com/features/2018-11-05/the-capen-hose-co-no-4-and-fire-museums-interpretive-panel/

The Capen Hose Co. No. 4 and Fire Museum interpretive panel includes the photos of D. Scott “Scotty” Warthman (1943 to 2003) and George “Chubby” Churchill (1907 to 1994), named “two spirits of the company.” Buildings shown include, left, the first building from 1893 to 1905; right is the...

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
11/05/2018

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

This rather haunting photo is from the 1940 yearbook spread on the "new building." You're looking from the last standing section of the old Normal school building towards the center of the new building, what later was named Hartwell Hall.

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
10/31/2018

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

We've been busy here in the archives, especially Syracuse library school intern Andrea Leasure. She has scanned and uploaded many of our collection of historic lantern slides into the Digital Commons. Take a look sometime, they are a fascinating glimpse of the world of a century ago. Shown here is the famous Bund in Shanghai in 1935.
https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/lantern_slides/

A member is visiting Chicago, in Field Museum. This is the famous "Fighting Elephants" display of Carl Akeley, pioneer t...
10/20/2018

A member is visiting Chicago, in Field Museum. This is the famous "Fighting Elephants" display of Carl Akeley, pioneer taxidermist and museum display creator of the early modern era. He was from the local area, Clarendon. "Kingdom under glass" by Jay Kirk is a recent book on him. Akeley taught taxidermy to some local folks, like George "Buzz" Guelph.

A neat bit of history here!
10/13/2018

A neat bit of history here!

Here it is! The original keg used by Governor DeWitt Clinton in pouring the water of Lake Erie into the Atlantic Ocean at Sandy Hook on November 4, 1825 as part of the ceremonies attending the completion of the Erie Canal on October 26, 1825. This object is on display at the New York State Museum’s Enterprising Waters Exhibition (Phase 2). (Credit: New York Historical Society)

A long vanished neighborhood, a section of an 1872 plat map. Note all the houses around the "Normal School," i.e. today'...
10/12/2018

A long vanished neighborhood, a section of an 1872 plat map. Note all the houses around the "Normal School," i.e. today's Hartwell Hall and college campus. Among them is a German Lutheran church on the north side of the old Normal, on the Monroe Ave side, labeled "G.L.CH."

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.

10/02/2018

Ever wonder about the "reaper" industry that used to be in Brockport? Here is a nice paper about it, by a woman who was a relative of one of the principals in the business, William Seymour, and was personally acquainted with him.
https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/local_books/3/

An interesting educational event coming in September from our friends at the Clarendon Historical Society.
08/30/2018

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

Great article by Doug Hickerson in the Suburban News about the work of our group!http://www.westsidenewsny.com/features/...
07/31/2018
Town of Sweden’s historic barn survey resumes with focus on Brockport’s carriage houses - Westside News

Great article by Doug Hickerson in the Suburban News about the work of our group!
http://www.westsidenewsny.com/features/2018-07-23/town-of-swedens-historic-barn-survey-resumes-with-focus-on-brockports-carriage-houses/

Posed amid antique farm equipment in the historic barn beind the Sweden Farmers Museum are (l to r): Brockport Village Mayor Margay Blackman, Allan Berry, Don Grentzinger and Kathy Goetz. Berry is president of the Brockport Community Museum (BCM). Grentzinger is on the Town of Sweden Museum board. K...

"Brockport Blog" of the Democrat & Chronicle
07/11/2018

"Brockport Blog" of the Democrat & Chronicle

Brockport’s annual sidewalk sale is this Friday through Sunday! A great event sponsored by the Brockport Merchants Association

07/09/2018

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.

Wow, this "Map Warper" from the NY Public Library is pretty amazing! It allows you to overlay historical maps with moder...
06/12/2018
NYPL Map Warper: Home -

Wow, this "Map Warper" from the NY Public Library is pretty amazing! It allows you to overlay historical maps with modern maps, fascinating use of tech for history.
http://maps.nypl.org/warper/

The NYPL Map Warper is a tool for digitally aligning ("rectifying") historical maps from the NYPL's collections to match today's precise maps. Visitors can browse already rectified maps or assist the NYPL by aligning a map. Play the video above to tour the site and learn how to rectify a map yoursel...

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 :-)

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
05/14/2018

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Just scanned this photo of the original June 1914 dedication of the clock in the tower of the Methodist church in Brockport. The clock was recently restored, as described by Doug Hickerson in the Suburban News. The clock will be rededicated in June, look for Doug's upcoming story on it.

A nice example of the fine work a county historian can do, Matt Ballard, Orleans County Historian (also director of Robe...
05/02/2018
Cemeteries | Orleans County Department of History

A nice example of the fine work a county historian can do, Matt Ballard, Orleans County Historian (also director of Roberts Wesleyan Library and a Brockport college grad!)
http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/tag/cemeteries/

Millville Cemetery Monument Stands as a Remarkable Local Landmark Posted by County Historian Apr - 26 - 2018 0 Comment Vol. 4, No. 17 Our rural communities are filled with strikingly beautiful landscapes and recognizable landscapes scattered throughout the region. As I passed through Millville this....

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
04/16/2018
Rose Archives, College at Brockport

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

In going through our map cases here we ran across a great "aerial" map of Brockport in 1880. It was scanned and can be seen and downloaded at the link below. ..(Response to some comments: these sorts of images were not done with balloons, they were done using imagination, special projector cameras to draw with... The original is slightly larger than the 18x24" bed of my book scanner, so trimmed a bit off the left and right sides, as well as the company logo at bottom.)
https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/local_maps/19/

Rose Archives, College at Brockport
02/20/2018

Rose Archives, College at Brockport

A recent photo by Brockport Community Museum member Richard Black of the little library the Friends group placed outside Alumni House. Interesting perspective, the model of the old Normal school, which is what the little library is, positioned against the building that replaced it in 1938, Hartwell Hall.

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