Friends of Livingston County History

Friends of Livingston County History The Friends of Livingston County History (FLCH) is for individuals involved in Livingston County history, historical societies, and museums.
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This informal group shares challenges and solutions to promote local history. See STORY for our history.

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Avon Preservation and Historical Society
08/29/2020

Avon Preservation and Historical Society

Even though the AP&HS museum is currently closed, there are still other local places you can visit to learn more about Avon’s rich history. This includes such places as the Genesee Valley Village and Museum in Mumford, NY and the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum in Rush, NY.

The Nunda Historical Society has been posting daily @nundahistory  Here is recent post.
08/29/2020

The Nunda Historical Society has been posting daily @nundahistory Here is recent post.

Train stations were once important places in the Nunda area. We featured Nunda's Pennsylvania RR Station on Second Street earlier this year. Today we will look at one of the stations in the town of Portage. Click on the photographs below for the story of the Portage Bridge Station.

Bero Architecture PLLC
08/20/2020

Bero Architecture PLLC

After years of developing a facilities master plan and advocating for funding, we are pleased to finally see phase one of our rehabilitation at the Livingston County Historical Society and Museum complete.

This phase included a small addition to the historic cobblestone schoolhouse that provides an accessible entry and new bathrooms while carefully uncovering and preserving formerly concealed historic building fabric.

Project architect, Lindsay Yoder stopped by last week to check on the last few punchlist items before the museum opened to the public.
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08/12/2020
Virtual Gallery Talk: The Story of Water

Virtual Gallery Talk: The Story of Water

On April 18, 2020, Linda Zhang (Ryerson University, Toronto) and Biko Mandela Gray (Syracuse University) presented a gallery talk about their art exhibit, Th...

Nunda Historical Society
08/02/2020

Nunda Historical Society

Yesterday we saw an advertisement that ran in the Nunda News in the 1870s. Here is another 19th century advertising item from a local business. The young girl in the cabinet photo is Lotta (Lottie) Lovell, daughter of local merchant Joseph Lovell. Lottie was born in 1877, so it is likely this image comes from the mid-1890s. This photograph is on display in the Nunda Museum - don't forget we will be open on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm!

Livingston County Historical Society and Museum
07/20/2020

Livingston County Historical Society and Museum

The Livingston County Museum is now open on Thursdays and Sundays from 2:00-5:00 pm. Visitors will be required to wear face coverings, use hand sanitizer, and social distance. Come see the new building renovations and enjoy the new air conditioning too!

Here are details of the History Walk in the Village of Nunda as part of Americana Day on Saturday, July 11.    Social di...
07/10/2020

Here are details of the History Walk in the Village of Nunda as part of Americana Day on Saturday, July 11. Social distancing to be observed and masks required.

Join NHS members Joan Schumaker and Tom Cook on Saturday, July 11th as we journey along the old Genesee Valley Canal through the village of Nunda. The walk will include stories of how the canal and other transportation methods from Indian Trails to modern highways have shaped our community and our lives. The walk starts at the Nunda Government Center right after the 4 PM ceremonies officially unveiling the Nunda Public Art Murals. The walk will be about an hour and end at Kiwanis Park. Shuttles from Kiwanis to the Government Center will be available at 3:30. Hope to see you there!

Check Nunda Historical Society for daily posts.
05/05/2020

Check Nunda Historical Society for daily posts.

Alfred “Sod” Caryl, his horse, and wagon (or sleigh) were a common sight in the Village of Nunda for many years. Here he is traveling along State Street on the East side of the village square in the early 1950s

Dansville Area Historical Society, Dansville, New York -  Livingston Co.
05/03/2020

Dansville Area Historical Society, Dansville, New York - Livingston Co.

Our Home Granula. Co.
Granula was perfected slowly by one of the most discerning and progressive men of his time in matters pertaining to the preservation of health and cure of disease. The experiments were begun at Glen Haven by Dr. James C. Jackson before he came to Dansville and founded the great health institution on the hillside, nearly forty years ago. Here they were continued, and here he found the unequalled white winter wheat of the Genesee Valley essential to the[perfection of the food, and here, after a few years, when his patients and guests and the ten thousand copies of his health magazine had created a far-reaching demand, he introduced the necessary machinery for its rapid manufacture.

04/17/2020

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Avon Preservation and Historical Society
04/17/2020

Avon Preservation and Historical Society

Our newsletter is about to be sent to the printer. Would you like a copy? Consider becoming a member today!
The next newsletter will have articles on the history of the Park Theater, the 1st installment of a series of articles on Avon Railroads, and tree preservation in Avon. Go to our website - www.avonpreservation.org. Become a member today!

Photographers, Civil War buffs, and those who just like history may be interested in this post I added to the Nunda Hist...
04/14/2020

Photographers, Civil War buffs, and those who just like history may be interested in this post I added to the Nunda Historical Society page today. It is also on our website at www.nundahistory.org

We will come back to Rose Shave, but today we want to introduce you to another early Nunda artist.

Here is a brief break from COVID-19.  Check the Nunda Historical Society page for Daily Postings of Nunda Area ...
04/10/2020

Here is a brief break from COVID-19. Check the Nunda Historical Society page for Daily Postings of Nunda Area History. @nundahistory

These photos were taken on November 12, 1943 at the celebration of the 1st of 4 Army-Navy "E" Production Awards received by the Men and Women of the Nunda Foote Company.

For Daily Posts of Nunda Area History check the Nunda HIstorical Society FB Page @nundahistory
04/09/2020

For Daily Posts of Nunda Area History check the Nunda HIstorical Society FB Page @nundahistory

Since you cannot visit the Rose M. Shave Gallery, we are going to bring art work from the Gallery to you. Rose, a most talented artist, was a life-long resident of Nunda and we are proud to have 50 original pieces of her work in our Collection. These pieces date from about 1890 to 1921.

The following is from the Rochester Union in December 1889. “An informal art reception was given by Miss Rose M. Shave, principal of Ingham College of Fine Arts, at the college Friday evening. The display of work was remarkable, chiefly for variety, elegance and originality of design.” The article continued with glowing reviews of numerous studies in watercolor and oils, including local landscapes and some from the eastern part of New York. “A woodland scene, ‘The Path Through the Woods,’ was a meritorious piece of work.” describes one of the paintings from our Collection donated by George Toms and featured in this post.

The article continued as follows: “Besides other landscape studies she exhibited a strikingly beautiful and artistic study of roses in watercolors. So natural was the effect that one would almost be tempted to reach forward and pluck the fragrant blossoms.” In 1895 critics ranked Rose third in the United States in Watercolor paintings of flowers. This post features “Pink Roses,” a 1904 watercolor donated to the Society by the Estate of Jane Wagor Mann. For information on Rose please see our website.

Pioneer Library System
04/07/2020

Pioneer Library System

Looking to do some local history research? Check out The New York Historic Newspapers project. This site has free runs of historic newspapers for every county in the state. The Pioneer Library System's recent contribution includes issues from Arcade, Clifton Springs, Livonia, Lyons, Naples, Palmyra, Perry, Phelps, and Wayne. Visit https://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/ to start reading today.

Today, at 12 noon will be a LIVE guided tour of FL Wright's "Taliesin" in Wisconsin led by site manager/architect, Ryan ...
04/06/2020

Today, at 12 noon will be a LIVE guided tour of FL Wright's "Taliesin" in Wisconsin led by site manager/architect, Ryan Hewson, a native of Canandaigua. Ryan is doing these Facebook/live tours twice each week. Check for a schedule of these LIVE Facebook tours where you can ask questions.

Thanks to those who tried watching our Facebook live video from Tan-y-Deri on the Taliesin Estate in Wisconsin this morning. We apologize for the technical difficulties; rural Wisconsin + overcast skies = bad signal.

Ryan will try again on Monday for a bonus video, if the weather cooperates. Thanks for watching. If you have any questions for Ryan about Tan-y-Deri, ask in the comments below, and he'll try to address them when we get the video to work!

Pioneer Library System
04/06/2020

Pioneer Library System

Just in time for weekend reading! If you live in our service area (Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and Livingston counties) and don't have a library card, you can now register for a digital card and borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines from our Overdrive collection. Visit https://owwl.overdrive.com/ to learn more.

These photos of The Castle on the Hill were posted on the Dansville Historical Society page.  They were taken b...
04/06/2020

These photos of The Castle on the Hill were posted on the Dansville Historical Society page. They were taken by a photographer who specializes in abandoned properties in Upstate New York. It is very sad that no one was able to save and repurpose this complex of beautiful buildings.

04/04/2020

The Friends of Livingston County History (FLCH) is for individuals involved in Livingston County history, historical societies, and museums. This informal group shares challenges and solutions to promote local history. Click on ABOUT and read STORY for our history.

04/04/2020
Connecting to Collections Care Online Community

Connecting to Collections Care is an on line program designed for all types of small to mid-sized cultural institutions to provide resources, professional development opportunities and support for caring for collections. There is an ongoing program of free webinars with one held on March 25. Check their website for what is coming next. Note that older webinar recordings on a wide variety of Collection issues are available to view. Visit their FB site @C2CCare facebook.com/C2Ccommunity 🥰

Our goal is to build networking opportunities for our members and help smaller museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies get answers to collections care questions and quickly locate reliable preservation resources.

While our Livingston County museums are closed due to COVID-19, we can welcome visitors through photos. If you have phot...
04/04/2020
Nunda Historical Society on Google

While our Livingston County museums are closed due to COVID-19, we can welcome visitors through photos. If you have photos to share, please post them as visitors.

Here are photos of the Nunda Historical Society building and our pavilion that we use as an outdoor classroom for young people. We have not upgraded the exterior of our building since we hope to build an addition. We do plan to restore the stucco on the front in 2020. The remaining photos are interi...

03/19/2020

This page is specifically for those associated with Livingston County history. Historians, historical societies, and museums may face similar challenges and opportunities. Please consider using this platform to pose questions, open dialogue, and respond to others.

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03/19/2020

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Friends of Livingston County History
03/19/2020

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03/19/2020

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Friends of Livingston County History
03/19/2020

Friends of Livingston County History

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The Friends of Livingston County History (FLCH) is for individuals involved in Livingston County history, historical societies, and museums. This informal group, formed in 2011, was created by: Amie Alden, Livingston County Historian; Anna Kowalchuk, Livingston County Museum Administrator; and Joan Schumaker, Nunda Historical Society Treasurer. They believed that those interested and involved in Livingston County history could benefit from an opportunity to share challenges, discuss solutions, learn, and work together to promote local history in our towns and villages throughout the county.

Early projects included: sponsoring several very successful summer workshops that provided technical assistance and basic museum training (designing low cost exhibits, cleaning and exhibiting artifacts, researching and writing grants, strategic planning, managing museum environments, museum pest management, de-accessioning museum collections, etc …); providing relevant programs (i.e. Disaster Planning, Museum Docent Training, Creating Child-Friendly Programs, …) working with Livingston County Tourism to include a popular Livingston County Museum Trail as a two-page spread in the Annual Livingston County Tourism Guide (including a photo and brief description of each museum); promoting opportunities for institutions/museums to take advantage of free student service learning experiences; creating a Livingston County Calendar of known annual events that would also include programs and events for local historical societies and museums; and the opportunity to network with fellow historians.

The FLCH became inactive in 2016 and was revived by Anna and Joan in 2019 as a result of interest expressed by staff from several local museums. Successful spring and fall meetings were held, but a summer event to be hosted by Heritage Museum at Hemlock Fair Grounds was cancelled due to lack registered attendance. The spring meeting was at the Livingston County Museum in Geneseo and the fall meeting was hosted by the Nunda Historical Museum. The agendas consisted of networking about challenges facing our local museums, questions to be addressed, fundraising ideas, and a list of helpful websites was shared by Anna and Joan.

A March 2020 meeting was cancelled due to the coronavirus but we hope to be able to meet this fall. Meanwhile, this page will allow us to keep in touch and use this platform to advise of opportunities, pose questions and open dialogue. We welcome those interested in Livingston County History to join us.

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Livingston County NY 1852 Gillette Map. For those with High Speed Internet, if you would like a higher resolution JP2 format file (32mb), pm me at [email protected].
Hello everyone, Welcome to the FLCH Page. An important source of information for NYS Museum Folks is the Museum Association of NY. https://nysmuseums.org/join-us There are still some area museums who are not yet members. I encourage you to become an organizational member for between $40 and $75, based upon an all volunteer organization or total annual budget. The Annual Conference has been cancelled, but MANY is making every effort to keep communications among the museum community alive. Check their website for all the latest information on COVID-19 and its effects on museums. Also note the many benefits that come with membership. They also include numerous virtual tours of some of the world's great museums and their collections. One new feature is a live weekly museum networking session using Zoom or a similar telecommunication platform. Unfortunately, they will need to postpone the outreach programing they have been holding for the past couple years throughout the State. These have been very informative sessions, held in some of NYSs unique museums and historic sites. Watch for these workshops to reappear. Also check out their FB Page Museum Association of New York