Greece Historical Society

Greece Historical Society We are an all volunteer chartered organization. The society’s purpose is to collect, preserve, research, and share local history with the community.
Museum Open Sundays 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. Closed major holidays Office Hours Mondays 10:00 a.m. - Noon
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New York State Historic Preservation AwardOn December 4, at the New York State Museum, local preservationist Gina DiBell...
12/17/2019

New York State Historic Preservation Award

On December 4, at the New York State Museum, local preservationist Gina DiBella & Bill Sauers of the Greece Historical Society and Christopher Brandt & Katie Eggers Comeau of Bero Architecture PLLC were honored with a NYS Historic Preservation Award from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation for our work documenting the singular work of local architect James Johnson The project documenting Johnson's career was organized and sponsored by the Greece Historical Society, and was funded by grants from the Preservation League of New York State, the Landmark Society of Western New York, and the Johnson family.

From left to right:
Daniel Mackay, New York State Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation
Wayne Goodman, Executive Director, The Landmark Society of Western New York
Christopher Brandt, Architect, Bero Architecture, PLLC
Katie Eggers Comeau, Architectural Historian, Bero Architecture, PLLC
Erik Kulleseid, New York State Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Gina DiBella, Historic Preservation Consultant
Bill Sauers, President, Greece Historical Society

It was a pleasure to see so many of our friends stop by today  for our Holiday Open House.  Our museum will now be close...
12/15/2019

It was a pleasure to see so many of our friends stop by today for our Holiday Open House. Our museum will now be closed on Sundays through February and re-open on March 1. We will be available this Monday, December 16, from 10:00 till noon if you need to pick up that last minute gift from our museum shop.

GIVE A GIFT OF HISTORY ! We have several local history books that may not available anywhere else. The Greece Museum Gif...
12/07/2019

GIVE A GIFT OF HISTORY ! We have several local history books that may not available anywhere else. The Greece Museum Gift Shop, 595 Long Pond Rd. will be open this Sunday, December 8 and next Sunday December 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. also Monday mornings 10:00 a.m. till Noon. You may also order some of our books on-line at http://greecehistoricalsociety.org/museum-shop/

Greece Historical Society's cover photo
12/03/2019

Greece Historical Society's cover photo

ROC-THE-DAY for GHS December 3, 2019Monday, December 3, the United Way of Greater Rochester will hold a 24-hour donation...
12/02/2019

ROC-THE-DAY for GHS December 3, 2019

Monday, December 3, the United Way of Greater Rochester will hold a 24-hour donation drive “ROC the Day,” for not-for-profit organizations in the Rochester community. On this epic one-day giving event, community members will be able to make an end-of-year gift to help advance their philanthropic passions.

We are asking you to support the Greece Historical Society* on December 3, by going to www.roctheday.org and making your donation. Your contribution will be used for the maintenance of our historic center and to help fund our programs and exhibits. Thank you for your generous support.

* The Greece Historical Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation chartered by the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents. The Society is not part of the Town government and receives no funds from the Town of Greece.

HANDWRITING CONTEST!From our friends at the Clarkson Historical Society
11/25/2019

HANDWRITING CONTEST!
From our friends at the Clarkson Historical Society

Clarkson Historical Society Annual Handwriting Contest

HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE at the Greece Museum today, Saturday, November 23, till 4:00 p.m . Free admission. Museum gift shop a...
11/23/2019

HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE at the Greece Museum today, Saturday, November 23, till 4:00 p.m . Free admission. Museum gift shop and museum exhibit hall also open.

On November 14 G.H.S. volunteers enjoyed  a tour of the Greece Police Dept, headquarters conducted by SGT Jered Rene.
11/19/2019

On November 14 G.H.S. volunteers enjoyed a tour of the Greece Police Dept, headquarters conducted by SGT Jered Rene.

We had a blast taking a group of seniors from the Greece Historical Society on a tour of our state of the art police headquarters.

Saturday, November 17 the Greece Historical Society was honored to receive TWO Special Citations from the  Landmark Soci...
11/18/2019

Saturday, November 17 the Greece Historical Society was honored to receive TWO Special Citations from the Landmark Society of Western New York at their annual awards ceremony held at Rochester's City Hall.

GHS was presented a Special Citation for its role as sponsor of the Historic Resources Survey of The Architecture of James H. Johnson, along with preservation consultants Katie Eggers Comeau, Christopher Brandt and Gina DiBella.

The Society was also honored with a Special Citation for its 50 years of supporting preservation initiatives and saving the history of the Town of Greece.

Read about the event and all the awards at:
https://landmarksociety.org/landmark-societys-2019-preservation-award-winners-announced/?fbclid=IwAR28ghpKPtvZysE9-fDG1F4Zib7pG-dlSKc5Eb2ia01Q-2WaxwYnw5FGrkw

Prohibition Era in Greece by Maureen Whalen,Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. Greece Museum. 595 Long Pond Rd. The progra...
11/16/2019

Prohibition Era in Greece by Maureen Whalen,
Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Greece Museum. 595 Long Pond Rd.

The program is based on the museum’s newest exhibit, "Rumrunners, Speakeasies, and Bathtub Gin". What a colorful time in our history. Latta Road was condemned as “the highway to hell,” the most dangerous gang of rum-runners in Western New York lived in Greece, and police and Coast Guard pursuits often ended with bullets flying.

Maureen spent eight months researching the events and personalities of the time and curated the exhibit with the help of Joe Vitello, Alan Mueller, Wally Rust, Fred Stock, Bill Sauers, and Arnie Ammering.

11/13/2019

LANDMARK SOCIETY’S 2019 PRESERVATION AWARD-WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Greece Historical Society is honored to be the recipient of two Special Citations at the Landmark Society of Western New York's 2019 Preservation Award Ceremony to be held at Rochester's City Hall on Sunday November 17. All are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony.

https://landmarksociety.org/landmark-societys-2019-preservation-award-winners-announced/?fbclid=IwAR0OIuc-wWiLOB2lFBp3eCUkrIU5FspmNdM2iTEtmrRMrsR6OcDWUoAgYNU

Remember our Veterans
11/09/2019

Remember our Veterans

Congratulations to the Koda Vista Neighborhood Association for their cover story in GreeceNewsNY.com and for being named...
11/09/2019

Congratulations to the Koda Vista Neighborhood Association for their cover story in GreeceNewsNY.com and for being named on the National Register of Historic Places. Koda Vista is the only area in Greece to have this honor.

11/02/2019
Thank you to Lakeview Garden Club for the beautiful gardens you have created at the Greece Museum.
10/30/2019
Lakeview Garden Club - GreeceNewsNY.com

Thank you to Lakeview Garden Club for the beautiful gardens you have created at the Greece Museum.

When Greece teacher Jean Bachman founded Lakeview Garden Club in 1960 she had one purpose in mind. She invited 16 of her women friends who shared her enthusiasm for gardening to form a club. Over the years Lakeview Garden Club, a member of the 7th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, h...

More photos from our 50th Anniversary Celebration held on Saturday, October 26 at Red Fedele’s Brook House. (Photos by G...
10/28/2019

More photos from our 50th Anniversary Celebration held on Saturday, October 26 at Red Fedele’s Brook House. (Photos by Gina DiBella)

GHS 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner We would like to thank our members, friends, sponsors for the successful 50th an...
10/28/2019

GHS 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner We would like to thank our members, friends, sponsors for the successful 50th anniversary celebration dinner held on Saturday, October 26 at Red Fedele’s Brook House. Nearly 80 guests helped us with our celebration. We would especially like to thank our government officials; Monroe County Executive, Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello, NY State Senator Joe Robach and NY State Historian Devin Lander, who took the time from their busy schedules to attend our event and offer a few words of congratulations. Photos by Gina DiBella

Our 50th Anniversary cake for tonight”s celebration dinner
10/26/2019

Our 50th Anniversary cake for tonight”s celebration dinner

09/29/2019
On Wednesday, Sept 25, the Athena Middle School History Club paid us a visit. It is a pleasure to see so many young peop...
09/26/2019

On Wednesday, Sept 25, the Athena Middle School History Club paid us a visit. It is a pleasure to see so many young people interested in history. Kudos to the teachers, Andrea Brunette and Wendy Barton Novellin. who spend their time organizing and running the club.

"Rumrunners, Speakeasies, and Bathtub Gin," our new exhibit on Prohibition opened today. To add to the atmosphere of the...
09/22/2019

"Rumrunners, Speakeasies, and Bathtub Gin," our new exhibit on Prohibition opened today. To add to the atmosphere of the times, Joe Scanlon brought his1929 Ford Model A Deluxe Town Sedan. Thanks Joe!

09/22/2019

After visiting the Greece Museum this afternoon, enjoy a pasta dinner at the Barnard Restaurant & Party House (Barnard Exempts)

Rumrunners, Speakeasies, and Bathtub Gin - Exhibit Opening Sunday, September 22 Late-night smuggling on Lake Ontario, st...
09/16/2019

Rumrunners, Speakeasies, and Bathtub Gin - Exhibit Opening Sunday, September 22

Late-night smuggling on Lake Ontario, stills and moonshine, “the highway to hell”—these were all part of the Prohibition era in Greece.

Marking the upcoming one hundredth anniversary of the Eighteenth Amendment going into effect on January 17, 2020, the Greece Historical Society is opening a new exhibit entitled Rumrunners, Speakeasies, and Bathtub Gin. Discover what Greece residents thought about the law, learn about the infamous Staud brothers, and learn about the glorious/dreadful Roaring ‘20s.

Join us on Sunday, September 22, 2019, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. for the grand opening reception. 595 Long Pond Rd.

Talking Hart Island A half-hour weekly podcast that explores the history of Hart Island, America’s largest mass graveyar...
09/14/2019

Talking Hart Island
A half-hour weekly podcast that explores the history of Hart Island, America’s largest mass graveyard. Podcast by our friend Michael Keene. Launch date September 15. For more information go to https://michaeltkeene.com

09/09/2019
A Big Thank You to Kash Home Improvements for their gift of installing the new railing on our front porch.
08/05/2019

A Big Thank You to Kash Home Improvements for their gift of installing the new railing on our front porch.

Greece Historical Society
07/31/2019

Greece Historical Society

NEW EXHIBITS AT THE GREECE MUSEUMAn exhibit on blacksmithing with tools loaned to us by Don Newcomb as well as two new p...
07/26/2019

NEW EXHIBITS AT THE GREECE MUSEUM

An exhibit on blacksmithing with tools loaned to us by Don Newcomb as well as two new photo exhibits featuring two prominent early residents of the Town of Greece opened in June.

George Ruggles held patents for his invention of the rotary snow plow and a racing canoe. He also served as President of the Village of Charlotte.

Terry Burns helped to build the Erie Canal and then bought land in Greece in 1827. His house still stands off Kirk Road. This expansive exhibit features the Burns, Kirk, Veeder, and Newcomb families and their eight generations of contributions to the town.

The Greece Museum is open Sundays 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Great crowd tonight at the Dewey-Stone Family Fun Night
07/17/2019

Great crowd tonight at the Dewey-Stone Family Fun Night

Stop by and visit us at the Dewey-Stone Family Fun Night on July 16.
07/10/2019

Stop by and visit us at the Dewey-Stone Family Fun Night on July 16.

1987 Barnard Parade
07/06/2019

1987 Barnard Parade

Irish Families of Greece by Marie PoinanSunday, June 23, 2:00 p.m. Greece MuseumThe Irish were among the earliest settle...
06/21/2019

Irish Families of Greece by Marie Poinan
Sunday, June 23, 2:00 p.m. Greece Museum

The Irish were among the earliest settlers in the town of Greece. Some came after the War of 1812 and the building of the Erie Canal. Many families were here long before the potato famine drove millions to emigrate to the United States in the 1840s.

Marie Poinan’s presentation will look at some of the Irish families of Mother of Sorrows parish who settled on or near Latta Road and have given rise to many familiar names in the town of Greece: Hogan, Fleming, McShea, Dobson, Tiernan, Burns, Read and McGuire. Many rare photos included in the presentation are from families who have shared their family histories.

Our Square Dance caller at the Strawberry Festival was Mike Callahan. He began calling when he was 13 years old. I have ...
06/19/2019

Our Square Dance caller at the Strawberry Festival was Mike Callahan. He began calling when he was 13 years old. I have inserted a photo of him "back in the day" about 1965!

Tony Micciche - Monroe County Legislator - District 26
06/18/2019

Tony Micciche - Monroe County Legislator - District 26

Great seeing friends at the Town of Greece Historical Society’s #Strawberry Festival with President Bill Sauers, Rick Antelli and Marie Poinan. A delicious annual tradition! 🍓

come join us , it’s a beautiful evening
06/17/2019

come join us , it’s a beautiful evening

We are almost ready to go. Stop by between 4 and 7 today and enjoy this beautiful day.
06/17/2019

We are almost ready to go. Stop by between 4 and 7 today and enjoy this beautiful day.

The GREECE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED SUNDAY, JUNE 16 while we prepare for our annual Strawberry Festival on Monday.  The 40'...
06/14/2019

The GREECE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED SUNDAY, JUNE 16 while we prepare for our annual Strawberry Festival on Monday. The 40' x 80' tent is being set up today. Let's just hope for some good weather !!!!

Greece Historical Society's cover photo
06/08/2019

Greece Historical Society's cover photo

On Sunday we were visited by retired facility and staff of Longridge School then on Monday we enjoyed a visit by nearly ...
06/05/2019

On Sunday we were visited by retired facility and staff of Longridge School then on Monday we enjoyed a visit by nearly 50 second grade students from Longridge School. After Monday's tour of our museum the students visited the new Greece Police Headquarters.

It was a fun day at the Greece Museum on Sunday, June 2 as nearly 30 former faculty and staff  of Longridge Elementary S...
06/02/2019

It was a fun day at the Greece Museum on Sunday, June 2 as nearly 30 former faculty and staff of Longridge Elementary School visited to see our new Longridge School exhibit and visit with old friends and colleagues

The Greece Historical Society Museum will be closed Sunday, May 26 and office staff will not be available on Monday May ...
05/23/2019

The Greece Historical Society Museum will be closed Sunday, May 26 and office staff will not be available on Monday May 27. Our volunteer staff will be enjoying the weekend with their families.

1963 Christmas photo of Town of Greece Town Hall employees.
05/13/2019

1963 Christmas photo of Town of Greece Town Hall employees.

05/10/2019

Address

595 Long Pond Rd
Greece, NY
14612

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 12:00
Sunday 13:30 - 16:00

Telephone

(585) 225-7221

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