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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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on May 5, 2020, people around the world are coming together for to give back to th...
05/05/2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on May 5, 2020, people around the world are coming together for to give back to their communities and valued organizations in many different ways. The Greece Historical Society & Museum will be one of those participating cultural organizations and we need your help! By joining the Giving TuesdayNow movement, you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together. As regular sources of funding become less reliable, we must look to other avenues to make our way through these difficult times. We are joining this movement to ask for support from our friends and community in order to continue our mission to educate and preserve the local history of our Town of Greece.

Here is how you can help: Go to http://greecehistoricalsociety.org/join-us/donate/ and donate. This support will go towards the continued operation of the museum and maintenance of our building, the continuance of our programming, both virtual and in public, once it is safe to do so, and the development of exhibits and exhibitions and the preservation and conservation of the museum’s collections.

If you would like to donate by check please send to: Greece Historical Society, PO Box 16249, Greece, NY 14616

Thank you for your support during this challenging time.

Thank you to everyone who has donated canned food in the past few days to help the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf. We have...
05/01/2020

Thank you to everyone who has donated canned food in the past few days to help the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf. We have been so successful that we had to get a bigger box to hold everything donated each day

Drop off your donations of canned food (and only canned food, please) at any time on the from porch of the Greece Museum, 595 Long Pond Rd. The box will be emptied daily. Thank you for your help during this time of critical need.

For more information about the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, go to https://www.facebook.com/greecefoodshelf/

While the Greece Historical Society's programs and events are cancelled, check out some of our previous programs by gues...
04/30/2020

While the Greece Historical Society's programs and events are cancelled, check out some of our previous programs by guest speakers that were presented at our museum on Sunday afternoons over the past few years. There are nearly 20 recordings on a wide range of subjects. Something to interest everyone.
http://greecehistoricalsociety.org/program-archives/

Help the Greece Ecumenical Food ShelfThe Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, Inc. is in need of food donations. Since the dona...
04/25/2020

Help the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf

The Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, Inc. is in need of food donations. Since the donation boxes that were inside the Library and Community Center are currently unavailable due to New York Pause, easy drop off points in the Latta/Long Pond neighborhood have been eliminated.

So the Greece Historical Society is partnering with the Food Shelf and has placed a donation box on our front porch at 595 Long Pond Rd.

Drop off your donations of canned food (and only canned food, please) at any time. The box will be emptied daily by Food Shelf volunteers. Thank you for your help during this time of critical need.

For more information about the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, go to https://www.facebook.com/greecefoodshelf/

Has everyone completed their 2020 Census ?  Make sure you've responded. A complete count ensures fair funding for the To...
04/21/2020

Has everyone completed their 2020 Census ? Make sure you've responded. A complete count ensures fair funding for the Town of Greece !

Lynda Baudanza has just become the 1,000th person to Like/Follow the Greece Historical Society......Thank You to all or ...
04/19/2020

Lynda Baudanza has just become the 1,000th person to Like/Follow the Greece Historical Society......Thank You to all or fans.

Strawberry Festival CanceledWe are sorry to announce that the 46th annual Greece Historical Society Strawberry Festival,...
04/17/2020

Strawberry Festival Canceled

We are sorry to announce that the 46th annual Greece Historical Society Strawberry Festival, scheduled for June 22, is canceled. The GHS Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Festival due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

We held out in hopes that the COVID pandemic would be resolved in time to still have our June 22 festival, but it is now clear that won't happen.

We would like to thank all our vendors, event sponsors, community groups, members & friends and especially our volunteers who have made our past festivals possible.

While we are all deeply disappointed that this year’s event will not take place, we do plan to continue the tradition in 2021 and possibly have some kind of community event later this year.

Your Story – Our HistoryTell us "your story" of how you are coping with the current coronavirus situation or tell us how...
04/11/2020

Your Story – Our History

Tell us "your story" of how you are coping with the current coronavirus situation or tell us how your organization is engaging with the community.

As your local historical society, it is our responsibility to record and preserve the history of our Town. If you send us your story, an account of life in Greece (and Charlotte) during this unusual time can then be recorded and preserved in our permanent collection, published in a book, and shared with our libraries and the New York State Historian's Office. We can only do this if you tell us your story.

The stories you tell your friends or share on social media will be impossible to retrieve decades from now but your written word and/or photographs can be cataloged and retrieved for future generations. Please help us preserve our history of this current crisis.

Email us "your story" and photographs to [email protected] or mail to Greece Historical Society, PO Box 16249, Greece, NY 14616.

While the Greece Museum is closed and our programs and events are cancelled we are providing  some of our previous progr...
03/30/2020

While the Greece Museum is closed and our programs and events are cancelled we are providing some of our previous programs by guest speakers that were presented at our museum on Sunday afternoons over the past few years. We hope to add to this list over time. http://greecehistoricalsociety.org/program-archives/

03/26/2020
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New York State is home to many world-renowned museums, cultural institutions, zoos, and other places that inspire. Due to coronavirus restrictions, most of the state's incredible attractions are temporarily closed, but many can still be explored online from the comfort of your own home.

https://www.iloveny.com/blog/post/new-york-states-best-online-events-virtual-tours-and-livecams/?utm_term=New%20York%20State%20Online%20Events&utm_campaign=Explore%20NY%20State%20Online&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-Explore%20NY%20State%20Online-_-New%20York%20State%20Online%20Events

Although access to our museum and archives is restricted at this time, many of our stories from previous Corinthian news...
03/23/2020

Although access to our museum and archives is restricted at this time, many of our stories from previous Corinthian newsletters are available on our web page at http://greecehistoricalsociety.org/looking-back/. Please feel free to read and enjoy these stories

Three years after the Town of Greece was formed, a traveler passed through our town and wrote this letter which was publ...
03/21/2020

Three years after the Town of Greece was formed, a traveler passed through our town and wrote this letter which was published in the Monroe Republican on September 13, 1825. Before photography, writers had to have a command of the English language so the reader could visualize their story. Now imagine yourself in 1825 reading the morning paper. What are your thoughts about his observation of the area ?

Although our museum is closed for now, we thought we would engage you by testing your knowledge of the Women's right mov...
03/17/2020

Although our museum is closed for now, we thought we would engage you by testing your knowledge of the Women's right movement with a "Name these Famous Women" contest.

Contest Rules

• Print the name of the person or persons under the picture. (black or blue ink)

• Please remember to include your name and phone number on the front.

• Email your numbered answers to [email protected] OR submit the finished form by mail to PO Box 16249, Greece, NY 14612 by April 26, 2020.

• The top three finishers will be awarded a pair of tickets to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. In case of a tie, the winners will be determined with a drawing held at the Greece Historical Society Museum on May 3, 2020.

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03/15/2020

Greece Historical Society's cover photo

03/15/2020
Nearly a full house on March 10 at the Greece Public Library. Greece resident  Dan Caster told stories of his 22 year ca...
03/11/2020

Nearly a full house on March 10 at the Greece Public Library. Greece resident Dan Caster told stories of his 22 year career in the CIA.

03/01/2020
02/27/2020
We should all be concerned about the loss of local newspapers. Please take the time to read this story by our friend Mic...
02/25/2020
Spartacus, Local History, and Local Newspapers

We should all be concerned about the loss of local newspapers. Please take the time to read this story by our friend Michael Feinman.

https://ihare.org/2020/02/24/spartacus-local-history-and-local-newspapers/

Kirk Douglas died earlier this month. He, of course, is best known for his role as Spartacus. You may wonder what he has to do with local history. Douglas was born in 1916 in Amsterdam, NY. That city in the Mohawk Valley had an important role to play in the creation of this blog back in 2011…yes, ...

The Greece Historical Society 2019 Annual Report is now available on line.Our annual report highlights the accomplishmen...
02/19/2020

The Greece Historical Society 2019 Annual Report is now available on line.

Our annual report highlights the accomplishments and events from the past year and gives an account of our financial status.

http://greecehistoricalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2019-GHS-Annual-Report.pdf

Check out the Prohibition display, created by Alan Mueller, at the Greece Public Library. Then stop by our museum when w...
02/13/2020

Check out the Prohibition display, created by Alan Mueller, at the Greece Public Library. Then stop by our museum when we re-open Sunday March 1 and view our newest exhibit "Rumrunners, Speakeasies, and Bathtub Gin" and learn all about the Prohibition era in Greece and Charlotte.

Nearly a 100 of our friends and neighbors filled the meeting room at the Greece Public Library on February 11 as Susan B...
02/12/2020

Nearly a 100 of our friends and neighbors filled the meeting room at the Greece Public Library on February 11 as Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglas visited us and reminisced about their lives a century ago. Ms Anthony and Mr. Douglass were played by Barbara Blaisdell and David Shakes. (photos by Bill Sauers and Ira Srole)

Greece Historical Society
02/04/2020

Greece Historical Society

01/24/2020
Thanks Todd Alan for your outstanding presentation last night (Jan 14) about the history of the Monroe County Sheriff's ...
01/15/2020

Thanks Todd Alan for your outstanding presentation last night (Jan 14) about the history of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Did you know the Rochester International Airport was once named after a Greece Town Supervisor. Learn all about it Monda...
01/09/2020

Did you know the Rochester International Airport was once named after a Greece Town Supervisor. Learn all about it Monday at the Parma Town Hall.

Possibly the original sketch for the town seal.
01/08/2020

Possibly the original sketch for the town seal.

12/25/2019
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/

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12/03/2019

Greece Historical Society's cover photo

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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The Greece Historical Society

The Greece Historical Society was organized in 1969 by Greece Town Historian, Virginia Tomkiewicz with the encouragement of Town Supervisor Fred J. Eckert who became a charter member. The Society received its absolute charter from the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation on November 21, 1974. Concerned and interested community volunteers of various backgrounds and education lend their talents to govern the organization as the Board of Trustees.

The all volunteer Society’s purpose is to collect, preserve, research, and share local history with the community. We strive to provide the community with an awareness of the past, an appreciation of the present, and a vision for the future, giving a sense of “roots” and a greater feeling of belonging.

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We could use your help to transcribe history. If everyone does just a little, the load is lighter, and we all might get to learn something. Can you spare a few minutes to transcribe a diary entry? See the link below. It takes you to high resolution images of a diary of a young boy from Rush, NY in 1875. Look in his diary for the date of your birthday and transcribe what you read in the comments under the picture, or here in Facebook if its easier (be sure to include the date you transcribe in your post.) I’ll compile all of them and complete the missing ones for a full transcription of the diary. What I want to show is how different is the life of a teenager of today compared to one from 1875. Feel free to transcribe more if you want. Message me if you want to help. If its too much to ask, then just enjoy reading. This is the only known remaining possession of a teenage boy from 1875. There is no picture of William Justice. He wasn’t old enough to marry, and his tragic death haunted a family. Will was the only son of John Justice and Mary “Polly” McNall who lived on Middle Road in Rush, NY. John was from a family in Greece, NY. Polly was part of the McNall family who owned land in Henrietta. William was their only son born in 1859. William had two sisters: Flora, who was two years older, and Bertha was four years younger. Three other children were born to John and Polly. None of them lived to reach the age of 10. Will was a typical farm boy. He spent his time working in the fields, going to school and attending church. The closest school to him would have been in West Henrietta where the fire department is now. The closest church would have been the West Henrietta Baptist Church, which still exists at the corner of Erie Station Road and West Henrietta Road. Will’s cousins were farm boys of the McNall family, and he spent much time working with them. In 1875 at the age of 16, Will decided to keep a diary. It was a small, leather bound book that would fit in a pocket. Each and every day for a whole year, he would write in the book in pencil what he did that day. He never missed an entry. Will was just a typical young boy of 1875. There may be some interesting entries, but most is routine, and the handwriting is hard to read sometimes. Will died in 1877, just two years later after we wrote this diary. He had just turned 18 and it was a warm June day when he and a few friends decided to take a swim in the mill pond behind the dam on the Honeoye Creek in Rush. Will’s older sister, Flora, described what happened in a letter she wrote to a friend: "On the evening of the 19th of June, I was down home with the baby. Willie had just come home from Greece with grandpa. He was well and played with Edna and was full of life and health, as I started home about 8 o’clock he ran down the road to go to the village with Will Bell. He went in swimming with some other boys. Swam from the mill over to the island and halfway back, threw up his hands and went down never to rise again. They got him out in about twenty minutes and two doctors worked over him for two hours and a half, but he showed no signs of life. The doctor thinks he did not drown that he had heart disease or something else. No one knows what. Before one o’clock they brought him home. Oh Rissie it almost killed Pa and Ma. Willie was their hope and pride and their only son. My one darling brother. But God knows why. It was one consolation to think he looked so natural just as if asleep. He had grown so manly and handsome. So good and kind loved by everyone that knew him. Just 18 years old. It seems if it could not be right that he must die." Thanks for reading, and maybe for helping to preserve and understand history.
On behalf of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to share our history with all of you. I hope you had fun. - - Todd
My first strawberry festival. And it won't be my last! The strawberries were delicious. Thanks!
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The screenshot shows the current weather as reported to me by Google while I am sitting at my kitchen table in my home on Moorland Road in Greece. I have highlighted text in the screenshot that shows Google reporting the temperature in Ridgemont. I have not been successful in determining what is meant by Ridgemont. We know that there is a Ridgemont plaza and a Ridgemont Country Club. But why Ridgemont? Was there a time when people referred to a section of Greece as Ridgemont?
2018 strawberry festival
Do you like material culture from the past ? Would you like to be featured in a magazine article ? What's in the time capsule in your backyard ? Any house 1900 or earlier had a outhouse or privy that garbage was thrown into. Message me for more details.
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Attended an excellent talk on Tuesday evening by veteran journalist Jim Memmott, who began his career in Rochester in 1980 by covering Greece & Gates for the Times-Union and then working as managing editor of the Democrat and Chronicle. Jim retired a few years back, but continues to write the "Remarkable Rochester" column. (His latest column is about the former Cassata's Bakery on Lexington Ave.) Jim reminisced about his early days in journalism covering stories in the North Country for the Watertown newspaper and the New York Times. He also recalled when Rochester was a two-newspaper town and reporters actually covered town and school board meetings and wrote human interest stories about people and places in our communities. Thanks to the Greece Historical Society for sponsoring this talk at the Greece Public Library.
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