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Operating as usual

03/16/2020

Dear Facebook Followers,

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Rochester Historical Society will be closed until further notice.

During this time of uncertainty, the Board of Trustees sends its well wishes that all are healthy and safe.

We look forward to our return and helping all in the future!!

It’s finally here….. ROC the Day!!!!Today, please consider supporting the Rochester Historical Society.Your support allo...
12/03/2019
ROC The Day - Pre-event

It’s finally here….. ROC the Day!!!!

Today, please consider supporting the Rochester Historical Society.

Your support allows us to continue telling the great stories of Rochester’s past.

If interested in a personal tour or just learning more about the Society, please feel free to contact us at (585) 623-8285.

Our private link to donate is:
https://roctheday.org/RochesterHistoricalSociety

Thanks for your support & ROCing with us!

ROC the Day is a 24-hour, online event that gives people in our community an opportunity to support all of the not-for-profit organizations doing great work in the nine-county Greater Rochester area. People will visit ROCtheDay.org, a secure online giving platform, to make a gift. All ROC the Day gi...

SAVE THE DATE!!This year's ROC the Day will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.This is just one way you can support on...
11/18/2019

SAVE THE DATE!!

This year's ROC the Day will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

This is just one way you can support one of your favorite local nonprofits. Our private link to donate is:

https://roctheday.org/RochesterHistoricalSociety

Thanks for your support & ROCing with us!

09/27/2019

Dear Facebook Followers,

Thank you for being dedicated followers of our Society’s work.

We truly enjoy people reaching out to us with their with questions and research requests!! Please keep them coming.

An update: our “old” website has currently been taken down in order to give it a newer, fresher look..plus we will have some exciting news to share with you all very soon!!

While it’s under construction, please feel free to contact us either at (585) 623-8285 or by social media.

Thanks for your patience & we will provide an update when our new website is up & running.

Wishing you a fun filled Friday!! 😀

03/15/2019

Dear RHS Followers,
The Board wanted to provide an update pertaining to the collections.
Once you have had a chance to review the below, please feel free to contact us via Facebook, Instagram or at [email protected]. Thank you!!

Collection Committee Update:

The RHS Collections Committee has begun working on the evaluation of our collections and updating the catalog of our items. We will need volunteers to help with various “unskilled” tasks (e.g., data entry, filing, organizing items). Once we have completed the initial stages, we will also need expert advice on portions of our collections (e.g., dolls & toys; furnishings; clothing; paintings).

If you have already registered with us, THANK YOU - We will be contacting you once we have identified the specific work needed.

If you would like to help, please send us your contact information – and let us know if you have related training/expertise you would be willing to contribute.

Thank you all – we look forward to working with you.

Dear RHS Followers,Once you’ve had a chance to review the below, please feel free to reach out to us via Facebook, Insta...
01/29/2019

Dear RHS Followers,
Once you’ve had a chance to review the below, please feel free to reach out to us via Facebook, Instagram or at [email protected]
Thank you!!

Happy New Year!! Wishing everyone a wonderful 2019!!
01/01/2019

Happy New Year!! Wishing everyone a wonderful 2019!!

Are you looking for something to do before New Years??Please join us for our 4th History Happy Hour this Friday, Decembe...
12/27/2018

Are you looking for something to do before New Years??

Please join us for our 4th History Happy Hour this Friday, December 28th hosted at Nox Crafted Cocktails & Comfort Food located in the Village Gate from 6 pm - 9 pm.

The topic is “Rochester Goes Shopping”.

There will be delicious themed food and drinking pairings offered throughout the evening.

All proceeds benefits the Rochester Historical Society.

Not only would you be supporting a great cause..you’ll have some fun facts to share about Rochester at New Year’s party.

Kindly RSVP to [email protected]

12/10/2018

I personnaly want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the outpouring of heartfelt comments, support & concern during this transitional time. It is wonderful to know how highly regarded the Society is within the community and our collections are truly cherished!!

Many have offered up their time, talent and treasure to assist the Society. The Society is extremely grateful. We have kept a list of those kindly offering to volunteer their time. Also, for those expressing an interest in making a donation, alll donations can be made payable and sent directly to:

Rochester Historical Society
121 Lincoln Avenue
Rochester, NY 14611

As the Society nagivates through the next phase, we will be sure to keep our faithful followers up to date.

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season.

Warmest regards,
Mary Kay Adams
Rochester Historical Society
Secretary & Treasurer

12/07/2018

ANNOUNCEMENT:

To our many faithful followers:

Like many small not-for-profits, RHS has struggled to maintain financial stability. Whereas in the past – from our beginnings - we were fortunate to be able to rely primarily on memberships and private donations, our demographics have changed and that model is no longer sustainable. We receive no public funding – unlike most other historical societies in NY State.

The Board of Trustees has worked hard over the past several years in an attempt to reorganize, economize, and find whatever efficiencies we could. During this time, we have developed a Strategic Plan, secured several small grants, held fundraising events, lobbied both the City and County for support, met with local sister organizations regarding collaborations, and consulted with United Way and Causewave about possible strategies. Despite these efforts, we simply do not have the resources to continue to operate as we have.

As of December 7, 2018 day-to-day operations will be drastically restricted. Programs will be suspended, and staff furloughed. The library (books, maps, genealogy materials, directories, etc.) will continue to be accessible by appointment only. And we will maintain our phone, email and social media communications.

Our primary purpose at this point is to ensure the care, protection, and integrity of our extensive collections. All of our artifacts are, and will continue to be, appropriately stored and secured. We are working with the NY State Historian and the NY Department of Education (our chartering agency) to be sure our collections remain intact, and totally accessible to the public in what we hope is the near future.

Thank you for ROCing our  Day yesterday! We appreciate your support. #givingtuesday #roctheday
11/28/2018

Thank you for ROCing our Day yesterday! We appreciate your support. #givingtuesday #roctheday

As you start to make your plans for the week ahead, add #givingtuesday on November 27th. This all  day event supports ou...
11/25/2018

As you start to make your plans for the week ahead, add #givingtuesday on November 27th. This all day event supports our community. Please keep RHS in mind as you make your choices! ROC the Day! ROC our History! #roctheday Thank you.

I'm having a bit of trouble with Facebook today so if this shows up multiple times, I apologize. As promised, here is a ...
11/20/2018

I'm having a bit of trouble with Facebook today so if this shows up multiple times, I apologize.

As promised, here is a page from the Rochester Gas and Electric Home Service Department’s “The Brides Guide”. Wish it had a year on it. Are you cooking your turkey like this or cheating like me and putting it in an oven bag? Check out the stuffing recipe. Do you add oysters, cranberries or ??

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Here is the pie crust recipe. Keep us posted.
11/19/2018

Here is the pie crust recipe. Keep us posted.

Does anyone make their pies from scratch? Here is a recipe from 1923! Let me know if anyone tries it.
11/19/2018

Does anyone make their pies from scratch? Here is a recipe from 1923! Let me know if anyone tries it.

We have a researcher today looking into 4 founders of Rochester for a book. A wave from behind the stacks of information...
11/14/2018

We have a researcher today looking into 4 founders of Rochester for a book. A wave from behind the stacks of information is all that will be shared at this time! Definitely a lot of information to go through!

Have you voted today? Have you used one of these?
11/06/2018

Have you voted today? Have you used one of these?

Be sure to check this out! While you are there, look for our artifacts.
11/05/2018

Be sure to check this out! While you are there, look for our artifacts.

This cute post card was sent 10/30/1909 from Buffalo Miller (Buffalo, NY) to a Miss Francis Angevine and Mr. Gray. Anyon...
10/30/2018

This cute post card was sent 10/30/1909 from Buffalo Miller (Buffalo, NY) to a Miss Francis Angevine and Mr. Gray. Anyone send out Halloween cards to acquaintances?

We posted this tin photo several years ago. Tin photos or ferrotype photos were popular in the 1860s and 1870s. Someone ...
10/29/2018

We posted this tin photo several years ago. Tin photos or ferrotype photos were popular in the 1860s and 1870s. Someone had a great sense of humor - makes me smile every time I see it - hope it makes you smile as well! Happy Rainy Monday.

We posted this tin photo several years ago. Tin photos or ferrotype photos were popular in the 1860s and 1870s. Someone ...
10/29/2018

We posted this tin photo several years ago. Tin photos or ferrotype photos were popular in the 1860s and 1870s. Someone had a great sense of humor - makes me smile every time I see it - hope it makes you smile as well! Happy Rainy Monday.

Remember I mentioned in September that a fireman has been in doing research for his book? Well, he has been looking at t...
10/16/2018

Remember I mentioned in September that a fireman has been in doing research for his book? Well, he has been looking at these frames with ribbons in them as well as photos, books, articles and other objects. Notice the one has a photo in it. He says he's enjoying the research! It is fun to re-discover our collections! We will be sure to give the information about the book when he's ready.

We have this Columbus Day commemorative button in our collection. The button/ribbon collection is fun to look through! C...
10/04/2018

We have this Columbus Day commemorative button in our collection. The button/ribbon collection is fun to look through! Certainly interesting to see how they promoted events and businesses in the past.

10/03/2018
Making padded hangers

Carolyn Maruggi, bestest volunteer ever, is working on padded hangers for some of our lovely dresses. This is a glimpse into one of the things we do to maintain the collections!

This summer our Librarian/Archivist had an opportunity to print blocks from our collection on a Washington Printing Pres...
09/11/2018

This summer our Librarian/Archivist had an opportunity to print blocks from our collection on a Washington Printing Press. We have four woodcuts from Norman Kent. The one pictured here is called “The Bickner House 1875 at 63 & 67 Spring Street”. Love the print!

We had a fireman in yesterday doing research for a book he’s writing. This is one of the photos he was looking at in our...
09/06/2018

We had a fireman in yesterday doing research for a book he’s writing. This is one of the photos he was looking at in our collection. A little blurry in spots but a great photo!

Here is the poster for the Rochester Labor Day parade from 1995! Have a safe, long weekend.
08/30/2018

Here is the poster for the Rochester Labor Day parade from 1995! Have a safe, long weekend.

Stephanie Harris (Rochester) and Gail Evans (Vancouver, British Colombia) were in today. These lifelong friends were in ...
08/29/2018

Stephanie Harris (Rochester) and Gail Evans (Vancouver, British Colombia) were in today. These lifelong friends were in doing some research for Gail’s book.

Genesee Country Village & Museum is offering our members (up to 4 people) free admission on one day until October 14th. ...
08/23/2018

Genesee Country Village & Museum is offering our members (up to 4 people) free admission on one day until October 14th. You just need your name and address to take advantage of this offer. Now is a great time to join RHS!!

After looking through the archives room, I happened to stumble upon this map of Flanders, Belgium belonging to Major Fre...
07/30/2018

After looking through the archives room, I happened to stumble upon this map of Flanders, Belgium belonging to Major Frederick Couchman from Rochester. On July 31, 1917, the battle of Passchendaele aka the 3rd battle of Ypres began. A year later, American soldiers would take place in the battle of the Lys or the 4th battle of Ypres in this sector. Many of you may be familiar with the name of this particular field in Belgium. That would be because it is the title of one of the most famous war poems. The poem titled “In Flanders Fields”, was written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a physician in the Canadian army. Dr. McCrae was the commander of a field hospital at Boulogne, France, one of the places where American troops would arrive to begin training for the conflict. Nick Kramer- Summer intern. Below is the poem written by Dr. McCrae. ___________________________ In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing,fly Scarce heard amid the guns below ———————————We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields ———————————Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch;be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die. We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

For this week’s post I would once again like to focus on the Great War.   July 28th(this Saturday) will be the 104th yea...
07/25/2018

For this week’s post I would once again like to focus on the Great War. July 28th(this Saturday) will be the 104th year anniversary of the beginning of the conflict when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Found in collection is this Austrian helmet from that conflict. Nick Kramer-summer intern

Pictured are two different Kodak cameras from the 1960s and 70s. The historical event I would like to focus on this week...
07/19/2018

Pictured are two different Kodak cameras from the 1960s and 70s. The historical event I would like to focus on this week is the first moon landing which took place on July 20th, 1969. Kodak played a large role in photographing the moon. A special camera was designed by Kodak to be used on the Apollo 11 mission to take in-depth photos of moon rocks and other lunar objects. This camera (not pictured) was the size of a shoe box and specially modified so that it could be easily used by the astronauts. Nick Kramer- intern.

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