The Warsaw Historical Society and Gates House Museum

The Warsaw Historical Society and Gates House Museum The Warsaw Historical Society and Gates House Museum, where things may be lost but not forgotten. 15 Perry Avenue, Warsaw, NY 14569 585 786-5240
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The Warsaw Historical Society was first shaped in the historic, CA. 1850 home of U.S. Congressman Augustus Frank on North Main during the 1880’s. Recollections of Warsaw’s pioneering spirit were had at various locations thereafter. In 1938, the Society formally organized in the former residence of the Hon. Seth M. Gates . The NYS Education Department recognized the Society’s commitment to preserving Warsaw’s past and chartered it in 1946. The Gates House Museum Collections include displays showcasing aspects of Warsaw life from the1830’s to the present. Rare artifacts also complement displays of Warsaw’s business, manufacturing and agricultural history. Special exhibits highlight the Underground Railroad, the Civil War and Suffrage movement. Also housed is a comprehensive research library of rare maps, newspapers, thousands of photographs and documents. Most have been electronically catalogued.

Mission: The Society’s mission is to accept, preserve and exhibit historical materials related to the past, present and future of the Town and Village of Warsaw, to conduct historical programs and exhibits, and promote the study, sharing and dissemination of local history.

Operating as usual

We're open! Visitors from Florida, Russia and Alaska have stepped through our doors. Now for a bit of history. This giga...
07/03/2020

We're open! Visitors from Florida, Russia and Alaska have stepped through our doors. Now for a bit of history. This gigantic smoke tree was probably planted around the time Dr. Augustus Frank's house was completed in 1851. Stop by the Artisan Villa to see it!

Warsaw Chamber of Commerce
06/27/2020

Warsaw Chamber of Commerce

Warsaw Valley Fest is still going to happen July 15-18! If you have been cleaning and organizing this Spring and have a bunch of things to get rid of, then have a Yard Sale that weekend! As always, follow social distancing guidelines, but Yard Sales are approved in this phase of re-opening New York.

04/07/2020
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Lots of surprises at the GH today.

An Easter Bonnett . .
Bushes pulled and stacked by the street . . .
Weeds pulled . . .
Lawn mowed
What a super day!

03/18/2020

Unfortunately, our March 26th meeting is cancelled. We look forward too seeing everyone on April 23rd @ 6 pm. Stay safe.

From gas lights to electric, an iluminating look into the past.By Brianna Cooke and Autumn Russell
03/13/2020

From gas lights to electric, an iluminating look into the past.
By Brianna Cooke and Autumn Russell

From gas lights to electric, an iluminating look into the past.
By Brianna Cooke and Autumn Russell

What a day at the Gates House Museum . . . Be safe!
02/27/2020

What a day at the Gates House Museum . . . Be safe!

Which hospital was it?  The old Wyoming County Hospital or the new one on North Main?
02/20/2020

Which hospital was it? The old Wyoming County Hospital or the new one on North Main?

It is not far away ,remember your sweetheart this Valentines
02/01/2020

It is not far away ,remember your sweetheart this Valentines

To all history buffs!

Seriously starched!       Recently gifted by the Wyoming County Community Health System formerly the Wyoming County Hosp...
01/28/2020

Seriously starched!

Recently gifted by the Wyoming County Community Health System formerly the Wyoming County Hospital -

We believe this uniform was worn by an early nursing student - but not sure.

The pinafore and uniform beneath would fit a 15 inch waist-- both are seriously starched.

Tagged on each is the name “MISS BIGHAM”. Anyone know anything about her?

We are sorting many very interesting hospital-related artifacts previously gifted. Stay tuned!

Warsaw’s Second Female Photographer -  See Holly Neel's post below.Evelyn R Manson, the daughter of Alvah and Evelyn Kna...
01/18/2020

Warsaw’s Second Female Photographer - See Holly Neel's post below.

Evelyn R Manson, the daughter of Alvah and Evelyn Knapp Manson, operated in Warsaw for more than 20 years. Alvah Manson served in the Civil War and survived many battles including the Battle of Bull Run, Seige of Yorktown, second battle of Bull Run, Seige of Richmond, Mannasus, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg.

Alvah. originally a carriage painter, established the Wyoming County Abstract Company in 1906. His advertisement in the 1910 Souvenir does not mention his Civil War experiences. He and his family lived in a house at the east end of Genesee Street. His daughter Evelyn R. Manson operated her photography shop in the house across the street. Few images from her work exist!

Descendants of Warsaw’s World Citizen, Judge Elbert E. Farman donated the books pictured for fund raising.  They also do...
01/16/2020

Descendants of Warsaw’s World Citizen, Judge Elbert E. Farman donated the books pictured for fund raising. They also donated an early rare photo. Farman was chiefly responsible for securing steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie’s check which funded construction of the Warsaw Public Library in 1905. The 1903-built Warsaw Opera House was renamed the Farman Theater to honor his overseeing the theater’s design and construction on South Main. The Spotlight theater now occupies the site.

If anyone has any interest in the books, please contact us at 585 786 5240 or stop by the Gates House Museum. They are in excellent condition except for the loose covers.

1897 map -  1897 hitching sheds -  Dan Seewaldt  Most hotels had hitching sheds too!
01/14/2020

1897 map - 1897 hitching sheds - Dan Seewaldt Most hotels had hitching sheds too!

01/13/2020
Wyoming County Historian's Office

Congratulations Tara Nieves Alexander

Finally remembered to grab a visitor to pull our winner of the gnome hunt gift card so it wasn't Sally or I. And the winner is Tara Alexander!

Picture it!  Warsaw NY in 1897 . .  Salt plants, factories, downtown and residential streets.  We have the maps!Put your...
01/13/2020

Picture it! Warsaw NY in 1897 . . Salt plants, factories, downtown and residential streets. We have the maps!

Put your screen in expanded mode and use your CTRL key and mouse to scroll.

Artisan Villa
12/09/2019

Artisan Villa

Who is interested in a sleigh ride in Warsaw? We will be drawing a random winner on December 18th. To be entered to win, just like the Artisan Villa page, share this post and comment on the original post.

Artisan Villa
12/08/2019

Artisan Villa

Who is interested in a sleigh ride in Warsaw? We will be drawing a random winner on December 18th. To be entered to win, just like the Artisan Villa page, share this post and comment on the original post.

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND IN WARSAW NYAnybody and everybody is invited to send snapshots of your home and or business decorat...
12/05/2019

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND IN WARSAW NY

Anybody and everybody is invited to send snapshots of your home and or business decorations whether interior or exterior. You can also send old or historical photos of Christmases past. We are planning a video to showcase Warsaw at Christmas. Please do it soon!

Dan Seewaldt, his precious grandaughter Harper and pal Ike the horse!
12/04/2019

Dan Seewaldt, his precious grandaughter Harper and pal Ike the horse!

The annual lighting of the tree took place at WCCHS on December 3rd. The residents and staff anxiously awaited the arrival of their 8' Fraser Fir tree from Bird Haven Tree Farm in Warsaw, NY (courtesy of the Resident Council and Justin Bayliss). The tree arrived by horse and wagon driven by Dan and Lisa Seewaldt from the Artisan Villa in Warsaw. The tree was decorated by WCCHS Maintenance Crew under the supervision of our residents.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their Elves joined in the festivities and to sing Christmas Carols with the residents. Let’s not forget the egg nog and Christmas cookies. Stop by and see our beautiful tree.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

#wycoapproved #wcchs #wyomingcountyny #christmastree #christmascarols #horseandwagon #eggnog #christmascookies

11/16/2019

Work Party day at the Historical Society today! Looks like a great day for decorating, cleaning, and working on exhibits. See you at 3:30!

Wonder where they are now?  Jane Passamonte stepped through our door last week.  She and her sister at age 5 were one se...
11/09/2019

Wonder where they are now? Jane Passamonte stepped through our door last week. She and her sister at age 5 were one set of the famous 16 sets of twins at Warsaw Central School.

Front row: William and Robert Relyea; Jane and Joan Passamonte; Anne and Avis Miller; Rua and Ruth O’dell

Second row: Donald and David Mandeville; Roger and Douglas Gardner; Linda and Laurie Carmody; Thomas and Theodore Jenkins

Third row: Charles and Frederick Humphrey; Robert and Richard Williams; Judy and James Lennon; Roger and Robert Chandler

Back row: James and Jerry Lanni; carol and Laurel Scott; Barbara and Bruce Smallwood; Barbara and Beverly Traynor

11/05/2019

Looking for a few Christmas Items to borrow, Horse or Deer for our sleigh outside

Congratulations, Jen Cooke! Jen was the winner of our Victorian Crazy Quilt. Thank you to everyone who participated.
11/04/2019

Congratulations, Jen Cooke! Jen was the winner of our Victorian Crazy Quilt. Thank you to everyone who participated.

When a rock is not a rock but a stone!   During a night of paranormal investigation, two from Rochester discovered a bun...
11/03/2019

When a rock is not a rock but a stone!

During a night of paranormal investigation, two from Rochester discovered a bunch of rocks in the cellar with a small torn piece of paper.

Hand-written on the torn paper are the words:
“Wm Smallwood algonquin Ind Silver Lake”

Photos were taken and sent to an expert who identified them as Indian “Anvil Stones. “

He wrote:
“They are used mainly for flint working, until the cavities get too large which then makes them more useful for cracking nuts. Sometimes they are “shaped” through use as hammer stones to be almost round. . These are mostly what you find though - just the right size creek rock carried back to camp and left there when they moved on.”

Also on displayed in the Gates House Museum are dozens of Indian arrow heads.

Learn how to do genealogy research!
11/01/2019

Learn how to do genealogy research!

Halloween 2019 was wet, but spooktacular!
11/01/2019

Halloween 2019 was wet, but spooktacular!

We received our first place trophy for the Warsaw Fireman's Parade! Thank you to our float members Seth Gates (Dave Alme...
10/24/2019

We received our first place trophy for the Warsaw Fireman's Parade! Thank you to our float members Seth Gates (Dave Almeter), Ella Hawley Crossett (Barbara Aker), and our carriage driver, Dan Seewaldt.

Come one -- come all to the Federation of Historical Societies Fall dinner at The Lodge in Varysburg -- Check out the di...
10/04/2019

Come one -- come all to the Federation of Historical Societies Fall dinner at The Lodge in Varysburg --

Check out the dinner and speaker's topic "Get a Horse, Wyoming County Adopts the Automobile" by Mark Milcarek

Another enjoyable evening out!

Join us . . .

Thank you to Eric Szucs, from the Wyoming Foundation. Eric, presented the funds to the Warsaw Historical Society and the...
09/25/2019

Thank you to Eric Szucs, from the Wyoming Foundation. Eric, presented the funds to the Warsaw Historical Society and the Seth M. Gates Museum at our August 28th meeting. These funds will be used towards the preservation and cataloging of the Society's glass plates. Special thanks to George A. Almeter for writing the grant.

09/24/2019

The Gates House Museum is closed today due to major plumbing problems. Please call 585 786 8646 if you need help or have questions.
Thank you.

Such fun-loving entertaining ladies at Dee DeDee Bunce Crouse painting classes at the Gates House Museum.  Thank you so ...
08/12/2019

Such fun-loving entertaining ladies at Dee DeDee Bunce Crouse painting classes at the Gates House Museum. Thank you so much for all of it!

Some fun filled classes!

Address

15 Perry Ave
Warsaw, NY
14569

General information

email: [email protected]

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 14:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(585) 786-5240

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The Warsaw Historical Society is located in the Seth Gates House.

Born in 1800, Seth Gates was a strident abolitionist who grew up in Sheldon and was educated at the Middlebury Academy in Wyoming NY. He deliberately sparked controversy by promoting an immediate end to slavery.

As a former Assemblyman from LeRoy, he won election to Congress as an anti-slavery Whig in 1838. During his time in Congress, he repeatedly angered his Southern colleagues. Fearing Texas would become a slave state, Congressman Gates prominently authored and helped secure a national “right to petition” to protest the expansion of slavery. In another action, Mr. Gates mailed proceedings of the 1840 Anti-Slavery Congress to governors of southern states. One enraged Georgia slave owner offered $500 for Gates, dead or alive. After anti-abolitionists destroyed his LeRoy home in 1843, Mr. Gates and his family moved to their new home in Warsaw. He engaged in several business enterprises and also joined other abolitionists to help runaway slaves. His home was believed to be one of several stations of the "underground railroad."

One of the most important historical buildings in Warsaw is The Seth Gates House. It was constructed in 1824 by Horace Hollister who established the first carriage and sleigh factory here. It is a splendid specimen of early architecture and has been the birthplace of a dozen civic and philanthropic organizations.

The Warsaw Historical Society was first shaped in the historic, ca. 1850 home of U.S. Congressman Augustus Frank on North Main during the 1880’s. Recollections of Warsaw’s pioneering spirit were had at various locations thereafter. In 1938, the Society formally organized in the former residence of the Hon. Seth M. Gates. The NYS Education Department recognized the Society’s commitment to preserving Warsaw’s past and chartered it in 1946.

Collections include displays showcasing aspects of Warsaw life from the 1830’s to the present. Rare artifacts also complement exhibits of Warsaw’s business, manufacturing and agricultural history. Special exhibits highlight the Underground Railroad, the Civil War and Suffrage movement. Also housed is a comprehensive research library of rare maps, newspapers, thousands of photographs and documents. Most have been electronically catalogued for easy access.

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Dear Warsaw Historical Society, My name is Stephen Howe. I am an associate professor of historical linguistics in Japan but was born in England. I am researching special words for “no” and “yes” in New York State. Colonists from the East of England, where I grew up, may have brought "dow" and "jess" to the Northeast in the seventeenth century. Four hundred years later, these special words still survive. Gerald E. Lewis gives an example of "daow" in How to Talk Yankee: Did you get your deer yet? Daow, I can’t even see one. And an informant from New Hampshire gives an example of "jearse" or "jess": Hey, have you seen where the muffin tins went? Hmmmm, jearse, in the oven I think. In the East of England, we still use "dow" and "jearse" today. However, these words for “no” and “yes” are not recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary or the Survey of English Dialects. Nor were they recorded by the Linguistic Atlas of New England; but the Dictionary of American Regional English cites daow, daowd, dow, doh or day-oh in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as New York State. There is also daow in New Hampshire. For “jearse" or "jess,” informants in my survey cited jass in Upstate New York and possibly Vermont, jearse in New Hampshire, and jyes or djess in Maine and Massachusetts. I am writing a book on "jess" and "dow" and would like to ask if you know or remember these words? I would be most grateful for any information you may have. I have more information about my research plus a survey that you can take online at http://yesandno.info/ Yours sincerely, Stephen Howe ============================================= Dr Stephen HOWE Associate Professor Department of English and Graduate School Fukuoka University Japan Website: http://yesandno.info/ =============================================
http://warsawhistory.org/ this is not working to go on your website? also is there a way to send you person al messages?
Thank you for the invite
I remember them all
How time has changed
My grandson thinks it is a fun toy... lol
Today would be a good day to
A look back in time
I do😊
Hope everyone had a great time at the WHS Christmas dinner. Sorry I had to miss it.