The Webster Museum and Historical Society

The Webster Museum and Historical Society At the Webster Museum we're passionate about local history and endeavor to preserve and share what makes Webster where life is worth living.
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National Hamburger Month(and National Hamburger Day is May 28th)OK, we may be a little biased, but there can't be too ma...
05/03/2020

National Hamburger Month
(and National Hamburger Day is May 28th)

OK, we may be a little biased, but there can't be too many cities with a tastier relationship with the hamburger than Rochester. Imagine heading out for a hamburger and only having the choice of McDonald's, Burger King or if you're lucky Wendy's. Here in Webster, we have Bill Gray's, Charlie's and when the bridge is open, Don's Original. Each restaurant with its own story and connection to the Webster community. Take a look at our little timeline of Rochester Hamburger history.
www.webstermuseum.org/ground-round.php

Stop by the museum today during the Village’s annual Trick or Treat Trail. We’ll have a few tricks and more than a few t...
10/26/2019

Stop by the museum today during the Village’s annual Trick or Treat Trail. We’ll have a few tricks and more than a few treats.

2019 Christmas Tree ContestOnce again, artificial trees will be placed throughout Webster museum by the end of November,...
10/14/2019

2019 Christmas Tree Contest

Once again, artificial trees will be placed throughout Webster museum by the end of November, awaiting decoration by creative minds and hands. Webster's scouts, families, clubs, organizations, groups or individuals should plan to register as soon as possible, as there are a limited number of trees. Trees may be decorated using exhibit placement theme, organization theme, or any other family-friendly idea.

The winning tree is determined by public vote and there are two categories: adult and youth. A $25 prize is awarded in each category.

Trees may be decorated on Saturday, November 30 from 2:15-4:15 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 from 2:15-4:15 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m., and Thursday December 5 from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Most but not all trees have lights and all but one have access to electricity/extension cords.

Voting begins on December 7 during Webster's annual Christmas in the Village event and ends on December 31.

Trees will be registered to callers in the order that calls are received.

Please call Kathy at (585) 313-3709 and leave a message with name and phone # to return the call.

Please be prepared to supply the following information when we speak:

Caller's name, phone number and email
Decorator's name, phone number and email
Date/time plan to decorate
Special requests (location, lights, etc)
Questions you may have

09/15/2019
1920 Cunningham - Jay Leno's Garage

100 years ago it was possible to buy an automobile that was built in Rochester, NY. Possible, but expensive. James Cunningham, Son and Company produced some of the most expensive vehicles available at the time. The Cunningham Automobile was a handmade, high performance vehicle that rivaled the likes of Rolls Royce.

Cunningham's clients included Cecil B. De Mille, George Eastman, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Marshall Field, William Randolph Hearst, Harold Lloyd, Mary Pickford, and the Wrigley brothers.

https://youtu.be/Pv1-0O2RvQE

1920 Cunningham. In its day, this car's 442 cubic-inch V8 was America's largest and most powerful, outputting a whopping 90 hp. Join Jay for a walkthrough of...

We’re doing our best to keep track of it all.
07/15/2019

We’re doing our best to keep track of it all.

We had our first Monarch emerge today.  Stay tuned, we should have another in a few days.
07/15/2019

We had our first Monarch emerge today. Stay tuned, we should have another in a few days.

Happy Valentine's Day!  We're open Thursday from 2:00 - 4:30 pm
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine's Day! We're open Thursday from 2:00 - 4:30 pm

Our Spring Newsletter is now online.  Take a gander and see what's new at the Museum.http://www.webstermuseum.org/spring...
04/12/2018

Our Spring Newsletter is now online. Take a gander and see what's new at the Museum.
http://www.webstermuseum.org/spring2018/Webster%20Museum%20Newsletter%20Spring%202018.pdf

The Winners are...ADULT1) Webster Fire Department Ladies Auxilliary  (Witmers' Store)2) Sugar Plum Tree (Kitchen)Webster...
01/05/2018

The Winners are...

ADULT

1) Webster Fire Department Ladies Auxilliary (Witmers' Store)

2) Sugar Plum Tree (Kitchen)

Webster Quilt Guild (Bedroom)

YOUTH AND FAMILY

1) Woodside Nursery School (Little Gallery)

2) McEneany Family (Candy Kitchen)

3) Kiddie Academy (Library)

Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners.

Apologies, not all trees are pictured. We hope to add more photos soon.

The Winners are...

ADULT

1) Webster Fire Department Ladies Auxilliary (Witmers' Store)

2) Sugar Plum Tree (Kitchen)

Webster Quilt Guild (Bedroom)

YOUTH AND FAMILY

1) Woodside Nursery School (Little Gallery)

2) McEneany Family (Candy Kitchen)

3) Kiddie Academy (Library)

Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners.

Apologies, not all trees are pictured. We hope to add more photos soon.

TwistedSifter
09/01/2017
TwistedSifter

TwistedSifter

It's so awesome that important historical artifacts like these are available to anyone in the world with an Internet connection

A few photos on the chance you missed it.
07/14/2017

A few photos on the chance you missed it.

A few photos on the chance you missed it.

06/06/2017
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On June 6, 1933, the world's first Drive-In Movie Theater opened in Camden, New Jersey. Almost 16 years to the day, on June 3, 1949 the Empire Drive-In opened. The first movie to grace the skies of Webster that night was "Mickey", starring the talented but little known Lois Butler.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YgS6kYEafc

Young girl is constantly getting into trouble and embarrassing her father who finally puts his foot down..stars Lois Butler,Bill Goodwin,Irene Harvey.

On this day in 1945
05/18/2017

On this day in 1945

Rarely do children not complain about their school lunches, but the lunches of pioneer children paled in comparison. Fan...
05/08/2017

Rarely do children not complain about their school lunches, but the lunches of pioneer children paled in comparison. Fancy a lard sandwich? Maybe some cornbread and syrup? Sorry, peanut butter wasn't widely available until the 1920's.

Not everyone takes to the needle and thread. Luckily the Webster Museum has some wonderful examples from those that do. ...
03/23/2017

Not everyone takes to the needle and thread. Luckily the Webster Museum has some wonderful examples from those that do. Stop in Thursday, from 2pm to 4:30pm to see for yourself.

When nature doesn't provide, you improvise! (with a stop at the floral shop).Spring is a time of renewal!Renew or start ...
03/20/2017

When nature doesn't provide, you improvise! (with a stop at the floral shop).

Spring is a time of renewal!
Renew or start your Webster Museum Membership today!

Regardless of what the calendar says, signs of spring in western New York can be elusive. (What a week!!)

Be it Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter we endeavor to bring Webster's history to life. Your continuing support of the Webster Museum helps us preserve and share the stories, events and objects that have shaped the Webster we know today.

Join Online:
http:www.webstermuseum.org/membership

Print a Membership Form
http:www.webstermuseum.org/membership.pdf

Spring is a time of renewal!Renew or start your Webster Museum Membership today!Regardless of what the calendar says, si...
03/07/2017

Spring is a time of renewal!
Renew or start your Webster Museum Membership today!

Regardless of what the calendar says, signs of spring in western New York can be elusive.

Imagine traversing Webster following a snow storm in the age of the horse and cart. History does provide perspective.

Be it Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter we endeavor to bring Webster's history to life. Your continuing support of the Webster Museum helps us preserve and share the stories, events and objects that have shaped the Webster we know today.

Join Online:
http:www.webstermuseum.org/membership

Print a Membership Form
http:www.webstermuseum.org/membership.pdf

Many thanks to Gary Morgan for coming out to the Webster Museum and sharing so many delightful stories from his days beh...
02/12/2017

Many thanks to Gary Morgan for coming out to the Webster Museum and sharing so many delightful stories from his days behind the wheel. We are happy so many of Gary's friends (old and new) could attend. More photos on our website. (http:www.webstermuseum.org)

Please join us at the Webster Museum, Saturday February 11th at 2pm. Gary Morgan will be on hand to share his experience...
02/03/2017

Please join us at the Webster Museum, Saturday February 11th at 2pm. Gary Morgan will be on hand to share his experiences with racing and the race cars he built with his father including the soapbox racers from Gary's youth which are currently on display at the museum.

Stop by the Webster Museum!Visit our tribute to the history of boy scouting and see a selection of classic "soapbox derb...
01/29/2017

Stop by the Webster Museum!

Visit our tribute to the history of boy scouting and see a selection of classic "soapbox derby" racers generously on loan from Gary Morgan.

The Webster Museum and Historical Society's cover photo
11/29/2016

The Webster Museum and Historical Society's cover photo

Mount Hope Cemetery - Rochester
11/07/2016

Mount Hope Cemetery - Rochester

Non-stop visitation at Ms. Anthony's gravesite.

It's World Series time so why not a bit of Webster's baseball history?  Webster High School's 1947 team featuring in the...
10/26/2016

It's World Series time so why not a bit of Webster's baseball history? Webster High School's 1947 team featuring in the front row: D. Hegedorn, R. Wenzel, F. Mack, W. Chase, J. VerCrouse, and Gary Hegedorn In the back row: W. Beh, N. Tucker, Mr. Herbert Hatt, J. Kleinhammer, L. Smith and J. Lochner. Following high school, Gary Hegedorn went on to play 5 years in the Pittsburgh Pirate's farm system.

William Roy "Bob" Hawley served as the Village of Webster's Mayor for 34 years. Thanks to a generous gift from the Corre...
10/07/2016

William Roy "Bob" Hawley served as the Village of Webster's Mayor for 34 years. Thanks to a generous gift from the Corretore family, Mayor Hawley's desk is now on display at the Webster Museum.

George Eastman Museum
07/11/2016
George Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum

Have you heard the exciting news? We recently acquired two unopened boxes of early Kodak film! One is the ONLY KNOWN box of Kodak Film (1888) and the other is one only three known boxes of Transparent Kodak Film (1889). Learn more in our press release!

History and Pokeballs?  Not only is the Webster Museum a place to learn about history, its also a Poke Stop on the new '...
07/08/2016

History and Pokeballs?

Not only is the Webster Museum a place to learn about history, its also a Poke Stop on the new 'Pokemon Go' app. :)

This Saturday's Village Garden Tour is the perfect opportunity to catch a few pokemon and take in some of the village's best gardens. Printed Tour Maps and pokeballs (through the Pokemon Go app) will be available at the Webster Museum. The self guided tour begins at 1pm Saturday.

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
06/17/2016
Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

On this day in 1873, Susan B Anthony went on trial in Canandaigua, NY for her vote in the November 1872 general election. Read more:

Sharon Pratt sharing history at Webster's Community Arts Day
04/10/2016

Sharon Pratt sharing history at Webster's Community Arts Day

Sharon Pratt from the Webster Museum sharing some "historical" artifacts with a youngster.

It could be said that Webster literally grew out of an apple seed. Do you recognize anyone here?
03/24/2016

It could be said that Webster literally grew out of an apple seed. Do you recognize anyone here?

The cure for 'March Madness' once came in a bright orange bag. (Basketballs are orange too, but that's not the type of m...
03/17/2016

The cure for 'March Madness' once came in a bright orange bag. (Basketballs are orange too, but that's not the type of madness we're referring to.)

Susan B. Anthony turned the lights out hoping to silence her and Thomas Nast portrayed her as the devil for her beliefs....
03/08/2016

Susan B. Anthony turned the lights out hoping to silence her and Thomas Nast portrayed her as the devil for her beliefs. Regardless of popular opinion in her day, Victoria Woodhull was a successful stockbroker, a newspaper editor, women's rights advocate and the first female candidate for president.

Learn more about Victoria and her connection to Webster in our new exhibit of "Well known Websterites".

The museum is open today from 2pm - 4:30pm. Stop in and see us.

Address

18 Lapham Park
Webster, NY
14580

Opening Hours

Tuesday 14:00 - 16:30
Thursday 14:00 - 16:30
Saturday 14:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(585) 265-3308

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Hi I am a former student of Barb Scanlon Riviere. I was told in Eastridge Alumni page that she volunteers at Webster musuem. I was class of 74 and was in her European culture class. Would love to talk to her and tell her about how her class still resonates with me today and it was my favorite class. Any way of reaching her or giving her my name on facebook? thank you!!!
Pat's Impromptu 90th Birthday Party Parade!!!! Tuesday April 28th ~ NOON (Get there a little earlier!) (Gathering in Holy Trinity Church Parking lot, Ridge Road Webster) All are welcome to participate!!!! A couple of the what, when and where have been SLIGHTLY altered; all because this has gotten a little bigger with two networks now attending. I figured if one bailed, we would still definitely still have one news channel covering our HUGE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS event! Humanity at it's finest during this horrible time! To Honor my Amazing Mother!!! Like I've said, I just cant bear the thought of her alone, like any other day on her birthday. So! There will be a majorette behind the lead police car that will only have lights on, give them some time to hit the road as she has to walk down about 5 doors to moms house and do her routine with her own music without horns. They will hit the road right around noon, give or take just a little. When the EMS and Fire truck pull out they will have their sirens blaring - that is when you hit the road in an orderly fashion. Holy Trinity, which I didn't learn until today - my family helped build around 100 years ago.... has a LOT of parking, Social distancing is a MUST so if you can't add or fix or check decorations within six feet of another car please be sure to have a mask on, or maybe find another space. IF the parking lots become full, please line up on the side of the road EAST of the church. (So Away from Phillips Road, towards Salt Road). Her house is on the same side as the Church. I honestly have no idea if we will have 40 cars or 140 cars. This IS rain or shine (unless you have a motorcycle of course!) ... you can wait until you get to her house and roll down the window and stick out the poster, or just have soggy decorations, OR JUST DRIVE BY HONKING AND WAVING!!!! It is supposed to be nice though!!!! Such a fun thing to do for a wonderful 90 year old woman sheltered in place on a nice spring day, bringing the community together, and remembering, hearing all the honking, and later seeing yourselves on TV - THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE!!!! Thank you all in advance for taking part if you can! Please only give me a "like" or Thumbs up if you will come!
Huge Birthday Party Car Parade on Tuesday for Pat Copeland who's family has lived in Webster for at least 3 generations! She Kicked Cancers Butt a bit ago and cant stand the thought of this Monumental Birthday being like any other day! Any Webster Residents interested in being a part? Details in a post below! Please give me a thumbs up or a "Like" or a comment as a YES for a RSVP! It's going to be a phenomenal event!