About Us

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Mission

The mission of the Greece Historical Society is to discover, research and preserve the history of the Town of Greece and to share that history with its residents and the local community through public programs, publications, museum exhibits and accessibility to its archives and artifacts.

Establishment and History of the Society

The Society is an all-volunteer not-for-profit educational institution chartered by the NYS Board of Regents. The Society owns and maintains a house and museum at 595 Long Pond Road in Greece, NY.

Town Historian Virginia Tomkiewicz organized the Society in 1969. In 1978, the Town of Greece provided a house on English Road for the office of the historian and meeting space for the Society. In 1988, under the initiative of Town Supervisor Donald Riley, Wegmans Food Markets sold a house that was formerly owned by Gordon A. Howe, Greece Supervisor and Monroe County Manager, to the Society for $1.00 and generously funded moving the house to what is now the Greece Town Campus. In 1992, with the help of Senator Joseph Robach, the Society was awarded a NY State grant to build a museum addition, and with additional financial help from Donald Newcomb, the museum addition was opened and named Newcomb Hall in his and his family’s honor. Until 2016, the Town Historian was housed at the Greece Historical Society when it moved to the Greece Public Library.

Funding and Support

Funding for the Historical Society comes from memberships, donations from individuals, organizations and businesses, museum shop sales, grants, and fundraising events.

Services

Free public programs
A museum gift and bookshop
Exhibits and special events
Programs for libraries, senior residences and organizations
Publications
Archival resources
The Corinthian, a monthly newsletter

Board of Trustees

The society is governed by a Board of Trustees elected by society members at the annual meeting held in January. The board meets seven times a year and members are welcome to attend the meetings.

Trustees

William Sauers, President
Sandy Peck, Vice-President
William Peeck, Treasurer
Paula Smith, Secretary
Ruth Curchoe
Pamela O’Sullivan
Gregg Redmond
Tom Sawnor
Cynthia Shevlin
Betty Tudisco
John Wallenhorst
Deborah Whitt
Donald Newcomb, Honorary Trustee

Committees

Executive, Audit and Nominating committees are standing committees required by the By-Laws of the Society. Operational committees are Finance, Marketing, Museum Collection Management, Property/Office Administration and Computer Management.