50th Anniversary Dinner

We would like to thank our members, friends and sponsors for the successful 50th anniversary celebration dinner held on Saturday, October 26 at Red Fedele’s Brook House. Nearly 80 guests helped us with our celebration. 

We would especially like to thank our government officials: Monroe County Executive, Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello, NY State Senator Joe Robach, and NY State Historian Devin Lander, all of whom took time from their busy schedules to attend our event and offer a few words of congratulations. (photos below by Gina DiBella)

Join Us As We Celebrate Our Golden Anniversary

 

This year, the Greece Historical Society is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its founding.  Your support over the years has played a vital role in the success of our mission, which is to preserve the past for the future.

To those of you who have purchased tickets to our celebration dinner, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 26th at Red Fedele’s Brook House, 920 Elmridge Center Drive in Greece.

The evening will begin with a cash bar Cocktail Hour at 5:00 p.m. For your listening pleasure, music will be provided by Richard Tosti, followed by a Buffet Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Guest speakers will include New York State Historian Devin Lander.  Historical displays, a raffle drawing, and a commemorative booklet will also be part of the evening.

Tickets had to be purchased prior to the event.

Attire for the dinner is business casual.

Current Exhibits at GHS

Marking the upcoming one hundredth anniversary of the Eighteenth Amendment (which went into effect on January 17, 1920), the Greece Historical Society has opened a new exhibit entitled Rumrunners, Speakeasies, and Bathtub Gin.

Discover what Greece residents thought about the law, learn about the infamous Staud brothers, and learn about the glorious/dreadful Roaring ‘20s. Late-night smuggling on Lake Ontario, stills and moonshine, “the highway to hell”—these were all part of the Prohibition era in Greece.

Our exhibit on blacksmithing, which includes tools loaned to us by Don Newcomb, tells the story of the vital role that a blacksmith played in the life of Greece residents.

Two exhibits detail the contributions of individuals to the development of Greece.

George Ruggles was a successful 19th-century entrepreneur who undertook a variety of careers during his life in the Charlotte areas. He is particularly noted for receiving patents for his invention of the rotary snow plow and a racing canoe, and serving as President of the Village of Charlotte.

Terry Burns helped to build the Erie Canal and then bought land in Greece in 1827. Our expansive exhibit features the Burns, Kirk, Veeder, and Newcomb families and their eight generations of contributions to the town.

GHS Receives Greece Chamber of Commerce Awards

At the 34th annual Greece Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet, held on Thursday, April 25, the Greece Historical Society received the “Arts and Cultural” award and Maureen Whalen received the “History” award. The awards recognize exceptional individuals and organizations whose business and volunteer activities demonstrate significant contributions to our community.

 

 

 

I Love NY Poster Exhibit

The I LOVE NY logo was created in 1977 to promote tourism for New York State. During the month of March, we will be exhibiting several original 24″ x 36″ posters from the early days of the campaign. Please take this opportunity to see some of the many ways that New York State has promoted tourism over the years.

Rediscover Greece’s Historic School Houses

The Greece Historical Society has added a photo exhibit of Greece’s early school buildings. The exhibit includes photos and background information on Greece’s 17 original school district’s, as well as a map indicating their locations. Which one would you have attended??

The exhibit was originally created by the Greece Historical Preservation Commission in 2001 to commemorate National Historic Preservation Week’s theme: Restore, Renew, Rediscover Your Historic Neighborhood Schools.

Additions to the original exhibit include updates provided by historic preservation specialist Gina M. DiBella and the additions, by Mary Lee Strauss, of a timeline showing the development of the current Greece Central School district and photo highlights of the Barnard School. 

Visit our exhibit and share your historical memories of this period in Greece history by including your name, school attended, and personal recollections in the composition book located near the exhibit.