Greece Pioneer Family Project

Are you a member of a Pioneer Family of the Town of Greece? If you are or think you might be, the Greece Historical Society would like to hear from you.

The Greece Historical Society will commemorate the 2022 Bicentennial of the Town of Greece by publishing a book in November of this year which will recognize and celebrate the families who settled in the Greece area before 1872 (our 1st fifty years as a town).

If you descend from a family who settled in the Town of Greece before 1872, please consider helping us include the story of your family. We want to hear the story of how your family came to town and feature them in a vignette that includes photos and stories that you would provide.

If your family was living in Greece before 1822, you would also be eligible for a “Pioneer Certificate” to be issued by the Society.

To get started, please complete our questionnaire and one family tree chart as best you can. Downloads are available below. Return both forms either by email to or by USPS mail to:
Greece Historical Society
PO Box 16249
Rochester, NY 14616
Attention: Bicentennial Committee

We will then contact you to work on finalizing your story for publication. If you’re a bit uncomfortable getting started, send us what you can and we can help. The important thing is to get started.

The deadline for submitting your input is July 31, 2021. Be sure to include your phone number and email on all correspondence so that we can contact you.

For any questions or help completing your documents, please e-mail us at

1) Download QUESTIONNAIRE here
2)Download one of the family pedigree charts here
32x32Six Generation Chart
32x32Five Generation Chart
32x32Four Generation Chart

Archival Storage Show & Tell by Kate Jacus

When: Saturday, August 1st, 10:00 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Back yard of the Greece Museum, 595 Long Pond Rd

Get a close up look at various storage options for your family heirlooms, from photo-graphs to newspaper clippings, books to textiles. We’ll talk a little about the science behind “archival-quality” and then show you various boxes, binders, and enclosures and how to safely pack objects. We’ll have plenty of time for questions so you’ll leave with storage recommendations for your own collection.

This program will be outside in the shade of our back yard. Please bring your own lawn chair and a mask. Social distancing will be maintained and hand sanitizer and plastic gloves will be available if you wish to touch any of the storage options.

Kate Jacus is the marketing coordinator at Archival Methods, a local manufacturer and supplier of archival storage and presentation products. She is also the founder of The Photo Curator, LLC, and a certified professional photo organizer helping families and businesses manage their photo and heirloom collections. She was our guest at the June 9th Zoom presentation.

Author of Zoo History at Museum on July 12

Since it appears likely that our September program, The History of Seneca Park Zoo, will be presented via Zoom, we have invited Maureen Whalen, the author of the first and only comprehensive history of the zoo and a long-time Society volunteer, to sell copies of her book on Sunday, July 12 between 1:30 and 3:30 pm at the museum. We will be following social distancing and masking guidelines. Maureen will be selling the books from the front porch of the museum and visitors will be able to stay outdoors while waiting to purchase a copy. The history retails for $25.00 and a portion of the sale of each book will go to the Greece Historical Society.

Selections of other books from our Museum shop will also be available that day. Cash or personal checks only.