Museum is Re-Opening

With Phase 4 beginning, museums are allowed to open with restrictions. We are currently making preparations to re-open the museum to the public on Sunday, August 2nd. We will limit the number of guests who may be in the building at any one time and will require the use of facemasks inside the building. We will also have a “No Touch” policy within the building. If you plan to visit us, you may need to ring the door bell and wait for a docent to let you in.

Please watch our Facebook page and website for the latest information or give us a call at 225-7221.

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.

Museum Closed Sundays in January and February

The Greece Museum will be closed on Sundays from December 22nd through February 23rd. We will re-open to the public on March 1, 2020.
During this time, we will maintain our regular Monday office hours. We will conduct our annual meeting on Thursday, January 16, at our historic center and will also conduct Tuesday evening programs at the Greece Public Library on January 14 and February 11. View our calendar in the Upcoming Events section for details.

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

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.