Bicentennial Snapshot # 0: The Trailer

Bicentennial Promo Art

Beginning at 9 AM on March 22nd and continuing for the next twelve months, the Greece Historical Society will be presenting a series of brief videos to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Greece. Titled Bicentennial Snapshots, the series will feature weekly reflections on Greece history, sharing information about the people and events that comprise the vibrant history of our town. The content of each video will be researched, written, and narrated by retired librarian and local historian Maureen Whalen, whose unique style of storytelling will make each episode come alive. We hope that you will visit us often to view our latest topics.

Here is the Trailer for the Bicentennial Snapshots series.

New videos will be posted on this website each Tuesday at 9 AM. If you would like these Bicentennial Snapshots as a Video Podcast or a Video Flash Briefing on the Amazon Alexa devices, let us know on our Facebook page before the first Snapshot premieres on March 22nd.

Apply for a Bicentennial Pioneer Certificate

If you have documentation that proves that your family was living in the Town of Greece before 1872, you can apply for a PIONEER CERTIFICATE to be issued by the Greece Historical Society. The certificate will be issued to you with your family name, a GHS bicentennial logo, an embossed seal, and an engraved cover. Additional copies will be available for purchase.

If yours is one of the featured families in the Pioneers of the Town of Greece book, you will automatically receive a certificate for that family and do not have to supply this paperwork. If you have another family who was in Greece before 1872, you will have to submit an application and pedigree chart for that surname.

To  request a certificate, please download and complete the certificate application and “fillable” pedigree chart using the links below:

Submit those two completed forms, and any additional supporting documentation, to us by e-mail at or via US mail to: Greece Historical Society, PO Box 16249, Greece, NY 14616

Museum Closed in January and February

The Greece Historical Society museum will be closed on Sundays from December 26th through February 27th. We will resume our Sunday hours on March 6, 2022.

Our next second Tuesday of the month educational program will be held at the Greece Public Library on the evening of March 7. View our calendar in the Upcoming Events section for details.

If you would like to meet with us during January or February, you may stop in during our regular Monday office hours or call us to make an appointment.

Greece Pioneer Families Book, Vol. 1, Available

In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Town of Greece in 2022, the Greece Historical Society is honoring the families who settled in the area before 1872 with a book set titled Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece. Researched and written by Marie Villone Poinan and Jo Ann Ward Snyder, the set contains vignettes, photos, and input from current family members that highlight each family’s contribution to the town.

Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece – Vol. 1 is available from Amazon by clicking here, from our online museum gift shop by clicking here, or by visiting our gift shop in the museum during our regular office hours. (Visit our “200 years” section above to see the complete list of included families.)

Greece Olympia Exhibit

“The History of Greece Olympia” exhibit, which opened on Sunday, October 24th, is available once again now that our museum has re-opened for 2022.

Please plan to stop in to see memorabilia and pictures of how the school has developed over the years and the changes that have occurred.