Architect James H. Johnson at St. John’s (May 2012)

Recorded May 2012

Architect James H. Johnson talked about his career and the buildings he designed. This was recorded in May 2012 at St John the Evangelist Church, on Ridge Rd in Greece, a church he designed in 1963. Mr. Johnson died on February 2, 2016, at the age of 83. He was known, was well recognized for his unique architectural designs and innovative structures, including the Liberty Pole, Temple Sinai, the Mushroom House, Church of St. John the Evangelist, St. Januarius Church in Naples, NY, the Phyllis Wheatley Library, and many custom homes that he designed.

Up Close with Two Greece Pioneer Families

Recorded May 10th, 2022 at 7 p.m. at the Greece Public Library

Come visit with descendants of two early settlers – the Volkmar and Cole/Kenyon families. Jo Ann Ward Snyder and Maire Poinan interviewed family members when researching their book: Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece. Carolyn Kerhaert descendant of the VOLKMAR family came to Greece about 1865 and help found St. John’s Church. Cousins Deb Myers and Maureen Murphy are descendants of the COLE and Kenyon families who settled in the area in 1814 before there was the Town of Greece or an Erie Canal. Community engagement was instrumental in preserving pioneer stories. These descendants became interested in tracing their families’ history and having their stories preserved in our Bicentennial book. Presented by Jo Ann Ward Snyder and Marie Poinan in cooperation with the Greece Historical Society.

The Volkmar, Cole/Kenyon Families are in the first volume of the Pioneers Families of the Town of Greece which you may purchase here or on Amazon.

These are the time codes for the chapters in this Tuesday’s program so you can jump right to the chapter you would like to view:

  • 0:00 – Intro
  • 0:15 – Tuesday Program Title
  • 0:39 – Introduction of A Visit with Pioneer Family Descendants
  • 1:04 – Celebrating the Pioneer Families Pre-1872
  • 1:43 – Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece Volume 1 is out
  • 2:07 – The Authors of the Two Volumes
  • 3:07 – Famous quote by Helen Keller
  • 3:51– Benefits from the Pioneer Families Project
  • 4:54 -Benefits to the Descendants and Contributors
  • 5:57 – Pioneer Families Volume 2 Release Update
  • 6:30 – Every Family Has A Story
  • 6:50 – Visit With 3 Pioneer Families Intro
  • 7:07 – The Volkmar Family by Carolyn Kerhaert
  • 18:15 – Abram Cole Family Deborah Cole Myers
  • 31:32 – Ida Kenyon by Mauren Murphy
  • 52:31 – Marie Poinan Wrapping up the Program
  • 56:10 – End Credits

A Legacy Deferred: The Architecture of Thomas W. Boyde, Jr.

Recorded April 12, 2022

The Greece Historical Society (GHS) is sponsoring a Cultural Resource Survey of The Architecture of Thomas W. Boyde, Jr., Rochester’s first African American architect. The project is funded by grants from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Preservation League of New York State/New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and individual donations.

Please consider making a contribution to further the research on Mr. Boyde. Click Boyde Project to make a donation.

Thomas Boyde
Thomas Boyde 1930 NY Architects Office cropped to headshot

Thomas W. Boyde, Jr. was a prolific designer of Mid-Century Modern homes and businesses, but also did significant work designing buildings for economically disadvantaged communities. The survey will help identify Boyde’s built work which spans across Western New York, including several houses in the town of Greece, and bring new appreciation to the work of this supremely talented architect who left a remarkable legacy in the greater Rochester area.

The project team includes Christopher Brandt, architect at Bero Architecture PLLC; Jeffrey A. “Free” Harris, independent historian and historic preservation consultant from Hampton, VA; Katie Eggers Comeau, a former architectural historian at Bero; Gina M. DiBella, preservation consultant from Greece; Jenna Huizinga, Brighton Historian’s Office intern and SUNY Geneseo student; and Alexis Rivers, research assistant.

While conducting research, the project team discovered additional drawings, correspondence, and interviews that went beyond the original scope of the project. They are now working to raise additional funds to include this new information and complete the project.

Image from the Thomas W. Boyde, Jr. Collection at the Rochester Museum and Science Center

Please consider making a contribution to further the research on Mr. Boyde. Click Boyde Project to make a donation.

For more information on Thomas W. Boyde, Jr. and some of the work the project team has already completed, read this AIA Rochester article or view the Thomas W. Boyde, Jr. presentation made at the Syracuse University School of Architecture last fall.

Flower Industry in Western NY (June 2021)

Recorded June, 2021, at the Greece Historical Society

Come explore the Flower industry in western New York not to be mistaken with Flour Industry that was situated around the falls to be used as mills to grind the flour and wheat products.

Irish Families of Greece

Recorded June 23, 2019, at the Greece Historical Society

Marie Poinan Looks at some of the Irish families of Mother of Sorrows parish who settled on or near Latta Road. Many rare photos included in the presentation are from families who have shared their family histories and have donated them to the collection of the Greece Historical Society.

Architecture of James H. Johnson (May 2019)

Recorded May 2019

Presented by Katie Eggers Comeau and Christopher Branch at the Greece Public Library on May 14, 2019. Introduction by Gina DiBella.

Also, we have a 2012 recording done at St. Johns with James H. Johnson.

Architect James H. Johnson at St. John’s (May 2012)

Collecting Antique Bottles (Mar. 2019)

Recorded March 17, 2019, at the Greece Historical Society

Jack Stecher of the Genesee Valley Bottle Collectors Association talks about collecting antique bottles and the history of the companies that made them.

African Americans at Mt. Hope Cemetery (Feb. 2019)

Recorded Sunday, February 10, 2019

MOUNTAINS OF HOPE: Marilyn Nolte talks about Mt. Hope Cemetery and the notable African Americans interned there, followed by Frederick Douglass family descendant, Jacqueline Sprague Cooper who talks about African American burials and promoting genealogy research and the importance of telling your families stories. Presented at the Greece Historical Society Museum on February 10, 2019