GHS Program Archives

Over the past few years, the Greece Historical Society has coordinated the presentation of an extensive series of programs at our museum on Sunday afternoons. Several of these programs were recorded in the museum, some were recorded at the Greece Public Library on Tuesday nights, and a few conducted at the Charlotte Public Library on a Sunday afternoon were recorded. During this time of social distancing, they were done over Zoom. Below are all the programs we have available on our Youtube Channel as well as linked below as embedded videos. More programs will be added as time permits. The Presentations are going to be listed in alphabetical order by the title of the program and under the title will be the date it was recorded and the category of the program which will tell you if it was a Tuesday Program, a Sunday Program or a Zoom Program, followed by the tags that are associated with the programs and then a brief description of each program, and on the left will be the featured image of the program so you can understand what the program topic is on. Some of these topics are linked to some of the bicentennial snapshots and the Living in Greece Newsletter stories so you can see what topics connect and able to find more information that we have in our historical archives to research from and learn more history of the Town of Greece from its beginning to the present and its future.

Please take time to watch some of these enlightening programs. As always, feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss any of these materials. 

(These videos are the property of the Greece Historical Society unless otherwise indicated, which retains all right thereto. The contributors to these videos provide them for non-commercial, personal, educational, or research use only. Prior written permission from the Greece Historical Society and the individual presenters must be obtained for any other use; including but not limited to commercial or scholarly publications, reproductions, or redistribution of any video or individual image from the videos.)


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

The Greece Historical Society (GHS) is sponsoring a survey of Thomas W. Boyde, Jr.'s architecture, who was Rochester's first African-American architect known for his Mid-Century...
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African Americans at Mt. Hope Cemetery (Feb. 2019)

"Marilyn Nolte discussed Mt. Hope Cemetery's notable African American figures at the Greece Historical Society Museum on February 10, 2019. Jacqueline Sprague Cooper, a descendant...
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Barns of Greece by Jane Grant

Jane Grant, author of "The Barns of Greece, N.Y," discussed about Greece Barns and the stories of the farm families at the Greece Museum on...
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Bosnian Immigrants in Rochester: Adapting to America (July 2018)

Aiša Purak discusses her book, “Bosnian Immigrants: Opportunities and Challenges”, which studies a sampling of 100 Bosnian families who immigrated to Rochester and found a...
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Buckman’s Dairy & Bakery History

Ralph DeStephano Jr. discusses the history of Buckman’s Dairy, located at Ridge Road and Long Pond Road, from 1950 until its closure in 2005. The...
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Carousels of Monroe County

Linda Bartash-Dawley unveiled her work, "Carousels of Monroe County," in a recent presentation. The narrative represents a comprehensive exploration of the historical carousels in Monroe...
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Celebrating 50 years of WDKX (103.9)

On February 13, 2024, the History of WDKX, the first African-American-owned radio station, will be presented at the Greece Central School District’s Transportation and Support...
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Charlotte Blast Furnace

On September 1, 2016, at the Charlotte Branch Library, Marie Poinan delivered a presentation exploring the history of the Charlotte Blast Furnace. The program, which...
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Cleaning Cemetery Headstones

On June 10, 2018, Mike Warner from the Rochester Genealogical Society delivered a talk at the Greece Historical Society. He detailed safe and responsible techniques...
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Collecting Antique Bottles (Mar. 2019)

Jack Stecher, a member of the Genesee Valley Bottle Collectors Association, discusses the hobby of gathering antique bottles and explores the historical background of the...
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Dobson Farm & Northgate

Story of the Dobson Farm that eventually became Northgate Plaza. Presented by Marie Poinan...
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Education in Greece Central School District during COVID-19 pandemic

Superintendent Kathleen Graupman, of GCSD, shared experiences via Zoom about how education has unfolded during the COVID-19 pandemic, outlining specific successes and hurdles faced in...
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Erie Railroad History

On April 8, 2018, Dave Shields from the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum conducted a program at the Greece Historical Society. He discussed the...
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Everyday People – The Dinkle Family and Rochester’s African-American Past

On February 9, 2021, Karen Dinkle Bunton and Jerry Bunton engaged in a Zoom discussion about Rochester's Black History from the Dinkle family's perspective. The...
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Flower Industry in Western NY (June 2021)

In June 2021, Nellie Gardner spoke at the Greece Historical Society giving an insight into the flower industry of Western NY, and presented her own...
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Greece Pioneer Book 2 Project Update

This an update on Pioneer Families Volume 2, content chronicles the complexities experienced when researching and documenting pioneer families and their lineage. The details for...
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Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

On May 20, 2018, former CEO Lynn Sullivan presented a program at the Greece Historical Society on the history of the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and...
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Irish Families of Greece

Marie Poinan presents an exploration of Irish families from the Mother of Sorrows parish who settled around Latta Road. This presentation features rare photographs sourced...
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Jogging Through Cemeteries

On November 12, 2017, author Patrick Bynes discussed his recent book at the Greece Historical Society Museum. The book provides a unique perspective on grief...
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Koda Kids (When Rochester hosted children from London to save them from WW II bombings) (Nov. 2015)

On November 15, 2015, Brighton Historian Mary Jo Lanphear narrated a tale at the Greece Historical Society Museum about English children from Eastman Kodak being...
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Lake Ontario – the Past Sixty Years (July 2019)

On July 14, 2019, at the Greece Historical Society Museum, Don Riley provided an eyewitness account detailing the influence of Lake Greece on the region's...
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Lemcke-Tofany Farm (Nov. 2016)

On November 6, 2016, Ron Carlton shared stories about his family's experiences growing up in the Town of Greece at the Greece Historical Society and...
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Life within the Boundaries of our Airport (Oct. 2021)

"Stranger Than Fiction" is a presentation by Rick Iekel focusing on the trials and triumphs associated with running the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport...
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Making the First Atom Bomb (Sep. 2016)

On September 11, 2016, World War II veteran Wally Rust gave a lecture detailing the atomic principles behind, the scientists involved in, and design specifics...
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Mark Twain and the Civil War (Jan. 2021)

On January 12, 2021, a presentation titled "Mark Twain and the Civil War" was delivered by Rosemary Irwin. The event, recorded via Zoom, discussed the...
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Monroe County Bicentennial Reflections (Feb. 2021)

On March 9, 2021, at the Greece Public Library, Monroe County Historian Carolyn Vacca presented a history of the county's 200-year development through 19 towns...
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Museum Quality Storage of Family Heirlooms and Photos (June 2020)

Kate Jacus gave a program titled "Museum Quality Storage for Family Heirlooms and Photos," on June 9, 2020. The Greece Public Library and the Greece...
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Norman Rockwell’s “The Rookie” by Sherm Safford

On April 10, 2016, Sherm Safford, a resident of Greece, shared his personal experiences of modeling for the acclaimed American artist Norman Rockwell at a...
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Park Avenue to Park Ridge (Hospital) (May 2021)

On May 11, 2021, Kathleen Britton discussed the evolution of Park Avenue Hospital in Rochester. The institution relocated to Greece, New York, transforming into Park...
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Public Shortcuts by Wally Rust Sept 21, 2020

On September 21, 2020, Wally Rust discussed public shortcuts and sidewalks, with a particular focus on the Music Box Steps popularized in Laurel & Hardy...
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Researching Your Town of Greece Family (June 2021)

A presentation about researching your family in anticipation of the town’s Bicentennial in 2022. With Barb Koehler, JoAnn Ward Snyder, and Marie Poinan...
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Rochester Goes to Washington – Supreme Court Cases (Apr. 2021)

In this Zoom presentation, join James Valenti as he discusses the Rochester court case, Nebbia v. New York, which made its way to the Supreme...
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Seabreeze Amusement Park – 142 Years of Family Fun (Jan. 2022)

Explore the history of Seabreeze Amusement Park through photographs and stories with Kevin Dorey, Seabreeze Park Historian. Seabreeze is the fourth-oldest operating amusement park in...
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Sons of the American Revolution (Nov. 2020)

Robert Coomber talks about the Sons of the American Revolution and what the local chapter does to honor those who fought in the Revolutionary War...
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The Highland Park Children’s Pavilion

Joann Beck from the Highland Park Conservancy spoke at the Greece Historical Society program, discussing the Frederick Law Olmsted designed Highland Park and the advocacy...
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The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Influence on Women’s Rights

The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Influence on Women's Rights was presented by, Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner Executive Director of Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. An Introduction to The...
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The Making of “Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece: Volume 1”

Co-authors Marie Villone Poinan and JoAnn Ward Snyder conducted extensive research to create and publish a two-volume work on pioneer families who settled in Greece...
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The McShea Family of the Town of Greece

Tom McShea and Marie Poinan presented a program at the Greece Historical Society and Museum on October 16, 2016, celebrating the heritage of the McShea...
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Up Close with Two Greece Pioneer Families featuring the Volkmar, Cole/Kenyon Families

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...
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Yates-Thayer Farm, Elm Tree Farm, 710 Latta Rd.

Come explore the history of the Yates-Thayer Farm / Elm Tree Farm presented by Maire Poinan with special guest Sam Thayer. Sam Thayer is a...
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