The Society has many events throughout the year; History Presentations and Author Appearances, Special ExhibitsHistorical Tours of various types, and  Board of Trustee and Committee Meetings. Please see the calendar and below for more information.


History Presentations and Author Appearances

We sponsor lectures and presentations featuring stimulating local and regional speakers. These programs are monthly during the year starting in September and running through May and usually take place on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

The location of the lectures is the Museum's lower level. Although the main level of the Museum is handicapped accessible, the lower level is not. Often presentations are held at the Fairport Library or the Perinton Community Center for this reason.

Admission to the Fairport Historical Museum and parking is free. Membership dues and donations allow for the continuation of exhibits, monthly programs and historic tours. Museum hours can be viewed on the calendar.

The Fairport Historical Museum is CLOSED January and February, but the programs continue!

Programs & Events:

Program: Little Journeys to Pleasant Places Old Home Week Revisited
Presenter: Bill Poray, Town of Perinton Historian & PHS Trustee
Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time: 5 p.m. & 7 p.m
Location: Fairport Museum

OldHomeWk GladHand TofP1908One hundred nine years ago, the village of Fairport held an enormous week-long event, Old Home Week, for past and present residents of the community, and anyone else who cared to visit. A souvenir booklet OldHomeWk TownHallFairport TofP1908was published as part of the celebration, and within this publication is an incredibly informative essay, Little Journeys to Pleasant Places. This essay will serve as the foundation for a presentation by

Perinton Historian Bill Poray, who will use text from the 1908 essay, along with documents, photographs, and insights to provide a unique historical perspective.

Bill Poray is the historian for Perinton and the village of Fairport. He has had a lifelong interest in history, especially local history, sparked by school social studies teachers and his own family’s involvement in the Civil War. A retiree of General Motors, Rochester Operations, Bill helped to secure and preserve the site’s historic artifacts. He has also been a Trustee of the Perinton Historical Society for many years, and is former commissioner of the Fairport Historic Preservation Commission. As town historian, he has led walking and bus tours, and given presentations on numerous topics, as well as hosted hundreds of school children each year on field trips to the Fairport Historical Museum and other locations.


Please send an email to the Perinton Historical Society or to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for either of these two times.

BrokawGarthMiniSteepleClockProgram: Timepiece Tales
Presenter: Rev. Garth Brokaw
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

At the time of the Revolutionary War and for the next forty years, having a clock in your home was a luxury. Following the Civil War, clock building in the United States became one of the major industries center mostly in Connecticut and lasting until about 1929.

The collection displayed at the Fairport Museum represents some of the types of clocks made from 1870 until the late twenties. These timepieces come from a collection that Garth Brokaw has accumulated over the past 45 years.  The entire collection of 150 clocks represents a time-period from 1780 until 1929 when clocks were becoming more and more electrified. 

On Sunday, November 26th Garth will, using this display and a few additional items, unwind the story of clock making in the United States.

Folks who collect clocks do so for various reasons. Some are interested in the mechanics of the movements.  Others find different case configurations to be of interest. Still others are fascinated with time itself: how we keep time, why we keep time. What is time? Is it a natural or human made construct? How does time impact our daily living? 

Garth Brokaw’s collection began with the inheritance of several family clocks. His fascination is how the progression of clock making relates to our American history. Not being at all mechanical, Garth's appreciation is in the artistry of the cases that house the workings of the clocks.  This collection has been put together as an attempt to represent the progression of style and form over the course of 150 years as it relates to the progression of form and style in other aspects of American life, such as clothing and architecture.  The clocks tell a story, and the story is critically important to the fabric of who we are as family, community, nation.

The clock exhibit will remain at the Fairport Museum through December 23th.

This event at the Fairport Museum is free and open to the public. Join Us!


PageAndreaMSiouxCodeTalkersProgram: Book Signing & Sale; Sioux Code Talkers of World War II 
Presenter: Andrea M. Page, Author
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time:10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

Author Andrea M. Page will also be there signing copies of her book, Sioux Code Talkers of World War II. 

Shortly after Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941 by the Japanese, the United States entered World War II. This was the first time America was attacked on her own soil. Native Americans responded to the call to protect their homeland and enlisted in great numbers to fight against the enemy. At the young age of 18, men enlisted to serve in United States Army during World War II. Under the command of General MacArthur, seven Sioux Indian men formed a small unit and were allowed to speak their Native language to send coded messages back and forth. The Sioux

Code Talkers risked their lives sneaking behind enemy lines to gather information and relay the top-secret messages from field to headquarters. Authentic photos sprinkled throughout the text bring this intriguing piece of history to life.

Andrea M. Page has been an elementary teacher (science, math and/or ELA) for over 30 years in a public school in upstate New York. She reads books that inspire the important values of bravery, fortitude, generosity and shares stories with her students, inspiring curiosity and wisdom.
Researching and writing her first book, and then achieving publication was a dream come true. Being an author helps her to motivate her
students, to push them out of their comfort zone and reach for their own dreams. Visit her websiteSantaBW

Special Guest - Santa

Also this Saturday morning Santa will visit the Musuem to greet all the youngsters and those young at heart. He will be there from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This and the book signing are free, and is open to the public.


Program: Children's Crafts & Santa Visit
Presenter: Suzanne Lee
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

SantaBWStop by the Museum between 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2 to do a children's holiday craft with Society member Suzanne Lee.

Special Guest - Santa

Also this Saturday morning Santa will visit the Musuem to greet all the youngsters and those young at heart. He will be there from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

This and the crafts are free, and is open to the public.



Program: Hammered Dulcimer Performance & Santa Visit
Presenter: The Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

This sought-after group of the Eastman Community Music School. brings the beautiful sound of hammered dulcimers to its customized concerts and features both the local and world-wide connections of this unique instrument. The trapezoid shaped instrument, with many courses of strings, is struck by two hammers and has a history dating at least to the 12th century in the Middle East. The hammered dulcimer also has a local history of builders in Genesee and Chautauqua counties and many regional performers dating from the early 19th century. The long-ringing sound of the hammered dulcimer has been a part of many musical cultures.

Under the direction of founder Mitzie Collins and Linda Sniedze Taggart, the Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble has performed extensively throughout Western New York State and has traveled as far afield as Albany NY, Chatham MA, and the Congress of the Cimbalom World Association in Hungary, England, and most recently, Slovakia.

The group, some 18 members strong, also features fiddle, guitar, flute, bass and marimbula. Their repertory ranges from 12th century dances to Swiss polkas and waltzes, from seasonal repertoire to 19th century hymns and parlor songs. They also specialize in the lively fiddle tunes that were popular in rural Western New York.

Check for upcoming Striking Strings performances and learn more about hammered dulcimers in Rochester, NY.

SantaBWSpecial Guest - Santa

Also this Sunday afternoon Santa will visit the Musuem to greet all the youngsters and those young at heart, He will be there from 2:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

This and the performance are free, and is open to the public.



Program: Discussion and Book Signing - On Pins and Needles: A Christmas Tale & Santa Visit
Presenters: Author Carole R. Young and Illutrator Mary Lynn Miraglia
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

YoungCaroleOnPinsNeedlesMeet Children’s author Carole R. Young and illustrator Mary Lynn Miraglia as they discuss and sign copies of On Pins and Needles: A Christmas Tale.

When two little girls learn they have the whole house to themselves, while their parents deliver Christmas treats to the neighbors, they are ecstatic. Their decision to play hide-and-seek starts out well enough, but soon disaster strikes. Have they ruined Christmas? What will Mommy and Daddy say when they get home?

On Pins and Needles is a warm and tender tale that tells how one family copes with just such a problem. Adults and children alike will appreciate the outcome.

Author Carole R. Young worked for 12 years as a K–6 reading teacher in Webster, New York. She and her husband, Donald, have two adult children and seven grandchildren. On Pins and Needles is her third book. Illustrator Mary Lynn Miraglia worked for 33 years as a Special Education Teacher. She and her husband, John, live in Webster, New York, overlooking beautiful Lake Ontario. They have three adult children and one grandchild, and are anxiously awaiting the birth of their second! On Pins and Needles is her second illustrated book.

The book sells for $9.95; cash and checks accepted.


Special Guest - Santa

Also this Saturday morning Santa will visit the Musuem to greet all the youngsters and those young at heart. He will be there from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

This the discussion and book signing are free, and is open to the public.



BastowPatrickMyHeroesProgram: Discussion & Book Signing - My Heroes & Their Stories of Survival & Sanda Visit
Presenter: Author Patrick J. Bastow
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

Meet author Patrick J. Bastow as he discusses and signs copies of My Heroes and Their Stories of Survival.

During the course of Dr Bastow's career as a dentist at the Canandaigua VA caring for America's Veterans, many of his patients over time felt comfortable sharing their unique stories, memories from WWII.  Some of those patients even suggested something should be done to record and preserve this history for future generations.  This labor of love, My Heroes and Their Stories of Survival, was an attempt to capture both the facts and feelings of the men and women who so bravely fought to guarantee our freedom.  This book was completed in recognition of their sacrifices during WWII.

Patrick J. Bastow is a retired dentist who worked for thirty-eight years caring for American veterans while employed by the Veterans Administration. He is the father to a son and daughter and grandfather of three wonderful grandchildren. He currently resides in upstate New York with his wife Deborah and continues to enjoy many hobbies including skiing, golfing, fishing and biking.

The book sells for $15.00; cash and checks accepted.

SantaBWSpecial Guest - Santa

Also this Sunday afternoon Santa will visit the Musuem to greet all the youngsters and those young at heart. He will be there from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

This, the discussion and book signing are free and open to the public.



BrownLisa2017Program: Holiday Party & Jane Austen Christmas During the Regency Era
Presenter: Lisa Brown
Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

Holiday Party - please bring a dessert to pass.

Yuletide Traditions - 6 to 7 p.m. Come early and bid on Yuletide Traditions items. Winners being announced following the 7 p.m. presentation.

Presentation - at 7 p.m. Lisa Brown will present, A Jane Austen Christmas: Yuletide Traditions During the Regency Era.

Did Queen Victoria invent the Christmas tree? Is "Christmas creep" just a modern phenomena? Do the "Twelve Days of Christmas" come before or after the holiday? All these questions will be answered and more!

Lisa Brown is a Life Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and serves as Regional Coordinator for the Central & Western NY Region of JASNA. She is president of the Country Dancers of Rochester and director of the Meryton Assembly Dancers, a performance group that demonstrates English Country Dancing. 

Lisa is also the proprietress of Regency Rentals, a Regency-era costume rental business. In addition to renting out costumes for balls, conferences, weddings and parties, she uses her costume collection to give fashion shows at libraries, colleges and historic sites. Lisa regularly gives presentations on historical topics related to the Regency era.

The presentation is free and open to the public.


Special Exhibits

Admission to the Fairport Historical Museum and parking is free. Membership dues and donations allow for the continuation of exhibits, monthly programs and historic tours. Museum hours can be viewed on the calendar.

Clock1Exhibit: Clock Collection

A new display of clocks from the collection of Rev. Garth Brokaw that has just recently been put up.  Rev. Brokaw is a retired Baptist minister and the former CEO of the Fairport Baptist Home.  Rev. Brokaw has been collecting for many years and this is a small sample of some of his wonderful clocks. 

The exhibit is free, and is open during regular museum hours.


Historic Tours - Filkins in Fairport; October 1, 2017

Filkins41v1 2017FilkinsPostCd circa1908Filkins in Fairport was the theme of Perinton Historical Society’s 37th Annual House Tour, that took place October 1, 2017.

One of the homes on the tour is 41 Filkins Street.

The 2017 tour featured a neighborhood that was heavily developed and altered by George S. Filkins. Two streets that bear his name (Filkins and George) are home to a number of houses that were built, lived in, or relocated here by Mr. Filkins in the late 1800s. A Civil War veteran, Filkins was an entrepreneur whose roles included serving as a Fairport village trustee, as well as being a developer and builder.

Church11v1 2017Just around the corner from Filkins Street and still in this charming area of the village is The Inn on Church, Fairport’s newest B&B at 11 West Church Street. This lovely, old, beautifully renovated building was open for touring and will also host a reception with informative exhibits about George S. Filkins and the Inn itself.

The Newman - Dean House and Barn at 11 W. Church is now the Inn on Church a locally designated landmark.

For more information about the homes on the 2017 tour go to Filkins in Fairport - 2017






All programs and exhibits are free & open to the public except where noted. See details at left or on the calendar.


Nov. 21 - Old Home Week Revisited

Nov. 26 - Timepiece Tales

Dec 2 - Sioux Code Walkers

Dec. 3 - Striking Strings

Dec. 9 - Pins & Needles

Dec. 10 - Stories of Survival

Dec. 12 - Holiday Party &
Christmas Regency - Era England


Now to Dec. 23 - Clock Collection

Become a Member

Please make your check or money order payable to the Perinton Historical Society. Fill out the membership form and mail or drop off at the:

Fairport Historical Museum
18 Perrin Street
Fairport, NY 14450.

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If you would like to use an online form to join us and pay, go to the Membership page.


Museum Hours of Operation:

The Museum is free and open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are closed in January and February.

Volunteers are available to answer general questions and to pull files for researchers during normal hours of operation.

Tours of the museum are self-guided but special tours can be arranged by appointment. There is no charge for special group tours, but a donation to the Museum would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to do in depth research, the Museum Director is available to assist you. Please call for an appointment.

Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m.
Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m
Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
Closed: January & February



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We are now on Facebook! Go to Facebook (note, you will be leaving the PHS website), sign in or join, then search for "Perinton Historical Society" and "Like" us. You will then receive notices about upcoming programs and events. Tell your friends!


A Sample of Past Presentations:



Movies in
World War II

Grown-up Show and Tell

Abandoned: The Untold Story of Orphan Asylums

Pat Gorthy, author Peppermint Summer

Children's Program:
Clothing from Yesterday

Fashions Inspired by Downton Abbey 

Life and Times of Oliver Mead Tomlinson 

Monroe County's Civil War Soldiers at Antietam

Mount Pleasant Cemetery Tour

Children’s Program: 
How Children Helped the U.S.A. during World War II

Rochester War Plants During World War II

Children's Program:
Old-Fashioned Games

Children’s Program:
Celebrate Perinton's History

South Perinton Cemetery Tour

Antique Toy Cars - History and Values




An Evening with Susan B. Anthony

The Rochester and Eastern Line
Fairport Trolley Station 

Underground Railroad - Genesee-Finger Lakes Area

Art & Life of Fairport Artist Carl Peters




Life & Letters of Kate Gleason 



Folklore & Legends of Rochester


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