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 will close on December 23rd and will be CLOSED January and February, but the programs continue!

Events and Programs for 2018:

Program: The Musical Dossenbachs of Early 20th Century Rochester

Presenter: Lisa Kleman
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

DossenbachHermann RochParkBandAviation Day6.1.1928In the early decades of the twentieth century, the Dossenbach brothers were famous and well-loved in Rochester They founded and conducted the Rochester Orchestra and the Rochester Park Band, and they were also George Eastman’s musicians, playing for his twice-weekly musicales and parties from 1905 - 1919.

As well, the Park Band and the Orchestra entertained for all manner of local events in the city and in surrounding towns. In 1907, on July 25th, the Fairport Fire Department boarded a special train bound for Clyde for a huge Volunteer Fireman’s Convention — they were accompanied by Theodore Dossenbach’s Rochester Park Band. Earlier in the decade, in 1903, Hermann Dossenbach’s Orchestra played for the Fairport High Commencement Exercises in Shaw’s Hall.

Hermann and Theodore Dossenbach were children of poor German immigrants who came to Rochester in the 1870s, and their experiences tell the story of the City of Rochester itself, its growth, its promise, its burgeoning musical scene.

Lisa Kleman, a retired college English professor, is the great-granddaughter of Theodore Dossenbach.

She invites you to step into the past and imagine living in a time long gone but not forgotten.

This program is free and open to the public.

Conversations in Mary’s Home; A Staged Reading of a New Play in Progress
Performed by: The Webster Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Players
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

Kortepeter RaganEricaCastPhotoJPG"Conversations in Mary’s Home" is a play in the developing stages, originally written for an evening performance celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s birthday in 2006. The central theme of the play centers around the idea that “we are all a product of a cast of characters” and focuses on the life of Susan B. Anthony and key people that helped create the striking historical figure that she became through her many causes of temperance, abolition and suffrage for women.

The play was written by Erica Kortepeter-Ragan honoring her paternal grandmother, Olive SBAnthonyHouseEarlyPhotoDerbyshire Kortepeter, a strong Quaker, who passed away at the age of 102 before the first performance. It is her words and “voice” that are woven into the fabric and dialogue of the play.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Erica Kortepeter-Ragan has always loved stories and writing. The product of a creative family of six children, Ms. Ragan was raised near Princeton, New Jersey, and spent her summers in the Adirondack mountains of NYS. After teaching in the Toronto Public Schools for ten years, Ms. Ragan moved to Rochester where she and her family settled in beautiful Fairport.

A former French and Spanish teacher at Allendale Columbia School, she now uses her language skills to teach English as a second language with Monroe #1 BOCES to students entering the U.S. from other countries around the world. Ms. Ragan loves to write in her spare time and enjoys gathering new stories every day. 

A 1967 photo of Susan B. Anthony's house at 17 Madison Street, Rochester NY.
(from the Library of Congress, J. Carl Burke Jr. photographer)

Program: Annual Meeting & Picnic
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Perinton Park

The annual meeting and picnic is a pot luck dinner for members. Meat and condiments are provide. There will for a sign up form available in a future issue of the Historian newsletter.



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.

Exhibit: March 3rd Exhibit TBD

All exhibits are free 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.



Feb. 20 - Early Baseball

March 20 - Musical Dossenbachs

April 17 - Conversations in Mary's Home


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.

Membership Form (Adobe Acrobat is required to open this document)

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



Find Us On Facebook

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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