The educational arm of the Perinton Historical Society (PHS) currently consists of four key programs; Fairport school fourth graders, scouts programs, local history presentations, and historic tours.
For almost 30 years, the Society has extended an invitation to all Fairport Public School classes to participate in our Fourth Grade Program. The tour is two hours long and consists of a scavenger hunt and a fun, interactive presentation in the Museum.
The students begin on the first floor and are given a list of artifacts to find and questions to answer about certain objects in the room. In the Fairport and Perinton History wing, they look for pictures and products of various industries and businesses in the area, Native American artifacts found in the town, inventions patented in Fairport, local laws, and images from urban renewal.
In the Domestic and Social Life wing, students are asked questions about schools in Fairport, and about various household items found in the museum including a wooden washing machine, waffle iron and curling iron. The lesson concludes with a demonstration of a vintage grafonola record player.
Downstairs the students are greeted by Bill Poray, Town of Perinton Historian, who involves the students in a visual presentation of Perinton's past, with lots of images from long ago. Many topics are represented, including early settlers, farming, the railroads and canal, business and education. Included are many views the students may find familiar, including early images of their own school!
The Fairport Museum is ideally set up for scout troops. In some scout manuals scouts can earn a history badge by visiting an historical society or museum. Scoutmasters are also required to talk with scouts about how people lived in the past.
As part of the PHS Scout Program our curator will take the children on a brief 15 to 20 minute tour of our Social and Domestic Life wing and talk about how people lived in the late 19th and early 20th century. There are samples on how people used to do their laundry, can food products and spend their leisure time. Bill also talks about how children used to walk to one room school houses.
The tour concludes with the parents taking their child to the history wing. There the scout can see some of the buildings that once stood in the village, find their house on a vintage map, and if the parent graduated from the Fairport School system, find his or her picture in our yearbook collection. The scouts will also receive a postcard of the museum and a walking tour booklet to remember their trip.
The Society sponsors lectures and presentations featuring stimulating local and regional speakers. These programs are monthly during the year starting in September and running through March or April. They usually take place on the second Tuesday of the month. Upcoming presentations and events can be found on the Events page.
The Society has organized and sponsored over thirty house tours. Each one consists of six to eight properties including homes, barns, churches and commercial properties.
Once held in the fall, the tours are now held in April each year and are included with Society membership. Tickets are also available for non-members.
The last three years, the tours have focused on areas of the Village that are within walking distance of each other. They involved South Main and East Church in ‘06, West Ave in 07 and the Faircroft Subdivision in '08. The latest tour was held in the Hamlet of Egypt. For photos and historic information about homes on the tours go to the Historic Tours page.