Events

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. Lectures are held in the lower level of the Museum. Museum hours can be viewed on the Calendar.

Membership dues and donations allow for the continuation of exhibits, monthly programs and historic tours.

The Fairport Museum highlights the history of the town of Perinton and the village of Fairport from its early days.


Events and Programs for 2022: 

 
GnomesLMcCormick2022Program: Gnome for the Holidays: Yuletide Traditions for Children
Visit the Gnome Home
Date: Open Hours from December 3 to December 10, 2022
Games, Gnome Hunt & Craft
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Museum
Registration: Not Required

Gnomes at the museum? Yes, a family of gnomes has moved into their tiny home at 18 Perrin Street. Their mission is not to guard the precious treasures of the museum, protection being a more typical role for these mythological creatures, but instead, to entertain our wee visitors, children.

From December 3 until the museum closes for the year on December 10, children (and adults) are invited to visit the gnome home when the museum is open and enjoy gnome approved activities.

These include an “I Spy” game, a gnome hunt, coloring pages, and a gnome story and craft on Saturday, December 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The gnome home was made available by the Fairport Perinton Merchants Association and will be at the museum at the same time as other Yuletide Traditions events.

Watch for other gnome homes in Fairport and Perinton.


 
 
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  Fairport Lift Bridge:
  Yuletide Traditions Special Event
Presenter: Dominic Sherony
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Museum
Registration: Not Required


The Fairport Lift Bridge was rebuilt over a 22-month period beginning in September of 2019. Dominic Sherony documented this reconstruction in photographs for the Society. This epic project involved replacing 80% of the original bridge.

He will describe how this was accomplished without actually removing the bridge. The reconstruction project involved many steps, some with difficult problems. Several of these issues will be mentioned and he will highlight photos of the reconstruction process as well as those parts of the bridge that are not visible from street level. 

Dominic was born and grew up in northern Illinois and attended University of Detroit and Illinois Institute of Technology, completing graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering. During his employment of 31 years with Xerox Corporation, Dominic took up bird watching as a hobby and has been an active birder since his retirement.  When the reconstruction of the Fairport Lift Bridge began, Dominic decided to create a photographic story of the reconstruction with an emphasis on what, why, and how the project was carried out. 

This event is free and is open to the public.

 


Program: Yuletide Finale & Members Holiday Party
Date: Dec. 6, 2022
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum
Registration: Not required

Musical entertainment by Mama Goose on the Loose

 


 

Events and Programs for 2023:

 
RTOS concert17pFatherAndrewRogers32014Program: Rochester's Best Kept Secret:
  Unveiling the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ!

Presenter: Chris Stean
Date Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fairport Public Library
Registration: Required
 

Witness the history and sounds of one of Rochester's best kept secrets! The Auditorium Theatre is home to a 94 year old, world-class theatre pipe organ. Installed in the RKO Palace Theatre in 1928 to accompany silent films, the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ entertained movie and concert-goers for years before falling silent. Enthusiastic volunteers resurrected the sleeping giant years later and rescued it from the wrecking ball before the 1965 demolition of the RKO Palace, forming the all-volunteer Rochester Theater Organ Society (RTOS). 

Today, you can experience the excitement and grandeur of this magnificent, historical instrument (and technological wonder!) at concerts performed by both accomplished and budding theatre organists from across the country and around the world.

Chris Van Stean has been a member of the RTOS since the 1990s and a board member since 2014.  She has served as Director, Secretary, and currently, President.  Chris is a University of Rochester graduate and was employed by the University for 37 years prior to retirement.  

Co-sponsored by the Society and Fairport Public Library.

Registration is required through the Fairport Public Library and is limited. 

To register, visit https://fairportlibrary.libcal.com/event/9162026 or call the library at 585-223-9091. Registration begins December 1st.

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Special Exhibits

Admission to the Fairport Historical Museum is FREE and open to the public.

Membership dues and donations allow for the continuation of exhibits, monthly programs and historic tours. Museum hours can be viewed on the calendar.



Exhibits:

DeLand Family on Permanent Display 

The DeLand family, perhaps more than any other, played an essential and unique role in the history of Fairport. This impressive collection, which is on permanent display at the Fairport Historical Museum, illuminates the stories of generations of the family, and their lasting contribution to Fairport and Perinton. 

New exhibits for 2022 will include: WWII Soldier, Perinton Native: Lester Conover, Erie Canal Surveyor's Transits, DeLano Family Photos and Perinton's Mushroom House.


Erie Canal Surveyor's Transits, Lester Conover and DeLano Family Photos Exhibits

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Local members of the Engineering Corps pose in an
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Our transit display in the atrium of the Museum.

 
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Lester Conover display.
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DeLano family photo exhibit.
 

Stop by to see our ongoing exhibits on agriculture, A Centennial of Perinton Town Historians and Perinton in the Pandemic.

Agriculture

Our newly remodeled agriculture exhibit features information about the 11 century farms and sections on blacksmiths, coopers and tinsmiths.

A Centennial of Perinton Town Historians

2021 is the centennial of Perinton Town Historians. Learn about the six historians that have held the position in the last 100 years.

Perinton in the Pandemic

The perspectives of many in our community coping with this challenge are included in a notebook now on display at the Museum: The Impact of the 2020– 2021 Coronavirus Pandemic on Fairport and Perinton. 

This collection of reflections, text and photos, is the work of a PHS committee capturing an array of experiences from adults and youth, the village of Fairport, the town of Perinton and local organizations and businesses.

Our Capturing Today's History for Tomorrow committee has been gathering photos and information about life in the pandemic. Send your contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Fairport’s Evolving Landscape

A new notebook on display is Fairport’s Evolving Landscape, photos and articles on recent developments in the village. This work in progress includes the lift bridge renovation, improvements to the banks of the canal, the train viewing platform, housing developments, and the latest addition, the remote-control car track on Cobb’s Lane.

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This year’s tour afforded the opportunity to visit six wonderful homes at the southern entrance to the village: South Main Street, a historic area of architecturally distinguished homes. If you could travel back in time, you would see a very different area, one dotted with orchards of fruit trees and greenhouses bursting with roses and other precious flowers. 

One of the properties on the tour was the Hartman house at 199 South Main Street, in its former pink hue, as remembered by many. 
Society members strolled down South Main Street to visit six distinctive homes located between Summit Street and Hulburt Ave. The oldest house on tour was built in 1825; the newest in 2014! South Main Street, the sight of trees, shrubs, and flowers may trigger thoughts of a bygone era of acres of fruit trees and abundant blooms. Take time to smell the roses—and the gardenias too. 

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This Colonial Revival home at 208 S. Main Street was designed by C. Storrs Barrows.

The Society House Tours are a member only event. To join, see the membership page for more information.

More information about the tour can be found on the Strolling South Main House Tour page.

For many of the previous tours go to Historic Tours.


 

 

 

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

EVENT SCHEDULE 2022:

Programs:
Dec. 3 - Gnome for the Holiday
Dec. 4 - Reconstruction of Bridge
Dec. 6 - Yuletide Finale 
   & Holiday Party


Fundraiser:
Now - Dec. 6 - Yuletide Traditions

EVENT SCHEDULE 2023:

Jan. 17 - Unveiling of Wurlitzer Organ

Exhibits: 
DeLand Family
WWII Soldier
Perinton Native: Lester Conover
Erie Canal Surveyor's Transits
DeLano Family Photos
Perinton's Mushroom House

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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.

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Museum Hours of Operation:

The Museum is free and open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 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.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
Closed: January & February

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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!

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Past Presentations: 

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Tim Wagner Plays the Finster Baby

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ROC Diggers

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Celebrating Frederick Douglass

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Abandoned: The Untold Story
of the Orphan Trains


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Faces of Civil War Nurses

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Decking the Halls to Shopping Malls

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Thanksgiving Trivia

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Architecture of James H. Johnson

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Movies in World War II 

Grown-up Show and Tell

Pat Gorthy,
author Peppermint Summer

Children's Program:
Clothing from Yesterday

Fashions Inspired by
Downton Abbey
 

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

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