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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Greece Town Hall, 7:00 p.m.
‘Halfway To Heaven and You” How Popular Songs Sang Us to the Suburbs
GREECE HISTORICAL SOCIETY and MUSEUM
By Michael Lasser Suburbs began in America long before Levittown after World War II. In fact they first became popular in the early years of the 20th century. “Halfway to Heaven” focuses on the suburbs where most Americans ultimately longed to live. America’s first suburbs combined city and country, the built and the natural, to become the middle class ideal – and it’s all in our popular songs. Michael Lasser is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, and teacher. For 20 years, he was the theater critic for The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He is co-author of the book,
America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley , which will be for sale after this
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President’s Message Board of Trustees Museum Happenings Contact Us 2 4 3,5 8 Programs
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Museum Events Museum Education Historian’s File
Holiday Open House
Visit our museum on Sunday December 2nd , 1:30 -4:00 p.m. for our holiday open house. Meet our volunteers and board members, enjoy the holiday decorations, snack on some treats supplied by area businesses, and visit with “Father Christmas”.
Communication Only a few years ago we published our upcoming events in the Corinthian and maybe sent a press release to the local papers. Today technology is allowing us to reach the public in a variety of ways. Although the Greece Historical Society does not “tweet” or “text,” we have instituted new ways to communicate our programs and events besides this newsletter. We now send out monthly e-mail blasts to everyone who has given us their e-mail address. We have created a Facebook page and we seem to be adding new “friends” every week. Several local history blogs are beginning to add our content to their pages and the Rochester Regional Library Council informs all Librarians in our area about our programs. We have also had a web site for several years. These initiatives have helped increase attendance at our programs and visitors to our museum but we still need you! Yes, YOU are our best advertisement. Tell your friends about us. We are the only organization in the Town of Greece that saves our past for the future. Thank you for your support. On the Road In the past couple months we have taken the Historical Society on the road with programs at the Greece Library and the local AARP, and had an information booth at River Romance. We have published a booklet on the history of Northgate Plaza and we are now working with a local retirement community to develop programs for them. We met with the new director of Social Studies for the Greece Central School District and in September began collaborating with the Parma-Hilton Historical Society on a proposed project next year involving several western Monroe County historical societies. Several of our volunteers have attended a seminar on policy development and a class on publishing local history and our historian, Alan Mueller also attended the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York annual meeting.
Sunday museum hours are 1:30 - 4p.m. The office hours are Mondays 10 a.m. to Noon. MUSEUM HOLIDAY HOURS The Greece Museum will be CLOSED Sunday Dec 23rd and Dec 30th so our volunteers can enjoy the holidays with their families. We will re-open Sunday, Jan 6, 2013.
2nd Annual Native American Day
Saturday November10th 10:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. Community Room A-B Greece Town Hall Story Teller, Activities, Displays from GEORGE HAMELL. HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Visit our museum on Sunday December 2 nd 1:30 -4:00 p.m. for our holiday open house.
James Johnson Video
Many of you who attended our May program at St. John’s Church with architect James Johnson were disappointed with the quality of the sound system in the Church. Others, who missed the program, have requested viewing the video that was recorded that evening. The raw footage is not yet ready for viewing but fortunately, thanks to a promised grant from the Latta Road branch of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust we are will now be able to finish editing the video and hopefully, will soon have a finished, professionally produced, video of that program. The finished video will include additional footage, including more about St. John’s Church. Check the Corinthian, our monthly e-mail or Facebook for information on the progress of this project.
**** Can You Help Us? ****
Volunteers Needed Our campaign through the mail and at our Tuesday programs has resulted in a number of new volunteers but we still need a few more docents, greeters, gift shop help and other volunteers. For more information about volunteering please call Kathie Firkins, 621-2869.
Bill Sauers, President
The winner of our Sept-Oct Photo quiz was John Dickson III who won a Greece Tee shirt for correctly guessing that the photo of the plaza pictured below, was Ridgecrest Plaza on W. Ridge Rd., which opened in 1951.
Our Museum Community
THANK YOU FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT
The Greece Historical Society couldn’t exist without folks who faithfully renew their membership each year, and we are very appreciative of your interest and help. Thank you to those of you who add a donation when renewing or renew at a higher level. Dues account for 25 % of the Society’s income, which help support our Museum. It is always a joy to welcome a new life member, and we are grateful to new life member Sue Hodge. She joins the following list of life members:
12.12.12. ROC THE DAY for G.H.S.
“ROC the Day”, a day for giving, is coming up soon! On December 12th, the United Way of Greater Rochester will hold a 24 hour donation drive for not-for-profit organizations in the Rochester community. On this epic one-day giving event, thousands of community members will be able to make an end-of-year gift to help advance their philanthropic passions. We are asking you to support the Greece Historical Society on December 12th by going to www.roctheday.org and making your donation. Your contribution will be used for a new roof on our house along with other maintenance projects and to help fund our programs and exhibits. Thank you for your generous support.
Lorraine Beane, Beverly Bell, Nick and Mary Lou Borrelli, Delores DeConinck, Ardelle Gouldlng, Gordon A. Howe, II, Mary Groupman, Luigi Latragna, Ona McIninch, Fred and Phyllis Meredith, Mary Beth Mitchell, Donald Newcomb, Morris Richardson, Richard and Lee Strauss, Virginia Tomkiewicz, Beverly Tulloch, Deborah Whitt, Scott Wiley.
VOTE FOR KEYBANK DONATION!
You can help KeyBank and the Greece Post decide where to donate $5,000! Three $1,000 and four $500 gifts will be awarded to nonprofit community organizations in Greece receiving the most votes. Pick up a ballot and cast your vote for the GREECE HISTORICAL SOCIETY at the Mt. Read or Dewey Britton KeyBank branches from November 1 thru 23, 2012. There will be signage in the branches during this time and KeyBank will have ads in the local papers to publicize this initiative.
Please vote to help us receive one of their donations. Thank You.
The holidays are just around the corner. Come in and check out the holiday specials. We continually add more children’s books to our collection and remember our new, popular A Brief History of Northgate Plaza by Marie Poinan is only available from our Museum Shop. To make your holiday shopping even more special we are including, with this newsletter, a member’s only coupon for 10% off your entire purchase at our Museum Shop Nov. 1st through Dec. 16th . From all of our Museum Shop Volunteers, have a wonderful holiday season. Wendy Peeck, Museum Shop Coordinator
Officers & Board of Trustees
President: Vice President: Secretary: Treasurer: Executive Director: Honorary Trustee: Trustees: Bill Sauers Wendy Peeck Sandy Peck Jack Wallenhorst Needed Don Newcomb Sue Hodge Sandy Peck Wendy Peeck Bill Sauers Paula Smith Cyndie Shevlin Lee Strauss Jack Wallenhorst Viola White Roberta Young
Museum & Museum Shop hours: Sunday 1:30-4:00 pm
Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 7 p.m. Greece Town Hall
Rochester in World War II by Bob Marcotte
Committee Chairs: Grounds, Building Historian Museum Museum Shop Newsletter Editor Programs Publicity Registrar Tours, Education
Scott Bowlin Alan Mueller Viola White Wendy Peeck Cyndie Shevlin Bill Sauers Marge Zercie Needed Kathie Firkins
Sunday, January 13, 2013, 2 p.m. Greece Museum
The Greece Historical Society in your tax and estate planning. We are a non-profit organization supported by your *gifts and endowments.
Rochester’s Early Aviation History By Bill Sauers
Tuesday, February 12, 2012, 7 p.m. Greece Town Hall
We sincerely appreciate your donations.
*Tax deductible per (Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
Annie and Al on the Erie Canal With Fran Carlisi-Paxton and Allen Hopkins
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“Happenings at the Greece Museum”
MUSEUM PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS
The Greece Historical Society owns and maintains the Greece Historical Center and Museum at 595 Long Pond Rd. We lease the land the house sits on, located on the north east corner of the Greece Town Campus. We are grateful for the superb job the staff of the Town D.P.W. does on the campus which includes cutting the grass around the museum and especially for the recent improvements and enlargement of the parking lot adjacent to the museum. Thanks for a great job!
Sidewalk Snow Removal
We are looking for someone willing to volunteer their time to clear our sidewalks in the winter. We have an excellent snow blower on site and would need the sidewalks clear of snow any time there is a significant snowfall. If you are willing to volunteer your time please call Bill at 225-3760.
“Education and Tours Committee ”
The Girl Scouts and Civil War displays continue to be of high interest with people stopping in every Sunday just to see those areas. On Sunday Sept. 9th we had a group of Girl Scouts come in specifically to see what information we had. They had never been to our museum before and were amazed at what we had to offer. They ended up staying for a complete tour of our facility. On Fri. Oct. 12th we were the first stop for a Leadership Training group. There were 9 participants from various businesses in Greece. Bill explained the history of our organization and the house with Alan and Kathie giving tours in the museum. As usual Lee was on hand with her wonderful expertise in being able to answer any questions. I would like to introduce and welcome our newest volunteer: Mr. Dennis Ruger. Dennis lives in Greece and comes to us with high interest in history of the town.
SAVE THE DATE ---- Native American Day
Saturday, November 10, 2012
We are pleased to have with us anthropologist, George Hammel, the Native American Collection manager of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. He will bring rare artifacts from Greece’s early Iroquois fishing and hunting summer camps. Storyteller Barbara Bethman-Mahooty will engage us with Seneca tales and Robert Dobson will bring photos and artifacts from his family farm, which is now Northgate Plaza.
Kathie Firkins, Tour Director and Education Consultant
Got some extra time? Want a project to sink your teeth into? Have we got the job for you! Working times are very flexible. Please contact Lee at 225-7221(office) or 227-5305(home) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ords, slides, photos, documents. You will be surprised at how much you learn.
Digitize archival records . Scan onto archival discs Society records, exhibit information, history recData entry: Our Pastperfect Museum Software is waiting for eager hands to enter the information
about the artifacts in the Society’s collection. It is an easy, user friendly program. If you like antiques, this will be a fun project.
Gift shop volunteer: Clerking in the gift shop is an opportunity to meet new people, helping guests choose a gift of history for someone on their Christmas list, along with greeting visitors and directing them to the museum. Volunteers usually work one Sunday afternoon (from 1:15 to 4:00 p.m.) a month or every other month. Plus, you can browse our books. Office assistant: Filing, answering the phone, typing letters, helping with the newsletter mailing, just typical office work. It never ends! You would be doing the Society a great service if you could work on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning from 9:30 to noon once a week or as little as once a month.
Susan B. Anthony House & Neighborhood Tour SAVE THIS DATE ! May 22, 2013 10 AM—3PM.
Tour will include: Bus Transportation, Hot Lunch, Tour of Susan B. Anthony House, Tour of Dawn Noto’s home, Madison St. Neighborhood Gardens. $55.00 Members, $60.00 Non-members. Call 225-3833 for reservations, ask for Sue.
Please support our current business members and affiliates
Bowlin's Remodeling Canandaigua National Bank Doan Dealerships Greece Chamber of Commerce Long Pond Auto Body Long Pond Family Restaurant North Ridge Glass Northwest Savings Bank Tops Friendly Markets Vay-Schleich & Meeson Wegman Food Markets 6 585-944-9234 www.cnbank.com www.doandelivers.com www.greecechamber.org www.longpondautobody.com www.longpondfamily.com 585-458-4041 www.northwestsavingsbank.com www.topsmarkets.com
We want to thank them for their continuing support:
“FROM THE HISTORIAN'S FILE”
"Hickory-Dickory-Dock —- The North Greece Blacksmith’s Clock" The Ogee veneered case, weight driven shelf clock recently found its way back to Greece and will now be a permanent part of our museum artifact collection. Manufactured prior to the early 1870s by the William L. Gilbert Clock Co. of Winchester CT, the original owner was George Snowhill Ivins of North Greece, a blacksmith. Several weeks ago a descendent of Mr. Ivins visited our museum with a small binder of genealogy information on some of the early families of Greece: the Ivins, Bridge1 man, Barnes and Brown families. It was casually mentioned that he had a clock in his car that he thought we might like to have for our collection. The photo is the clock he had brought with him. It has resided in numerous locales, including the west coast and, in recent years, in central New York State. It is not very often an object is offered for our collection that has such a strong provenance linking it to an early Greece family. The next time you visit the museum and wander into our museum shop, glance to the left as you enter the living room. There on the glass front bookcase is the Ivins family clock, enjoying its retirement years, just a few miles from its original home on North Greece Rd.
1. Historic property map. 2,3. Recent pictures of the Ivins home and barn. 4.The Ivins Clock.
Photos, data supplied by Alan Mueller, Greece Historian's Office. If you have any information on our photos, call Alan at 663-1706
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