The Corinthian

Newsletter of the Greece Historical Society &Museum
595 Long Pond Road, P.O. Box 16249, Rochester, NY 14616-0249,

May 2008
OFFICERS:......................................... . PRESIDENT: Bill Sauers VICE PRESIDENT: Wendy Peeck TREASURER Keith Kroon SECRETARY: Roberta Young EXEC. DIR.: Lorraine Beane DIRECTORS: Phyllis Brown James Butts William Coe Paula Koerner Joan Korsch Keith Kroon Alan Mueller Wendy Peeck Bill Sauers Cynthia Shevlin Jack Wallenhorst Viola White Roberta Young HONORARY Dir. Donald Newcomb COMMITTEE CHAIRS:..................... BLDG. & HOUSE: NEEDED GIFT SHOP: Wendy Peeck MEMBERSHIP Bernie Wallenhorst MUSEUM: Phyllis Brown HISTORIAN OFFICE Alan Mueller COMPUTER: Jack Wallenhorst TOURS: Kathy Firkins NEWSLETTER… EDITORS: Edie & Bill Coe MAILING: Betty Fetter PLANNING: NEEDED PUBLICITY: Bill Sauers PROGRAMS: Bill Sauers Lorraine Beane

Volume 29, Number 3 – Issued Bi-Monthly Telephone: 585-225-7221

7:00 p.m., TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008 ANNUAL MEETING and ELECTION OF DIRECTORS President Bill Sauers will conduct a short Annual Meeting. Most importantly, you are needed to vote on the Board’s election slate of Directors to elect those who will guide us next season. Please put it on your calendar now. The Nominating Committee (Chair Jim Butts), report to the Board is presented here as the slate for your consideration. These are for three-year terms and five are to be elected. The officers are elected by the Board. SANDY PECK, WILLIAM SAUERS* CYNTHIA SHEVLIN*, LEE STRAUSS, JACK WALLENHORST*
*Incumbent members of the Board of Directors. In accordance with the bylaws, no nominations will be accepted from the floor.

FROM THE BEGINNING: THE LIGHTHOUSES OF THE PORT OF ROCHESTER? By: Fred Amato, President of the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society Fred Amato will discuss the different Light Stations in Charlotte starting in 1792 when two butternut trees on the sand bars were the first ‘lighthouses’ for the Port of the Genesee. The current Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tower (1822) would be considered the second light station in Charlotte. Fred will show a Power Point presentation of other light stations as they were built on the Charlotte Pier at the mouth of the Genesee River from 1822 to the current light station on the pier, which was built in 1995. VISITORS ARE WELCOME EVERY SUNDAY FROM 2:00 UNTIL 4:30 p.m.

Annual Meeting Lighthouses President’s Message From Desk of Exec. Dir. Docent Luncheon Gift Shop Offerings Bloomin’ Good Plant Sale Quilts Draw Crowd Greece Olympia 50 yrs. Under Tent in June Editor to Retire 2008-2009 Schedule Business Members Strawberry Festival Membership Form Bring Family & Visitors To See Greece Museum Please Consider Upgrading Your Membership




MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT NEEDED: ur mission is to “help preserve the past for the future”; and for over 35 years dozens of nonpaid volunteers have been doing just that while owning and operating a 5,000 square foot Town museum. Unfortunately, even with an un-paid staff, it still takes money. Just like your own homes, there’s heat, insurance, and general maintenance; and this year we need a new roof!

Garden Club will continue their stewardship of the
rose garden behind the house. The Shorewood Garden Club continues to monitor the fabulous flower display in front of the fireplace chimney. Because of a grant from Wal-Mart on West Ridge Road, our old parking lot will be recovered and striped after 15 years of use. This is the third year of this grant and we are very grateful to Wal-Mart.


Included in this newsletter are important social dates! Please mark your calendars now and enjoy the fun! We’ll see you soon, I hope. Please read the column in the “Greece Post” called the “Historical Notebook.” It appears monthly and it gives me a space to talk
about history. Call 225-7221 if you would like to help or advise us. Lorraine Beane, Executive Director

Many of our grants and additional funds we receive are based on the community support through memberships and attendance at our museum and various programs. Most everyone receiving this newsletter lends their financial support through their membership and for this we are grateful. Please take a moment to check the date on your address label. If the date has passed, please consider renewing your membership. If you are reading this and are not a member, consider becoming a member. We are the only organization in the Town of Greece dedicated to the preservation of your history. Help us preserve that history for you and future generations. A membership application is available on the last page of this newsletter. Bill Sauers, President From the Desk of the Executive Director It seems as if spring has really sprung. Gardening plans are in the works. The Lakeview Garden Club is planning to renovate the rose garden in front of the Exhibit Hall. The cupola garden out by our big sign will be replanted by three Boy Scouts. The Thyme in the Garden

The Museum Curatorial Committee will hold their annual Docent Recognition Luncheon on Monday, May 19, 2008, at the Greece Historical Center at 12 noon. This is the day that we thank all our docents for their dedication and the time spent at the Museum. The docents are the informed people who guide the visitors through the exhibits on Sunday afternoons and at other special tours. The after-luncheon program will be a talk and slide-show presentation on “Rochester – Way to Wealth – Counterfeiting” by Gerard Muhl, PastPresident of the Rochester Numismatic Association. The luncheon will be prepared by the Museum Curatorial Committee. Reservations are due to Phyllis Brown by May 12.


Keep an eye on our Museum Gift Shop as it offers a variety of clearance items at greatly reduced prices during the Plant Sale and the Strawberry Festival. Also, we have local history books; books by local authors; Greece tee-shirts, sweatshirts & mugs; tapestry throws depicting historic Greece Buildings; cookbooks; and a variety of unique oneof-a-kind items. New this year - Jacob's Ladder the toy that needs no battery. Or, the perfect gift - a Gift Certificate to the Museum Gift Shop. Stop in and check us out Sundays 2:00-4:30 p.m. The regular Gift Shop hours are Sundays from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Call 585-225-7221 for an appointment for any other times. From the Gift Shop, Wendy Peeck

We can’t say thank you too many times to the generous quilters who made our exhibit the success that it is. The quilts are varied and colorful, and reflect not only the skill, but the artistic use of fabric to tell a story. They are: Sally Dickerson Merrilee Mac William Al Mac William Ana Wemes Sue Bryant Faye Cole Janice Adanski Beth Mitchell Sue Sauers Debbie Haskins Vi White Ginny Robinson Thanks, too, to our quilt lovers who loaned us their quilts: Alan Mueller, Bill & Edie Coe, and Lee Strauss. Our oldest quilts were a Log Cabin Pattern quilt from a family in Brockport dated 1865, a Signature quilt date about 1850-60, and a Crazy quilt dated 1903. The women of the Parma-Greece Congregational church in West Greece (called Hooksik), which was abandoned in 1890, added their signature to the square they quilted. Traditional patterns were the well loved Texas Star, Dresden Plate, Log Cabin, Tumbling Blocks, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Bridal Bouquet, Court House Steps, Bow Tie, etc. One special quilt has a history behind it that is important to all GHS members. An early member of the Greece Historical Society was Annie Foos, whose home was a cobblestone house on Mill Road, which is still occupied by her family. She passed away in 1997 at the age of 99. Her generosity was shown in the time and financial support that she gave to the Society. Her quilt and her framed story were displayed. Her family was always first with Annie and she showed her love by making quilts for her children, grandchildren, and for future generations. “Aliens”, a rag quilt, and “Chicks and Checks” were among the fun, newer quilt designs. “Alaska”, “Hawaiian Flowers” and “Quilt-AcrossAmerica” told the story of the quilters’ vacations. Each square in the Alaska quilt represents a facet of life in Alaska: a salmon, a moose, trees, etc. (Merrilee even took her sewing machine with her!) Amish quilts were represented by the Double Wedding Ring and Bars patterns. Six miniature quilts demonstrated other Amish patterns.

Bloomin' Good Plant Sale
SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2008 9:00 A.M. to Noon (or until all plants are sold, whichever comes first)

Five Greece Garden Clubs - Lakeview, Shorewood, Thyme In The Garden, Wildwood, and Woodside - will hold their Eighth Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 17th. It will be held on the grounds of the Greece Historical Museum, 595 Long Pond Road, Greece. Perennials, annuals, dahlias, hostas, houseplants, and garden related items will be for sale from 9:00 a.m. until noon (or until sold out – whichever comes first), rain or shine. In event of severe weather, the sale will be postponed until Sunday. The GHS Donut Shop and Gift Shop will be open. The Gift Shop will be offering a big clearance sale you won’t want to miss! Photos Courtesy of Bill Sauers & Bill Coe

Alan Mueller’s mother made a Penny Square Quilt with Red Work embroidery when he was born but never finished it. He had it quilted when she was in a retirement home. She said she didn’t have time to finish it once he came along! The Block of the Month quilt – truly lovely – was the result of Ginny Robinson’s quilt club’s endeavor to make a different quilt pattern each month. Bill and Edie Coe loaned us quite a few quilts made by Bill’s aunt. He found them in his mother’s hope chest – and never knew they were there! Ruth Schroedl made a lovely lap robe sized quilt for our quilt drawing. Our winner will be selected April 27th and we will let you know who it is next issue. Thank you one and all for all your efforts in making our quilt exhibit a success. Especially, the public is commended on attending and we love their favorable comments for our efforts. Lee Strauss (Lee Strauss was the driving force for the project and we very much appreciate her efforts and leadership. Editor)

GREECE OLYMPIA 50 YEARS AGO Fifty years ago, on May 6th 1958, Myron White announced that the name of the first high school in the Town of Greece would be GREECE OLYMPIA. The high school was still under construction in 1958 and would open the following year. Can you remember how that name was chosen? Send your answer to Greece Historical Society, P.O. Box 16249, Rochester, NY 14616 or e-mail, Subject: OLYMPIA. One winner, chosen from the correct answers, will win a GREECE coffee mug. The answer and the winner will be announced in the next issue.

Carline Wiley did a great job of making attractive and informative labels for our quilts. Hubby Scott and daughter Beth helped, too. Bless Bill Peeck for driving to Kendall to get the hanging quilt racks from the Brockport Quilt Club and Jim Beane for putting them together. Our Museum Committee members and Sue Sauers helped set the quilts in place. We very much appreciate the work of Sue Sauers in making a reproduction of the old (1875) quilt pieces she and Bill found in an old chair they found along the curb! Bill made a display board with pictures showing the different steps taken in removing the six layers of fabric from the chair and how the seat looked with the old quilt pieces stuffed into the springs. That has to be the best story of all! Bill made our flyers and handled publicity. Our speakers Jan Almstead of Genesee Country Village and Chris Leibold of Apple and Bear Studios gave us interesting facts about the history of quilts from the 1800’s and what quilting is all about in modern times. Lorraine Beane did a great job in taking reservations.

On June 14th, the Greece Performing Arts Society will conduct their annual house tour with a special event at the Museum. It is called “The Gardener’s Market.” The store under the tent will offer beautiful handmade and natural garden items. Music will be provided for your listening pleasure. The Museum Exhibit Hall will not be open for tours that day, but the Gift Shop and the restrooms will be available. On June 18th, is our famous Strawberry Festival and Annual Fund Raiser. This is a great picnic for everyone. Our luscious homegrown strawberries from Green Acres will be on homemade biscuits topped with whipped cream. All this is included for only $4.50!

5 We’ll have music to entertain you. If you are hungry for a picnic plate, we will have food and beverage booths offering low cost refreshments. This will be under the big tent outside, and inside we will have Museum tours. The Gift Shop will be open to help you shop for wedding or graduation gifts --- or just buy something to please yourself! Reservation information is in this newsletter.

Monthly programs are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at the Greece Town Hall, One Vince Tofany Blvd (off Long Pond Road, north of Latta Road). Reservations are not required. Society members are FREE, a donation is appreciated from others. Please mark your calendars for the second Tuesday of each month for the rest of the year starting in September. For more information, visit our website at:; Phone: 585-225-7221; or write to Greece Historical Society, P.O. Box 16249, Rochester, NY 14616-0249. Visit the Greece Museum at 595 Long Pond Rd.; Open Sundays 2:00 – 4:30 P.M., or by appointment.

Eleven years ago in 1997, Lorraine Beane came to me (Bill Coe) and said, “You are retired and don’t have anything to do, how would you like to be the Society newsletter editor?” With a little arm-twisting I agreed to try it. I started with the March 1997, issue of the Corinthian. And I have been at it ever since. As you know, I have been the Society President and continue to be a Board Member. However, I have some needs for more time for personal family matters and I must reduce some of my volunteer time. I have concluded that I must relinquish the editorship of the newsletter. I would like to thank all of the Society members who over the years have contributed information and ideas for the newsletter. I apologize for the prodding I did along the way to help meet production deadlines. I especially want to thank my wife, Edie, for her countless hours of proofreading. And thanks to Fe Noble at Minuteman Press for her guidance. Thanks again for the opportunity to serve you and to do the really fun job of editing the newsletter. I wish good luck to my successor and will provide historical background for the previous issues. Bill Coe

Special Thanks
Thanks to John Baum and Fe Noble at MINUTEMAN PRESS for another season of professional printing of our Corinthian newsletter. 1577 W. Ridge Rd., 585-621-8910 E-mail:

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Quilt Exhibit Planning Committee

Jan Almstead Gives Quilt History

Reviewing Old Greece Photo Album

Studying Old Trolley Snow Plow Photo

Strawberry Festival and Fund Raiser The Greece Museum
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 4:00 to 7:30 P.M.

595 Long Pond Road
Admission Includes




BEVERAGES 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Real Fresh Strawberries on Shortcake Great Musical Entertainment $4.50 each GIFT SHOP WILL BE OPEN


For Groups of 5 or More, please notify 225-7221 in Advance
For admission tickets, make check payable to Greece Historical Society. Send it and a self-addressed stamped envelope before June 10th to: P.O. Box 16249, Rochester, NY 14616-0249 Information at (585) 225-7221 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2008 Strawberry Festival & Fund Raiser Ticket Order

Mail by June 10 to: P.O. Box 16249, Rochester, NY 14616-0249
(please print) DATE__________________________ NAME__________________________________________________________________________________ PHONE_________________________ (Last) (First) ADDRESS_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Street) (City/Town) (State) (Zip Code+4)

Check Included for Number of Tickets This is our Annual Fund Raiser

______ at $4.50 each =

$ __________

 Optional Donation: $ __________ 
$ __________

Check Total + Self-Addressed, Stamped Business-size Envelope

GREECE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 595 Long Pond Road P.O. Box 16249 Rochester, NY 14616-0249

Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Rochester, NY Permit #1188


Strawberry Festival and Fund Raiser
Greece Museum Under the Big Tent 595 Long Pond Road 4:00 until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Strawberry Festival and Fund Raiser will once again be a feast of fresh strawberries heaped on a biscuit topped with whipped cream. This is our main annual fund raiser. Planned activities will make the event special: There will be Musical Entertainment from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. There will be an optional Food Booth. So, you can eat before your dessert. Beverages and Baked Goods will be optional. The Gift Shop will be open and will feature many new items and special sales for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and Christmas. Look for this year’s clearance sale! Bring your families! The children will have lots of fun. They can play games on the large lawn on the north side of the Museum. Tickets will be available at the May 13th general meeting. Free Parking is plentiful behind the Town Hall. Ride the shuttle bus. Bring your folding lawn chairs. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Membership Application
GREECE HISTORICAL SOCIETY  New Application  Renewal  Upgrade
(please print) DATE__________________________ NAME__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Last) (First) (M.I.) (Spouse, if Family Membership) ADDRESS__________________________________________________________________________________ (_______)____________ (Street) (City/Town) (State) (Zip Code + 4) E-MAIL ADDRESS___________________________________________________________ MEMBERSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS  Student - Senior (65 & over) $10.00  Individual Family $20.00  Family Contributing $35.00  Business/Professional $50.00 $50.00  Sustaining $150.00  Life Members (Each) $500.00 Please Make Check Payable and Mail to: Membership, Greece Historical Society • P.O. Box 16249 • Rochester, NY 14616-0249 (Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive your membership card.) OR BRING COMPLETED FORM TO THE NEXT MEETING PHONE:

$12.00  Family Supporting  Patron $75.00