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Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Greece Town Hall, 7:00 p.m. **Following a short annual meeting** ―Legendary Kate Gleason Comes to Life‖ by Janis Gleason
GREECE HISTORICAL SOCIETY and MUSEUM
Kate Gleason, groundbreaking 19th century industrialist, mechanical engineer and real estate developer, was her own best invention. Living by the motto, ―If I can, I will‖, she engineered her own fate as an astute visionary —often regaled by the press as a ―female mechanical genius with a Midas touch‖. Janis Gleason is the author of "The Life and Letters of Kate Gleason", the first definitive look at the life of Kate Gleason and her
pioneering steps in the fields of business and engineering, at a time when few women were allowed to be active in either. Ms. Gleason will talk about how she brought Kate Gleason’s legendary achievements to light. Ms Gleason will be available to autograph her book after the program.
Volume 32, Issue 3
In every issue:
President’s Message Director’s Message Museum Shop Contact Us 2 3 4 8 Programs
Points of Interest:
1 2,5 1,7 6
Museum Exhibits Museum Events Greece History
May/June 2011 Events
See us at the Strawberry and Dessert Tastings Festival Monday, June 20th, 2011. Greece Garden Clubs Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 21, 2011 9 am until Noon 5 GREECE GARDEN CLUBS-—-LAKESHORE, LAKEVIEW, SHOREWOOD, THYME IN THE GARDEN and WOODSIDE. Members’ own hostas, dahlias, lilies and other perennials, as well as annuals and garden related items will be available for sale from 9:00 am until noon --rain or shine-- on the grounds of the Greece Museum. The coffee shop and museum gift shop will be open.
In event of severe weather, the sale will be held on Sunday, May 22nd.
On May 10th our successful monthly lecture programs will be ending for the season. Prior to the presentation there will be a brief annual meeting & election of trustees of the Greece Historical Society. The board has chosen for your consideration these existing board members: Lee Strauss, Sandy Peck, Cyndie Shevlin, Jack Wallenhorst and Bill Sauers. New to our board is Paula Smith, who will be a welcome addition. In accordance to the bylaws, no nominations will be accepted from the floor. We would like to thank trustee, Margie Zerkcie who will be leaving the board. We will miss her, but look forward to her continuing volunteer commitments to the Greece Historical Society. Summer is almost here and brings our annual Strawberry Festival. We are planning an expanded festival (similar to last year) on Monday June 20th 4-8 p.m. We will have a "dessert tasting festival" with local vendors supplying samples of various desserts. There will be entertainment through-out, door prizes, raffles and activities for the whole family. Watch for more information in the Greece Post and Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and on our own web site, greecehistoricalsociety.net. Last year the festival was enjoyed by nearly 450 of our friends. Come early—shortcakes and desserts will be available only while supplies last. With all our activities, it takes the commitment of our dedicated volunteers. As with many organizations these days, we seem to be losing volunteers as time passes. If you have a special skill we could use and you are willing to volunteer some of your time please give us a call. We especially need docents for Sunday afternoons to give tours of our museum. Besides our volunteers, it takes monetary support to run our museum. So don't forget to renew your membership and please encourage your family, friends and neighbors to become members.
JULY 4TH WEEKEND The Greece Museum will be CLOSED, Sunday, July 3rd, so our volunteers can enjoy the holiday weekend. ―The Wonderful World of Teddy Bears and Dolls‖
May through June, teddy bears and dolls are on exhibit in a new display from our own collection and on loan from members. You may remember one of your favorite companions from childhood. These toys bring nostalgic memories of simpler days. They gave feelings of love, security and companionship to youngsters and adults. Welcome to our display of childhood memories. Come reminisce as you see treasured dolls and teddy bears and search for your favorite memory.
―The Well Dressed Woman‖
In the months to come our planned exhibits will include displays of ladies’ finery: hats, purses, gloves, jewelry, and more. It is sure to bring a delightful step back in time, reminding us of treasured moments in times past.
Vi White, Curator
Meet Our Newest Team Volunteer Welcome, Paula Paula Smith retired in 2009 after 37 years as a librarian. Her last position was director of the Monroe County Library System/Rochester Public Library. She received Masters degrees in Librarianship and in Social Science from the Emporia Kansas State University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from SUNY Brockport. Paula is currently working with a team of retired librarians on a photographic history of the Rochester Public Library. Paula will be a new board member candidate at our May meeting.
Copies of our 2010 Annual Report are available on-line at http://www.greecehistoricalsociety.net and will be available at our May meeting.
“From the Desk of the Executive Director“
Greetings to all of you – members, friends, families and neighbors!
Spring is here at last and we thank so many of you for joining us on the 12 Sundays in winter for our short Sunday programs. Looking ahead, we will have the Garden Clubs Plant Sale on May 21st from 9 amnoon. We will also have a GHS plant booth as well as our Donut and Coffee Shop (open at 7:30 am). The Greece Museum Shop will have a big sale as always. For our GHS plant booth, we would accept any indoor plants that you want to donate to a new home. I will be happy to pick them up. Please call me at home, 225-4041, before May 15th. June 21st is our annual Strawberry Festival and Dessert Tasting event with many new activities for you to enjoy. We'll need volunteers to prepare berries and to serve them. Please call 225-7221 at the office or at my home, 225-4041 if you can help. Enjoy Spring flowers! You are special! We need you – the community needs us. Lorraine Beane
Some Recent Presentations
Keith Kroon spoke about his world canal tours.
Scott Pitoniak talked about the history of the Hickok Belt award and Hickok family.
Jane Grant shares the history of the Koda-Vista neighborhood.
Please support our current business members and affiliates
We want to thank them for their support:
Long Pond Auto Body—Hose 22 Firehouse Grill—Long Pond Family Restaurant—Pettis Pools— Brook House Restaurant —Vay, Schleich and Meeson Funeral Home—Greece Chamber of Commerce —Butler Insurance—Flower City Printing—Sonitrol Security System---
LIFE MEMBERS Presently there are 30 life members. Thank you for your support.
Join us on Plant Sale Day for our great ―Spring Cleaning‖ sale in the Museum Shop. Our special of the day will be a Greece travel mug with free coffee refills. Stop in and see what great deals we will have. All sales support the Greece Historical Society & Museum. Wendy Peeck, Museum Shop Coordinator
Officers & Board of Trustees
Pr esid ent V ice Pr esid ent Secr etar y Tr easur er Executive D ir ecto r H o no r ar y Tr ustee Tr ustees: Bill Sauers Wendy Peeck Sandy Peck Jack Wallenhorst Lorraine Beane Don Newcomb Sue Hodge Sandy Peck Wendy Peeck Bill Sauers Cyndie Shevlin Paula Smith Lee Strauss Jack Wallenhorst Viola White Roberta Young NEEDED Alan Mueller B. Wallenhorst Viola White Wendy Peeck Cyndie Shevlin Betty Fetter Jack Wallenhorst NEEDED Bill Sauers Marge Zercie Kathie Firkins
Museum & Museum Shop hours: Sunday 2:00-4:30 pm
MUSEUM CONFERENCE Bill Sauers, president of the Greece Historical Society, attended the statewide museum conference in Buffalo in early April. Attendance at the "Museums in Conversation" conference, sponsored by Museumwise and the Museum Association of New York, was made possible through a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. The grant is offered to help museums and historical societies like ours strengthen and develop their institutions and work with their communities. GPAS GARDEN MARKET UNDER THE BIG TOP JUNE 18th
During the Greece Performing Arts Society’s Annual Garden Tour, the GPAS Garden Market will again be held under the tent at the Greece Museum. Tickets are required for the actual garden tour, but the Garden Market is free to all. Open 10am-4pm, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 18th. In addition to a plant sale, there will be vendors with garden wares and jewelry, free lemonade and cookies, and live music for your shopping pleasure. There is sure to be something for everyone! Can you help us June 20th ? We are in need of volunteers to help with parking, set up in the early afternoon and help close up after 8:00 p.m. If you are able to volunteer a short time please call BILL SAUERS at 225-3760 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many Thanks, We Need You
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The Greece Historical Society in your tax and estate planning. We are a non- profit organization supported by your *gifts and endowments.
We sincerely appreciate your donations.
*Tax deductable per (Section 501(c)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code
Members of the Greece Community & Senior Center visited our Museum on Sunday, Feb 15th.
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Cyndie Shevlin, Editor
This newsletter is published bi-monthly by the editor for the Greece Historical Society.
History at the Greece Museum
Who was the ―shutter bug,‖ Alfred James Bowers?
Born in England about 1878, Alfred , with his wife and son, immigrated here in1915 just after the start of World War 1. They settled in Rochester and Albert worked as janitor at Eastman Kodak Park. In 1914 Kodak had introduced the new Autographic, bellows, folding camera. It had a clever innovation on the back of this camera. A small rectangular flap could be raised and a metal stylus, removed from a clip, enabling the user to inscribe a small notation such as date and location on the undeveloped film. By 1916 Mr. Bowers bought one of the Autographic models for $8.00 to $10.00. For several years Bowers would snap hundreds of area photos of their newly adopted country. We are so fortunate to have this amazing collection of about one hundred images. The collage of Bowers’ photos on page 6 are just a tiny sampling from this important treasure trove.
Tours and Education Committee
ELY SAMUEL PARKER, Seneca Indian, Tonawanda Reservation ENGINEER OF THE GENESEE VALLEY CANAL 1828-1895 Ely Parker, an important leader of the Haudenosaunee, fought injustices to his people. Having studied law, he was an able negotiator and orator. His grand nephew, Arthur C. Parker, became the director of the Rochester Museum and Science Center in the 1930-40s. He authored many books about Native American history and began a revival of Native American cultural artistry. ELI PARKER was given the name ―Do-ho-ga-wa‖, meaning ―Open Door‖, of the Six Iroquois Nations. His life experiences include:
At 16, interpreter in the state capital for the chiefs of the Tonawanda Tribe. He studied Law to help his people. Engineer with the Rochester office of the entire NYS Canal System,1850 and engineered canals in other states. Positions with the US Treasury Department in Michigan, Illinois and Iowa. Military Secretary to Gen.Ulysses S.Grant. Rose to the rank of Brigadier General during the Civil War. First Native American Commissioner of Indian Affairs. One of 50 sachems of the Iroquois Confederacy. Descendant of ―Red Jacket‖(Soggoooyawauthau) and ―Cornplanter‖(Kiantwhauka) He is buried with them in a place of honor with them in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY. Lee Strauss, Education Committee
FROM THE HISTORIAN'S FILE ―Everything old is new again.‖
The digital camera with its date and time feature isn't new. Kodak had a date and time feature in its 1914 -1934 Autographic Camera. This feature is shown in photos #4, 7 & 9. For more on this photographer, see page 5.
1. Alfred J. Bowers Sr. 2. Autographic Camera 3. Elmgrove Bridge 4. Manitou Beach 1917 5.Kids Camp 6. Hay Rake - B. Coyn 7. Moving Day Winter 1916 8. Sleigh Ride 9. Kodak water tower 1921
A small sampling of photos from the ―Bowers’ Collection‖ 7
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Photos, Data supplied by Alan Mueller, Greece Historian's Office, Greece Historical Society
Greece Museum & Historical Society's
ANNUAL STRAWBERRY & DESSERT TASTING FESTIVAL
Monday, June 20, 2011
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
at the Greece Museum: 595 Long Pond Rd
$6.00 Adults - $3.00 Children 12 & under Includes our famous Strawberry Shortcake and dessert samples from various restaurants, chefs, and food vendors including Long Pond Family Restaurant, Villages at Unity, Sweet Dean's Chocolate & Desserts, Legacy at Park Crescent, Pier 45, BBQ Fred and more !
Hots, burgers, sausage, etc. will also be available for purchase from "Bartons Parkside Hots"
Entertainment, Children Activities, Raffles and Door Prizes
Flyin' Brian and Miss Understood, Music by DJ Paul Anken and “Music & Memories” Also participating: Various Community organizations, including Friends of the Greece Library, Greece Community & Senior Center, Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse and GPAS
Free parking on the museum lawn or at the Town Hall. Museum & Gift Shop will be open. Phone 225-7221 http://www.greecehistoricalsociety.net
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