The Greece Historical Society and Museum is the place to learn about local history and get engaged in real history here in Greece. The museum has regular exhibits, but also special displays – so be sure to check it out. I was lucky enough to be given the “all access” tour by Kathie, Lee, Bill and others. The amount of primary documents, maps, knowledge and resources at the gift shop will enhance local history for all of us – and can help students at different levels experience it too.
Not only does the Greece Historical Society manage the museum, but they also offer different opportunities for students and teachers, and community members of all ages. Below are some of those upcoming events – please call the Greece Historical Society if you have questions as 225-7221, or check out www.greecehistoricalsociety.net.
- River Romance Weekend (for adults): The Greece Historical Society and the Charlotte Village and Transportation Museum will be at Ontario Beach Park, Sunday, October 7, 2012 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. We will have exhibits on the history of Northgate Plaza, the Manitou trolley and Charlotte. Come hear about the War of 1812 from the Canadian point of view, through the eyes of a descendant whose family barn near Fort Erie, Ontario became a field hospital. Greece and Charlotte tee-shirts, books and memorabilia will be on display and for sale and a new book on Charlotte in the war of 1812 will be unveiled. Learn about all the events at River Romance Weekend at http://www.cityofrochester.gov/riverromance/
- Mr. Lincoln’s Army – Our Documentary Heritage, by Preston E. Pierce, Ed D. Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Greece Town Hall, One Vince Tofany Blvd. 7:00 p.m. This program examines the process by which the Union military force was built. Information about “Mr. Lincoln’s Army,” as Bruce Catton once called it, is presented from government and private documents, artifacts, newspapers, and books garnered mostly from local museums and archives. Reading lists, notes on the Civil War draft, and other resources will be given to those attending. Dr. Preston Pierce, the Regional Archivist at Rochester Regional Library Council, was a Social Studies teacher for 30 years, the Ontario County Historian for 29 years and an adjunct lecturer in history at the Finger Lakes Community College, and spent 2 years of his Army career as a Research and Analysis Officer for the Center of Military History, US Army. Public Welcome, Reservations are not necessary. Greece Historical Society members Free. A $2.00 donation is appreciated from others. For more information call 585-225-7221, visit http://www.greecehistoricalsociety.net or find the Greece Historical Society on Facebook.
- Sam Patch: America’s First Daredevil, by Maureen Whalen. Saturday, October 13 at 1:00 pm. at the Greece Public Library. Nik Wallenda is just the latest in a long line of American daredevils. The first was Sam Patch who made his reputation “jumping falls,” but will always be remembered for what happened to him in Rochester on that fateful day in November 1829. Attendees will learn all about Sam and children may want to try a “daredevil stunt” of their own. For ages 8 and older. Register for this free program by calling the library at 225-8951.
- Manitou Trolley Days, by Bill Sauers. Friday, Oct 19, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. Greece Town Hall – Northwest AARP Meeting. From 1891 to 1925 an electric trolley ran eight miles along the shore of Lake Ontario between Charlotte to Manitou Beach. With nearly 20 stops along the way the trolley stopped at hotels, cottages, amusement parks, and crossed Braddock’s Bay on a wooden trestle. Come along and ride this train with a multi-media presentation by Greece Historical Society president Bill Sauers. Also learn about the Greece Historical Society & Museum and their programs for the upcoming season.
- Volunteer Fair (A Great Opportunity for Greece Central 12th Graders in CIA). Monday, October 29th 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Greece Community & Senior Center. The Town of Greece will be hosting a Volunteer Fair on Monday, Oct 29th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Greece Community and Senior Center. The event will give the Greece Historical Society and other community organizations the chance to showcase volunteer opportunities to prospective volunteers and residents in our community. If you are interested in volunteering with Greece Historical Society or any other organization in Greece, be sure to join us on Oct 29th.
- Native American Day (Excellent for students and children). Saturday, November 10th, 10am-noon at the Greece Town Hall.
- Holiday Open House. Saturday, December 2nd at the Greece Historical Museum.
Hopefully you’ll get a chance to check some of these out over the next few months.