Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GENESEE VALLEY CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE - APR 16




LE ROY — Tom Taber’s subject will be “The Orleans Battery

— 17th N.Y. Light Artillery” when the Genesee Valley Civil 

War Roundtable meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.



A discussion period will follow. Taber will offer copies of his

book for sale, and will autograph copies.



The Roundtable meets at Le Roy United Methodist Church, 

10 Trigon Park (third door on the right end of the long 

sidewalk). New members are welcome.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Greece Historical Society - APRIL 2014 NEWS




*Beatlemania Exhibit ENDS APRIL 13th  *Come and enjoy the memories as you

view this *extensive collection of Beatle memorabilia* by Greece resident

Jim Acker.

*Museum Hours* 

The Greece Museum and museum gift shop, 595 Long Pond Rd.,

Greece, NY, 14612, is open Sundays 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 or by appointment.  

*CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY, April 20th.  *The museum and gift shop are

also available for visits most Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday mornings

between 10:00 and Noon.  Please call ahead on those days 225-7221.


*Sunday, May 4* 

Greece Museum, *"The War on Our Shores 1812-1814"* The Greece

Historical Society will debut a new exhibit to mark the 

two hundredth anniversary of the War of 1812. The exhibit

will examine the four visits by the British to Greece's eight-miles

along the shore between 1812 and 1814, most significantly on May 14, 1814.


*Tuesday, May 13*, 7:00 p.m., Greece Town Hall

*American Songs: From the 1890's to the Post-War Years"

by Michael Lasser


*Tuesday, June 10*, 7:00 p.m., Greece Town Hall

"Early Settlers & Settlements"

by Jeff Ludwig


If you missed our March 11th program 

"Heroes in the Attic" 

by Dennis Bielewicz. The Gates Historical Society will be presenting

the same program on Monday April 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Gates

Town Hall Annex 1605 Buffalo Rd, Rochester, NY 14624 

http://www.gateshistory.org/


visit our web-site

**  http://www.greecehistoricalsociety.net  ** 

or look for us on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/Greecehistoricalsociety


   If you are not already a member of the Greece Historical Society,

please consider joining. Your membership will help support the

programs and exhibits of the Society & Museum.  Membership

applications are available at our museum and on our website at *

*http://greecehistoricalsociety.net/membership/

Monday, March 31, 2014

WAYNE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENTS


From the website of the County Historian.

April 6
Sunday, 2pm
Walworth Historical Society program at Walworth Museum, 2257 Academy St., Walworth, NY.
        Walworth Memories #21 (Open Roundtable Discussion) Theme:  "Walworth Cemeteries,     
        funerals, and burial customs."
http://www.walworthhistoricalsociety.org

April 21
Monday, 6 pm
Lyons Heritage Society Meeting. 
        Program:  Civil War Re-enactors.
http://www.lyonsheritage society.com

Sunday, March 30, 2014

MARTHA TREICHLER POETRY BOOK RELEASE


FootHills Publishing is pleased to announce the release of "Variations on a Theme" by Martha Treichler,
a 72 page hand-sewn paperbook with spine - $16.00. This is Martha's third FootHills release.

Release date: 4/7/14.
Free domestic shipping if ordered by 4/6/14.


From the book:

Visiting Grandma

Supper was over.
Grandma bent over her quilt frame
under the lamp.
The radio rattled on.

Grandpa sat in his big chair
eyes closed
big man bone tired after a long day
in his woods and his saw mill.

I, big girl of seven,
sat on Grandpa’s lap
combing his long gray beard,
gently divided it in two
braided each side
tied on a pink ribbon
from Grandma’s work basket.

The radio rattled on.
Grandma chuckled.
Grandpa smiled
eyes closed.


Martha Treichler is a retired teacher of English and French, and a retired Registered Dietitian. She has a BA from Goddard College, and an MALS from Dartmouth College. She and her husband Bill were enthusiastic students of history, and published the Crooked Lake Review, a journal of the history of Upstate New York, from 1988 until Bill's death in 2008.

She also writes history articles for the Echoes, the quarterly journal of the Steuben County Historical Society, and has published Stories of Mt. Washington, a history of the hill in Steuben County, N.Y. where she and Bill bought a farm forty years ago.

Variations on a Theme
is a 72 page hand-sewn paperbook with spine - $16.00.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Winter Lecture Series - Mural Presentation

I have been invited to do a mural presentation at the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society (120 High Street, Newark) on Saturday, March 29 at 2 PM as a part of their Winter Lecture Series.

My wife Liz and I just returned from a trip to the South where we visited 2 incredible mural places:  Lakeland, GA and Lake Placid, FL.  I have prepared my presentation to highlight those places plus I have included murals from Ohio, Sherbrooke (in Quebec), Toronto, New York State (including some along the Seaway Trail, Erie Canalway Corridor, and Wayne County).  Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in murals.

Gene Bavis
Walworth Town Historian
& Certified Mural Maniac

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

United Way - Spring It On


United Way—Spring It On!
The Museum of disABILITY History is happy to announce the Spring It On campaign through the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Spring It On, a 24-hour on-line fundraising event, is designed to raise awareness and funds for not-for profit organizations throughout Western New York with a unique one-day focus. Spring It On will be held on the first day of spring, March 20, from 8 a.m. until 8 a.m. on March 21, 2014.
Individuals can make a one-time, secure, online donation to the museum through a specially designed website at www.springiton.org/museumofdisability. Funds will support educational programs for children and adults that promote the understanding and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities. Program examples include a monthly speaker series that is open to the public and disability etiquette programs where students and members of organizations can understand disability awareness, learn the importance of using person-first language and tips for interacting with individuals who have disabilities. Additionally, a “Disabilities Merit Badge Program” is offered for Boy Scouts with a unique experience and awareness for people with disabilities. Donations accepted at www.springiton.org/museumofdisability.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Genesee Valley Civil War Roundtable


Genesee Valley Civil War
Roundtable to meet March 19


The Genesee Valley Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at the Le Roy United Methodist Church, 3rd door on the right, end of long sidewalk, 10 Trigon Park, Le Roy.

George McGaughey will present “Myths and More at Gettysburg.”

 He will be discussing unknown myths and facts on Gettysburg.

A discussion period will follow. New members are welcome.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CENTRAL/WESTERN NEW YORK TIMELINE / 1831



Mar 1
Naomi Wolcott Wadsworth, wife of James Wadsworth and mother of James S. Wadsworth, dies in Geneseo, at the age of 53.

Mar 4
Rochester lawyer Frederick Whittlesley begins serving as the city’s representative to the 22nd and 23rd U.S. Congress. He will resume his practice in 1835.

Mar 24
The Bath & Crooked Lake [Keuka Lake] Rail Road is organized, to connect the two upstate localities, capitalized at $20,000. Nothing is ever done.

Mar 26
The New York state legislature incorporates the Rochester Canal & Rail Road Company, capitalized at $30,000. to connect the city to Lake Ontario, the route bypassing the falls of the Genesee River. Only the railroad is built, just as far as the steamboat landing.

Mar 28
Cornelia Wadsworth, 18-year-old daughter of James and the late Naomi, dies in Geneseo.

April
Construction begins on New York’s eight-mile-long Crooked Lake Canal, connecting Cayuga and Seneca Lakes.

Apr 18
The Cattaraugus County town of Burton (later Allegany) is formed from Great Valley township. ** The Tioga County town of Arlington (later Richford) is formed from Berkshire.

Apr 21
The Rochester Savings Bank is incorporated.

Apr 23
The Syracuse & Pulaski Turnpike is completed.

Apr 25
The Tully & Syracuse Turnpike is completed.

Apr 26
Weedsport is incorporated. 

 May 17
Rochester pioneer Colonel Nathaniel Rochester dies after a protracted illness in Monroe County, at the age of 80.

May 18
School commissioners in Lafargeville lengthen the school year to one five-month term, running from November 1st to April 1st.

June
A fire destroys William Campbell's stone mill on the banks of the Genesee River in Rochester. The Aqueduct House is badly damaged.

Jul 5
Suffragist and physician Cornelia Agnes Greene is born near Lyons to farmers Jabez and Phila Cooke Greene.

Aug 18
De Tocqueville arrives in Niagara Falls after touring to the west.

Sep 26
An Anti-Masonic convention in Baltimore nominates William Wirt of Maryland for President and Pennsylvania's Amos Ellmaker for his running mate. Politicians William Seward, Francis Granger, Timothy Childs and Millard Fillmore take part. It's considered the first national political convention. James Wadsworth and son James S. Wadsworth attend as observers.

Oct 29
Paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh is born in Lockport, New York.

Dec 15
Downtown Buffalo buildings at "Kremlin Corner", owned by William Peabody, are destroyed by fire.

State
217 vessels put in at Carthage Landing on the Genesee River, over a third of them Canadian. ** Captain Oliver Teall’s Syracuse water monopoly, unused, reverts back to the village trustees. ** President Trumbull Cary and other officers of Batavia’s Bank of the Genesee occupy a building - begun in 1829 - at the corner of East Main and Bank streets. ** Ezra M. Parsons is elected Sheriff of Monroe County and becomes one of the original trustees of the Rochester Savings Bank. ** Mary Jemison leaves the Genesee Valley along with her daughter Polly and grandson David, and moves to the Buffalo Creek Reservation in Erie County. ** Wellsville, reportedly named after someone named Wells who missed the organization meeting, is settled. ** Charles A. Terry, a friend of James S. Wadsworth, mentions to him that he met a Mary Craig Wharton in Philadelphia. ** Luther Tucker begins publishing the journal "The Genesee Farmer". ** Branchport landowner Lynham Beddoe marries Eleanor Cuyler Cost. ** The Bank of Geneva moves from Pulteney Park to The Bottom, closer to Seneca Lake, as the business district shifts downhill to that area. The Pulteney Park' site becomes the home of the Geneva Women's Club. ** Skaneateles cabinetmaker Spencer Parson builds a house on East Genesee Street, next to the original First Presbyterian Church. ** A religious revival movement sweeps across the central and western part of the state. ** Pittsford’s brick Methodist Church is built on land donated by Ebenezer Sutherland on the western block of Lincoln Avenue. ** Eighty-nine residents of the Town of Aurora subscribe to a fund to build the First Methodist Church, most pledging materials and labor, a small number promising funds. ** English immigrants Richard Reading and his son arrive in the Town of Aurora's West Falls via the Erie Canal, buy 375 acres of woodland and clear them. Their farm will survive into the millennium. ** John Magee, president of the Steuben County Bank, has a home built in Bath. ** A Congregational Church is organized in Le Roy. ** The Niagara County village of Mountain Ridge, near Lewiston, changes its name to Pekin. ** Burgoyne Kemp sells his Olcott lakeside property to Jacob Albright. ** Orchard Park hotel owner Job Taylor is born. 

Binghamton
Daniel Stevens Dickinson arrives from Goshen, Connecticut, to practice law. ** A local newspaper item offers a one-cent reward for a runaway indentured farming apprentice. 

Brockport
The approximate date a second home - designed by Henry Davis - for Brockport pioneer Hiel Brockway and his family, at Utica and Erie streets, is completed. ** Inventor and future Brockport resident Cyrus McCormick begins work on a reaper. A lack of methods of mass production will prevent him from reaching his goal until his arrival here in the 1840s. ** The Congregational Church completes a new church - begun the year before - on State Street land donated by Jams and Mira Seymour. It will later become a Presbyterian Church.

Buffalo
The Colored Methodist Society, the city's first African-American congregation is founded. Its church, St. Luke’s AME, will be renamed Durham Memorial AME Zion Church, after its second pastor the Reverend Henry Durham. ** The approximate date Benjamin Rathbun sells the Eagle Tavern and its building to Isaac R. Harrington.

Pittsford
The brick Methodist Church is built on land donated by Ebenezer Sutherland on the western block of Lincoln Avenue. ** Congregational Church pastor Asa Mahan leaves to become pastor of the Sixth Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. ** Doctor Rufus Reynolds arrives from his 1806 birthplace in Herkimer County.

Rochester
The new public market opens on the city's west side. The east side's Market Street is renamed Clyde Street. ** Charles J. Hill begins a milling operation in the stone mill on Water Street. ** Loud and Peck's Western Almanack contains a piece arguing against "ardent spirits". Everard Peck begins publishing his Temperance Almanac, devoted to the promotion of temperance. ** Property at 13th South Fitzhugh Street is deeded to the school district. ** Former South Carolinian John Chattin and his New Jersey-born wife Elizabeth buy 55 acres of land in Brighton for $660, to start a farm. ** The three Presbyterian churches sponsor a Charles Grandison Finney religious revival meeting in the city. ** Edward Bush opens an inn and tavern on West Henrietta Road. Much later it will become the Cartwright Inn.

Schenectady
Printer S. Wilson publishes The Traveller's Pocket Directory and Stranger's Guide; Exhibiting Distances on the Erie Canal and Stage Routes in the State of New York.


© 2014 David Minor / Eagles Byte

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors

The Western New York Genealogical Society is happy to announce the start of the 2014 programming year.  In its first meeting of the season, WNYGS will host a two-part lecture by professional genealogist Dennis A. Hogan.  This event is free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Liber Raines
WNYGS Programming and Community Outreach Chair

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Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors
Saturday, March 22, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Mason O. Damon Auditorium, Lower Level, Central Branch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York 14203

Cost: Free
 

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Brief WNYGS Business Meeting

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Searching U.S. Resources for Your Immigrant Ancestors

During the first half of the program, Dennis A. Hogan will discuss strategies and best practices for tracing your immigrant ancestors in American records.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Short Break

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Irish Name Variations and Ancestor Records in Ireland

In the second half of the program, Mr. Hogan will help attendees better understand Irish naming variations and identify possible research resources in Ireland.

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About the Speaker:  A frequent lecturer, Mr. Hogan is a full-time professional genealogist specializing in research involving New York State and Ireland. He serves as both the Vice-President of the Rochester Genealogical Society and the Coordinator of its Computer Interest Group.  Additionally, he is the President and Webmaster of the Town of Gorham Historical Society.
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>>Looking to print, share or post a flyer version of this information?  Download the PDF version of the program flyer at:http://www.wnygs.org/images/2014MarHoganImmigrantAncestorsIrishResearchFlyer.pdf

>>Looking for parking, public transportation, and meeting location information?  Visit http://www.wnygs.org/Parking_CentralLibraryDamonAuditorium.html .

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SAVE THE DATE: Our Next WNYGS Meeting

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Understanding and Exploring Your Polish Genealogy 
[Free and Open to the Public]

>>Visit our website at http://www.wnygs.org/meetings.html for complete meeting and program information.

Friday, February 28, 2014

GREECE Historical Society - March 2014


NEW AT THE MUSEUM

Beatlemania!  The Beatles collection of Greece resident, Jim Acker, will help us celebrate 50 years of their great music. Come and enjoy the memories as you view this extensive collection of Beatle memorabilia.  The exhibit can be seen during the month of March (or maybe longer).

Greece Town Supervisors New in the dining room alcove is a display featuring two of our former town supervisors – Don Riley and Roger Boily.

Museum Hours The Greece Museum and museum gift shop, 595 Long Pond Rd., Greece, NY, 14612, is open Sundays 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 or by appointment. 

MARCH PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m., Greece Town Hall   “Heroes in the Attic”– the Untold Story of Two Civil War Soldiers” by Dennis Bielewicz. In a secret room of an abandoned house, Dennis P. Bielewicz uncovered documents which led him to research and retell the story of the complete military service of H. Seymour Hall and Benjamin Coffin in his book, Heroes in the Attic – the Untold Story of Two Civil War Soldiers. It is the true saga of two Livingston County college students who abandoned their classes to fight in the Civil War.  Compelling in scope, the story of Hall and Coffin defines the heroism of common men against the backdrop of history. Books will be available for purchase ($29.95 plus tax) and signing after the presentation.  Dennis Bielewicz is a military veteran and retired school librarian, lives in Ontario, NY. Reservations are not necessary. Greece Historical Society members free. A $2.00 donation is appreciated from others. 

Sunday, March 16, 2:00 p.m. Greece Museum  Tatting Demonstration  The Greece Historical Society will present a tatting demonstration given by Mary Ellen Davie from “Midge’s Tatters.” This group wants to spread the word about learning this old technique of making a durable lace crafted by weaving a series of knots and loops with a hand-held shuttle.  Tatting was used to make decorative lace trims, dollies, and collars.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, April 87:00 p.m., Greece Town Hall  - “The Adventures of Sarah Bonesteel by Babette Huber

Sunday, May 4, Greece Museum, The War on Our Shores 1812-1814 The Greece Historical Society will debut a new exhibit to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the War of 1812. The exhibit will examine the four visits by the British to Greece’s eight-miles along the shore between 1812 and 1814, most significantly on May 14, 1814. 

Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m., Greece Town Hall – “American Songs: From the 1890’s to the Post-War Years” by Michael Lasser

Tuesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m., Greece Town Hall – Early Settlers & Settlements by Jeff Ludwig

Monday, June 16, 4:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Greece Museum, 595 Long Pond Rd. - Strawberry & Dessert Tasting Festival

OTHER AREA HISTORY EVENTS

 

Thursday, March 6, 2:00 p.m., Charlotte Library, “Landmark Buildings of Charlotte by Marie Poinan

 

Saturday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Old U.S. Custom House, 10 Latta Rd. The Charlotte Marine History Group will feature the Great Lakes Railroad Car Ferries, a movie with short scenes of the Ontario No. 1 being loaded and a promotional film made by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway for the car ferries on Lake Michigan.

 

Saturday, March 15, 10:00 am – Noon, U.S. Custom House, 10 Latta Rd.  Hidden Gems Found in the Charlotte High School Archives" by Marie Poinan. The program includes a sampling of the items that have never been seen before, including the building of the school, the practice house, service records of students in World War II and graduation programs from the 19th century.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

disABILITY Speaker Series - Disability History is Our History


University of Toledo Professor Kim E. Nielsen Joins Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series at the Museum of disABILITY History
As part of its Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series, the Museum of disABILITY History will host author and professor, Kim E. Nielsen. The presentation, entitled “Disability History is Our History,” will take place on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo.
The event will focus on stories of historical figures with disabilities, as well as changing definitions of disability over the course of time. Additionally, Dr. Nielsen will emphasize disability in law, culture and why the history of people with disabilities is important to all.
Museum Members are FREE to attend. Other costs are: $5 for adults and $2.50 for seniors, students and human service employees. For more information call 716-629-3626.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

1818 PROGRESS OF THE GRAND CANAL ROUTE


Geneva Gazette
Wed., August 5, 1818

    An extract from the following letter has already been published in the Geneva Gazette; but some material typographical errors having occurred in its original publication in the Albany Argus, especially in that part which related to the Locks and Canal on the Seneca River, between the Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, we now insert the whole article, and with the concurrence of the author, Elkanah Watson, Esq. have made the necessary corrections - which, to distinguish them, are put in italics.

                        FROM THE ALBANY ARGUS
                                TO THE EDITOR
                                                                   Seneca Falls, 14th June 1818
    Dear Sir - In conformity to my promise to transmit to you such remarks as may appear useful to be promulgated, in relation to improvements in agricultural pursuits, and in the progress of the grand canal, to redeem that pledge in part is the object of this letter.
    I found the road in general in a shameful state, especially the first eighteen miles this side of Albany; and it is a disgrace to this state that the toll gatherers can be permitted to oppress the weary traveller, especially the poor waggoners, by extorting money from them without receiving any adequate return; reciprocity being the basis of the law, the traveler calls for redress.
  The proprietors of the turnpike should be compelled to pay the damages which are constantly sustained in the destruction of carriages. upsetting of stages, and the imminent danger of lives and limbs. It is admitted the season has been uncommonly bad, and ruinous to the roads; the efforts to keep them in some decent state at lest, while they are exacting pay, should in some measure be proportionate; and as the weather has been settled for several days, not less than twenty men should be employed in repairing on each mile, whereas I doubt if I saw that number of men occupied in that duty in 200 miles traveling. 
    At Manlius I turned off, about three miles north of the old turnpike, to examine the grand canal. Here I found a spacious canal in a finished state, in some places with firm sloping sides, and calculated to maintain a depth of four feet of water. I also examined the place where they were cutting through a body of transparent plaster. I continued traveling a great part of the day near the route of the canal; in some places they were just opening its path through the woods, in a direct course.
    I am informed about 1,500 men are scattered along a distance of  --- miles, in executing one of the most splendid enterprises that ever was attempted in any age or country. Being alone, and contemplating this canal, my mind was left free to range into the womb of futurity. I found no difficulty in looking to the end of this century, and fixing as certain, a population, within the present limits of the United States, of a least 59 millions of independent Americans; And when I cast my mind on the port of New York, the finest harbor on the globe; the Hudson river, as the most direct in its course, and freest from obstructions, of any other river within my knowledge; and then, by a sudden transition, continuing the route of the contemplated canal, with its junction with the greatest inland seas in the world; and then considering the immense shores of these great chain of lakes, and all the tributary streams, teeming with a full population, and the lake clouded with sails; in reaching the point and considering the spot that's under my eye as part of the grand artery which is to animate and give life to this glowing scene, I confess that I am at a loss of words to express the sensations of my mind. 
    I cannot, however, divest myself of the idea, that the whole extent of the enterprise is too vast for the resources of a single state; and I doubt not we are approaching a moment when this enterprise will be adopted by the nation, as a prominent national object: for I believe it could not be difficult to show to any man of an open mid, that the nation would gain tenfold, in the process of fifty years, by the extra rise of their distant lands.
    In passing the village of Auburn, their newly organized agricultural society, for the county of Cayuga, were assembled, with a view of promulgating liberal premiums, and making the necessary preparations for an interesting exhibition in the month of October next. This society is warmly supported by many respectable Quakers of the county, and they are peculiarly fortunate in having for their president a gentleman of that profession; who adds to native urbanity and exemplary virtues, distinguished literary and scientific acquisitions.
   In descending the hill leading into the village at Seneca Falls, I was agreeably surprised, and peculiarly fortunate, in witnessing the passage of the first loaded boat from Schenectady, carrying freight of sixteen tons, through the canals and locks just finished at this place, principally by the private enterprise of a few individuals, at an expense of about $60,000. My curiosity was so strongly excited, that I lost no time in examining the whole extent of the work from the first lock, which is situated three miles from the Cayuga lake, to its termination at Waterloo, a distance of five miles.
    The locks excel any in workmanship I have ever seen, either in Europe or in America; they are principally constructed with large square hewn stone, taken from a quarry at the south end of the Seneca lake. There are eight chamber Locks, averaging each about eight feet lift, being sixty-four feet in all the whole distance; and four Guard Locks. This canal may be considered a branch of the grand canal, as it opens an uninterrupted water communication, for boats of sixteen tons burthen, from Schenectady, through the old canal and locks, to the south end of the Seneca lake; and when the contemplated canal is affected, from that lake to the Susquehanna river, an inland water communication will be open from New York to the Chesapeake. 
    In 1794, I came in a batteaux from Schenectady to this place; on the whole route I was deeply impressed with the great importance of this object in a future day, little dreaming to see it realized in my day. At that time they could only transport in a boat, through a tedious and difficult navigation, from one and a half to two tons, at an expense of 75 to 100 dollars a ton. By completion of the works along the Mohawk river and Wood creek, in 1796, boats of a different construction, carrying from 15 to 16 tons, were introduced, and the price of transportation reduced to about 32 dollars a ton up, and half that amount back.
    By the calculation of a gentleman, who has resided several years in this country, he is persuaded, when the grand canal from the Seneca river to the Mohawk river is completed, it will again reduce the price of transportation 40 percent more. A proportionate reduction of transportation will also necessarily take place on the whole extent of the line from lake Erie; and the products from those waters will in course be enhanced in a proportionate degree, and the lands of the nation equally advanced in their intrinsic value.
    To array this estimate one step further, should the nation magnanimously embrace the whole extent of the enterprise, including this branch, and declare a free passage, except a sufficient sum to keep up repairs, the reduction of transportation would still be much greater, and the public lands increased in value so as to justify the measure, even on the score of adding to the national purse, for new and more distant enterprises of a similar cast.             

Monday, February 3, 2014

February GHS Schedule / Events


FEBRUARY 2014 PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Queen of Bremen - Sunday, February 9th  2:00 p.m. Greece Museum - The true story of an American child trapped in Germany during World War II  by Greece resident Marlies Adams DiFrate.

Annual Meeting - Tuesday, February 11th, 6:45 p.m. – There will be a short annual meeting at 6:45 p.m. prior to our Feb 11th program. If you are a member of the Greece Historical Society, please plan to arrive at 6:45 to hear a review of our budget, vote on new board members and candidates for the Endowment committee and hear our plans for the future.

Cycling the Erie Canal - with Justin Murphy and Annette Lein - Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Greece Town Hall.  Democrat & Chronicle staff writer Justin Murphy and videographer Annette Lein and about 600 fellow bicycle riders took a 400-mile trip along the Erie Canal in July 2013. The riders rode 40-60 miles a day, and Justin and Annette chronicled the trip, their fellow riders, people they met and animal life they observed along the way. If you’ve always wanted to take such a trip but haven’t been able, join us and relive Justin and Annette's eight day journey.  Public welcome. Reservations are not necessary. Greece Historical Society members free. A $2.00 donation is appreciated from others. 

Vintage Games Tournament - Wednesday, February 19th  12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Greece Museum, 595 Long Pond Rd.  Children ages 8-13 are invited to come and test their gaming and competing skills playing games that have enthralled families for generations: Yahtzee and its forerunner Kismet, Sorry! and its forerunner Parcheesi, Chutes and Ladders, and DominoesReservations are required, call 225-7221 or e-mailgreecehistoricalsociety@yahoo.com 

Early Aviation in Rochester by Bill Sauers - Monday February 24th 7:00 p.m., Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Ave.  Learn about the first aeroplane flights in the Rochester area and other early aeronautical facts of this area. Included in the program will be the history of our current airport and stories about some of the characters who tried, or actually did fly those early aeroplanes. Registration begins February 10th.  Call the Chili Library at 585-889-2200 or go to http://www.libraryinsight.net/calendar.asp?jx=ch

UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS

“Heroes in the Attic”– the Untold Story of Two Civil War Soldiers, by Dennis Bielewicz.  Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m. Greece Town Hall

Tatting Demonstration by Mary Ellen Davie from “Midge’s Tatters.” Sunday, March 16, 2:00 p.m. Greece Museum  

“The Adventures of Sarah Bonesteel” by Babette Huber.  Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. Greece Town Hall

“American Songs: From the 1890’s to the Post-War Years” by Michael Lasser.  Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m., Greece Town Hall

Strawberry & Dessert Tasting Festival June 16, Monday, June 16,  4:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 595 Long Pond Rd.

Friday, January 31, 2014

BUFFALO: HISTORY OF THE INDUSTRIAL CITY lecture


A free lecture by Heritage Architect Clinton Brown on the “History of the Industrial City: Buffalo Past, Present and Future” will be offered at Daemen College on Monday evening.  All are welcome!

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“History of the Industrial City: Buffalo Past, Present and Future”
Presented by Clinton Brown, FAIA, Heritage Architect
Our history starts with Niagara Falls - 400 years in 40 minutes!
Monday, February 3, 2014, 7:00-8:00pm
Schenck Hall, Room 202, Daemen College
Free and open to the public.
Buffalo Niagara native Clinton Brown, FAIA is the founder of Clinton Brown Company Architecture, a full service historic preservation architecture firm. He is a member of the Board of the Richardson Center Corporation that is rehabilitating the Richardson Olmsted Center, a Commissioner of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and Vice President of the Willowbank National Historic Site and School of Restoration Arts in Queenston, ON.
Part of the Sustainability Lecture Series supported by Daemen College’s Global & Local Sustainability Program
Find directions to Schenck Hall by visiting: http://www.daemen.edu/about/visit/pages/maps.aspx
Rgds,
Bill Parke AICP
Instructor, SUST 351: Urban Planning and Community Development
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Daemen College

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series


Author Anthony Antek to Speak at Museum of disABILITY History
Book tells struggles, humor and adventures growing up Polish, Catholic and Bipolar in Buffalo during the mid-20th Century

The Museum of disABILITY History is pleased to welcome its first speaker of 2014 for its ongoing Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series: Anthony Antek, author of Bipolar Buffalo – A Mosaic of Minds Journey. The presentation, “The Bipolar Advantage: The Link to Creativity,” will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo.

Antek’s presentation will focus on his book, as well as personal stories about living and coping with Bipolar disorder. In 52 stories and 29 works of original art and photos, the book tells the struggles, humor and adventures of a steel-city, second generation working-class youth growing up Polish, Catholic and Bipolar in Buffalo during the mid-20th Century. Antek will address numerous other topics, including positive aspects of the disorder and reflections on the debate of neurobiology vs. social conditions as causal factors. The presentation will also include a Question-and-Answer session.

Please share this information with your friends and colleagues that may be interested to attend.
Members are free, $5 for adults and $2.50 for seniors, students and human service employees. (Includes museum tour.) For more information or to register, call 716-629-3626.