The Society has many events throughout the year; History Presentations and Author Appearances, Special ExhibitsHistorical Tours of various types, and  Board of Trustee and Committee Meetings. Please see the calendar and below for more information.


History Presentations and Author Appearances

We sponsor lectures and presentations featuring stimulating local and regional speakers. These programs are monthly during the year starting in September and running through May and usually take place on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

The location of the lectures is the Museum's lower level. Although the main level of the Museum is handicapped accessible, the lower level is not. Often presentations are held at the Fairport Library or the Perinton Community Center for this reason.

Admission to the Fairport Historical Museum and parking is free. Membership dues and donations allow for the continuation of exhibits, monthly programs and historic tours. Museum hours can be viewed on the calendar.

The Fairport Historical Museum is will close on December 23rd and will be CLOSED January and February, but the programs continue!

Events and Programs for 2018:

SchwendyBruceProgram: The Three Erie Canals: History and Folklore
Presenter: Bruce Schwendy
Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fairport Public Library, 1 Fairport Village Landing

New York’s canal went through three eras:  the original Clinton’s Ditch, which was completed in 1825, the enlarged canal completed in 1862 and today’s barge canal system which was completed in 1918.  Bruce Schwendy, a member of the board of directors of the Canal Society of New York State, will discuss the folklore of the Erie Canal and some common misconceptions.  He will also demonstrate some actual canal horns and tell how canal horns were used for signaling on the early canals. 

Bruce Schwendy, a graduate of Clarkson University, is retired from General Motors as a Manufacturing Engineer.  He has studied New York State canal history for many years and enjoys traveling with his wife, Donna, the length of the canal system in New York on their 40- foot houseboat, the Li'l Rooster.  He is active in the Canal Society of New York State and is on the Board of Directors for that organization.  

This program is sponsored by the Fairport Public Library, and reservations are required

Please call 585-223-9091 or visit their website for reservation details.

This event is free and is open to the public.

RochesterBaseballHistoricalSocietyProgram: Early Baseball & Rochester’s Baseball Pioneers
Presenters: Joe Territo &Tony Brancato
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Fairport Museum

Early Baseball and Rochester’s Baseball Pioneers is a two-part discussion about the evolution of our national pastime through the 19th century and into the first part of the 20th century and the local men who played. This was a period of rapid change for baseball as it moved from a children’s game to a popular adult club sport. An interesting Rochester location linked to the dawn of baseball will also be revealed.

The Speakers:
Joe Territo is a Town of Greece resident and is the President of the Rochester Baseball Historical Society (RBHS). He is also the team photographer for the Rochester Red Wings.

Tony Brancato is a Fairport Resident and a founding member of the RCHS. He serves on the board of directors. Tony plays for the current Rochester Live Oaks vintage baseball club at the Genesee Country Village vintage baseball program.

Rochester Baseball Historical Society:
The Rochester Baseball Historical Society is certified by the New York State Board of Regents as an educational organization and is dedicated to the preservation, research, and dissemination of the baseball history of greater Rochester, New York. The Society is a network that facilitates these goals through publications, presentations and the promotion of our region’s long and rich baseball heritage.

Visit their website for more information. 

This event is free and is open to the public.

The Musical Dossenbachs of Early 20th Century Rochester
Presenter: Lisa Kleman
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

DossenbachHermann RochParkBandAviation Day6.1.1928In the early decades of the twentieth century, the Dossenbach brothers were famous and well-loved in Rochester They founded and conducted the Rochester Orchestra and the Rochester Park Band, and they were also George Eastman’s musicians, playing for his twice-weekly musicales and parties from 1905 - 1919.

As well, the Park Band and the Orchestra entertained for all manner of local events in the city and in surrounding towns. In 1907, on July 25th, the Fairport Fire Department boarded a special train bound for Clyde for a huge Volunteer Fireman’s Convention — they were accompanied by Theodore Dossenbach’s Rochester Park Band. Earlier in the decade, in 1903, Hermann Dossenbach’s Orchestra played for the Fairport High Commencement Exercises in Shaw’s Hall.

Hermann and Theodore Dossenbach were children of poor German immigrants who came to Rochester in the 1870s, and their experiences tell the story of the City of Rochester itself, its growth, its promise, its burgeoning musical scene.

Lisa Kleman, a retired college English professor, is the great-granddaughter of Theodore Dossenbach.

She invites you to step into the past and imagine living in a time long gone but not forgotten.

This program is free and open to the public.


Special Exhibits

Admission to the Fairport Historical Museum and parking is free. Membership dues and donations allow for the continuation of exhibits, monthly programs and historic tours. Museum hours can be viewed on the calendar.

Clock1Exhibit: Clock Collection

A new display of clocks from the collection of Rev. Garth Brokaw that has just recently been put up.  Rev. Brokaw is a retired Baptist minister and the former CEO of the Fairport Baptist Home.  Rev. Brokaw has been collecting for many years and this is a small sample of some of his wonderful clocks. 

The exhibit is free, and is open during regular museum hours.


Historic Tours - Filkins in Fairport; October 1, 2017

Filkins41v1 2017FilkinsPostCd circa1908Filkins in Fairport was the theme of Perinton Historical Society’s 37th Annual House Tour, that took place October 1, 2017.

One of the homes on the tour is 41 Filkins Street.

The 2017 tour featured a neighborhood that was heavily developed and altered by George S. Filkins. Two streets that bear his name (Filkins and George) are home to a number of houses that were built, lived in, or relocated here by Mr. Filkins in the late 1800s. A Civil War veteran, Filkins was an entrepreneur whose roles included serving as a Fairport village trustee, as well as being a developer and builder.

Church11v1 2017Just around the corner from Filkins Street and still in this charming area of the village is The Inn on Church, Fairport’s newest B&B at 11 West Church Street. This lovely, old, beautifully renovated building was open for touring and will also host a reception with informative exhibits about George S. Filkins and the Inn itself.

The Newman - Dean House and Barn at 11 W. Church is now the Inn on Church a locally designated landmark.

For more information about the homes on the 2017 tour go to Filkins in Fairport - 2017






All programs and exhibits are free & open to the public except where noted. See details at left or on the calendar.

Now to Dec. 23 - Clock Collection


Jan. 16 -Erie Canal Folklore

Feb. 20 - Early Baseball

March 20 - Musical Dossenbachs


Become a Member

Please make your check or money order payable to the Perinton Historical Society. Fill out the membership form and mail or drop off at the:

Fairport Historical Museum
18 Perrin Street
Fairport, NY 14450.

Membership Form (Adobe Acrobat is required to open this document)

If you would like to use an online form to join us and pay, go to the Membership page.


Museum Hours of Operation:

The Museum is free and open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are closed in January and February.

Volunteers are available to answer general questions and to pull files for researchers during normal hours of operation.

Tours of the museum are self-guided but special tours can be arranged by appointment. There is no charge for special group tours, but a donation to the Museum would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to do in depth research, the Museum Director is available to assist you. Please call for an appointment.

Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m.
Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m
Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
Closed: January & February



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We are now on Facebook! Go to Facebook (note, you will be leaving the PHS website), sign in or join, then search for "Perinton Historical Society" and "Like" us. You will then receive notices about upcoming programs and events. Tell your friends!


A Sample of Past Presentations:



Movies in
World War II

Grown-up Show and Tell

Abandoned: The Untold Story of Orphan Asylums

Pat Gorthy, author Peppermint Summer

Children's Program:
Clothing from Yesterday

Fashions Inspired by Downton Abbey 

Life and Times of Oliver Mead Tomlinson 

Monroe County's Civil War Soldiers at Antietam

Mount Pleasant Cemetery Tour

Children’s Program: 
How Children Helped the U.S.A. during World War II

Rochester War Plants During World War II

Children's Program:
Old-Fashioned Games

Children’s Program:
Celebrate Perinton's History

South Perinton Cemetery Tour

Antique Toy Cars - History and Values




An Evening with Susan B. Anthony

The Rochester and Eastern Line
Fairport Trolley Station 

Underground Railroad - Genesee-Finger Lakes Area

Art & Life of Fairport Artist Carl Peters




Life & Letters of Kate Gleason 



Folklore & Legends of Rochester


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