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 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 CLOSED January and February, but the programs continue!

Programs & Events:

GreenbrierSign PlantSale130511B.Poray2015Program: Greenbrier Plant Sale
Presenters: Greenbrier Garden Club
Date: Saturday May 13, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Faiport Museum

Please stop by the Fairport Museum on Saturday, May 13, 2017 for the Greenbrier Garden Club's annual plant sale. The sale, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., takes place on the sidewalk in front of the museum.

The Greenbrier Garden Club does a beautiful job maintaining the museum's gardens.

PicnicGraphicProgram: Annual Meeting & Picnic
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Perinton Park Pavilion

Members of the  Society are invited to attend our annual meeting and picnic at the Perinton Park Pavilion on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Reservations are required, and will be accepted beginning May 1, 2017.

Please bring a dish to pass.

To learn more about becoming a member, please speak with a museum volunteer or visit the Membership page.


Program: Illuminated History Cemetery Tour
Presenter: Vicki Masters Profitt, PHS VP & Museum Director
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

StMarysCemeteryTourV.Profitt1017This year’s Illuminated History presentation will feature eternal residents of St. Mary’s Cemetery. Hear the stories of some of the many immigrants who made Fairport their home as told by the actors portraying them. Learn about the World War I soldier who was a member of the famed “Lost Battalion” in the Argonne Forest in 1918. Discover the shopkeepers who opened their businesses on North Main Street.

These stories and others will be shared at this special event for the Society, which will be held at the Fairport Museum.

The presentation is free, and is open to the public.


AnthonySusanB.2017Program: An Evening with Miss Susan B. Anthony
Presenter: Jeanne Gehret
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time: 7 p.m
Location: Fairport Library

In honor of the VoteTilla Woman Suffrage Event, the Perinton Historical Society and Fairport Public Library are pleased to present An Evening with Miss Susan B. Anthony. Miss Anthony, as portrayed by Jeanne Gehret, will discuss the background on the social conditions prompting her fight for women’s rights and will stress her activism for abolition and temperance.

Jeanne Gehret has presented Miss Anthony in costume for dozens of organizations and school groups. The characterization is accurately crafted down to the smallest details, thanks to Jeanne’s time as a docent at the reformer’s home.

Following the portrayal, Jeanne Gehret will sign copies of her newest book, The Truth About Daniel, which is a fictional account of the life of Susan B. Anthony’s brother, Daniel Anthony. The soft cover book sells for $14.95, cash or checks accepted.

Registration is required and begins June 21. To register, visit and locate the presentation on the event calendar or call the Fairport Library at 585-223-9091.


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. 



Exhibit: Postcards - The Forgotten Art Form

PostcardExhibit2017In the days before email, holidays, birthdays and other special events were commemorated with postcards. This exhibit at the Fairport Museum features more than 140 postcards dating to the early 1900s, and contains the collections of several different individuals.

Society president Bob Hunt and his wife, Cindy Wood Hunt, received the collection from Bob’s stepmother, Elizabeth Rhodes Hunt, whom his father married while Bob was in college. Betty, as she was known, was born in 1909 and hailed from New Jersey. She and her siblings, Sally Rhodes Kohler and Eugene Rhodes, would receive postcards on the holidays from their relatives. Betty graduated from Geneseo Normal School and went on to teach kindergarten in Geneva, New York, for 35 years. She died in 1998, and the collection went to her stepson, Bob.

Little Thomas Blyler was born in Geeseytown, Pennsylvania, in 1906. Thomas, the son of Katie Ruth Eicholtz and William Melanchthon Blyler, received the postcards as a young child from his maternal great-great aunts, Kate and Sarah Catherine (Sadie) Eicholtz. The "aunties" were never married themselves. They were milliners and owned a hat shop in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Thomas's mother collected and saved the cards for her young son. Thomas died in 1991 and the postcards were handed down to his daughter, Carolyn Blyler French, of Fairport.

The beautiful artwork and amazing coloring of these postcards is a sight to behold. The Society is fortunate to have these pieces of art on display.

The exhibit is free, and is open during regular museum hours from now until April 2, 2017.


Exhibit: Commemorates Fairport and Perinton Involvement in WWI

WWIDisplayCases2017WWIDisplayBauschLombBinoculars2017Bill Poray, Perinton Town Historian, has been working with Vicki Masters Profitt of the Society to commemorate the involvement of Fairport and Perinton residents in WWI. This year is especially relevant, for it is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of this country’s involvement in “the war to end all wars.”

A portion of the WWI exhibit at left and binoculars, right, made by Bausch and Lomb.

Through the resources of the Town of Perinton and the Society, we have researched the involvement of our citizens, military and non-military, abroad and at home. This effort has resulted in an exhibit now on display at the Fairport Museum.

Approximately 280 sailors and soldiers from this community participated in the war, and many more did their part at home. Liberty Loan Drives achieved more than $500,000 in sales to support the war effort. Our local Red Cross chapter included over 1,200 members, knitting socks, sewing, and making bandages. The Fairport Baptist Home worked with the Red Cross as well. Other organizations that contributed time, money, and effort included The Y.M.C.A., the Knights of Columbus, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), the Eastern Star, the Odd Fellows, and the San Sebastian Society.

WWICompassDisplayTaylorInstumtsThe Perinton Patriotic League was soon formed, with the purpose of “promotion of military training and protection of property in the community and aid in welfare work.” Drilling of volunteers was led by Chester Hull, who retired from the United States Army in 1910 after over 24 years of service. Hull also served in Rochester as a recruiting officer during World War I. The League also provided departing soldiers with “comfort bags” and bibles. Our exhibit at the Museum is called, Over the Top: Honoring Fairport’s World War I Veterans. Included is information on those who served, including the ten who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

A compass made by Taylor Instruments are part of the collection of Rochester-made war products made for use in WWI.

Also on display are many artifacts with a Fairport, Perinton, and Rochester connection. Several items manufactured in Monroe County for the war effort are included. Bausch and Lomb binoculars, a communications device built by Stromberg Carlson, and a compass made by Taylor Instruments.

Bill's personal favorite is an ingenious trench periscope with leather case made by the Wollensak Optical Company. Binoculars made by Bausch and Lomb, and a compass made by Taylor Instruments are part of the collection of Rochester-made war products made for use in WWI.

The exhibit is free, and is open during regular museum hours through October 2017.


Historic Tours - TBD 2017

Each year the Society sponsors an historic house tour. In 2016 the tour focused on the northeast area of the Village of Fairport.

The North Side Neighborhoods - 2016

EastSt61v1DDFritsch2016PR In 2016 Fairport’s northeast neighborhood was the site of the House Tour. Five historic homes in the Frank Street, East Street and East Avenue neighborhood were on display.

The house shown here is 61 East Street one of five houses on the tour.

These homes were constructed on what was the Sanford Tract, an area developed by George Sanford, an entrepreneur and agent who sold lots in this neighborhood from the mid to late 1800’s.

To learn more see The North Side House Tour



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

May 13 - Greenbrier Plant Sale

May 16 - Annual Meeting & Picnic

June 13 - Illuminated History Cemetery Tour

July 19 - Evening with Susan B. Anthony

To April 2nd - Postcards: The Forgotten Art Form

To October - Fairport & Perinton Involvement in WWI

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



Find Us On Facebook

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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