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 closed until further notice!

Events and Programs for 2020:

Program: Dr. Seuss in World War IISeussCancelation
Rosemary Irwin
Date: Postponed - Date TBD
Time: 7 p.m
Location: Fairport Museum

Was Yertle the Turtle inspired by Hitler? Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, created cartoons to convince the U.S. to join World War II and later to communicate important truths to the Allied troops.

We know Dr. Seuss for the Grinch, but before his popular children’s stories were adapted for television and movies, he created documentaries for the U.S. military for which he won two Academy Awards.  

What Geisel created before and during WWII changed hearts and minds then and were the forerunners to our most beloved children classics. Come hear this hidden, important story of Dr. Seuss in World War II.

Rosemary Irwin lectures throughout our local area on topics as varied as health care, history, art, and technology. She has also facilitated classes created by Harvard, Stanford, and Humanities New York, translating complex material into lively non-academic discussions. Since 2012, her mission has been “to give lifetime learners a reason to be in the room.”

Admission is free and open to the public. Join us!

ShughartKaren MurderCemeteryProgram: Author Appearance - Murder in the Cemetery
Presenter: Karen Shughart
Date: Postponed - Date TBD
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

Criminal consultant Edmund DeCleryk is back! For those of you patiently anticipating author Karen Shughart’s sequel to Murder in the Museum, your wait is over.

Karen will be at the Fairport Museum on Saturday, March 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. to discuss and sign copies of her newest book,Murder at the Cemetery. The softcover book sells for $15; cash and credit cards accepted. Murder in the Museumwill also be available for sale at $15.

On a bright, spring afternoon the body of George Wright, a childhood friend of criminal consultant Edmund DeCleryk, is discovered at a cemetery where casualties of the War of 1812 are buried. After conducting an autopsy, the medical examiner determines that George has been murdered, the cause of death by poisoning.  Lighthouse Cove Police Chief Carrie Ramos hires Ed to investigate, with his spunky wife, Annie assisting him.

Suspects include a physician’s assistant, college student and a family member, among others; however, George’s demise may be the result of secrets that have surfaced from the grave.  You’ll discover what Ed found on the beach inMurder in the Museumand how that, and an artifact dating back to the early 1800s, are linked to this untimely death.

Annie loves to cook, and at the end of the book she shares recipes for meals she prepared for friends and loved ones.

This event is free to attend and is open to the public.

The Architecture of James H. Johnson
Presenter: Katie Eggers Comeau and Christopher Brandt
Date: Postponed - Date TBD
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

JohnsonJamesH.MushroomHouseperComeauKatieEggers16220James H. Johnson, Rochester’s most imaginative mid-20th-century architect, is best-known for the renowned “Mushroom House," a designated landmark in the town of Perinton.

Over the course of his nearly 60-year career in Rochester, he designed over 400 projects, but only a handful ever received public acclaim. Sponsored by the Greece Historical Society after the loss of an important but previously little-known Johnson building in Greece, the Bero team spent a year and a half reviewing original drawings, interviewing colleagues, sorting through original slides and clippings, and visiting strange and marvelous buildings to develop a fuller picture of this stunning, and largely unknown, body of work. 

This talk features original photographs and videos from Johnson's personal collection that will take you inside some of the Rochester area's most daring and audacious buildings.

Christopher Brandt is an architect at Bero Architecture, a firm with a legacy of over forty years of historic preservation practice. He was born and raised in the Rochester region and has been active in its historic preservation community since high school. Chris received a BS in Architecture from the University at Buffalo, and a M-Arch with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia. Outside of his day job restoring and adapting old buildings, he serves as the Advocacy and Education Coordinator of the Young Urban Preservationists, obsessive compulsively researches local history, and is DIY-restoring the small historic home he shares with his wife. 

Katie Eggers Comeau is the architectural historian at Bero Architecture. She assists clients throughout western New York with historic resource surveys, National Register nominations, and tax credit applications. A native of the Rochester area, she has a B.A. in Humanities from Yale and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. After working for a few years at a preservation consulting firm in Washington, D.C., she moved back to Rochester to take a job at the Landmark Society of Western New York. She is also a trustee of the National Association for Olmsted Parks and frequently gives presentations on Rochester’s Olmsted legacy.  

Admission is free and open to the public. Join us!

Program: Greenbrier Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale
Hosted by: Perinton Historical Society
Date: Cancelled
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon
Location: Fairport Museum

Stop by the Museum on Saturday May 9th to shop for plants for your garden and more.  

The sale is organized each year by the Greenbrier Garden Club.

Club members generiously give of their time to maintain and care for the Museum gardens year round.

Annual Meeting & Picnic
October 20, 2020 (new date)
6 p.m.
 Perinton Park Pavilion, 167 Oconnor Rd, Fairport, NY 14450

PicnicGraphicMembers of the Society are invited to attend our annual meeting and picnic at the Perinton Park Pavilion on Tuesday, Oct. 20th.

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

More information to come! 


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.

All exhibits are free during regular museum hours. 

DowntonAbbeyCroppd20192019 Exhibit:

Downton Abbey
Costume Display

Had you been anxiously awaiting the Downton Abbey movie, which arrived in movie theaters on September 20?

If so, you’ll want to visit the Fairport Historical Museum and see our newest exhibit, Fashions Inspired by Downton Abbey. This display is updated from our 2013 exhibit and features some new costumes that have never been out of the Society’s costume closets until now.

These gowns from the costume collection have been specifically chosen to represent Downton characters due to their styles and colors.

In addition to the Countess of Grantham, Lady Mary, Lady Edith and the Dowager Countess, you’ll also see costumes representing Isobel Crawley Grey, Mrs. Patmore, Mrs. Hughes Carson, Lady Rose, Anna Bates and little George Crawley and Sybbie Branson. A selection of hat pins, hats and ceramic shoes are also on display.

The exhibit will remain open through Dec. 21, 2019.

Admssion to the Museum is free and open to the public.

2019 Exhibit:

Vintage Ice Cream Molds

IceCreamMolds 4 190706Ice cream is a favorite summer treat that has been around for many years. In the late 1800s through the 1950s, it was customary to use pewter molds to sculpt ice cream into various shapes. The ice cream would be poured into the molds, frozen and then served at restaurants and in private homes, to the delight of the guests.

The two companies that created the majority of the molds were Eppelsheimer & Co. and Schall & Co., both of New York. They are represented in this collection with “E. & Co.” and “S. & Co.” marks, along with catalog numbers that were imprinted into many of the molds. Over 500 different shapes were available for purchase.

Vintage ice cream molds are now used for decorative purposes only, due to the lead content in the pewter.

This collection of 50 molds was donated to the Society by Juliet Miller Moynihan in 2019. The molds had belonged to her uncle, David Starr Jordan (1921-1990), a Fairport attorney who had delighted in accumulating a substantial number of these unique items.

The vintage ice cream molds will be on display at the Museum until Dec. 21, 2019.

Admssion to the Museum is free and open to the public.


Historic Tour 2020 - Canceled 

For many of the previous tours go to Historic Tours.


Historic Tour - 2019
House Tour Goes West - West x West x Woodlawn

westst29v2ddfritsch2010webSome of the street names have changed, but many of the vintage homes constructed on them still remain the treasures they have always been. This year’s house tour was Sun., Sept. 29, that features homes on three streets on the north side of Church Street: West Avenue, West Street, and Woodlawn Avenue.

West Avenue used to be called Cherry Street, because of the extensive cherry orchards at the site of what is now Packett’s Glen. The east end of the street was once a mixture of commercial and residential buildings. The street originally went from Main Street to West Street, was later extended just beyond Cole Street, and finally to Nelson Street.

This Queen Anne is the home of Ellen Stoll Walsh and is at 29 West Street.

West Street is one of the earliest streets in the village of Fairport, with many homes built between 1852 and 1872. Two main landowners were Martin Wood, who owned property on the west side of the West Street, and Omar Wilcox, who owned much of the property on the east side.

 WestSt30v1CAngevine2009Woodlawn Avenue, once named Woodland Avenue, was part of property owned by Martin Wood, a Fairport farmer who owned six acres called Woodland Farms. The street was originally named after the farm.

Many of the houses on these streets were already built by 1899 and have been beautifully preserved. One of them, the Conant - Boyland House & Carriage Barn at 30 West Street, shown on the right, has been designated local landmark by the Fairport Historic Preservation Commission and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thank you to all who worked on thw tour and special thank you to the home owners who opened their homes to us.

For more information about the tour visit West X West X Woodlawn Tour - 2019.

For many of the previous tours go to Historic Tours.


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


Date TBDDr. Seuss in WW II
Date TBD - Author Appearance
Date TBD - James H. Johnson
Date TBD - Fall of 2021

Oct. 20 - Meeting & Picnic (new date)



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. and Saturdays 9 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.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
Closed: January & February



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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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