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 January and February, but the programs continue!

Programs & Events:

Program & Book Signing: All for Suffrage: The Anthony Family Takes a Stand
Presenter: Jeanne Gehret
Date: October 17, 2017
Time: 7 p.m
Location: Fairport Museum

GehretJeannePortrait2017Susan B. Anthony’s whole family put themselves on the line to promote equality for women and African-Americans. These startling relatives, though rooted in the Quaker values of nonviolence and frugality, included soldiers, radical publishers, and people of privilege.

Gehret JeanneBkCvrsTruthJusticeMeet the brother who fought with John Brown, the dying sister who voted illegally with Susan, and the brother who killed, burned, and pillaged in the name of antislavery. Trace their comings and goings across early America, from Martha’s Vineyard to the Kansas frontier. This riveting 60-minute program includes a PowerPoint presentation with archival photographs.

Jeanne Gehret filled the rooms in Fairport and Pittsford when she re-enacted Miss Susan B. Anthony in an event in July honoring the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in New York State. She is the author of the 2017 historical novel about Susan's brother, The Truth About Daniel ($15), and the recently-updated children’s biography, Susan B. Anthony And Justice For All ($10), both of which will be available for sale, cash or checks accepted, following the presentation.

This program is free, and is open to the public.


Program: Little Journeys to Pleasant Places Old Home Week Revisited
Presenter: Bill Poray, Town of Perinton Historian & PHS Trustee
Date: November 21, 2017
Time: 5 p.m. & 7 p.m
Location: Fairport Museum

OldHomeWk GladHand TofP1908One hundred nine years ago, the village of Fairport held an enormous week-long event, Old Home Week, for past and present residents of the community, and anyone else who cared to visit. A souvenir booklet OldHomeWk TownHallFairport TofP1908was published as part of the celebration, and within this publication is an incredibly informative essay, Little Journeys to Pleasant Places. This essay will serve as the foundation for a presentation by

Perinton Historian Bill Poray, who will use text from the 1908 essay, along with documents, photographs, and insights to provide a unique historical perspective.

Bill Poray is the historian for Perinton and the village of Fairport. He has had a lifelong interest in history, especially local history, sparked by school social studies teachers and his own family’s involvement in the Civil War. A retiree of General Motors, Rochester Operations, Bill helped to secure and preserve the site’s historic artifacts. He has also been a Trustee of the Perinton Historical Society for many years, and is former commissioner of the Fairport Historic Preservation Commission. As town historian, he has led walking and bus tours, and given presentations on numerous topics, as well as hosted hundreds of school children each year on field trips to the Fairport Historical Museum and other locations.


Please send an email to the Perinton Historical Society or to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for either of these two times.


Program: Holiday Party & Program: Christmas in Regency-Era England
Presenter: Lisa Brown
Date: December 12, 2017
Time: 7 p.m
Location: Fairport Museum

Please bring a dish to pass. 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.

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.


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.


Historic Tours - Filkins in Fairport; October 1, 2017

Presenters: Self-guided
Date: Sunday October 1, 2017
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Village of Fairport

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.


Oct. 17 - All for Suffrage

Nov. 21 - Old Home Week Revisited

Dec. 12 - Christmas Regency - Era England


Postcards: The Forgotten Art Form

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



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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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