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:

SuffragistSash VotesWomenProgram: Woman's Suffrage - Yea or Nay?
Presenter: Fairport Historical Club (FHC)
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m
Location: Kenelley Park Gazebo or the Fairport Public Library

As part of Fairport’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, the (FHC) will host an historic debate on Women’s Suffrage on Wednesday, July 19, 5:30 p.m., in Kenelley Park, Main Street, Fairport, NY.

The debate will be a re-enactment of a debate held in 1914 by the women of the FHC. It is difficult in today’s world to think that any woman would be opposed to granting women the vote, but back then the anti-suffrage team argued that women’s time and energy were best spent nurturing their families and that participation in the political issues of the day would diminish that focus.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, sit back and listen to the spirited and compelling arguments - both for and against suffrage. Also shared will be the local area’s voting results three years later, in 1917, when the people in our state voted to change the constitution granting women the right to vote.  

In the event of rain, the debate will be held in the Fairport Public Library community room, but registration is required.

Visit the library website or call 585-223-9091 for reservations. Registration available after June 21st.


AnthonySusanB.2017Program: An Evening with Miss Susan B. Anthony
Presenter: Jeanne Gehret
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Time: 7 p.m
Location: FAIRPORT PUBLIC LIBRAY (note, the D & C article stating it was at the Museum is incorrect)

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. Visit the library website or call 585-223-9091 for reservations. Registration available after June 21st.

CanalBoatHornProgram: Museum Open House
Presenters: Meet VoteTilla Boat Travelers
Date: Wednesday, July 19
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

In conjunction with the other Fairport activities celebrating the centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State,  the Society will host an Open House at the Fairport Museum.

The open house will provide an opportunity to meet some of the VoteTilla boat travelers who will dock in Fairport that afternoon and will be leaving for their next port the following morning.

Special items on display at the museum will include 3 canal boat horns and pro- and anti-women’s suffrage flyers.

The Open House 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.

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 - October 1, 2017

Save the date! The 2017 Historic House Tour will be October 1, 2017. The tour will focus on the area of Filkins and George Street, in the Village of Fairport.

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 Tou



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


July 19 - Woman's Suffrage - Yea or Nay?

July 19 - Evening with Susan B. Anthony
(note, this event is at the Public Library)

July 19 - Museum Open House

Oct. 1 - Historic House Tour


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



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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