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:

Program: New York Woman Suffrage Centennial
Presenter: Christine Ridarsky, Rochester City Historian
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

WomanSuffrage100yrNYSlogoThe New York Woman Suffrage Centennial will be the topic for the March 21 program of the Perinton Historical Society at 7:00 pm at the Fairport Museum, 18 Perrin Street. The speaker will be Rochester City Historian Christine Ridarsky.

Christine L. Ridarsky will provide an overview of the woman suffrage movement as it played out in New York State from 1848 to 1917.

By exploring the wide variety of rhetorical and tactical strategies employed by women throughout the long campaign, Ridarsky will reveal the complexity of the process and the significant role played by women at all levels of the movement -- from Susan B. Anthony to state leaders such as Jean Brooks Greenleaf and Ella Hawley Crossett right on down to the thousands of unnamed women who organized meetings and went door to door in their local communities.

The program is free and open to the public.

Fairpt150yrlogo2017Program: Then & Now: Celebrating Fairport Village’s Sesquicentennial
Presenter: Fairport Village Sesquicentennial Committee
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fairport Museum

The Village of Fairport was incorporated as a village on April 30, 1867, and is celebrating its 150th anniversary this spring.  Come learn about the evolution of Fairport’s business district, post office, and fire department.  There will be info about Fairport inventors and their inventions!  Fairport had the great fortune of an adjacency to the Erie Canal, railroad and the trolley – all three contributed to Fairport becoming the bustling village it is today.  Our village has a fascinating history!

This event is free and is open to the public.

Other Upcoming Fairport Village Sesquicentennial Events:

April 14-29 – History Scavenger Hunt – two formats available!  The hunt will be designed to run on the free GooseChase app on any smartphone.  There will be copies available at the Village Hall and Library for those desiring a paper format.  When using the paper format a digital camera will be needed.

April 29 - an 1800's era exhibition baseball game at Johanna Perrin school field – 2pm. To celebrate the occasion there will be Fairport 150th baseball caps, commemorative booklets and concessions available for purchase.

April 30 – Pop-Up Picnic @ Potter Park 1pm – tables and chairs will be supplied.  Bring your tableware and picnic lunch to join your community in celebrating Fairport’s 150th Anniversary, along with era music and games.  Scavenger Hunt results will be announced with prizes for top scores!  Baseball caps and booklets will be available for purchase at the picnic as well.

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 16th.

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

More infromation 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. 

Postcard collections

On display now are postcard collections depicting St. Patricks Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.


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.


Museum is Open!


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


March 21- Woman Suffrage Centennial

April 18 - Fairport's Sesquicentennial

May 16 - Annual Meeting & Picnic

June 13 - Illuminated History Cemetery Tour


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 12 noon. 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 12 noon
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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