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Program - Kodakids of WWII
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 07:00pm - 08:00pm
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Contact Library (585) 223-9091 or Fairport Museum (585) 223 3989

KodakidsPreseenter: Mary Jo Lanphear, Brighton Town Historian

The Society is pleased to welcome Mary Jo Lanphear as she discusses Little Ambassadors: The Kodakids of World War II. This program is co-sponsored by the Fairport Public Library and will take place at the library on Tuesday, January 18 at 7 p.m.

Imagine leaving home as a child and spending the next five years with strangers in another country. Over 1,300 children between the ages of five and fifteen did just that during World War II and 156 of them stayed in the Rochester area. Dubbed the “Kodakids,” they were the children of employees at Kodak’s Harrow, England plant.

The “Duchess of Athol” arrived on August 24, 1940, at Montreal. Transferred to railroad cars, the children rode from Montreal to Brighton to their American adventure. “Little Ambassadors: the Kodakids of World War II” details their sojourn with Rochester-area families until war’s end in 1945.

Mary Jo Lanphear has been the town of Brighton Historian since 1986. Her position includes researching topics of Brighton history, presenting public talks, working with school children, and assisting town staff with projects. She serves as staff adviser to the town’s Historic Preservation Commission and has participated in the decision to designate over seventy landmarks in Brighton. Currently she is volunteering as a transcriber of historic correspondence in the collection of the U. of R. Rare Books Dept.

Co-sponsored by the Society and Fairport Public Library. Registration is required through the Fairport Public Library and is limited.

To register, visit or call the library at 585-223-9091.

Masks will be required for all program attendees regardless of vaccination status.

Location Fairport Public Library, 1 Fairport Village Lndg, Fairport, NY 14450

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