Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 7PM - Low Bridge/ High Water – The Canal Opening Festival will begin at Morgan-Manning House with a presentation by Tom Grasso entitled “Barge Canal Wonders and Contract 61: Brockport.” This talk will be your chance to learn about the history behind the treeless canal embankment. As is our tradition at the House, there will be refreshments and opportunities to talk with the speaker after the talk. Free and open to the general public.
April 25, 2018 - Wednesday - 7:00 PM - TWO- PART PROGRAM - Quarantined! We live in a world where we nearly take for granted all the medicines and doctors who help us stay healthy. What was the field of medicine and diseases like 150 years ago? Arnold Manning died at a very young age of tuberculosis of the spine. This intriguing evening will explore the diseases, flues and epidemics of Brockport from 1850 to 1950. Some of the Morgan-Manning House collection of doctor's "tools of the trade" will be on display. The program will be presented by Dr. James Goetz. The second half of the program will be presented by Rosa Davila - "The birth of modern perfumery: An olfactory journey into Victorian times" Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program.
April 22, 2018 - Sunday - 2:00 PM - English Tea - Reservations are required - no tickets will be sold at the door. Delicate sandwiches, scones, pastries and two varieties of tea. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. See flyer.
March 18, 2018 - Sunday - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Sara Morgan's 150th Birthday Celebration - For members of Western Monroe Historical Society and their guests. An afternoon of music, refreshments and conversation, including: cake, coffee and tea; live music, meet our new historian, and at 3PM Presentation of restored Susan Morgan painting, followed by a surprise Special Event.
March 8, 2018 - Thursday - 7:00 PM - THE STORY OF BROCKPORT'S NAMESAKES -HIEL and PHEBE BROCKWAY - The town of Brockport was named after Hiel Brockway. Why him? Who was Hiel Brockway? This evening will explore the lives an history of Hiel and Phebe Brockway. We will uncover how this man brought the Red Bird Line packet boats and many other ventures to Brockport. The program will be presented by Mary Lynne Turner. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program
January 11, 2018 - Thursday - 7:00 PM - Star Struck in Brockport - Lewis Swift, The Man Who Looked Up - In 1820, one of the most famous and world renown astronomers was born right on Ridge Road in the town of Clarkson. He identified numerous astronomical objects. His accomplishments took him all over the world. Noted for sighting and naming six comets and numerous stars, this evening will fascinate you as science and history merge. The program will be presented by Chris Albrecht. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program.
December 3, 2017 - 3-5PM - Pictures with Santa - Bring your own camera and have one of our volunteers photograph your entire family with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in front the fireplace at the Morgan-Manning House. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per family.
December 1 & 2, 2017 – Friday and Saturday – Candlelight Christmas. Friday 10AM-9:00PM, Saturday 10AM to 4:00PM. Enjoy Shopping in the Victorian Décor for Handcraft Holiday Decorations and Ornaments, Woven Garments, Wood Carvings, Paintings, Florals, Jellies & Jams, Chocolates, Maple Products, Alpaca, Ceramics, Folk-art, Quilting & Braiding, and Other Creations. Handcraft Raffle available donated by the Vendors. Credit Cards Accepted. $3 donation requested at door.
November 9, 2017 - Thursday - 7:00 PM - Toys and Trinkets - With no computers, cell phones or televisions, what did children play with? This delightful evening will explore the wonderful world of toys from the late 19th and early 20th century. The evening will highlight many toys found in the collection of the Western Monroe Historical Society collection and the history behind them. The program will be presented by Judy Jensen.. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program.
October 12, 2017 - Thursday - 7:00 PM - 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage - The Western Monroe Historical Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York State.. Did you know that Susan B. Anthony spoke in Brockport three times? Elizabeth Cady Stanton spoke in Brockport too. 2017 marks the hundredth year of women's rights being part of New York State. This historical evening will highlight the speeches given by these two influential women from the 1800's who would ultimately build the strong foundation for the 19th amendment to our United States Constitution. Enjoy an evening commemorating the visits to Brockport by two notable ladies. The program will be presented by Bill Andrews. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program.
August 26, 2017 - Saturday - 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM - PEDDLERS BAZAAR & COLLECTIBLES SALE - Vendors will be on site selling their wares on the lawn, and we will have the sale inside the Carriage House on the back lot of the Morgan-Manning House. Hot dogs, soda, water and ice cream will be available from 10:30 AM. Live Music from 11AM to 1PM. FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. See flyer. Please see separate section under events called PEDDLERS for more info
August 13, 2017 – Sunday 1:00 to 3:00 PM – Tours of the Morgan-Manning House during the Brockport Arts Festival. Last tour begins at 2:30 PM. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Tour of only the first floor.rmation. Vendors are wanted. Please note - the correct price is $25.00 per space. See Notice to vendors.
Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 6:30 PM Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET - on the lawn of the Morgan-Manning House. Presented by "Shake on the Lake," a professional theatre company based in Silver Lake, New York. Free and open to the general public. There are no tickets needed. We will have seats set up in the front, but bring your lawn chair if you want to sit in the back. In case of rain, the production will be moved inside to the Carriage House, on the back lot of the Morgan-Manning House. There will be a talk at 6:00 PM and the play starts at 6:30. It runs from 6:30 to 8PM straight through with no intermission. Popcorn, water and ice cream will be available for purchase. You can check out the theatre company at www.shakeonthelake.org.
July 4, 2017 – Tuesday – 10AM to 3:00 PM – Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration on the grounds of the historic Morgan-Manning House. Children’s parade, community choir, big band music, concert band playing patriotic music, cake walk, 50/50 raffle and children’s games. Free Admission. Food and refreshments available for nominal charge. See flyer.
June 11, 2017 - Sunday - Historic House Walk is now SOLD OUT at the Morgan-Manning House.
May 11, 2017 – Thursday – 7:00 PM – Presentation by Richard O. Reisem and Andy Olenick, co-authors of Erie Canal Legacy: Architectural Treasures of the Empire State. This program is part of the Low Bridge High Water Celebration. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program
April 23, 2017 - Sunday 2:00 pm - ENGLISH TEA NOW SOLD OUT. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, call 637-3645 with your name, phone number, and how many are in your party. - 2:00 PM - English Tea - Reservations Required. See flyer.
April 18, 2017 (7:00 PM) - Tuesday - “An Inventor, A Businessman, and the Creation of the Mechanical Reaper”. Inventors are visionaries. Businessmen are capitalists. See how two historical figures in Brockport would shape Big Business in the 1860’s in Brockport. Presenter will be Charlie Cowling. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served immediately following the talk. See our Facebook page for more details.
April 7, 2017 - (4:00-6:00PM) Friday - FIRST FRIDAY hosted jointly by the Western Monroe Historical Society (WMHS) and Brockport Foundation of SUNY Brockport. Wine & cheese at the Morgan-Manning House - sponsored by Herb & Alicia Fink. Free and open to the general public as well as members of WMHS.
March 9th, 2017 (7:00PM) - Thursday
The Seymour House, Another Amazing Landmark” – An historical reflection about the house and the family that left the namesake of the Brockport Library. Presenter to be announced.
January 11th, 2017 (7:00PM) - Wednesday
“Authoress and Brockport Resident- Mary Jane Holmes”
With over 40 novels to her credit, Mary Jane Holmes was one of the most successful female novelists of her time. She lived in Brockport, and an in depth look at her novel “Lena Rivers” will provide an introspective look at the life, beliefs and crafts of this novelist. Presenter is Chris Albrecht.
Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3, 2016 - CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS at the Morgan-Manning House.
Friday, Dec 2nd - 10AM to 9PM
Saturday, Dec 3rd - 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Pictures with Santa 3 to 5 PM - Bring your own camera and have your picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus in front of the Victorian fireplace at the Morgan-Manning House. Our volunteers are standing by to take your photos. Suggested donation - $5.00 per family.
e 1850’s will be on display. This machine was one of earliest models in Monroe County. Various presenters. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served after the program.
November 10th, 2016 (7:00PM) - Thursday
“Hoops, Hats and High Fashion” - a close-up look and fashion show featuring men’s and women’s garments, clothing and fashion of the 1860’s. An early sewing machine from th
October 12th, 2016 (7:00PM)
“Hot Politics”- The Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858 will be presented. Debates were pivotal in the election of Lincoln in 1860. Bill Andrews will present the program with Gordon Fox as Abraham Lincoln and Gary Skoog as Stephen A. Douglas. Acting as reporters on the scene will be Chris Albrecht and Merrill Melnick. At this event two prints in the house’s second floor billiards room will be shown: One with President Lincoln’s family and the other with his cabinet. “This should be fun,” said Fox, who is Vice President of the Western Monroe Historical Society Board of Trustees and leader of the series planning committee.
This event is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served following the program.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10AM-3PM - Peddlers Market and Carriage House Collectibles Sale. Arts, crafts, jewelry, books, small furniture and many more items on sale. Food and drinks are available for purchase. See flyer. Vendors see Vendor Contract.
Every Sunday now through Sunday, August 28th. - Summer Sunday Tours - 1PM to 3PM each Sunday. No reservations needed. See "Tours" for more information.
CLASS NOW FULL Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 19, 20 & 21, 2016 - 10 AM to 12 Noon all three days - Carriage House Carpenters at the Morgan-Manning House.
- Grades 8-12 - carpentry - Create a dovetailed wooden tool box with Gordy Fox. No power tools will be used by the students. $50.00 per student includes materials. Includes all 3 days. Re-scheduled to this week. See flyer and application. CLASS NOW FULL.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 12, 13 & 14, 2016 - 10 AM to 12 Noon all three days - Carriage House Kids Camp at the Morgan-Manning House.
- Grades 1-7 - Age-appropriate games, crafts an activities popular during Victorian times.. $20 for one child, $30 for two children and $40 for three children, includes all 3 days.
Monday, July 4, 2016 - 10AM-3PM - 4th of July celebration on the grounds of the Morgan-Manning House. Live music, food, children's parade, cake walk. Fun for the whole family. See flyer.
June 18, 2016 (Saturday) 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM) - SOLD OUT - Morgan-Manning Grand Wine Tasting. An elegant evening of fine wines and hors d'oeuvres. $50.00 per person. Paid reservations accepted at either Morgan-Manning House or Mahan's Discount Liquor Store. For a list of the wines to be sampled, click here for Wine List. Call 637-3645 for more information. See flyer. SOLD OUT - To be put on the waiting list, call 637-3645.
May 17, 2016 (Tuesday) 6:15PM Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 - Assemble at 6:00 PM at Drake Memorial Library - College at Brockport - ANTIQUES AND HIDDEN TREASURES – The Western Monroe Historical Society and the SUNY Friends of Drake Memorial Library will present Mr. Robert Meringolo, from the Antique Appraisers Roadshow and former College at Brockport Student. There will be a Tour and Talk: Antiques and Hidden Treasures. Parking is available in Lot T.
The program is a follows:
- 6:15 PM - Tour of Drake Memorial Library (Departs from lobby of Drake Memorial Library).
- 7:00 PM - Antiques and Hidden Treasures Discussion (everything you wanted to know about antiquing but did not know who to ask), McCue Auditorium, Liberal Arts Bldg.
- 8:00 PM - Reception.
Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 PM - Dan Ward, Curator of the Erie Canal Museum and co-producer will present his film Boom and Bust on the Erie Canal as part of Brockport's Low Bridge/High Water festivities opening the canal. The program is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served after the program.
May 7, 2016 (Saturday) 2:00 PM - Memorial Service for our Historian Emeritus, Eunice Chesnut, in the Carriage House in back of the Morgan-Manning House, followed by a reception in the main House.
May 4, 2016 - ROSIE RICH – One of the very active and loyal members of the Western Monroe Historical Society will offer a reading of her book “Crossing Boundaries, Beirut and Beyond”, 1964-1968. This book deals with the four years Rosie spent in Beirut, Lebanon, while she was establishing the first Health and Physical Education Program for women at the American University of Beirut. This presentation, sponsored by the Clarkson Historical Society, will take place Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM. at the Clarkson Justice Court, Route 19 & 104. This reading is free and open to the Public.
May 3, 2016 (Tuesday) Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner - MEMBERS ONLY. Pot Luck at 6PM, followed by meeting at 7:15PM
April 28, 2016 (7:30 PM) - “America’s Songs: The Great American Songbook and the City” Presenter: Michael Lasser; Mr. Lasser, host of Fascinatin’ Rhythm and author of three books about American music, will speak about his books and some of the history of popular music in America. Following the presentation, Mr. Lasser will be selling and signing his books. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.
SOLD OUT - April 17, 2016 (Sunday) at 2:00 PM - English Tea - Delicate sandwiches, scones, mini cupcakes and two varieties of tea served in our beautiful Victorian house. $20 per person members, $25 per person non-members..
March 10, 2016 (7:30 PM) – “Time Of Fear: Japanese-American Internment During World War II” • Presenter: Bob Vukosic, Osher Institute; In this presentation, Mr. Vukosic will explore who, what, when, where, and why of Japanese-American internment during World War II.
January 14, 2016 (7:30) "Building Futures" - January 21, 2016 (7:30) as a rain/snow date if necessary
• Presenter: Adam Jablonski; • Adam will talk about the work that he and his deceased friend, Jim Nowak, a retired Fairport teacher, did in Kenya building classrooms and other sustainable developments in that country.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm - Pictures with Santa - Bring your own camera. Take photos yourself, or have one of our volunteers snap a photo with your camera of your family with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in this beautiful Victorian mansion. Suggested donation is $5.00 per family.
Friday December 4, 2015 - 10:00 am to 9:00 pm CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS - $3.00 donation at the door.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00 pm.- CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS - $3.00 donation at the door.
Thursday, November 5, 2015 7:30 PM - "Gifford Morgan and the Amazing Disappearing Normal School." Charles Cowling from SUNY Brockport will present this program about Gifford Morgan, who in the 1930's partnered with Ernest Hartwell to save the Normal School from closure, as well as other interesting facets of Morgan family involvement with the college. (Spoiler alert: one of the latter has to do with roller skates!) Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the general public.
September 26, 2015- 7:00 pm (Saturday) - "Smoke, Fire & Ashes" - Anniversary of Morgan-Manning House fire. Presentation by the firemen who were present during the fire in 1964. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.
September 12, 2015 - 10:00 am to 3:00 PM. (Saturday) Peddlers Market & Collectibles Sale - Vendors will be selling their wares and second hand items will be for sale in the Carriage House in back of the Morgan-Manning House. Food, beverages and ice cream will also be on sale. See Flyer. Vendors See Vendor Contract-Word.
August 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm (Monday) - Bluegrass Music on the Morgan-Manning House lawn: (Re-scheduled to August 24th from original date of August 17th) The Hartley Family Bluegrass Band from Arkadelphia, Arkansas will be performing. The band consists of Tom on the banjo, guitar and vocals; Deb on bass and vocals; Abby on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and vocals; and Micah on banjo, mandolin, fiddle and vocals. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy these talented musicians. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served for a nominal price.
July 4, 2015 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm - (Saturday) July 4th Celebration on the grounds of the Morgan-Manning House. Fun time for the whole family. Music, Cake Walk, Food, Games and Children's Parade.
June 6, 2015 (Saturday) 4:00 pm to 6:00 PM - Chicken BBQ - More information to follow. See flyer.
May 14, 2015 (Thursday) at 7:00 PM - Program by Tom Grosso on the Erie Canal. Free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.
May 5, 2015 (Tuesday) - Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner - Western Monroe Historical Society Members only. Pot Luck at 6:00 pm, and Annual Meeting at 7:15 pm. April 23, 2015 - 7:30 PM - (Thursday) American Arts and Crafts Movement. Rose Welch of the Osher Institute will discuss the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1880's to 1920's and how it changed the exterior and interior of American homes. This is also the 50th anniversary of the Provisional Charter granted by the Board of Regents, which launched the Western Monroe Historical Society. Join us for a piece of birthday cake. This is free and open to the general public. Refreshments in addition to the birthday cake will be served.
April 12, 2015 - 2:00 PM - (Sunday) English Tea - SOLD OUT - If you would like to be put on the waiting list in case of a cancellation, please call Sandy at 637-3645 with your name, phone number and the number of people you want to put on the waiting list. We will let you know by April 2nd if there is a cancellation. $25.00 per person for non-members and $20.00 per person for members. For those who have already made a reservation, all monies must be in by March 31st to hold your reservations.
Oct. 3 2013 -“The Life and Work of Louis Comfort Tiffany” • Presenter: Don Hall • This talk
includes details about Tiffany's life as well as stunning examples of the work that carries his name.
Nov. 7 2013 - “Queen of the Bremen: The True Story of an American Child Trapped in Germany
During World War II” • Presenter: Marlies Adams diFante. Mrs. diFante was only 5 years old in 1939, when her family decided to visit Germany. This is her story and copies of her book will be available at $20 per copy.
Dec. 6 & 7 - 2013 CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS - • Craft Sale (Fri. - 10 AM to 9 PM & Sat. - 10 AM to 5 PM)
Dec. 8 2013 - Photos With Santa • Bring your family and camera to the Morgan-Manning House and have your picture taken with Santa.
Dec. 15 2013-- HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE - • Members and their guests • Refreshments
Jan. 16 2014 -- “Trekking in the Himalayas With a Look at the People and Culture of Nepal” •
Presenter: Peter Randazzo. Peter will show slides of his recent trip to that beautiful region of the world
and discuss unique aspects of the culture of the people living there.
March 27 2014 -- “The Courthouse Girls of Farmland” Presenter – Kathy Goetz This
movie, recipient of the 2008 Breckenridge Festival of Film Award, is about historic preservation and Kathy will introduce it and discuss how it may apply to Brockport.
Apr. 6 2014 - English Tea More details later.
Apr. 24 2014 - “Female Civil War Surgeon” Presenter: Joyce Thompson-Hovey This program is about Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, from Oswego, NY, who was the only female Civil War Surgeon with the Union Army.
May 20 2014 - ANNUAL MEETING & POT LUCK SUPPER • Members Only • 6 PM supper followed by Annual
Meeting at 7:15