December 18, 2018 – Tues - 7PM - “The Oral Reading of the Christmas Font”, by Mary Jane Homes (Presenters: Christopher Albrecht and the youth of Brockport) If you want to get into the holiday spirit, this evening is one you will not want to miss. In 1868, Mary Jane Holmes published this 68-page novelette. The setting is at Brockport’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The actual Christmas baptismal font that the book is named for is next to the alter in the church. The entire story will be read to candlelight while winter scenes of Brockport are projected on screens. Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies will be served.
January 17, 2019 – Thurs - 7PM - “Fannie Barrier Williams, a Woman of Courage” (Presenters: Christopher Albrecht and Brockport Central Schools Teachers and Students) Frances Barrier Williams began and ended her life as a resident of Brockport. She was part of the suffrage movement and was a founding member of the NAACP. Upon Susan B. Anthony’s death, she delivered a eulogy at her funeral. What can be learned from this woman of strong belief and courage? Come join us to celebrate the progress one Brockport citizen had on equal rights. This program will be presented within a few days of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
February 13, 2019 – Wed - 7PM - “The Fire of 1882” (Presented by Gordon and Peggy Fox)
The Harvester Company of Brockport was a lead manufacturer in the production of reapers. Brockport inventor Hudson Cooley was individually granted or shared in nine patents, which were all assigned to, or owned by, the Johnston Harvester Company. The patents were for various harvester or grain binder improvements. Unfortunately for Brockport, the harvester factory burned in 1882 and the company relocated to Batavia. See how this company and its relocation shaped Brockport.
March 7, 2019 – Thurs - 7PM - “Milo Starks, Not Just a Civil War Hero” (Presenter: Dr. Bill Andrews)
Milo Starks was a resident of the town of Sweden. He was a Civil War hero and one of the leaders of the 140th New York infantry on Little Round Top at the battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. He was wounded 4 times during the Civil War and was eventually killed at Laurel Hill, May 10, 1864. What was his life like prior to his life in the Civil War? This evening will look at the extraordinary life of Milo Starks through a series of letters written before the Civil War.
(Possible Program) Week of March 18 – 22, 2019 – “The Civil War” (Guest Presentation) TBA.
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April 17, 2019 – Wed - 7PM - “And Papa Called Hoorah” (Presenters: Dr. Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer and Peggy Fox)
Longtime Brockport historian, Eunice Chestnut, compiled letters of the Morgan family in a 1987 publication called “And Papa Called Hoorah”. This presentation will have a number of readers reciting the letters of the Morgan family. The insight of these letters will give the audience an intimate understanding of the personalities of the Morgan family. This book will be for sale at the completion of the presentation.