October 23, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00pm - “Happy Mole Day – Conversations on Victorian Chemistry” (Presenters: Drs. BoB LeSuer and Carly Reed) The Victorian era was rich with chemical discoveries, not least of which was the development of the iconic periodic table. In this program, we will hear from Dimitri Mendeleev, the chemist recognized as the father of periodic law, and Marie Curie, who discovered two new elements and devoted her life to the study of radioactivity, a concept wholeheartedly rejected by Mendeleev. Conversations on Victorian Chemistry is modeled after Jane Marcet’s 1806 textbook, Conversations on Chemistry, which was intended to introduce girls to the world of science, but had a much broader impact due to the interactive conversational approach used. Free and open to the general public. Following the presentation, there will be refreshments and an opportunity to see how 21st century versions of the instruments featured that can be built.
October 30, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00 pm - “Changing Victorian Deathways in the 19th Century” (Presenter: Mr. Derek Maxfield & Students) The Victorians were an eccentric lot who, through the first half of the 19th century, could romanticize anything – even death. They made rules about how to die properly, insisted upon proper attire for not only observing a death but anticipating and dressing the deceased properly. They kept souvenirs of the dead to remember their loved ones. But after the Civil War the Victorians changes and the way they treated death changed as the Civil War, Industrial Revolution and Consumer Revolution molded their sensibilities. NB: On October 28 and 29, the Morgan Manning House will be open in the evening, as we will have an exhibition on Victorian Deathways on display in the Red Reception room. This exhibition will be curated by GCC students.
November 19, 2019 (Tuesday) 7:00 pm - “Happy 200th Birthday, Dayton Morgan” (Presenter: Dr. Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer)
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Dayton S. Morgan’s birth. Originally from the nearby town of Ogden, D. S. Morgan settled and flourished as a businessman in Brockport. While his business ventures required him to travel extensively, the letters he sent to his family and business partners at the D.S. Morgan and Co. plant in Brockport present him as a caring father and a man conscious of his civic duties in the village. This program will present the many facets of this self-made man known as “one of Brockport’s leading citizens.”
December 6 & 7, 2019 - Friday 10am-9pm and Saturday 10am-4pm- Candlelight Christmas. Experience the mansion’s Victorian ambiance as you shop for Handcraft Holiday Decorations and Ornaments, Woven & Knitted Items, Wood Carvings, Paintings, Florals, Jellies & Jams, Pottery, Jewelry, Cards, Soaps, Sachets, Chocolates, Alpaca, Ceramics, Folk-art, Quilting & Braiding, and Other Creations. Credit cards accepted. For more details, or to download a vendor application, See Separate section under events titled "Candlelight Christmas."
PICTURES WITH SANTA: Sunday, December 8, 2019 between the hours of 3pm and 5pm, as in past years, the members of the Historical Society offer the opportunity to have your family dressed in their holiday finest, come to the library at the Morgan Manning House, and have one of our members take your picture(s) with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Bring your own camera. This is free of charge, but a $5 donation per family is appreciated.
December 18, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00pm - “Forgotten Christmas Stories, Remembered – Mary Jane Holmes” (Presenters: Mr. Christopher Albrecht & Brockport Students) Mary Jane Holmes wrote the “Christmas Font.” However, she wrote many other Christmas stories that were published in her book, Christmas Stories. You will be treated to a brief history of authoress, Mary Jane Holmes, and wonderful evening of hearing Christmas stories published by her in 1884.
January 15, 2020 (Wednesday) 7pm - “Helen Hastings, Rediscovered” (Presenter: Sarah Hart)
February 20, 2020 (Thursday) 7pm - “Hellmira – The Story of the Civil War Boys” (Presenter: Derek Maxfield)
March 19, 2020 (Thursday) 7pm - “Victorian Taxidermy by David Bruce” (Presenter: Chris Hunt)
April 15, 2020 (Wednesday) 7pm - “Henry Selden, the Political Leader” (Presenter: Dr. William Andrews)