Presentations at 121 Lincoln Avenue

All presentations are about an hour and start at 2 pm with questions and discussion at the end. Most of the presentations are given by Daniel D. Cody, Collections Manager and Registrar for RHS. Presentations by guest speakers will be noted in the write-up. Please RSVP two days before each presentation. Minimum of 8 attendees. Members are free. Non-members $5. Let us know that you are coming! czuhlke {at} rochesterhistory(.)org, (585) 623-8285 or by Facebook message. Thank you!

January 13th - “Rochester During World War II”

In 1939, the world was thrown into a second world wide war. Although the United States did not enter the war until December 1941, learn how Rochester rallied around the flag. Rochester supplied men, women, money and materiel to the war effort. Rochester NY: All American Patriotic City.

The following presentation will be held at 7 pm with a question and answer period after. Members are free - non members $5

January 24th - “The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame – A Life of Louise Arner Boyd” by Joanna Kafarowski (sign up for this event before January 20th, 2018)

After inheriting the family fortune while only in her thirties, Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972) began leading a double life. She fell under the spell of the north in the 1920s after a sailing excursion to the Arctic. Over the next three decades, she achieved international fame as a rugged polar explorer while maintaining her flamboyant lifestyle as a leading society woman. Despite organizing and financing seven daring Arctic expeditions between 1926 and 1955, she is virtually unknown today.

Louise Arner Boyd has a strong connection with Rochester. Her maternal grandfather, Dr. Thomas Arner practised medicine here and was the secretary of the Monroe County Medical Society. During the Civil War, he was the Assistant Surgeon with the 108th Infantry Regiment (Rochester Regiment). Her maternal grandmother, Theodocia Cook Arner edited The Hospital Review (Rochester City Hospital) and Journal of the Home (Rochester Home for the Friendless).

Dr. Joanna Kafarowski has worked extensively with Indigenous communities in the Arctic and has participated in a North Pole Last Degree Expedition. She looks forward to sharing her passion for the Arctic and for Louise Arner Boyd.



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We are open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm and other times by appointment - call 585-623-8285 or email wkeeler {at} rochesterhistory(.)org to make arrangements.


Out and About in the Community

History on the Road has several private sessions booked. We will let you know if we have one that is open to the public.

“Col. Rochester Arrives in the Genesee Valley” mural is on display at Rochester City Hall, 30 Church Street, Rochester, NY.

“The Erie Canal Aqueduct Crosses the Genesee” mural is located at Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester, NY.

“The Upper Falls of the Genesee” painting is being seen by everyone who visits the Office of Governor Cuomo, Albany, NY.

Susan B. Anthony’s purse can be seen at the Susan B. Anthony House, 17 Madison Street, Rochester, NY.

RHS is proud to display Susan B. Anthony’s dress, historical suffrage banner and other artifacts at the NYS Suffrage Exhibition opening in October.

Genesee Country Village and Museum’s “Gone Fishin’” exhibit is showing our Seth Green artifacts. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, NY.

The “Fiction and Fashion” exhibit at Genesee Country Village and Museum is displaying some of our clothing. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, NY.

Some of our artifacts are on long term loan to the Charlotte/Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society for their displays. Visit them at 70 Lighthouse Street, Rochester, NY.

The Military History Society of Rochester located at 250 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY is proudly displaying some of our military artifacts. Stop there to see them!