History Happy Hour: Spiritualism

Friday, September 28th from 6 PM - 8 PM

Join the Rochester Historical Society for our third History Happy Hour lecture series at Nox: “Spiritualism”

No cover charge, but you can reserve your table by emailing Kelly {at} noxcocktail(.)com. Last series was standing room only! Reserve your spot early!

Food and drink specials all night, and all proceeds go to the Rochester Historical Society. Donations are also welcome!


“Yesterday’s Child” at Genesee Country Village and Museum’s Livingston Backus House

Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, NY 14511

For Hours of Operation and Pricing

Special RHS Member Opportunity!
Come to see this wonderful exhibit of our artifacts showcasing children from Rochester’s past for free. Up to four people will be admitted for free one day between now and October 14th. Admissions will be asking for your name and address.

Welcome to Yesterday’s Child, an exhibit that explores children and childhood in the nineteenth century. In addition, this is the first exciting collaboration between Genesee Country Village &Museum (GCV&M) and the Rochester Historical Society (RHS). Inspired by several portraits of children in the RHS collections and the transformation of the second floor of the Livingston Backus House, once the Livingston Park Seminary, this display has been a number of years in coming to fruition. As you wander through the works, we hope you get a sense of the evolution in people’s thinking about children, their behaviors, even their play, and appreciate how fortunate we are to have both of these institutions to help us look backward.


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!

None Scheduled at this time

Please note that we have recently reduced our hours of operation. This difficult decision was made after serious deliberation by the Trustees in consideration of our current limited financial resources. We are glad to be able to maintain a presence in the community while we continue to work toward finding a long-term solution that will enable is to return to full operations. Updates will be provided as we progress. Your support,
interest and patience are greatly appreciated.



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We are open Monday and Wednesday 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. Watch the Pittsford Library calendar! The presentations there are 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.

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!