Presentations at 121 Lincoln Avenue

All presentations are about an hour and start at 7 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!

August 30th - The Rise of the Big Three

As recently as the 1980s, one of every 3 workers in Rochester was employed by Eastman Kodak, Xerox or Bausch & Lomb. These BIG 3 - as they are known - became not only the basis for most of the city and regional economy, they also became central to Rochester’s identity. These three became known nationally and even internationally. They dominated their industries to such an extent that they resulted in new words and expressions that were universally recognized.

September 13th - Rochester Goes Shopping

In the mid-1800s when mass production began creating all sorts of home appliances, ready-made clothing, canned goods and the like, goods once available only to the wealthy became inexpensive enough to be available to a growing middle class. With this came the department store, which quickly learned the importance of fantasy, indulgence and convenience to customers. Shopping became not just an errand, but an experience and advertising an important component.

September 21st - The Italians of Greater Rochester (NY): Contributions to the Community and the Nation

A Power Point presentation given by Edward A Maruggi based on his book by the same title. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Society!



September 17th - Geeks Who Drink Presents Quiz for a Cause at Nox

Geeks Who Drink are hosting a “Quiz for a Cause” to support RHS! The fun begins at 7:30 pm at Nox, 302 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY. Cash prizes for the victorious team (1-6 players/team). Rochester History Bonus Questions for drink prizes. $5 suggested donation. Put on your thinking/drinking hats and enjoy the entertainment while supporting our history!

September 26th - Alex and Ani Charity Event at 145 Culver Road Armory, Rochester, NY 14620

Join us from 5 pm to 7 pm for light refreshments and a chance to support the Society. Get a head start on Holiday shopping or birthdays! We need 25 people to attend.



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 Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County’s “Because of Women Like Her” exhibit. Our items will be there until September 2nd then they are off to the NYS Suffrage Exhibition opening in October. Located at 115 South Avenue, Harold Hacker Hall, Rundel Memorial Building, 1st floor.

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!