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!

October 25th - “Rochester Mobilizes for the Great War”

In 1914 the world was thrown into the Great War. Although the United States did not officially enter the war until 1917, learn how Rochester participated in the war economy and prepared for eventual entry into the war. Once the United States declared war, Rochester was an All –American patriotic city.

November 29th - “Rochester in the 1918 Influenza Epidemic”

In the fall of 1918, the Great War was coming to an end. However, another great war was just starting. This was the war against influenza, an epidemic that killed millions worldwide in just a few short months. Rochester was not immune from the ravages of influenza. This presentation explores how Rochester dealt with the epidemic they knew was coming and knew would be deadly.

December 13th - “Picture Postcard Rochester”

Take a trip to Rochester, NY at the turn of the 20th Century. See the sights and marvels of Rochester as seen through color postcards from the collection of the Society. These amazing picture postcards were sent around the world from the Flower City.

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.



November 19th - Movie Time at the Cinema - Fundraiser

Join us at 4 pm for a showing of “Joyeux Noël” (a film about the WWI Christmas truce of December 1914), a pop-up exhibit of RHS’ WWI collection artifacts, and remarks on Rochester during WWI. $10.00 suggested donation.
Cinema Theater, 957 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY.



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!