Bottles - All Shapes and Sizes
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Bottles - All Shapes and Sizes

James Bartholomew, expert local bottle collector, will share stories about the glass containers he has discovered in the area. Bottles can tell us about unique by-gone local businesses and the unusual products they produced. 

Avon Village Hall
74 Genesee Street Avon, NY 14414

Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.  Light refreshments will be served. Donations are gratefully accepted to support future programs.

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The Impact of  World War One on Livingston County
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

The Impact of World War One on Livingston County

 Avon Homecoming Parade, 1919 at the Village Circle Park in Avon.   Photo courtesy of the Livingston County Historian

Avon Homecoming Parade, 1919 at the Village Circle Park in Avon. Photo courtesy of the Livingston County Historian

 In commemoration of the World War One Centennial, Livingston County Historian, Amie Alden, will provide an overview of the prelude to U.S. involvement, local civilian efforts and sacrifice during the Great War. 

Avon Village Hall
74 Genesee Street Avon, NY 14414

Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.  Light refreshments will be served. Donations are gratefully accepted to support future programs.

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Our 35th Anniversary!
Sep
9
2:00 PM14:00

Our 35th Anniversary!

Enjoy refreshments with friends and neighbors at our Open House! Visit our museum to browse our Avon history displays. You also can step back in time when you take an historic tour of the Opera Block's third floor! 

Free and open to the public. Handicap accessible.

23 Genesee Street
Avon Opera Block

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Avon Rotary Corn Festival
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Avon Rotary Corn Festival

Come visit our tent at the Avon Corn Festival! Browse our sale table of memorabilia, books, and the newly published 2019 Avon Inn calendar. Make sure to buy raffle tickets to win a handmade vase generously donated by our local potter, Mike Carroll.

Our Museum, located at 23 Genesee Street, will be open during the Corn Festival. We will also be offering tours of the third floor of the Opera Block at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm. Come check it out!  


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As a member, you will receive four excellent newsletters a year, brimming with articles about local history.. Becoming a member helps us preserve the rich history of Avon. Thank you!

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History of the New York State Troopers
May
20
2:00 PM14:00

History of the New York State Troopers

New York State Trooper Historian, Albert Kurek, will present the history of the police force that serves our area. A retired officer and accomplished author, Mr. Kurek will share his historical research gained from personal interviews, court records and newspapers, highlighting the Western New York area that he served for forty years.

Avon Village Hall
74 Genesee Street Avon, NY 14414

Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are gratefully accepted to support future programs.

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Review of Avon Churches
Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

Review of Avon Churches

Come hear about the early days of Avon's religious groups. Representatives of seven churches will spend ten minutes sharing the unique history of their organizations. AP&HS President, Bob Westfall, will lead the panel discussion for these major churches who have had a long history in Avon:

United Methodist with Alex Albany

Zion Episcopal with Michael Meath

First Presbyterian with Rev. Toland

Lutheran with Clinton Zuber

Central Presbyterian with Karen Farmer

St. Agnes with Maureen Kingston

Wesleyan with Gloria Reynolds

This event will be held at the Avon Village Hall, 74 Genesee Street 

Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. Light refreshments will be served.

Participants are encouraged to enter in a drawing to win a free individual membership to the APHS!

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History of The Penny Saver
Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

History of The Penny Saver

Steve Harrison, second generation owner, will present the detailed history of the Penny Saver, which had its 1948 beginnings in an Avon garage! 

Avon Village Hall
74 Genesee Street Avon, NY 14414

Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. Light refreshments will be served.

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Nine Wonder Women of Toys
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Nine Wonder Women of Toys

Christopher Bensch, curator of the Strong Museum of Play, returns to APHS to share his research on women who invented toys. Did you know that Elizabeth Magie patented the first Monopoly game in 1904,  then known as the Landlord's Game? What might be the history of Barbie? Come find out, as Christopher reveals their histories and those of Slinky, Candy Land and Jenga!

Avon Village Hall
74 Genesee Street Avon, NY 14414

Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Come join us for this free program!

 

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Poinsettia Sale
Oct
30
to Dec 6

Poinsettia Sale

It's time for our Annual

POINSETTIA SALE

$9.00 each
for your choice of White, Red, Variegated Red and Variegated Pink

Order before December 6
They will be delivered to your door December 8

To order:
Call 585-226-2729
or Contact Us

 

Proceeds benefit the Avon Preservation & Historical Society

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Recovering Women’s Writing, Revisiting the 19th Century
Sep
17
2:00 PM14:00

Recovering Women’s Writing, Revisiting the 19th Century

Dr. Caroline Woidat will share her experience in the archives researching nineteenth-century women’s writing and discuss reasons why the larger project of textual recovery—that is, the process of locating and re-evaluating their work—is so important to our understanding of history. Beyond tracing connections of prominent women authors to Western New York and its social movements, the talk will provide practical advice for hands-on exploration of nineteenth-century books, newspapers, magazines, and stories. Public access to rare, overlooked, and forgotten texts has been greatly expanded with the availability of digital archives and online collections, and some of these resources will be introduced. Dr. Woidat’s literature course teaching students to create their own editions of nineteenth-century women’s writing is the subject of her forthcoming essay in a book on digital pedagogy, and this lecture will take a similar approach by offering a glimpse of the ways that scholars have shaped literary history and encouraging others to engage with the past through archival investigations of their own.

Caroline Woidat is Professor of English and coordinator of the American Studies and Native American Studies programs at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University and her B.A. at the University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching focus upon American women writers, Native American literature, captivity and migration narratives, and nineteenth-century social reform. She received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. Her publications include a Broadview Edition of Elizabeth Oakes Smith’s The Western Captive and Other Indian Stories (2015) and essays in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, Twentieth-Century Literature, and The Journal of American Culture.

Sunday, September 17,  2:00 pm

Avon Village Hall
74 Genesee Street Avon, NY 14414

Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.  Light refreshments will be served.

Come join us for this free program!

 

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Avon Corn Festival
Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Avon Corn Festival

The AP&HS will be set up in front of the Library during the 2017 Corn Fest. Come browse our table of memorabilia, books, and the newly published calendar. We will have two raffles this year - a quilt featuring the East Avon Native American, and a cordless String Trimmer donated by Cub Cadet! Tickets are 1 for $1.00 or 6 for $5.00.

Our Museum, located at 23 Genesee Street, will be open during the Corn Festival. We will also be offering tours of the Third Floor of the Opera Block at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm!


Please consider becoming a member!

Your donation supports our free programming we provide throughout the year. Your benefits include four excellent newsletters a year, and knowing you are helping retain Avon's rich history.


 

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Suffragists in Every Town and County: How NY Women Won the Right to Vote
May
7
2:00 PM14:00

Suffragists in Every Town and County: How NY Women Won the Right to Vote

Avon News  
October, 1918:

“At the yesterday election women had their first chance to vote under the full suffrage granted them last fall. Heretofore they have voted only on appropriations and only such women voted as paid taxes. Yesterday they were equal with men. We hoped to report that they turned out in large numbers, but they didn’t. These five were Mrs. G.R. Ogilive, Mrs. Alexander Russell, Mrs. A.C. VanAllen, Mrs. H.R. Gilbert, and Mrs. H.R. Gibson. Mrs. Ogilvie has the honor of being the first Avon women to exercise the full right of franchise.”   Source - APHS collection

 

When we go to the voting booth we are offered a little sticker claiming “I Voted” and think nothing of it. All residents have the right to vote in local and federal elections, but what was it like before this privilege became so easy? New York State is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote this year. An extraordinary movement that began in Seneca Falls and Rochester in 1848 saw its goal achieved in 1917, three years before a federal amendment extended that right to all U.S. women. The Avon Preservation and Historical Society is pleased to honor this event on Sunday, May 7 at 2:oo pm. with Rochester City Historian Christine L. Ridarsky, who will provide an overview of the women's rights movement and an introduction to some of the lesser known women who worked diligently to make this success possible.

Christine L. Ridarsky is Rochester City Historian and manager of the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. She is co-editor with Mary M. Huth of Susan B. Anthony and the Struggle for Equal Rights (University of Rochester Press, 2013) and also edits the biannual Rochester History journal.

Avon Village Hall
74 Genesee Street Avon, NY 14414

Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Come join us for this free program!

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