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Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon
Historical Society

The Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of local history and the education of the community. The Society operates a museum located at One Harry Allen Park, which is open to the public Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4.

Both the museum and one-room schoolhouse (pictured above) provide educational programs to first and fourth grade classes from the HF-L School District as well as other local districts. The Society conducts eight educational meetings, held at the Mendon Community Center, each year (open to the public) and co-sponsors the annual Festival-on-the-Green. The Society also sponsors an annual Christmas social at the schoolhouse.

The Society was chartered by the New York State Education Department on July 28, 1961 and is classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations to the Society are tax-deductible.

Complete 2018 Program, Membership Brochure and e-Calendar

For a complete listing of our 2018 programs, please view our 2018 Program and Membership Brochure as a downloadable and printable PDF.

In addition, a handy, single iCalendar file that will populate your e-calendars (Outlook, Gmail, mobile phone, tablet, etc.) with all ten 2018 programs automatically.

The 2018 President's Letter is also available for download.

Next Program: February 1, 2018

Plastics and Progress: Baby Boomer Toys
by Christopher Bensch, Vice President for Collections, The Strong Museum

The February 1, 2018 meeting of the Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society will feature Chris Bensch. Chris will present a program entitled "Plastics and Progress: Baby Boomer Toys."

In 1989, Christopher Bensch became one of the curators at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, with responsibility for a wide array of items such as furniture and cast iron cookware, record albums and televisions, Big Mac boxes and Halloween costumes. Today, Chris serves as Vice President for Collections with oversight of the museum's curatorial, conservation, and library functions and the museum's more than 400,000 objects, which is the largest, most comprehensive collection of toys, games, dolls, and video games in the world.

At The Strong, Chris has acted as curator for numerous exhibits including "Reading Adventureland" and "Field of Play," the major exhibits that opened in 2006 as part of The Strong's $37ÔÇÉmillion expansion that almost doubled the size of the museum. Most recently he has overseen production of the "Toy Halls of Fame" exhibit that opened in September 2015 and "America at Play" that opened in December 2016.

Chris also serves as the primary spokesperson for the National Toy Hall of Fame which, every November, selects two or three classic toys deserving that special honor. Representing the Hall of Fame, Chris has hula hooped on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, recounted the history of Slinky and Silly Putty on the Travel Channel's Mysteries at the museum series and appeared live on MSNBC and ABC's Good Morning America Sunday. He has also taken part in numerous radio shows including NPR's Weekend Edition and All Things Considered.

Toys always reflect their historical context. As in every other era, the playthings of the 1950's and 60's mirror the attitudes and activities that surrounded them. The growth of suburbia, the rise of TV, and the pervasive worries about nuclear war all influenced the toys we remember such as Davy Crocket coonskin hats. Barbie houses and Howdy Doody puppets. Step back into the not-too-distant past and discover some surprising connections in the toys, games and dolls that Bay Boomers cherished.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 1st at the Mendon Community Center, 167 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls. This facility is handicapped accessible. The meeting is open to the public. For information call 624-5655.

Visiting the Museum

The museum is located in an historical building - namely the carriage barn of the Wilcox House, an early hotel at the four corners of Honeoye Falls. The museum has an excellent display of Indian artifacts dating from the Lomoka Period (2500 BC) through the Iroquois Period when the Seneca inhabited this area. Pioneer days of Honeoye Falls through the present day are well documented depicting the lifestyles of the times since 1791.

Museum address:
1 Allen Park Dr.
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

(585) 624-5660

Open Sundays, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Open other times by appointment.

Writing Us

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 26
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472