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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 2017 Program, Membership Brochure and e-Calendar

For a complete listing of our 2017 programs, please view our 2017 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 2017 programs automatically.

The 2017 President's Letter is also available for download.

Attention Members - Proposed Amendments to By-Laws

A proposed revision to our By-Laws was announced at the 3/2/2017 meeting, and will be voted upon at the 4/6/2017 meeting.

Next Program: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Rochester Looks to the Sky Early - Aviation in Rochester
by Bill Sauers, President, Greece Historical Society

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I. The Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society has a number of activities planned to recognize the anniversary. The Society's latest display in the Mendon Town Hall has a WW I theme. A special display planned for the museum prior to the Festival-on-the-Green weekend in June and a second display in the Mendon Town Hall case will follow.

The April 6, 2017 meeting of the Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society will feature Bill Sauers. Bill will present a program entitled "Rochester Looks to the Sky Early - Aviation in Rochester."

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Although history tells us aviation started with the Wright brothers in 1903, it wasn't until 1909-1910 that aviation really got off the ground and the public took notice. Rochester was no exception to aviation fever, beginning with the organization of the Rochester Aero Club in 1909 and the first flights here in 1910. In this presentation, Bill will give a short history of early aviation, tell about early Rochester aviators, the first airfields in this area, how Rochester contributed to aviation during World War I, and many more fascinating facts of the local characters who tried to, or actually did fly those early aeroplanes. A brief history of the Rochester International Airport will also be discussed.

Bill Sauers

Bill Sauers is a lifelong resident of the Town of Greece and has been an active member of the Greece Historical Society since 1998. He has served as a board trustee since 2002, holding the positions of publicity chairman and vice-president, becoming president in 2007. He plans the monthly community programs and maintains the Society’s web page and Facebook page and monthly e-mail blast. In addition, Mr. Sauers is a regular contributor and the Society’s newsletter as well as other local publications. Mr. Sauers is also a member of the Town of Greece Historic Preservation Commission and previously a member of the Document Heritage Program, Regional Advisory Committee.

Bill is a retired engineer technician for the City of Rochester, and a retired US Army, Sergeant Major. He is active in the 391st Regimental Officers Association, as well as a committee member of the Rochester Armed Forces Day Celebration. A few of his other affiliations and memberships include the, Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society, Friends of the Greece Public Library, Northwest AARP and is a life member of the U.S. Army Non-Commissioned Officers Museum.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday, April 6th 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