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Upcoming Events

Programs are held on the third Monday of each month at the Gates Town Hall Annex, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, 1605 Buffalo Road, Gates, NY 14624
All meetings are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public


July 18: Myron Holley: Canal Builder/Abolitionist/Hero
Richard Reisem tells the Myron Holley's story in the context of the momentous historical events and movements that shaped his life, including the War of 1812, the building of the Erie Canal, and the struggle to abolish slavery. Holley served as the Superintendent of Construction of the Erie Canal, founded the first Horticultural Society in Western New York, the First Unitarian Church in Rochester, and the anti-slavery Liberty Party.

Aug 15: WWI: Rochester Mobilizes for the Great War
Daniel D. Cody, member of the Rochester Historical Society will be discussing the world in 1914 as 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 had declared war, Rochester was an All –American patriotic city.

Sept 19:  Monroe County Civil War Soldiers
Vicki Masters Profitt, native Rochesterian, has spent the last eight years researching the Civil War soldiers of Monroe County and other early families from the area.   Monroe County sent thousands of its men to aid the war effort during the War Between the States.  The stories of several of these soldiers will be illuminated in this presentation for the Gates Historical Society.  Hear a prisoner of war’s own story as told through his war-time diary.  Learn the fates of three brothers who served in the Union Army.  Discover a Civil War nurse who became a charter member of an organization that is still in existence today.
Oct 17:  The History of the Odenbach Shipbuilding
Marie Poinan will share the history of the Odenbach shipbuilding. The Odenbach family name is synonymous with entrepreneurship since their arrival in Rochester in the 1850’s. The family operated restaurants, hotels and quarries and were partners in a cruise boat and trolley operation. John Odenbach’s shipbuilding patents and shipyard facility on Dewey Avenue in Greece contributed to the war effort by building a variety of marine equipment and employing thousands during World War II.
 Nov 21: James Hard, Last Civil War Combat Veteran
David Crumb will share the fastinating story of the longest living Civil War combat veteran, James Hard.  James A. Hard was born at Victor, New York on July 15, 1841.   In 1862 he fought in many battles of the Civil War in Virginia, as well as Antietam, Maryland. In 1863 he took part in the battles of Fredericksburg, Franklin's Crossing, Mary's Heights and Salem Church -once again, all   in Virginia. He settled in Rochester  in 1882. which has remained his permanent home until his death on March 12, 1953.

Holly Days: Come tour the Hinchey House decorated for celebrating the Christmas season.  Volunteers have  decorated trees, with themes such  as the “Raggy Ann and Andy” and  “Angels”.

Open: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
A donation of $5.00 requested to  help cover cost of tours and light      refreshments.

Dec 19:  Holiday Party
Open to all friends of the Gates Historical Society.  Free to Society members.  A $5.00 donation requested from non-members to help defray cost of food and entertainment.