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Upcoming Events

Our programs will start on March 16.  Please save the third Monday of each month from March to November to come and hear programs on local and state history that have affected the town of Gates.

2015 Speaker Program

Monday, July 20: Ellis Island:  Gateway to America

Roscoe Hasting, Rochester Genealogical Society, will be presenting on Ellis Island.  Ellis Island is one of many immigration centers in the United States but is referred to as “The Gateway to America.”  This presentation will trace the history of Ellis Island from colonial times to the present.  It will investigate why immigrant processing was necessary.  It will also define the immigration processing procedure and what happened to the immigrants after  they passed or failed the process.  The age old myth that family names were changed at Ellis Island will also be investigated.


Monday, August 17:  Finding Your Female Ancestors  

Marian Henry, Rochester Genealogical Society, will be discussing the difficulty of tracings the history of female relatives.  The main issue was that before the 20th century, many women did not have the right to vote or own property.  Also, once they married their maiden names were often lost in public records.


Saturday, August 22: Chicken Dinner Sale

The Gates Historical Society will be hosting a chicken dinner sale on Saturday, August 22, from 3:00 PM until all dinners are gone.  Customers will drive in to purchase a pre-package box dinner with half a chicken, potatoes, roll and baked beans for $12.  There will be no accommodations for eating on the House grounds.

In addition to the chicken dinners, there will be free appraisals by Tim Hastings of "All Things Antique" and tours of the House with a $5 donation to the Society requested for either.


Monday, September 21:  Wartime in Britain

Mary Castle, long time Gates resident, will be sharing her personal experiences of home life during World War II in Britain.  Mary vividly remembers how families coped.  For example, only one bath a week was allowed for the whole family and the members shared the limited bath water.


Monday, October 19: Spinning Tops

Don Olney will be bringing his favorite spinning tops from his collection of over 7,000. Learn about tops in different cultures, tops that make music, tops with magnets, tops with string, tops with springs, gyroscopes, tops that spin without touching them,  and tops that draw pictures. Don Olney has them all and wants to share his excitement with you.


Sunday, November 1: Victorian Tea

Our Fall Victorian Tea will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 1.  A variety of teas and hot drinks, with a n assortment of sandwiches, breads, deserts and fruit will be served.  Prepaid reservations of $15 is required.   Please call Laura Nolan at 621-1468 or 281-5150 for reservations by Sunday, October 25.  Seating is limited so call early!!!


Monday, November 16: Capturing Your Life in Words

Suzanne Lee, Personal Historian, will talk about creating your own personal history.  Your children, grandchildren, extended family and friends will be thrilled to have your memories recorded, ensuring your genealogical work outlives you.


Monday, December 21:  Annual Holiday Party at the Hinchey House

Open to all friends of the Gates Historical Society.