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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


Mar 21: The Great Tonsil Massacre
Terry Lehr will be sharing the story of a 1920's push by medical authorities to encourage thousands of parents to schedule their children for tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies at two clinics held in Rochester, NY. "The Great Tonsil Massacre" explores three questions:

  • What were some of the historic and social conditions that may have prompted community leaders to establish the clinics?
  • Why was there no public questioning of the risks?
  • What were some of tensions that individual families may have faced?
Apr 18: Native Americans in Upstate NY
Gary Newman will be discussing the Native Americans of our region, including their history, lifestyle, culture, religion, their interaction with the European settlers, and involvement in two major wars. Maps, soldier's equipment, cannonball, musket balls, dummy flintlock (non-firing), tomahawk, and rabbit pelt will be on display. The timeframe will be from the 1500's to the 1800's.
May 16: ABANDONED: The Untold Story of Orphan Asylums
Michael Keene will be presenting on an eye-opening, true-to-life tales of the Five Points area of New York City and the desperation of a million Irish immigrants who hoped to find better conditions in New York after leaving behind the famine they experienced in their homeland in 1848. Unfortunately, after arriving in Lower Manhattan, they found squalor, gang violence, and disease.  As a result of this crisis, the Age of Orphan Asylums began, culminating in one of the most improbable and audacious episodes in American history, known as the orphan train movement.  The “Rochester Orphan Asylum” was part of the orphan train movement.
Jun 20: Cycling the Erie Canal
Democrat & Chronicle staff writer Justin Murphy and about 600 fellow bicycle riders took a 400-mile trip along the Erie Canal. The riders rode 40-60 miles a day, and Justin chronicled the trip, their fellow riders, people they met and animal life they observed along the way.
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.