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Millinery Display

At the Webster Museum
Through May

Our current Museum display picks up where last month's library case left off.

We are most grateful to town historian, Lynn Barton for the loan of her hat collection which features hats from the 1870's through today.

Sibley'sPictured left, A hat sold by Sibley Lindsay and Curr in the 1880's.

Learn more about Hats below.

Historic Properties

Annual Barn Sale

June 13 • 9 am 4 pm
June 14 • 9am - 4pm
June 15 • 9am - 3 pm
394 Phillips Road, Webster

We've spent the year collecting items we thought you might enjoy.

Join us June 13, 14 or 15th for a unique collection of items from generation gone by through today.

We're still accepting donations. Sorry, we can't accept large pieces of furniture, clothing, or electronics.


Morning at the Museum

July 16th 9:00 11:00 am
At the Webster Museum

Children ages 8 to 10 years.

Experience days gone by!

Explore Webster's past. Participate in colonial games and activities.

A hands-on interactive program for children ages 8-10 at the Webster Museum. Come to the Webster Museum to experience life as a child in early Webster. Colonial games and activities will fill the morning. If you would like to, come dressed as child from the olden days and have fun!

Register by July 9 on the Webster Public Library website.


History and a Cup

May 8th, 15th & 22nd at noon
At the Webster Museum

It has been a delight to have so many of you join us for lunch and a bit of history. Many thanks to our speakers for sharing their time and their engaging stories.

May 8th: Mary Pantas: YouTube Watch Now

May 15th: George Baker

May 22nd: Wayne Wolfe


Dear Webster Museum

Notes from Webster Students

A selection of letters sent to the museum following student visits.


To the world of hats, the Edwardian era was known as the "Plume Boom" because of the often enourmous feathers that decorated hats of the time.

Lily Elsie (born Elsie Hodder; 8 April 1886 – 16 December 1962) was a popular English actress and singer of the time.


The cloche hat is usually attributed to French fashion designer and milliner, Caroline Reboux who began making the form fitting hat around 1908. The hat was a staple of the 1920s. Cloche is the french word for bell.

Louise Brooks (born Mary Louise Brooks; 14 November 1906 – 8 August 1985) was a silent movie actress, dancer and later writer who helped popularize the "bob" hairstyle. Brooks moved to Rochester, NY at the suggestion of James Card a film preservationist at the George Eastman House who helped build the museum's motion picture collection and helped Brooks became a film writer.


The 1930's picked up where the 20's left off. The 30s cloche became known as the "Garbo slouch hat".

Later in the decade as curled hairstyles were becoming popular and parasols had fallen out of fashion, form fitting hats began to be replaced by hats with more height and larger sun protecting brims. Other hats of the era were smaller and more decorative, often appearing to be perched atop the wearers head.

Greta Garbo (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson; 18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) was a Swedish-American film actress during the 1920s and 1930s. Before her career as an actress, Garbo she had worked as a milliners assistant which enhanced her eye for fashion. Something of a recluse, Garbo avoided Hollywood social functions and award ceremonies, seldom gave interviews, and never signed autographs or answered fan mail.


The popularity of hats began to wain following World War II. Many milliners began creating statment pieces for special occasions and less for everyday wear.

The 1956 musical My Fair Lady, created something of an Edwardian revival with the return of the large hats adorned with flowers and ribbon.

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn (born Lisa Birgitta Bernstone; 17 May 1911 – 4 February 1992) is often given the moniker, the "first supermodel". Fonssagrives-Penn worked with many photographers but is best remembered for her work with husband Irving Penn for Vogue magazine.


Stay tuned, there's more to come...


Voices of History

Library Case

Old Time Radio

Until 1922 there was only silence.

Rochester's initial attempts to break that silence didn't go entirely as planned. It's first commercial radio station (WHQ) closed after only a few short months thanks in part to the steel superstructure of the Times-Union building that housed the radio station's antenna and muffled its signal. Luckily the expertise and equipment that put WHQ on the air was passed on to George Eastman who founded WHAM with the assistance of Lawrence Hickson in July of 1922.

The voices of Rochester radio soon became familiar friends, relied on for news, weather and entertainment.


Jack Benny | Our Miss Brooks | Stay tuned, more to come...


Overview | Orson Wells | Stay tuned, more to come...


Winston Churchill | Stay tuned, more to come...


Boris Karloff | Commercials

A small glance at the Civil War

New to the Webster Museum

Thanks to the many talents of Tom Pellett, the museum now has a miniature diorama portraying a battle during the American Civil War.

Richard Brookins: American St. Nick

December 9, 2017

It was truly an honor to have Richard Brookins and his family at the museum. Though Mr. Brookins didn't arrive by army jeep or wear the vestments of St. Nickolas, his appearance brought a lot of joy to those in attendance (and maybe even a tear or too).

The simple desire to bring joy into the lives of children during a horrific war, became something far more.

A few photos from the afternoon are now online.

Raising Monarchs

The story of Webster extends beyond its businesses, homes and roadways. One of the things that makes Webster the place "where life is worth living" is its nature and the many parks, woods and trails that are open to explore.

With that in mind, here is a small look into the world of another kind of Webster resident, the Monarch butterfly.

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