The Webster Grange
Our Current Exhibit explores the past, present and future of the Webster Grange building which is known today as the Harmony House.
Also on display are items from the Webster Marching Band (pictured at left with Kathy Taddeo) and a look at how Valentine's Day has been celebrated over the years.
Valentine's Day Display
This month's Webster Museum display at the Webster Public Library celebrates the history of Valentine's Day. The cards, the flowers, the candy and ultimately...the celebration of LOVE!
Stop in before the hearts turn into clovers!
Coming in May
Whirling Around the Mystery of the Sprung Dance Floor
When pioneers and early Americans gathered to celebrate a holiday, harvest, or event, dancing was often the highlight of the evening. With the expansion of the nation, ballrooms spread with the patterns of immigration and were located in public buildings, private clubs, taverns, and homes.
Typically a long room - maybe 35 x 18 feet – these halls often had a vaulted ceiling, benches around the perimeter walls, and sometimes a stand for the musicians. The best dance floors included a hidden but all-important sprung floor to heighten the enjoyment of the participants.
After thirty years of collecting examples, anecdotes, and the history of sprung floors, Steve Jordan will share his research focused on this often debunked phenomenon, how it was technologically achieved, and other societal aspects of the mysterious sprung floor.
at the Harmony House (58 East Main St.)
Steve Jordan grew up in west Tennessee, graduated from Memphis State University and Cornell's graduate program in Historic Preservation. He has worked in the building trades since he was fifteen years old and is now a preservation specialist who repairs and restores old and historic windows and also prepares window assessments and condition reports in Rochester, New York. He was the rehab advisor for the Landmark Society of Western New York for six years, an architectural conservator for Bero Architecture for four years, and was a contributing editor for Old-House Journal from 1998 through 2015.
Steve is author of Rehab Rochester: A Sensible Guide for Old-House Maintenance, Repair, and Rehabilitation (Landmark Society of Western New York, 1995) and co-author of Painting Kitchens - How to Choose and Use the Right Paint . . . (Quarry Books, Gloucester, MA, 2004). His latest book is The Window Sash Bible (Create Space).
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.
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, 2017It 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.
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.
History and a Cup
We are thankful to have had the opportunity to hear Barry Martin share his memories of growing up in Webster.
Barry was in Scout troup 108. Barry started the Junior History Club at Spry and the group was responsible for putting the first State marker up in fron of Dr. Holt's home on Holt Rd.
Barry a retired Judge, has written a book about Bob Davies a renowned Basketball player of the Rochester Royals.
A few photos from Barry's visit are now online.
Many thanks to Gary Morgan for coming out to the Webster Museum and sharing so many delightful stories from his days behind the wheel. We are happy so many of Gary's friends (old and new) could attend.
WEBSTER MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
18 Lapham Park Webster, New York 14580 585.265.3308