Webster Museum

The Webster Grange

The Grange

The Grange Building

Our Current Exhibit explores the past, present and future of the Webster Grange building which is known today as the Harmony House.

and the winner is...

Throughout the month of December, the museums exhibits were beautifully accented by 14 Christmas trees decorated by some very talented local groups. But, Difficult decisions had to be made. After much deliberation, contemplation and reflection, 362 individuals braved the voting box and recoreded the number of their favorite tree.

Visitors voted on:

  1. The McEneany Family
  2. Webster Fire Dept Ladies Auxilliary (Adult Winner)
  3. LaLa Gift Shop
  4. Webster Grange
  5. Webster Presbyterian Church Rachael Women's Group (3rd Place, Adult)
  6. Pickled Paint Brush Shop
  7. Presbyterian Church Pre-School–2 day class
  8. Webster Presbyterian Church Pre-School – 3 day class (Youth Winnner)
  9. Victorian Christmas
  10. Webster Quilt Guild (2nd Place, Adult)
  11. Webster Citizen's Action League
  12. Webster Well Fields
  13. Boy Scout Troop 108
  14. Girl Scout Troop 60410

Thank you to all who participated!

The Christmas Eve Flower

Visit Wegmans this time of year and its hard not to be taken by the vast displays of brightly colored flowers framing the edges of the doorway.

What today decorates homes across the continent at Christmastime was largely unknown outside of Mexico until the early 19th century.

In Mexico, the plant is known as la Flor de Noche Buena (The Christmas Eve Flower) thanks to a 16th century legend of a poor young girl who gives the plants star shaped flowers as a Christmas gift.

Joel Roberts Poinsett (March 2, 1779 – December 12, 1851) was an American physician, explorer, member of Congress, cabinet secretary, Minister to Mexico and... botanist.

While Minister to Mexico, Poinsett who maintained hothouses on the grounds of his native South Carolina home, had samples of the plant sent home to propagate.

Within a decade the plant became known as "The Poinsettia" in Poinsett's honor.

With Our Thanks

Thank you to all who purchased tickets during this years holiday raffle. If you haven't heard from us...better luck next year.

Our raffle wouldn't be possible without the generous contributions of Webster area businesses. A huge thank you to all the businesses that provided items for this years raffle.

Barry's Old School Irish Pub
Bauman's Farm Market
Brimont Bistro
Burke's Grill
David Schoff Woodworking
Goodie Shoppe
Hedges Nine Mile Point Restaurant
Hegedorn's Market
Kittelberger Florist and Gifts
Kopicki Honey
Knucklehead Craft Brewing
Lala (Laugh and Love Always)
Mama Lor's Cafe
Nest Things
Pickled Paintbrush
r Salon and Spa
Rubino's Italian Submarines
Schutt's Apple Mill
Wilbert's Tree Farm
Woody Acres

Voices of History

Old Time Radio

Library CaseUntil 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.

Stop by the Webster Public Library to see this month's display on "Old Time Radio".


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

ROC the DayROC the DAY with the Webster Museum

Thank You for your Support!

If you missed ROC the Day but would like to contribute, please consider joining us and our efforts to preserve and share local history.

Your support enables the Webster Museum to continue to providing programming that inspires discovery and learning.

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.

History and a Cup

Thank you!

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.

Gary Morgan

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.

A few photos from the afternoon are now online.

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