Webster Museum

Teachers and students will feel right at home at the Webster Museum this month, as our current exhibit highlights familiar objects from the classrooms of old and a few from more recent times.

Writing Slates

Though there are recorded references to "writing slates" as far back as the 14th century, it appears the writing slate did not really have widespread use in schools until the later part of the 18th century as access to mined slate increased.

Duns was no "Dunce"

The term "dunce" or "duns" originates with a 14th century Scottish theologian and philosopher named John Duns Scotus. Scotus and his works were highly influential and respected by many. However, others saw things differently and began using his name in a derogitory manner. For centuries the term "dunce" was used to imply stupidity or dimwittedness. The first reference to a "dunce cap" does not appear until 1840 in Charles Dicken's novel The Old Curiosity Shop.

Dayton Corners

One of the few remaining freestanding one room school houses in this area rests near the town line between Webster and Penfield. At various times it has been owned by both towns school districts, but is currently operated as a historic classroom by Penfield schools. It was built in 1857 and is on the National Register of Historic places.

Yellow Bus

For many years Webster Central Schools purchased their school buses from the Carpenter Body Works, which was once a family owned business in Mitchell, Indiana.

Thanks to a 1939 conference held to establish national manufacturing standards, the familiar "National School Bus Glossy Yellow" became the uniform color of all school buses across the United States with Canada following suit.

McGuffy's Reader

Though originally published in 1836, 30,000 copies of McGuffy's Readers are sold annually to this day. Widely used in American schools, the 6 volume series has sold over 120 million copies between 1836 and 1960.

McGuffy's Reader: Digital (free) | Paperback | Hardcover

Webster Rural Cemetery Tour

September 23, 2017 ~ 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Tour Webster's Rural Cemetery and hear stories of some of our early residents and what parts they played in the development of our community.

Talks in the chapel at 1:30 and 2:30 and strolling through the cemetery for stories and history.

$5 adults, children free. This is a fundraiser in support of the Webster Museum.

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.

A Visual History of Film

Veteran's Day 2016 : Mr. Ted Ellstrom

We are extremely grateful to Mr. Ted Ellstrom for sharing stories of his military service during World War II at the Webster Museum Veteran's Day Presentation.

A few photos from the afternoon are now online.

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