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Sarah Josepha Hale

Though best remembered for her nursery rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb", Sarah Josepha Hale was a woman of many talents. She was the author of numerous books, the editor of Godey's Lady's Book, founder of the Seaman's Aid Society and lead campaigner for the creation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

Four Presidents paid little attention to her letters advocating for a national holiday of Thanks, but the 5th President, Abraham Lincoln did and in 1863, 17 years after her campaign began, Thanksgiving became an official national holiday.

Richard Brookins: American St. Nick

December 9th ~ 2:00 pm at the Webster Museum

On December 9th, 2017 at 2pm Richard Brookins, the American St. Nicholas, will speak at the Webster Museum. Mr Brookins is a Rochester native and former Webster resident currently living in Pittsford, NY. He will be sharing a story of kindness set in Wiltz, Luxembourg during WWII.

In December of 1944, Corporal Richard Brookins and the 28th Signal Company of the 28th Infantry Division were assigned to the small town of Wiltz, Luxembourg for a brief respite after a difficult battle.

The town had recently been liberated by Allied Forces after four long years of German occupation. Fellow soldier, Corporal Harry Stutz soon discovered that the children had not been allowed to celebrated St. Nicholas Day during the occupation. The American soldiers decided that they would organize a party for the town's children.

The soldiers donated all the candy and chocolate from their rations. The units field kitchen fried donuts and baked cakes for the party.

. . . all that was needed was St. Nicholas.

Looking for a figure who would stand out in a crowd, the lanky Corporal Brookins was asked to play the part.

The party was a tremendous success and provided a much needed moment of joy for the town, its children,its adults and for the American soldiers in attendance.

Ten days later the Battle of the Bulge began, the town of Wiltz became a major battleground and was very nearly destroyed.

The kindness of the American soldiers on that St Nicholas Day in 1944 was not forgotten. Once the war was over, the town began to celebrate the American St. Nicholas each December. In 1977 the town decided to find the original American St. Nicholas and ask him to return to Wiltz to celebrate with them once more.

Richard and his family have since returned many times over the years, recreating his role as St Nicholas and joining in the celebrations.

Please join us on December 9th at 2pm to hear Richard Brookins share the story of this special day, his many visits back to the town, and his special relationship with the people of Wiltz, Luxembourg.

We are a small museum, so space is limited.

The Webster Museum is thinking Christmas!

Through December

The museum is looking for groups, individuals, families, or organizations to participate in their annual tree decorating contest. The artificial four foot trees are waiting at the museum to be decorated. Some trees are decorated matching the room they are in, the organization they represent, or an original theme.

Winners will be determined by public vote beginning Saturday December 2 as part of the village White Christmas Event and will continue through the end of December.

There will be a $25 prize in each of 2 categories- youth and adult Decorating times will be during regular 2-4:30 pm museum hours - Tuesday November 21st, Saturday November 25, Tuesday November 28, Thursday November 30. Also, Wednesday evening, November 29, 6:30 -7:30 pm.

Please call Sharon Pratt at 347-4202 if you have questions or want to register for a tree.

Chocolate Cards

ROC the DayROC the DAY with the Webster Museum November 28th!

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Visit ROC the Day on November 28th.

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

Doolittle's Raid

November 11, 2017

Many thanks to Jack Kowiak for sharing his presentation on Doolittle's Raid.

A few photos from the afternoon are now online.

Declaration of Sentiments

Webster Museum Case at the Webster Public Library

72 years before Women acquired the right to vote in 1920, 68 women and 32 men gathered in Seneca Falls, NY for the first Women's Rights Convention.

Visit our display at the Webster Public Library to learn more.

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

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