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The Art of Quilting
Beyond Susan B. Anthony

Beyond Susan B. Anthony

February 23rd - 2:00 pm at the Harmony House

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which established the constitutional right to vote to female citizens of the United States. The journey was long and the work for equality continues to this day.

Though Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Stanton, and Lucretia Mott were prominent figures within the suffragist movement, there are many others who have lent their efforts to the cause.

Please join us on February 23rd for a presentation by Jack Kowiak which highlights the contributions of Mary Wollstonecraft, Angelina and Sarah Grimke, Victoria Woodhull and many others.

Victoria Woodhull was for a time a resident of Webster during her marriage to Canning Woodhull the eldest son of our first Town Supervisor, Byron Woodhull.

We look forward to seeing you there!

at the Harmony House

2 1/2" x 12 1/2"


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2 1/2" x 6 1/2"


2 1/2" x 8 1/2"


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2 1/2" x 12 1/2"


2 1/2" x 14 1/2"

The Log Cabin Quilt

A single 14 1/2" x 14 1/2" block to a Log Cabin quilt. The simple geometric strips create a basic design, but when placed in a block beside other blocks it creates a visually stunning pattern.

An assortment of quilt designs (pdf)

Chatelaine Egg

The Chatelaine

Before the handbag...

ChatelaineWorn at the waist, a chatelaine is a set of short chains attached to a belt for the purpose of carrying useful items like keys, watches, scissors, sewing kit and more. A chatelaine egg is a small decorative container that could be attached to a chain on a chatelaine to hold small items like thimbles, thread or needles.

Chatelaines were worn by ancient Romans and have been popular at various points in history especially when the fashions of the time did not accommodate pockets. They were worn in Victorian times for convenience and sometimes as a symbol of status and responsibility.


Pre-17th Century Thimbles

As Homespun fabric was coarse and needles of the time were rough and unfinished so thimbles had to be strong enough to push the thread through the fabric. Thimbles were made of thick bronze or iron and shaped one at a time by pounding the metal into a mold. The dimples were added afterward by hand which added to the thimble's rough uneven appearance. The primitive forms were difficult to keep on the end of a finger and the poor quality metal often discolored the sewer's finger.

World War Two

World War Two

Webster residents who never made it home.

The beginnings of a page honoring the all too numerous Webster residents who lost their lives fighting for our country during World War Two.

Christmas 2019

Festival of Trees Winners

And the winners are...

The Mary Cariola Children’s Center, State Road Residence won the children’s division of the Webster Museum’s Festival of Trees. The children created holiday images from their handprints and footprints.

The Webster Quilt Guild won the adult division with their colorful and creatively-embellished stars.

Each winner will receive a $25 prize.

Congratulations to all entrants and thank you for making the Webster Museum “merry and bright” for the past month!


Holiday Raffle

We are very grateful to the many Webster area businesses who contributed items to this years holiday raffle.

Mary Pantas 1928 - 2019

History and a Cup
Forever a part of the Webster Museum

You could feel the joy in the air when Mary stopped by the Webster Museum. She was kind enough to join us in September for our Motoring open house and in May for History and a Cup. Here at the museum, we're fortunate to have reminders of Mary all around us. She is dearly missed!

May 8th 2019: Mary Pantas: YouTube Watch Now

May 15th 2019: George Baker YouTube Watch Now

May 22nd 2019: Wayne Wolfe YouTube Watch Now


Dear Webster Museum

Notes from Webster Students

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

Share and Inspire
share and Inspire
Share and Inspire

Do you have a skill or collection you would like to share?

If you're available between 2:00-4:00 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays we'd love to have you! It's a great opportunity to share what you enjoy and maybe inspire and educate others.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more.

The Cunningham Automobile

100 years ago it was possible to buy an automobile that was built in Rochester, NY. Possible, but expensive. James Cunningham, Son and Company produced some of the most expensive vehicles available at the time. The Cunningham Automobile was a handmade, high performance vehicle that rivaled the likes of Rolls Royce.

Cunningham's clients included Cecil B. De Mille, George Eastman, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Marshall Field, William Randolph Hearst, Harold Lloyd, Mary Pickford, and the Wrigley brothers.


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.

Visitors Hours

Civil War Webster WWI Archive Historical Plaques
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