Webster Museum

Motoring Display

At the Webster Museum
Through October

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.


2019 Christmas Tree Contest

Decorating begins Saturday, November 30th
At the Webster Museum

Once again, artificial trees will be placed throughout Webster museum by the end of November, awaiting decoration by creative minds and hands. Webster's scouts, families, clubs, organizations, groups or individuals should plan to register as soon as possible, as there are a limited number of trees.  Trees may be decorated using exhibit placement theme, organization theme, or any other family-friendly idea.

The winning tree is determined by public vote and there are two categories: adult and youth.  A $25 prize is awarded in each category.

Trees may be decorated on Saturday, November 30 from 2:15-4:15 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 from 2:15-4:15 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m., and Thursday December 5 from 2:15-4:15 p.m.  Most but not all trees have lights and all but one have access to electricity/extension cords.

Voting begins on December 7 during Webster's annual Christmas in the Village event and ends on December 31. 

Trees will be registered to callers in the order that calls are received.  

Please call Kathy at (585) 313-3709 and leave a message with name and phone # to return the call.  

Please be prepared to supply the following information when we speak:

Caller's name, phone number and email
Decorator's name, phone number and email
Date/time plan to decorate
Special requests (location, lights, etc)
Questions you may have


Apples to Apples

The Webster Museum Display Case
At the Webster Public Library

We skipped the card games and biographies of Steve Jobs and decided to focus on the item that in many ways put Webster on the map...the apple. A bit of a visual history is now on display at the Webster Public Library.

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.


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.

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.

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