2017 Schedule of Programs

Join our 200th anniversary year as we continue to explore issues of justice and equality. All programs are free and open to the public, and are supported by your contributions.

May 29. Dedication of Historic Marker at the Bullis Homestead, Canandaigua Rd., Macedon.

June 17 and 18, 12-4 pm. Open House at 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse, 230 Sheldon Rd. at County Rd. 8, Farmington. Journey along “I ♥ New York” Path Through History and stop here.

June 17, 8 pm. Susan B Anthony Legacy Event, on the lawn of the Ontario County Courthouse

July 4. “What to the Slave is Your Fourth of July?” Niagara University. As part of FGC Gathering of Friends, we will co-sponsor Dr. David Anderson, renowned Rochesterian and history professor, who will appear as Frederick Douglass to deliver the famed 4 th of July speech.

July 8, 12- 4 pm. Open House, 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, 230 Sheldon Rd. at County Rd. 8, Farmington. Join those returning from the FGC Gathering of Friends to step inside the building, view displays, enjoy refreshments, and then follow the self-guided driving tour to visit nearby historic sites relating to the movements for abolition and women’s equality.

July 15, 10 am – 5 pm. Women’s Rights National Park, Fall St. (Route 5&20) Seneca Falls, NY. As part of the July 13-16 Convention Days at the Women’s Rights National Park, we will welcome visitors to our information table located right between the Visitor Center and Wesleyan Chapel.

July 19, 2 pm. Vote-tilla. Erie Canal, Lock #30, Macedon Canal Park, (off route 31), Macedon, NY. Following Convention Days, a flotilla of packet boats will travel along the Erie Canal from Seneca Falls to Rochester with stops along the way, ending with a march to Susan B. Anthony’s Rochester house. The 1816 Meetinghouse and the Macedon Historical Society will greet the vote-tilla and visitors at the Pavilion in the park. Several people will be in costume as historical suffragists; there will be Poster Presentations in the Pavilion, an area where one can make a suffragette flower and there will be “votes for women” pins available. Stop and see us and have some refreshments.

August 12, 12 – 5 pm. Farmington Family Festival. Farmington Town Park, County Road 8.

August 14, 7 pm. “The Fight for the Vote at Home and Beyond” at Bristol Valley Theater, 151 S. Main St, Naples. We will co-sponsor this presentation by local historians Sue Winslow, Beth Thomas and Preston Pierce, discussing suffragists including Emily Parmely Collins of South Bristol and other Ontario County women who struggled for suffrage, carrying the torch lit by Susan B. Anthony and others of wider renown.

August 27, 2 pm. “Women on Wheels: Bikes, Liberation and Suffrage” at the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. We will co-sponsor this event celebrating the role bicycles played in liberating women and helping suffrage organizers travel the area. Featuring Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, represented by Barbara Blaisdell and Melinda Grube. Refreshments and an optional bike ride!

September 24, 2 pm. Stories and Activities of the Seneca People on the grounds of the 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse, 230 Sheldon Rd., Farmington. Veronica Reitter, member of the Wolf Clan, Seneca Nation, will present a family-centered program of stories and activities to introduce Seneca traditions and customs. We also plan a book fair featuring children's books related to women's rights and suffrage; abolition and the Underground Railroad; and Native America culture and lore.

October 28, 7 pm. Arun Gandhi on “The Gift of Anger.” Farmington Friends Church, 187 County Road 8, Farmington. The author will talk on his new book, “The Gift of Anger and Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma.” Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Programs are sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant

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Centennial NYS Women’s Suffrage Commemoration



CANANDAIGUA, NY — The Ontario County Historical Society and The 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State with a Susan B. Anthony Legacy Event on Saturday, June 17 from 7 – 9PM.  The event is free and open to the public.

The event will begin with a 7PM reception and exhibit at the Ontario County Historical Society (55 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY) before attendees march at 7:45PM to the Ontario County Courthouse (27 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY) — the site of the historic June 17 -19, 1873 Susan B. Anthony trial — for the remainder of the event.  As part of the festivities, attendees are encouraged to dress as suffragists in period costume.

For more information and updates, visit ochs.org or call 585-953-5651.


The Susan B. Anthony Legacy event is being held on the 144th anniversary of the start of Anthony’s historic trial: June 17, 2017

7:45PM        Reception at Ontario County Historical Society
                     Exhibit:  “Votes for Women:  the Suffrage Movement in Ontario County”

8:00PM        March to Ontario County Courthouse

8:00PM        Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass welcome and address

8:10PM        Canandaigua Academy Women’s Chorale:  “Women’s Battle Song”

8:15PM        Canandaigua City Mayor Ellen Polimeni Proclamation

8:20PM        Historian Preston Pierce: “A Persistent Memory:  Recalling the Anthony Trial”

8:35PM        Presentation by Susan B Anthony House Executive Director Deborah Hughes

8:50PM        Farmington Town Historian Donna Hill-Herendeen: “The Farmington Quaker Connection to the Women’s Suffrage Movement”

8:55PM        Quaker Reflection and Candle-lighting

9:00PM        Send-off



In November 1873, Susan B Anthony registered to vote and cast a vote in an election in Rochester, NY.  For this act, she was charged with a federal crime for voting without the legal right to do so as “a person of the female sex”. On June 17, 1873, Anthony’s trial began at the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua, NY; she was found guilty on June 19, 1873.

The trial brought attention to and built support for the women’s suffrage movement. After continued years of hard work and perseverance by thousands of suffragists, women won the right to vote in New York State in 1917 and nationally in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Media Contact:

Laura Kenyon



Ontario County Historical Society Contact:

Ed Varno, Director



Event Coordinator:

Maria Bucci



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May and June 2017 Programs and Events

May 29, 2 p.m.  Bullis Market Dedication.  Bullis House, 1784 Canandaigua Rd., next to Bullis Park., Macedon. Local Civil War hero Colonel John Lapham Bullis, born and raised a Quaker, served in the Civil War and volunteered to lead a unit of US Colored Troops.  Join us at his home, along with its current owners, the Henley family, and the Macedon Historical Society for the dedication, refreshments and a tour of the home. Free and open to all. 

June 17-18, 12-4 p.m.  Path Through History.  Journey along I ♥ New York’s Path Through History and stop at the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, 230 Sheldon Rd, and County Rd. 8, Farmington.  Come inside the usually closed meetinghouse (under restoration), view the displays detailing its proud history of activism and support for Seneca land rights, the abolition of slavery, women’s equality and suffrage. Stand where Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and other great social reformers once spoke.  Have some refreshments and obtain a copy of our “Self Guided Driving Tour” of local historic sites related to these struggles for rights.  

Keep in Touch: Check this site soon for a complete schedule of our 2017 season’s programs. 

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Video of the 200th anniversary year kick-off!

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2016 Programs & Events

with generous support from a NY Council on the Humanities Action Grant

MAY 21 SATURDAY 1:00 P.M. Fatzinger Hall, Waterloo Library and Historical Society, 31 E Williams St, Waterloo

BULLIS a play about Macedon native and Quaker John Lapham Bullis, who enlisted in the Civil War, led black troops and later led the Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts. Written and produced by Macedonians. FIRST PERFORMANCE. 1816 FQMM is a co-sponsor.

JUNE 19, SUNDAY, Fathers Day. Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum

Pathways Through History, I Love NY has designated Father’s Day, June 19, 2016, as NYS History Day for Pathways Through History Program. Open house at the 1816 Meetinghouse, 230 Sheldon Road, Farmington

JUNE 25, SATURDAY Granger Homestead, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua. 4-6 P.M.

Joint 200th Anniversary Celebration with Granger Homestead. FQMM Board Member Tara Sandle, an employee at Granger, will describe the historical connections between the two institutions, focusing on the Granger Place School for girls, founded in 1876 by Caroline Comstock, a member of the Meetinghouse and descendant of a founding family. The event will include a presentation, displays from the school and a tour of the facility.

JULY 27-28, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY 7-9 P.M., Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua

Women’s Suffrage: Ken Burns’ Not for Ourselves Alone. A two-night screening of Parts One and Two of Burns’ Not for Ourselves Alone, featuring two historians who appear o[en in the film; Judith Wellman and Sally Wagner. They will introduce and lead “Q and A” discussion afterwards. Co-sponsor by the Wood Library.

AUGUST 25, THURSDAY 7 P.M. Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua

Contemporary Slavery: Robert Bilheimer’s Not My Life. A screening, followed by Q and A with director, of “Not My Life,” Robert Bilheimer, that documents human trafficking in five continents. Bilheimer, president of Worldwide Documentaries in Bloomfield, will introduce film and discuss his social documentaries.

SEPTEMBER 21, WEDNESDAY, 7 P.M., Farmington Friends Church, 187 County Road 8,

Farmington Refugees and Migration Panel presentation on settled refugees and incoming refugees being resettled now: Rev. Debbie Bennett Reynolds, Associate Pastor and Hkadin Lee, Refugee Outreach Coordinator, Lake Ave. Bap/st Church, and Jim Morris, and/or Lisa Hoyt, current and incoming Directors of Refugee Resettlement at Catholic Family Services, lead agency for refugee resettlement in the area.


200th Anniversary of the Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse. This will be a weekend of celebration of the 1816 Meetinghouse’s 200 years of history and a look towards its next 200 years. Numerous events, including a performance of Bullis, and talk by Frieda Jacques, Onondaga Clan Mother. Watch for updates!

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2015 recap

2015 was a fantastic year, thanks for all your support!

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Video Testimony

In this 3 minute video, volunteers explain why they support the meetinghouse project.

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Programs, 2014


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Video of $10,000 check presentation

Here is a 3 minute video of the November 10, 2013 check presentation from the  Preservation League of New York.


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Summer Gatherings, 2013

•July 20. “King of the Underground Railroad.” Meet Rev. Jermain Loguen, a.k.a. Robert Djed Snead, who was born in slavery and kept the main Underground Railroad station in Syracuse. Farmington Friends Meetinghouse, 187 County Road 8, Farmington, 2:00 p.m. Co-sponsored with the Rochester and Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission.

•August 24. “Harriet Tubman: From Maryland to Upstate N.Y.” Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, highlights Tubman’s importance to the nation and the world. Farmington Friends Meetinghouse, 187 County Road 8, Farmington, 2:00 p.m. Co-sponsored with the Harriet Tubman Home.

•August 29. “Bayard Rustin and the 1963 March on Washington.” Find out how Bayard Rustin, a gay African American Quaker, profoundly influenced the U.S. civil rights movement. 7:00 p.m. Victor Town Hall.

•September 26. “’For God and Home and Native Land’: Haudenosaunee and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.” Thomas J. Lappas, Nazareth College, presents two Onondaga women who helped form branches of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in Native American communities. Nazareth College, Shults Community Center, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, 7:00 p.m. Co-sponsored with Ganondagan Historic Site.

•October 12. “Boss Billy, Mr. Smith, and Honest Abe: How New York Acquired the Emancipation Proclamation.” Help us celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, a step toward the complete abolition of slavery in the U.S. Paul Mercer will bring a facsimile of the only copy of the Emancipation Proclamation in Lincoln’s own handwriting.  2:00 p.m., Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, 187 County Road 8, Farmington.

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