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Upcoming Events

Our programs will start on March 16.  Please save the third Monday of each month from March to November to come and hear programs on local and state history that have affected the town of Gates.


2015 Speaker Program

Monday, March 16:  French and Indian War

Gary Newman will be discussing causes & background of the French & Indian War, the battles in NY State and the Treaty ending the War.  It’s a little-known part of American history, but it was the pivotal event of the early 1700s in North America. 

Monday, April 20: Bread Time Tales

Chet Fery, the Breadman, is back for an encore presentation.  Even if you have heard Chet before, his talk is always new and fresh, just like the bread he bakes and shares.


Monday, May 18: The Queen of the Bremen

Marlies DiFante will be sharing the story of her family’s detention in Germany during WWII.  In 1939 her family went to Germany to visit her sick grandfather.  Little did they know that a three months stay would turn in to seven years.

Monday, June 15: Women’s Equality Club

Cristine L. Ridarsky, Rochester City Historian, will be sharing the fascinating story of the Rochester Women’s Equality Club, featuring stories about trailblazer Mary Anthony. Yes, that Anthony—as in the sister of Susan B. Anthony.


Monday, July 20: Ellis Island:  Gateway to America

Roscoe Hasting, Rochester Genealogical Society, will be presenting on Ellis Island.  Ellis Island is one of many immigration centers in the United States but is referred to as “The Gateway to America.”  This presentation will trace the history of Ellis Island from colonial times to the present.  It will investigate why immigrant processing was necessary.  It will also define the immigration processing procedure and what happened to the immigrants after  they passed or failed the process.  The age old myth that family names were changed at Ellis Island will also be investigated.