September 17, 2018
The History of Ingham University in Leroy, N.Y. by Lynn Belluscio.

The first women's college in New York State and the first chartered women's university in the United States. It was founded in 1835 as the Attica (NY) Female Seminary by Mariette and Emily E. Ingham, who moved the school to Le Roy in 1837. The school was chartered on April 6, 1852 as the Ingham Collegiate Institute, and a full university charter was granted in April 1857. After financial difficulties, the college closed in 1892 and its property was sold at auction in 1895. Over several years, the college's former buildings were demolished; the stone from the Arts Conservatory, the last campus building to be dismantled, was used to build the Woodward Memorial Library at the same location in Le Roy.

Main Street

October 15,2018
An Armchair Trip Down Rochester’s Main Street, by Donovan Schilling.

Currently, Center City’s Main Street core is experiencing a surge of investment with a number of high profile redevelopment efforts underway. These projects together will bring considerable new retail opportunities to Center City, along with new residents, workers, dozens of new hotel rooms, and scores of new visitors. Concurrently, the RTS Transit Center has recently opened two blocks north of Main Street. The Transit Center has centralized transit transfer functions thereby eliminating all of the bus stops which line Main Street between the river and Liberty Pole Plaza.


November 19, 2018
“Rochester Look’s to The Sky” - Early Aviation in Rochester, by Bill Sauers.

Learn about the first aeroplane flights in the Rochester area which were conducted in the Town of Chili, on a field owned by a former Town of Greece Supervisor and about other area fields that were used before 1920.

Included in the program will be the history of our current airport and stories about some of the local characters that tried to, or actually did fly, those early aeroplanes.

The program will be presented by Bill Sauers, a lifelong resident of the Town of Greece. Bill is currently the president of the Greece Historical Society, serves on the Rochester Armed Forces Day Committee, and is a member of the Town of Greece Preservation Commission. He has written articles for the Glenn Curtiss Museum and the Democrat & Chronicle Roc-Roots column. He has been researching early aviation in the Rochester area for several years.

Holly Days

December 2018
Visit the historical Hinchey House during our annual “Holly Days”.

  • December weekends 1,2,8,9,15,16 open 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
  • Trees will be decorated by various community groups and organizations.
  • A donation of $5.00 to cover expenses is appreciated. Children under 18, free.
  • Light refreshments will be served
Victorian Chrismas party

December 17, 2018
Monday, 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Hinchey House- Gates Historical Society’s Annual Holiday Party for all Members.

  • Light refreshments will be served.


Programs are held on the third Monday of each month at the Gates Town Hall Annex, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, 1605 Buffalo Road, Gates, NY 14624

All meetings are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public.

Audio loop available upon request.