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

Although history tells us aviation started with the Wright brothers in 1903, it wasn't until 1909-1910 that aviation really got off the ground and the public took notice. Rochester was no exception to aviation fever, beginning with the organization of the Rochester Aero Club in 1909 and the first flights here in 1910.

In this lecture-PowerPoint presentation Bill will give a short history of early aviation, tell about early Rochester aviators, the first airfields in this area, how Rochester contributed to aviation during World War I and many more fascinating facts of the local characters who tried to, or actually did fly those early aeroplanes. A brief history of the Rochester International Airport will also be discussed.

Bill Sauers

Bill Sauers is a lifelong resident of the Town of Greece and has been an active member of the Greece Historical Society since 1998. He has served as a board trustee since 2002, holding the positions of publicity chairman and vice-president, becoming president in 2007. He plans the monthly community programs and maintains the Society’s Facebook page and monthly e-mail blast. In addition, Mr. Sauers is a regular contributor and the Society’s newsletter as well as several other local publications. He has presented several originally created history programs to dozens of community organizations. Mr. Sauers was previously an active member of the former Town of Greece Historic Preservation Commission and the NYS Document Heritage Program, Regional Advisory Committee.

Bill is a retired engineer technician for the City of Rochester, and a retired US Army, Sergeant Major, having served 38 years in the Army Reserve. He is active in the 391st Regimental Officers Association, as well as a committee member of the Rochester Armed Forces Day Celebration. A few of his other affiliations and memberships include, Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society, the New Society of the Genesee, Friends of the Greece Public Library, Rochester Genealogy Society, Northwest AARP, Landmark Society of Western New York and is a life member of the U.S. Army Non-Commissioned Officers Museum.

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.