March 18, 2019

Jonathan Bernard will do a presentation about several aspects of the blacksmith trade's history from the Colonial days to modern periods. A blacksmith is a metalsmith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Blacksmiths produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils and weapons.

While there are many people who work with metal such as farriers, wheelwrights, and armorers, the blacksmith had a general knowledge of how to make and repair many things, from the most complex of weapons and armor to simple things like nails or lengths of chain.

Honor Flight

April 15, 2019
Honor FlIght

Steve Wendell will do a presentation about Honor Flight Rochester. He will give information about its history and how this organization takes Veterans from the Rochester area on trips to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built in their honor.

Rochester, New York is one of 130 established 'hubs' in the national Honor Flight Network. Honor Fligh is a not-for-profit, and created to honor America's veterans for their sacrifices.

Sylvester Graham

May 20, 2019

Jane Oakes will do a presentation entitled “Graham's Crackers”. Meet Sylvester Graham, whose radical (sometimes thought of as a crackpot) ideas about nutrition took the nation by storm during the nineteenth century.


July 1, 2019

Rick Becker will do a presentation about Becker's Furniture Store. He will tell us about how it was opened in 1925 and just recently closed after being opened for for 72 years. Learn what he is doing since his retirement.


August 19, 2019

Terry Lehr will do a presentation entitled “When All of Rochester's Hospitals Got Sick”. Her presentation will attempt to answer these 3 questions: Why did every community that was affected by the Spanish Influena epidemic of 1918 need to handle the situation in its own way, What happened in Rochester when the epidemic began to sicken hundreds and kill scores of victims every day? And how did residents in nearby communities like Gates meet this crisis?

New Orleans

September 19, 2019

Chuck Baylis will do a presentation about shipbuilding in 1812.



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.