October 24, 2000 – “From Lost ‘City’ to Automobile Suburb: Selected Aspects of Brighton History”

Presented by author, historian and Historic Brighton Trustee, Betsy Brayer, talked about Brighton’s lively history, from the days of the glaciers through eons of the presence of Algonquin and Seneca Indians, and the French fur traders, to the arrival of settlers who become millers, farmers, shipbuilders, brick-makers, and canal merchants, and finally to Brighton’s emergence in the 1920s as an automobile suburb of the boomtown of Rochester. This Tuesday Evening meeting was held at the Brighton Library Auditorium.

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August 17, 2000 – “A Celebration of History”

A family picnic at the Historic Stone Tolan House. The evening included guided tours of the museum and a “pot-luck” supper followed by storytelling and a presentation on Brighton history by Mary Jo Lanphear, Brighton Town Historian.

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April 24, 2000 – “Erie Canal Legacy presented by Richard Reisem and Andy Olenick”

Author Richard Reisem and photographer Andy Olenick spoke and showed slides from their book, Erie Canal Legacy – An Illustrated History of the Communities on the Canal. This meeting was held at the Baptist Temple at 1101 Clover Street.

Erie Canal Legacy book cover image

April 3, 2000 – “The Purchase of the Stone-Tolan Property”

Presented by Elizabeth Holahan, who talked about her personal involvement in the purchase of the Stone-Tolan property by the Landmark Society. She followed her talk with a personally-led tour of RHS’s Woodside museum. This meeting was held at the Rochester Historical Society headquarters located at 485 East Avenue.

January 23, 2000 – “Brighton Memories – hosted by Don Alhart, TV 13 News Anchor”

Members gathered to share their personal knowledge of Brighton’s past. The room was filled with nostalgia as the standing room only crowd listened and conversed about the Brighton they knew, and the history they lived. The meeting was held in the meeting room of the newly-built Brighton Firehouse #1 on East Avenue

photo of Don Alhart

October 25, 1999 – “The Inaugural Historic Brighton Program: The History & Culture of the Seneca Indians”

Presented by the Hon. Barber Conable, Jr., our area’s former Congressional representative, brought his vast knowledge of Native American Culture in New York State to share.Mr. Conable, also former director of the World Bank, has pursued this historical interest and collected many artifacts which he shared with the audience. Historic Brighton presented Mr. Conable with an honorary lifetime membership in Historic Brighton.

portrait of US Rep. Barber Conable

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