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From the
Director’s Desk
As the school year begins, teachers
areschedulingtheir fall programming
at LeRoy House. The first grades have
participated in
School Days Then and
Now”
which is based on a book that
the students have read.They have the
opportunity to sit in the old school
desks and compare their school day
with the old fashioned school day. It’s
a great time and Shelia Furr has been
at LeRoy House to help.
While the room is set up with the
school desks, the fourth grades par-
ticipate in “One Room School House”
and read from McGuffy Readers,
write on their slates and use a steel
pointed pen with ink wells. The class
ends with a spelling bee, and every-
one goes back to school with a bet-
ter appreciation for their school ex-
periences today. The kindergarten
classes are scheduled for “A is For
Apple.” Other fall programs include
Toys and Games” and “Discovering
Our Town and How it Grew” for the
second grades.
All of our programs meet the New
York State curriculum standards and
incorporate the core values neces-
sary for school programs. This year
we hope we’ll be able to encourage
the fifth and sixth grades to return to
LeRoy House for some programming.
It has been many years since they
have participated. We will be work-
ing with the teachers at the Wolcott
Street School to develop new pro-
grams that meet the New York State
Curriculum and Core Values.
A memorial fund has been estab-
lished by the friends and family of Joe
Beswick who died recently. Joe was a
long-time life member of the Histori-
cal Society. And our World War II files
include a copy of Joe’s scrapbook of
newspaper clippings and some sto-
ries that Joe wrote. A special project
will be undertaken in Joe’s memory.
The dry summer presented some
challenges to our garden and espe-
cially to some new bushes and a re-
placement dogwood, but we decided
to keep everything watered and to
accept the higher water and sewer
bill. This summer the garden was un-
der the watchful eye of Linda Keister
who worked diligently in the morn-
ing before the heat of the day made
gardening pretty impossible. Many
people remarked that the gardens
never looked better. Now we’ll put
the garden to bed for the winter and
try to protect the fragile Ingham roses
that bloomed this summer, despite
being attacked by little green worms.
LeRoy House was open a record
number of days this year, with the
help of three dozen volunteers. The
house was open seven days a week
May through September and week-
ends in October. The weather co-
operated for the year-end picnic on
October 14, which was held on the
back porch. Twenty folks enjoyed
home-made butternut squash soup,
a selection of sandwiches, a Jell-O
waldorf salad. It was a great opportu-
nity to thank everyone for their help
and dedication.
Josie Ferrara who has coordinated
the volunteers for the past couple of
years, announced that she is looking
for a replacement next year, although
she’ll be willing to help with the job
until a new coordinator can be found.
Josie has done a remarkable job and
the Board of Trustees wants to recog-
nize her for her time and dedication
for a job well done!
The LeRoyHistorical Societyhas re-
ceived a $2,000 grant from the Lower
Hudson Consortium of Historical
Agencies and Museums for the resto-
ration and cleaning of the portrait of
Mr. Parmelee holding a music book.”
The portrait had been on loan to the
Historical Society for many years, but
recently, after the family discovered
that in order to
have it restored,
it would have
to become the
property of the
Historical Society,
they were most
willing to make
the portrait a gift.
Mr. Parmelee has
been on exhibit
in the Land Of-
fice room of the
LeRoy House for
many years. The
unusual
paint-
ing is oil on card-
board and will
require
special
care. The work
will be done by Westlake Conserva-
tors in Skaneateles.
I want to thank the Government
AppointedHistorians ofWesternNew
York for the honor of being selected
recipient of the 2012 Julia Reinstein
Award.The announcement wasmade
at the fall meeting held at SUNY
Brockport on Saturday, September
29.
Unfortunately, I was on the trip to
Kitchener with the Historical Society
and wasn’t aware of the honor until
the recent meeting of the Genesee
County Historians held in Batavia.
Sue Conklin, Genesee County Histo-
rian had sworn everyone to secrecy
so it came as a total surprise.
The award is given in the memory
of a very amazing lady, who I met
many years ago through theWestern
New York Association of Historical
Agencies. Julia Boyer Reinstein was a
history teacher and later became the
historian for Cheektowaga. Her com-
mitment to the field of local history is
legendary. She was the first president
of the New York State Municipal His-
torians. Her husband was involved
with development projects in the
Buffalo area including Galleria Mall.
Julia’s philanthropic work remains as
a testament to her dedication to the
field of public history. She died at the
age of 91 in 1998.
To receive the Reinstein Award is
a humbling honor and I hope that I
will be able to continue to contrib-
ute to the field of public history in
the manner that would have met Ju-
lia’s high standards.
Fall Trip - After postponing the fall trip for two weeks,
twenty one folks traveled to the Kitchener- Waterloo re-
gion of Ontario, Canada and had a great time visiting sev-
eral museums, the Royal Botanical Gardens and St Jacob’s
Market. The group is standing in front of the “LeRoy” au-
tomobile at theWaterloo Regional Museum.