March is Women’s History Month.
On March 8, International Women’s Day, look to this space for our launch of biographical sketches of women connected to the 1816 Meetinghouse and community. We seek to give insights on the lives of inspiring people and provide the story we have to tell on behalf of women’s equality, dating back actively to the 1830s. We will name women and connect their lives as people who made history here. In the meantime, click here to visit our Living History page to read the entries on historic Black activists we posted during Black History month.
Black Lives Matter
Please visit our "Living History" page to read our posts informing about historic Black activists with ties to the Meetinghouse, initiatives set up to record African-American history in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes Areas, and recommended reading on the topics of racism and antiracism!
We take this occasion to renew our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and our commitment to the ongoing struggle for equal rights for all, a commitment that is at the heart of our mission.
We agree with other member organizations in the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience that silence in the face of injustice is unacceptable. As we mourn the death of George Floyd, we join our voices with all others who are calling for peace, justice and equality for all. We look forward to the day when all lives matter in America, and that day will come only when Black Lives Matter. Our mission at The 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum derives from the 19th century members of the Meetinghouse. A small Quaker community in rural New York witnessed, and often led, reform movements that changed democracy in America—especially for Native Americans, African Americans and women. We keep their legacy alive as we promote the same values and goal today; their legacy is our inspiration and provides our direction.
As the African American civil rights leader and Quaker Bayard Rustin once said: “When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.”
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Historic Structure Report
This year we hope to take major steps to continue restoration of the 1816 Meetinghouse and move without pause to its completion in the following months. To that end we are pleased to share with you the full Historic Structure Report that serves as a blueprint for the restoration and tells the story not only of the building but of the people, the Quaker community, who created its legacy as a national site of conscience and a cornerstone of movements for equal rights. Issued by the architectural firm John G. Waite Associates, it is a professional documentation of our project, compiling technical facts, drawings and photos, historic records and a prose narrative of the history.
To access the document, please click on the PDF logo to the left.
2021 Board Members
Mary-Kay Belant — Willie Bontrager— Dave Bruinix — Joan Bryant —Florence Cardella — Matthew Cooley — Carole Elaine Deys —Peter Evans — Doug Fisher — Kathleen Hendrix — Charles Lenhart — Ann Morton — Reginald Neale —Barbara Popenhusen —Diane Robinson — Sue Stehling —Stacey VanDenburgh — Judith Wellman