2019 in Review
With equal rights and social justice as our unifying theme, we provided 10 programs that shone a light on our historic legacy of support for Native American land rights, freedom and equality for African Americans and suffrage and equality for women, as well as on current issues reflecting the same values
Marjorey Allen Perez takes questions on the Underground Railroad
The 1816 Meetinghouse’s history of advocacy and action in support of equality for African Americans and women came to life with presentations by Marjory Allen Perez on the Underground Railroad in Macedon; in two dramatic presentations--David Shakes delivering excerpts of speeches that Frederick Douglass made in Canandaigua and Eunice White as Sojourner Truth “telling it like it is” about her life as a slave and later as a suffragist; and Quaker historian Christopher Densmore on the work of Lucretia Mott, Quaker minister, abolitionist and suffragist.
Members of Akoma Choir singing Gospel
Akoma, an African-American Women’s Gospel Choir, presented a joyous concert of freedom songs. Also, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal with a presentation by Mark DeCracker on mural art as a means of preserving history.
Neil Patterson spoke on Native Americans’ relationship with the Earth
Several programs focused on current issues of social justice—environmental stewardship, contemporary experiences in the LGBTQ+ community, and peaceful conflict resolution. With support from the Indian Affairs Committee of NY Yearly Meeting, environmentalist Neil Patterson, a citizen of the Tuscarora Nation, described indigenous peoples’ unique relationship with the land and how it can serve as a guiding principle in repairing the planet.
Bringing their experiential perspectives to “Fifty Years After Stonewall,” Verdis Robinson, a gay African-American seminary student, spoke of his journey in discovering and embracing his ancestral heritage in the context of contemporary issues of race in America. With the support of the Bacon Fund for Peace & Justice, Old Chatham Friends Meeting, Quaker healer John Calvi described his work and ministry with those living with HIV/AIDS as well as prisoners and survivors of torture.
Finally, we joined Farmington Friends Meeting with an interfaith panel presentation on peaceful alternatives to violence.
1816 information table at Convention Days in Seneca Falls
historian and board member Judith Wellman was a featured speaker
Verdis Robinson shared his personal journey
Our co-sponsors, Macedon Historical Society, Farmington Friends Meeting, Wood Library and Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, and Friends of Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, enabled us to broaden our reach throughout the region. All of our programs are free and open to the public, and, with support from Wegmans and our volunteers, we were able to welcome our guests with refreshments, as they lingered in conversation with the speakers.
Orchard Park Friends gifted us with several benches, including an 1816 original.
On a beautiful day in October, 1816 Meetinghouse volunteers welcomed a motor coach group from the League of Women Voters in Kent, Ohio. Board member Reg Neale presented an illustrated PowerPoint on the history, significance and the future of the site. Then the group toured the historic structure with Judith Wellman, who told the group additional stories and answered questions. A good day, a good tour, and a good time!
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Visitors from Ohio at the Meetinghouse
Looking Ahead to 2020
With a renewed museum charter through the New York State Education Department, we were excited to have our application approved for a grant from the NYS Suffrage Commission for a robust Centennial series addressing the struggle for women's suffrage, with a focus on the issues of politics and race. We look forward to the legal transfer of ownership of the historic 1816 building from the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Foundation to the 1816 Trustees.
Archival photo of original window and staircase
We hope to secure historic preservation funding for the next phases of restoration which include work on original windows, one of which is seen in the above photo taken before the building's move to its current location on land donated by Farmington Friends Meeting.
Photos credits: Stacey VanDenburgh, Charles Lenhart, Dale Jacobs and 1816 Photo Archives
Canandaigua National Bank
Old Chatham Friends Meeting
New York Yearly Meeting
$1000 and Up
Mary and George Hamlin IV
Lu and Kenn Harper
Stephen Jarose and Marvin
$250 - $999
Reg and Mary Neale
Meg and Glenn Reed
Richard W. and Susan K. Regen
Program Attender Donations
$100 - $249
Carol Elaine and Richard Deys
Mary M. Huth
James and Jody Davis
Adrienne G Kantz
Jean and Scott Parker
Terry and Caroline Shipley
Howard and Helen Stabler
Marlene and Robert Sutliff
Jill McLellan and John Tornow
Up to $100
Michelle Howland and William A.
Patricia and Joseph Brown
Jane H. Burke
Carol A. Kitchen and Shelley
Barbara Gibbs Trust
Ann D. Gordon
Omar L. Hendrix
Dale J. and Mary E. Jacobs
Helen H. Kirker
Timothy R. Montroy
Sally S. and Richard E. Mueller
Vaughn R. and Margot K. Pratt
Mary Ellen Sweeney
Jean E. Trost
Marile E. Waterstraat
In addition to Board Members who contribute
countless hours, we appreciate the time,
skills and support of volunteers & in kind contributors.
Laura and Christopher Densmore
Richard and Carol Elaine Deys
Farmington Friends Meeting
Helen H. Kirker
Orchard Park Friends Meeting
Jill McClellan and John Tornow
2019 Board of Trustees