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2021 Annual Report

Have you ever felt so proud that you could not keep from grinning ear-to-ear? That is how we felt this year about the Board, volunteers, and supporters of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum and about all the programs we  co-sponsored with local historical organizations and libraries.


Our Board and volunteers are an amazing group of people. In spite of challenges from COVID and the world around us, they moved forward with energy and enthusiasm to “preserve, maintain, and interpret the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse as a national site of conscience and a cornerstone of historic movements for equal rights, social justice, and peace, including rights for Native Americans, African Americans, and women, inviting visitors to explore issues of equality and justice in their own lives.”

Program Review

Led by Kathy Hendrix, Chair of our    Program Committee, our programs in 2021 focused on women’s suffrage and race as well as on current work of Haudenosaunee women. Our co-sponsors included Akwaaba, Ganondagan State Historic Site, Friends of Ganondagan, Granger Homestead, Sonnenberg Gardens, and Wood Library. Many thanks to all our speakers and co-sponsors and to the amazing team who made these programs such a success. All programs are available online through our website. Thanks to Humanities NY with help from New York Yearly Meeting of Friends, all of these programs were open to the public and free.


Judith Wellman’s talk is still available on our YouTube Channel. Check our website, for details about programs and the future of the meetinghouse! We hope to present the remaining programs in the series later this year.

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Jane Rhodes, University of Illinois, “Mary Ann Shadd Cary,” via Zoom

Carolyn Edwards, with Akwaaba, “Fannie Lou Hamer,” Wood LIbrary

Nature Trail

With inspiration from Board members Carol-Elaine Deys and Dave Bruinix, we began work on a nature trail through the woods behind our Meetinghouse. In 2022, we will add interpretive signs with original words from historic figures associated with the 1816 Meetinghouse, including people of Native, African, and European descent.


Board Members

We were very pleased to welcome several new Board members this year: Mary-Kay Belant, Linda Braun, Matthew Cooley, and Dave Bruinix, who bring energies and skills in grant writing, program development, database management, and historic preservation.


Moving Forward

We continued plans for fund-raising to finish Meetinghouse restoration and develop interpretive exhibits, working on several grant proposals and hiring CauseWave to guide our capital campaign plans in 2022.


We also began a project to transcribe manuscripts from Swarthmore College and the University of Rochester relating to Seneca and Quakers in the 1830s and 1840s. In 1838, the U.S. government tried to move all Haudenosaunee people from their historic homelands to what is now Kansas.


Visitors from Syracuse M.M. (Quakers) and Elsewhere

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Board Members Walking the Meetinghouse Property Lines

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Board Members Map Out Nature Walk on Meetinghouse Grounds

Seneca leaders in council refused to sign the fraudulent Treaty of Buffalo Creek and appealed to Quakers for help. In June 1840, Senecas and Quakers met at the 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse. Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities to transcribe these fascinating documents.

2021 Operating Budget Summary

Revenue $20,568

Individual Donors: $15,668

Foundation Grants: $4,900


Expenses $12,473

Postage, Printing: $871

Insurance, Fees: $4, 908

Professional Memberships: $238

Programs: $4,480

Collection Purchases: $101

Grantwriting Support: $1,875


Unrestricted contributions not needed for operating expenses are reserved for building restoration


Please consider including the 1816 Meetinghouse in your estate planning and legacy giving.

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Left: Carol Faulkner, Syracuse University, “Famous Friendship: Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass,: Granger Homestead

Second : Marcia Robinson, Syracuse University, “Frances Ellen Watkins Harper,” Sonnenberg Gardens

Third: Michelle Shenandoah (left), Oneida, “Rematriation,” Ganondagan State Historic Site, with some audience members

Right: Susan Goodier (front Center), SUNY Oneonta, with some of  her audience members, “Hester Jeffrey,” Granger Homestead

Heartfelt Thanks to Our 2021 Donors!

We regret any misspellings or other errors. Please notice us of any corrections.

To support our programs and to further the restoration of the 1816 building, we welcome contributions at our secure website: or

by mail at: PO Box 25053 Farmington, NY 14425

Organizational Grants

Canandaigua National Bank

Farmington Friends Meeting

Farmington Historical Society

Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home

Humanities New York

New York Yearly Meeting of Friends

Thomas F. Judson Family



Organizational In-Kind Supporters



Granger Homestead

Sonnenberg Gardens


Wood Library


Individual Contributions

$1500 and Up

Sue J. Forsyth

Kenn and Lu Harper

Kathleen Hendrix


$1000 and More

George Hamlin IV & Mary Hamlin

Steven Jarose and Marvin Ritzenthaler   

Lyle Jenks

Susan G Lewis and  Robert Skellan

Judith Wellman


$250 and More

Jane Colangelo

Nancy A. Hewitt

Peter and Cidy Ingalsbe

Thomas and Elizabeth Judson

Reginald and Mary Neale

Charlene J. Ray

Richard and Sue Regen








$100 and More

Judith Brandt

Margaret and Paul Bringewatt

Joan Bryant

James and Jody Davis

Laura and Christopher Densmore

Carol-Elaine and Richard Deys

Carol Faulkner

Douglas Fisher

William Fugate

Dianne  Herrick

Gary Hughes

Dale and Mary Jacobs

Adrienne Kantz

Helen H. Kirker

Stephen Lewandowski

James R. Perkins

Ellen Peterson

Patti Peterson

Preston Pierce

Cherry and Steve Rahn

Sylvia Rose

Ann Schauman

Jean A. Shafer

Caroline Shipley

Donald Simkin

Stacey Vandenburgh


Up to $100


Barbara Blaisdell

Constance Blood

Linda Braun

Patricia Brown

Jane Burke

Ezeliel Densmore

Sarah Fitts-Romig

Barbara Gibbs

Susan G. Goodier

Michelle Howland

Ann E. W. Krenis

Chari Krenis

Jaren Miner

William Monteverdi Jr.

Sally S. Mueller

Robin Nowell

Richard Onle

Margo Pratt

Eloise Prostka

Wendy Stoddard

Grant P. Thompson

Sally Roesch Wagner

Barbara Wambach

Marile Waterstraat

Brandy Witthoft


In Kind Contributions

Fran Caraccilo

Richard Deys

Donna Hill-Herendeen

Wayne Jenks

Jill McLellan & John Tornow

Mary Neale


2020 Board Members

Mary-Kay Belant

Willie Bontrager

Linda Braun

Dave Bruinix

Joan Bryant

Florence Cardella

Mathew Cooley

Carol Elaine Deys

Peter Evans

Douglas Fisher

Lyle R. Jenks

Kathleen Hendrix

Charles Lenhart

Ann Morton

Reginald Neale

Barbara Popenhusen

Diane Robinson

Sue Stehling

Stacey Vandenbergh

Judith Wellman

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