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.”
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, farmingtonmeetinghouse.org for details about programs and the future of the meetinghouse! We hope to present the remaining programs in the series later this year.
Jane Rhodes, University of Illinois, “Mary Ann Shadd Cary,” via Zoom
Carolyn Edwards, with Akwaaba, “Fannie Lou Hamer,” Wood LIbrary
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.
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.
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
Board Members Walking the Meetinghouse Property Lines
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
Individual Donors: $15,668
Foundation Grants: $4,900
Postage, Printing: $871
Insurance, Fees: $4, 908
Professional Memberships: $238
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.
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: www.farmingtonmeetinghouse.org or
by mail at: PO Box 25053 Farmington, NY 14425
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
$1500 and Up
Sue J. Forsyth
Kenn and Lu Harper
$1000 and More
George Hamlin IV & Mary Hamlin
Steven Jarose and Marvin Ritzenthaler
Susan G Lewis and Robert Skellan
$250 and More
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
Margaret and Paul Bringewatt
James and Jody Davis
Laura and Christopher Densmore
Carol-Elaine and Richard Deys
Dale and Mary Jacobs
Helen H. Kirker
James R. Perkins
Cherry and Steve Rahn
Jean A. Shafer
Up to $100
Susan G. Goodier
Ann E. W. Krenis
William Monteverdi Jr.
Sally S. Mueller
Grant P. Thompson
Sally Roesch Wagner
In Kind Contributions
Jill McLellan & John Tornow
2020 Board Members
Carol Elaine Deys
Lyle R. Jenks