The Nunda Historical Society, featuring the Nunda Museum and the Rose Shave Gallery, is open 10 am - noon on Tuesdays and from 2 - 4 pm on the first and third Sundays in March through November, and at other times by appointment: call (585) 465-0971 or 490-3302. Historical programs, offered monthly March through December, are usually the second Wednesday of the month but may also be scheduled on some Sundays. Programs are held at the NHS Building at 24 Portage Street, Nunda unless noted in the description. Please check the schedule below for specific times and locations.
All events are free and open to the public unless indicated. The NHS building is wheelchair accessible. This schedule is subject to change, please check back often and also see our Facebook page.
2023 Nunda Historical Society Programs and Activities
- Sunday, March 4, 2-4 PM NHS Open House See our Tuscarora Memories exhibit, tour the Nunda Museum and Rose M. Shave Gallery, and learn about our new building project! Light Refreshments.
- *Wednesday, March 8, 7 PM; Rink Mania in the Genesee County by Jane Oakes.
Did you enjoy roller skating growing up? Jane, in her newest presentation, will take us back to the 1870s and 1880s when the new craze swept the Nation and our area. Learn about our regional rinks and where you could go to see a one legged man of roller skates do flips!
- Sunday, April 2, 2-4 PM Nunda Museum and Rose Shave Gallery is open. Stop by for free tours or for help with your local history questions!
- *Tuesday, April 11, 4 - 5:30 PM; Fun With Fiber Arts by Linda Franke.
Fiber artist Linda Franke will present a hands on program for kids and adults demonstrating some tradition methods of make fiber items, including carding, combing and spinning wool with a drop spindle. There will also be a power point presentation and demonstration of other types of fibers and their uses. Linda will be presenting at the Dalton Primary School during the day and then is scheduled to set up at the NHS building at 4 PM.
- Sunday, April 16, 2-4 PM Nunda Museum and Rose Shave Gallery is open. SPECIAL PRESENTATION at 3PM: The History of Nunda's Rancheros and Phantom Revival Drum and Bugle Corps by Ray Feller and Tom Byrnes. Ray and Tom will be sharing memories along with photographs and video of these two popular Nunda drum and bugle corps. The presentation can be seen live at the Museum or online through zoom. (To see the zoom presentation, please register by sending an email to email@example.com We will send you the link and password for the program.) The presentation will also be recorded and will appear on our youtube channel Nunda History.) This is the first of two parts, with a follow up panel discussion is planned for later in the year.
- Sunday, May 7, 2-4 PM Nunda Museum and Rose Shave Gallery is open. Stop by for free tours or for help with your local history questions!
- Wednesday, May 10, 7 PM; The Evolution of Assistance at the Livingston County Poorhouse by Livingston County Historian Holly Watson. The institution known as the Livingston County Poorhouse and later the County Home strove to provide care to Livingston County residents from the 1820s through the 1960s. During this time, the Poorhouse evolved along with perspectives on care of people experiencing loss, poverty, and mental illness. The program will trace these changes and what life in the Poorhouse might have been like, concluding with a discussion on recent preservation initiatives for the former buildings and the remaining Poorhouse cemeteries.
- Sunday, May 21, 1:30 PM. Gretchen Murry Sepik as "Erie Canal Sal"! Free and Open to the public.
- Sunday, May 21, 3pm. Nunda Historical Society Annual Meeting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the links and password for the zoom meeting.You will also be able to attend in person.
- Be sure to stop at the NHS Booth at this year's Nunda Fun Days! Dates and times to be announced!
- PLEASE NOTE - DUE TO ILLNESS, The Dennis James Concert originally scheduled for June 4th has been rescheduled for November 19th. See the November listing for more information.
- Saturday, June 17, 1 to 5 PM. The Nunda Museum and Rose Shave Gallery will hold special open hours for Alumni Weekend!
- Saturday, July 8; 10am to 5 pm Visit the NHS Museum & Rose Shave Gallery as part of Nunda Americana Day. NHS activities will include storytelling sessions and a historical talk by the Onondaga, Perry Ground, a 1760s era Seneca camp, a history walk, afternoon history wagon tours and more! Click here for more information!
- Sunday, July 2 2-4 pm Join us for Part II of our History of Nunda's Rancheros and Phantom Revival Drum and Bugle Corps. This session will include a behind the scenes look at the 2008 Reunion of Corps members for the Nunda Bicentennial Parade and a chance for former Rancheros and Phantom Revival members to share their favorite memories. Free and open to the public. The presentation can be seen live at the Museum or online through zoom. To see the zoom presentation, please register by sending an email to email@example.com. We will send you the link and password for the program. Part I is available on the Nunda History YouTube channel.
- August 19, 9 AM - 2 PM; NHS Annual Yard & Bake Sale This is one of our most important fundraisers. Visit to look for that special treasure to take home and don't forget to try the delicious baked goods. Thanks to all who make donations and those who come to shop!
- *Wednesday, September 13, 7 PM; An Evening with Mary Jemison. by actress, author, playwright, storyteller, Gretchen Murray Sepik who will portray Mary Jemison, white Seneca woman of the Genesee. Mary will tell of her life and how she struggled to adapt to her new environment after she was taken from her Irish parents by the Shawnees at Marsh Creek. She will talk of her love for her Indian family and friends and her choice to remain with them even after she was offered her freedom years later. Mary once owned some of the land where Letchworth State Park is now located and is buried at the Council Grounds where a statue was erected in her honor.
- Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 PM: A SPECIAL EVENING OF HISTORY IN DALTON! The Arland Kelley American Legion Post No 1569, Nunda Historical Society and the Sons of Union Volunteers of the Civil War present a special evening of history at the G.A.R Hall, 10053 State Street in Dalton on October 11, 2023. The dedication of a memorial marker honoring the history of the 1888 building will take place at 6:30 in front of the G.A.R. Hall. Following the ceremonies, railroad historian William D. Burt will present “The Erie Railroad: From Rosses to the River” at 7PM. The illustrated talk will tell the story of this historical railroad, focusing on the history of the section from the Nunda/Ossian town line to the famous Portage Bridge over the Genesee River in Letchworth Park. The story of the now-abandoned River Line from Hunt to Cuba will also be told. Both events are free and open to the public. Call 585-465-0971 for more information. PLEASE NOTE: This presentation will be held at the G.A.R. Hall (American Legion Post) on State Street in Dalton For more information see our Facebook page!
- *Wednesday, November 8, 7 PM; - The War of 1812 in Western New York by Ford Best
Historical re-enactor Ford Best will present the story of America's Second War for Independence and examine the conflicts impact on Nunda and other early settlements of Western New York. Uniforms and other period items will be on display.
- *Sunday, November 19, 3 PM (note slight change in time); We have rescheduled Dennis James' visit that was orginally scheduled for June. The program will be "Vintage Holiday Music and Silent Films" with Dennis James at the organ, Piano and Musical Glasses. The concert will be at Trinity Church - check out the poster below for more details!
- December 9, 12 - 5 PM; Christmas in Nunda - Visit the Museum for local history programs, Nunda videos, special exhibits, and activities. The new 2024 Nunda Historical Society Calendar and other history gifts will be available!
- Wednesday, December 20, 7 PM. NHS Christmas Meeting. Watch for detail!
* These projects are made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.
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