An Evening to Honor Fannie Barrier Williams and William Page

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH On Friday, February 5 at 7 pm, the Village of Brockport will join The College at Brockport to celebrate two of Brockport’s prominent 19th Century African-American residents and their families: William Page and Fannie Barrier Williams. The celebration will include presentations, musical performances, and refreshments. It will take place on the CollegeContinue reading “An Evening to Honor Fannie Barrier Williams and William Page”

Hair Wreaths in Victorian Brockport

by Danielle Maerlender Jackie Baker, a museum internship student from the College at Brockport, can be seen here with three-year museum volunteer, Sue Savard, examining a hair wreath in front of the other hair wreaths housed in Emily Knapp Museum. Hair wreaths, more commonly known as hair work or hair jewelry, were an important partContinue reading “Hair Wreaths in Victorian Brockport”

High Street Cemetery Tour

by Danielle Maerlender On October 29, 2015, two museum internship students from the College at Brockport, Emily Fleming and Katie Nguyen, gave a  Halloween tour of the High Street Cemetery informing the community of select individuals who were laid to rest there and their importance to Brockport, NY. Fannie Barrier Williams, Mary J. Holmes, WilliamContinue reading “High Street Cemetery Tour”

Victorian Christmas Display at the Seymour Library

by Danielle Maerlender On December 1st, the results of the collaboration between the Seymour Library, the Emily L. Knapp Museum and the College at Brockport came to life. In the new local history room at the Seymour Library, museum internship student, Azzaria Davis, and museum volunteer, Sue Savard, put together a Victorian Christmas display thatContinue reading “Victorian Christmas Display at the Seymour Library”

Independent Order of Oddfellows

by Danielle Maerlender John Howard, a museum internship student from the College at Brockport, is researching the Independent Order of Odd Fellows ‘In Memorium’ plaques that are housed in the Emily L. Knapp Museum. The plaques contain the names of Odd Fellows members that have passed away and been commemorated and honored. The smaller ofContinue reading “Independent Order of Oddfellows”

Brockport’s “Ultra” Shoe and the Moore-Shafer Shoe Company

The October 2015 Night at the Museum featured a talk by Dr. Alicia Kerfoot, “The Era of the ‘Ultra’: Early Twentieth-Century Women’s Footwear in the Knapp Museum Collection.” In the adapted video format of her presentation, Dr. Kerfoot discusses her extensive research of the shoes in the Emily Knapp Museum collection, many of which were made in the Moore-ShaferContinue reading “Brockport’s “Ultra” Shoe and the Moore-Shafer Shoe Company”

Native American Artifacts

by Danielle Maerlender Greg Reynolds, a museum internship student at the College at Brockport, is working on an independent study researching the Native American artifacts at the Emily Knapp Museum. In this picture, Greg can be seen with Dan Burns, long-time museum volunteer, examining one of the six Native American projectile points that are housedContinue reading “Native American Artifacts”

WWI Artifacts and Harry Coleman

by Danielle Maerlender Mike Lane, a museum internship student from the College at Brockport, can be seen here photographing a World War 1 ‘doughboy’ helmet inscribed with the initials H.R.C. Upon further examination and research, Mike was able to identify its owner as soldier Harry R. Coleman and his connection to the 4th infantry divisionContinue reading “WWI Artifacts and Harry Coleman”

Horatio N. Beach Portrait Preserved

An oil painting of Horatio N. Beach, prominent Brockport resident, has been preserved as part of the Emily L Knapp Museum’s Adopt a Picture Program. The painting is dated June 20, 1858 and was signed by Jerome D. Fielding, a local artist. Horatio N. Beach (1826-1896) came to Brockport from Connecticut in 1856, and wasContinue reading “Horatio N. Beach Portrait Preserved”