Pittsford Historical Society

Eaton Hall, Pittsford Historical Society MuseumEaton Hall Museum

Apr. 2 – Mid November
Tues. 9 am–4 pm

July  6 – Mid October
Sun. 1 pm–4 pm
Other hours can be
arraigned by appointment.

About PHS


Calling All PHS Members & Cooley Descendants

David Beckley, a Society member in LaPeer, Michigan, recently bought a completely
documented pair of Colonel Benjamin Cooley's silver shoe buckles. They were made in 1763 or 1764 by Rutland VT silversmith Samuel Beach, Benjamin's brother-in-law.

Benjamin and ruth Cooley Exhibit

Our current exhibit displaying Benjamin and Ruth Cooley possessions [click to enlarge]

Because Beckley's late wife was descended from Col. Benjamin and Ruth (Beach) Cooley, he paid far more than he could afford just to hold onto them while he figured out how to get back some of his money. We now own several pieces of Benjamin's Revolutionary War weaponry, a tin lantern, ink wells, and his wife's silver teaspoons and serving fork and spoon.
Beckley wants to add the shoe buckles to our collections. He will arrive at the Museum with them on Tues. October 1.

We urge our members and Cooley descendants to help David recoup his expenses ($1,500 +/-) by the time he heads back to Michigan. Please write your tax-free check, payable to Pittsford Historical Society, Inc., and mail it to PO Box 423, Pittsford, VT 05763. Please write "Cooley buckles" on the memo line.
On David's behalf, we thank you, one and all.

New Title, hot off the press

Jean Smith Davies has published a new book: The Camp With a Song in its Heart (Northshire Press), that tells the story (and stories) of the first 37  years of Camp Betsy Cox. The Historical Society has some copies, and it is also available directly from Jean; The cost is $15.00. Jean writes with special authority, having founded the camp, and she writes with special skill, having for years produced a newspaper column on the local history (collected in Neighborly Notes). She plans to follow up this effort with a book on Camp Sangamon.

Acquisitions and Museum Notes

Anne Pelkey and her team of Rebecca, Barb, and Monica continue to work over the accession records and files. Anne would like to note two recent additions to the PHS collections:

Spring 2015 Newsletter Available

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