Pittsford Historical Society

Eaton Hall, Pittsford Historical Society MuseumEaton Hall Museum

Museum Hours:
Regular visiting hours are 9 am to 4 pm.

During this time, volunteers gather for a variety of constructive activities, and company is always welcome. Visitors to town outside normal hours should contact our Curator, Anne Pelkey, or Steve Belcher, for access to the museum.

About PHS

Spring 2017 Newsletter Available
Winter 2016-2017

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.

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.

Katherine Crochett Studio: Silk Screen CardsKatherine Crochett Studio
Silk-Screen Cards

Katherine Crockett Marnell, of Pittsford, studied art in Boston and New York City. She made greeting cards for personal use and was persuaded to sell them. She started with block-printing and changed to silk-screening.

In 1951, she moved her operations to a barn on Furnace Brook in Pittsford and continued to create cards until her retirement in 1966.

Card production continued under other management in Pittsford, Manchester, and Bennington, Vermont. Many Pittsfordites helped to cut stencils and screen cards.

In January 2015, The Pittsford Historical Society acquired the accumulated inventory of Crockett Cards. These cards were produced in Manchester and Bennington, Vermont under the Crockett label. Proceeds from the sale of the cards go toward support of the Pittsford Historical Society.

Call (802) 483-2040 or e-mail hankpgolf@aol.com for more information.

Click on picture to enlarge cards

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:


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