August and September Newsletters have been added to our Newsletter Archive page.
An Eventful Summer at the Howe House
In addition to numerous house tours and research visits this summer, the PCHS has had three events within 10 days! The Howe House Museum was open the last Saturday in July for the PCS Alumni Reunion attendees, the first Saturday in August, Sauerkraut Festival and the following Monday for a special visit.
The Phelps Central School alumni reunion, held at the Phelps American Legion, brought people home to Phelps from as far away as California. Over 40 visitors to the museum took the opportunity to reminisce about the good times growing up in Phelps, NY. Bonnie, from Dallas, Texas, and Jackie from Liverpool, New York, childhood friends, have kept in touch over the years and went to the reunion together. Both are PCHS members and it was a pleasure to meet them and be able to put faces with the names on our mailing list. We hope the photo displays and exhibits brought back a lot of good memories! While the following Saturday was relatively quiet, due in part to the fact that there was no parking allowed on Main Street in preparation for the parade at 4pm, we did have visitors. The volunteers, joined by family, stayed to watch the parade from the front porch. The 1924 Essex, on a trailer, pulled out of the driveway and joined the lineup!
Generating interest for Phelps history in the up and coming generations is the key to the future success of our organization. On the Monday following the Sauerkraut weekend festivities, the PCHS hosted 50 children and 7 adults from the Phelps Community Center Childcare Program. They came in small groups at 15 minute intervals. Tours were given to the Carriage House Transportation display and the outhouse. Highlights were the model train layout, scooter rides, and the infamous outhouse. Bottled water was given out for the walk back up the hill.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit us this summer. We are excited to have had these opportunities to interact with the community. An autumn event is in the planning stages. Visit us at phelpsnyhistory.com.
A link to a story about School Districts 3, 4, and 5 has been added to our Phelps School Districts page.
Links to searchable pdf files of the 1937-1949 editions of the Phelps Highlights have been added to the yearbooks page on the Phelps Community Historical Society website.
We've added some Midlakes yearbooks to our digital collection on our yearbooks page.
Phelps, NY - Small Town, Big Heart
The Phelps demographics have undergone noticeable changes in the past few years. The oldest generation is phasing out, homeowners are parents with young children who have found Phelps to be in a good school district where families can ride their bikes or take a walk after supper. But one thing that has not changed is the heart of the town. This was seen on two occasions this past month.
On Saturday June 5, the PCHS held an Open House at the Howe House Museum. Within three hours, 59 visitors were counted, the donation jar was full and we acquired a new member. Three volunteers in addition to the entire Board of Trustees turned out to set up, give museum tours and greet visitors. The event also gave people an opportunity to socialize, and we could not be more pleased with the show of community support. Congratulations to the Door Prize winners who received a copy of Don Tiffany’s book Phelps… According to Don: Janie Burgess, Cathy Scott, and Mark Stevenson.
The PCHS has been serving the community since 1969. We continue to maintain cemetery records, gather family genealogies, and collect items, all to help us tell the stories of Phelps. 50 years from now, when the aforementioned young residents and their children wonder where their grandparents are buried, who their ancestors are, or what is the history of this 200 year old house we will have the answers.
The Pioneer Cemetery has undergone repairs thanks to volunteers from the Town of Phelps Highway Department and PCHS. Many headstones were set upright in cement donated by Phelps Cement Products. Plans are underway to clean the headstones. This project paid respect to those interred and acknowledged the importance of maintaining our cemeteries.
If you are attending the Phelps Central School reunion or will be in Phelps the following week for Sauerkraut Weekend, please stop in at the Howe House. We will have PCS memorabilia and photos on display. On behalf of the Alumni Committee, included in this newsletter is the reunion information and registration form. In addition to our regular hours, the PCHS will be open Saturday July 31 (10am–2pm) and Saturday August 7 (1pm-4pm).