End of Year 2017

To our friends of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse,

As our 200th anniversary year draws to a close, we are writing to thank you for your sustaining support, to give a report on our recent programs as well as progress in restoration of the historic building, and to invite your continued participation.

After many seasons of working to rescue, preserve and stabilize the building we are now ready to engage in actual restoration of the structure. With an historical preservationist from our architectural firm and a specialist in window restoration on site, we have inventoried and evaluated the salvage from destructive storms of a decade ago as well as original windows which have been safely stored for decades. Much of what has been preserved will be incorporated in our restoration efforts. Once the frame is in place, roofing and siding can be installed, all while restoration and reproduction of the windows is being done off-site.


We are eager to fit the first of the restored windows back into place… windows to a world as much in need of witness for peace and justice now as two centuries ago.



With your financial support, this exciting phase of restoration will move forward. As of this writing, we have some $69,000 available for reimbursement of qualifying expenses through our New York State Environmental Protection Fund grant. Your end-of-year tax-deducible contribution will provide essential leverage to proceed with these next steps in restoration of the historic structure.

Many friends and neighbors attended various programs in our 200th anniversary year, often held off-site in partnership with other non-profit organizations with values similar to those we honor, all enabling history to inspire and inform our actions. Several presentations tied into the state-wide centennial celebration of women’s suffrage in New York; others explored the Farmington heritage of involvement in witness for justice for Native Americans and freedom for African Americans as well as our commitment to connecting this history to current issues of justice and peace.

We the board and volunteers, offer gratitude for your interest and support. We look forward to hearing from you this season, and to welcoming you to the 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse as a third century unfolds.

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Embodying Reconciliation

A presentation by and dialogue with William Wilkinson
marking the conclusion of our 200th Anniversary Year Programs

Co-Sponsored by The Wood Library

2:00, Sunday, November 12th at Wood Library, 134 North Main Street, Canandaigua

free and open to the public

Recalling Martin Luther King’s “Where Do We Go From Here?”, William Wilkinson will look back to the peace making and justice seeking traditions, Sankofa, which together lead us to the contemporary challenge of fostering reconciliation. The present offers hope for humanists and other people of faith to work collectively for social transformation, and the intersectional movements for social inclusion, Black Lives, health for all, social equity, and climate justice call us to a renewal of hope-rooted organizing.

William H. Wilkinson, who will be introduced by Wilma Campbell of Rochester Friends Meeting, brings a wealth of experience in learning and teaching across the decades and several continents. Both an ordained minister and a medical doctor, he served as a member of the United Kingdom delegation to the Congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War at the time that organization received the Nobel Peace Prize. Having trained with, among others, the American Friends Service Committee and the Mennonite Conflict Resolution Center, and served with many faith communities in efforts to increase peace and racial justice, Wilkinson is the immediate past president of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches, and currently serves as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Medina, NY.

Join us for an exciting, informative and challenging program. There will be opportunity for dialogue following the presentation, and refreshments will be served.

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Arun Gandhi on “The Gift of Anger”

Saturday, October 28, 7 p.m.

Farmington Friends Church, 187 County Rd. 8, Farmington, NY

Most widely known as the fifth grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, Arun Gandhi has continued his grandfather’s legacy, first by working with his late wife Sunanda to start projects for the social and economic uplifting of the oppressed using constructive programs, the essence of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence.

For 30 years in India, Arun and Sunanda, rescued over 125 orphan children from the streets in and placed them in loving homes around the world and began a Center for Social Change, chaging the lives of thousands of people in more than 300 villages. Later, after immigrating to the U.S. in 1987, they founded the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, now part of the University of Rochester.

After Sunanda died in 2007, Arun founded the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute. It promotes community building in economically depressed areas of the world through the joining of Gandhian philosophy and vocational education for children and their parents.

The author of several books, his most recent, The Gift of Anger, has been translated in 18 languages. It will serve as the basis for his talk on the 28th.  The event is co-sponsored by the 1816 Farmington Friends Meetinghouse and is free and open to the public. Please join us for this event.

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2017 Schedule of Events

Join our 200th anniversary year as we continue to explore issues of justice and equality. All programs are free and open to the public, and are supported by your contributions.
May 29. Dedication of Historic Marker at the Bullis Homestead, Canandaigua Rd., Macedon.
June 17 and 18, 12-4 pm. Open House at 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse, 230 Sheldon Rd. at County Rd. 8, Farmington. Journey along “I ♥ New York” Path Through History and stop here.
June 17, 8 pm. Susan B Anthony Legacy Event, on the lawn of the Ontario County Courthouse,
July 4. “What to the Slave is Your Fourth of July?” Niagara University. As part of FGC Gathering of Friends, we will co-sponsor Dr. David Anderson, renowned Rochesterian and history professor, who will appear as Frederick Douglass to deliver the famed 4th of July speech.
July 8, 12- 4 pm. Open House, 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, 230 Sheldon Rd. at County Rd. 8, Farmington. Join those returning from the FGC Gathering of Friends to step inside the building, view displays, enjoy refreshments, and then follow the self-guided driving tour to visit nearby historic sites relating to the movements for abolition and women’s equality.
July 15, 10 am – 5 pm. Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, 32 Washington St, Seneca Falls. As part of the July 13-16 Convention Days at Women’s Rights National Historical Park, we will welcome visitors to our 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse information table on the grounds.
July 17-22, Vote-tilla. Following Convention Days, a flotilla of packet boats will travel along the Erie Canal from Seneca Falls to Rochester with stops along the way, ending with a march to Susan B. Anthony Square. We will greet the Vote-tilla on July 19 at 2 pm at Macedon Lock 30.
August 12, 12 – 5 pm, Farmington Family Festival. Farmington Town Park, County Road 8.
August 14, 7 pm. “The Fight for the Vote at Home and Beyond” at Bristol Valley Theater, 151 S. Main St, Naples. We will co-sponsor this presentation by local historians Sue Winslow, Beth Thomas and Preston Pierce, discussing suffragists including Emily Parmely Collins of South Bristol and other Ontario County women who struggled for suffrage and carried the torch lit by Susan B. Anthony and others of wider renown.
August 27, 2 pm. “Women on Wheels: Bikes, Liberation and Suffrage” at the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. We will co-sponsor this event celebrating the role bicycles played in liberating women and helping suffrage organizers travel the area. Featuring Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, represented by Barbara Blaisdell and Melinda Grube. Refreshments and an optional bike ride!
September 24, 2 pm. Stories and Activities of the Seneca People on the grounds of the 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse, 230 Sheldon Rd., Farmington. Veronica Reitter, member of the Wolf Clan, Seneca Nation, will present a family-centered program of stories and activities to introduce Seneca traditions and customs. We also plan a book fair featuring children’s books related to women’s rights and suffrage; abolition and the Underground Railroad; and Native America culture and lore.
October 28, 7 pm. Arun Gandhi on “The Gift of Anger.” Farmington Friends Church, 187 County Road 8, Farmington. The author will talk on his new book, “The Gift of Anger and Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma.” Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Video of the 200th anniversary year kick-off!

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2016 Programs & Events

MAY 21 SATURDAY 1:00 P.M. Fatzinger Hall, Waterloo Library and Historical Society, 31 E Williams St, Waterloo

BULLIS a play about Macedon native and Quaker John Lapham Bullis, who enlisted in the Civil War, led black troops and later led the Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts. Written and produced by Macedonians. FIRST PERFORMANCE. 1816 FQMM is a co-sponsor.

JUNE 19, SUNDAY, Fathers Day. Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum

Pathways Through History, I Love NY has designated Father’s Day, June 19, 2016, as NYS History Day for Pathways Through History Program. Open house at the 1816 Meetinghouse, 230 Sheldon Road, Farmington

JUNE 25, SATURDAY Granger Homestead, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua. 4-6 P.M.

Joint 200th Anniversary Celebration with Granger Homestead. FQMM Board Member Tara Sandle, an employee at Granger, will describe the historical connections between the two institutions, focusing on the Granger Place School for girls, founded in 1876 by Caroline Comstock, a member of the Meetinghouse and descendant of a founding family. The event will include a presentation, displays from the school and a tour of the facility.

JULY 27-28, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY 7-9 P.M., Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua

Women’s Suffrage: Ken Burns’ Not for Ourselves Alone. A two-night screening of Parts One and Two of Burns’ Not for Ourselves Alone, featuring two historians who appear o[en in the film; Judith Wellman and Sally Wagner. They will introduce and lead “Q and A” discussion afterwards. Co-sponsor by the Wood Library.

AUGUST 25, THURSDAY 7 P.M. Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua

Contemporary Slavery: Robert Bilheimer’s Not My Life. A screening, followed by Q and A with director, of “Not My Life,” Robert Bilheimer, that documents human trafficking in five continents. Bilheimer, president of Worldwide Documentaries in Bloomfield, will introduce film and discuss his social documentaries.

SEPTEMBER 21, WEDNESDAY, 7 P.M., Farmington Friends Church, 187 County Road 8,

Farmington Refugees and Migration Panel presentation on settled refugees and incoming refugees being resettled now: Rev. Debbie Bennett Reynolds, Associate Pastor and Hkadin Lee, Refugee Outreach Coordinator, Lake Ave. Bap/st Church, and Jim Morris, and/or Lisa Hoyt, current and incoming Directors of Refugee Resettlement at Catholic Family Services, lead agency for refugee resettlement in the area.


200th Anniversary of the Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse. This will be a weekend of celebration of the 1816 Meetinghouse’s 200 years of history and a look towards its next 200 years. Numerous events, including a performance of Bullis, and talk by Frieda Jacques, Onondaga Clan Mother. Watch for updates!

Download a Printable List of 2016 Events

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2015 recap

2015 was a fantastic year, thanks for all your support!

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Video Testimony

In this 3 minute video, volunteers explain why they support the meetinghouse project.

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Programs, 2014


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Video of $10,000 check presentation

Here is a 3 minute video of the November 10, 2013 check presentation from the  Preservation League of New York.


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