On this date: The debut of “Dansville Turns 200” appears in Genesee Country Express


March 19, 1992

“Dansville Turns 200” was a weekly newspaper column that ran in the Genesee Country Express from March 19, 1992 to January 28, 1996. In 201 installments, each representing one calendar year, the history of Dansville, New York was told, from its earliest white settlement to the celebration of the village bicentennial. Included in each article was a summary of the major events of the world, the nation, and the region for the year being covered, to try to give some perspective to what kind of world surrounded Dansville at the time. This project was the end result of many hundreds of hours of research, spread out over several years; and I received plenty of help. Among those to whom I owe thanks: Richard Eades, the high school teacher whose local history course set me on this path; the late historian Wilfred J. Rauber, who was of tremendous help to me during my initial researches in the mid-1980’s; Teresa Canuti and the other employees at the Dansville Public Library, for their helpfulness in my endeavors there; and for the editors of the Genesee Country Express, for allowing me access to their back issues, and, of course, for publishing my column. And many thanks to all who provided encouragement and compliments on what was, from beginning to end, a labor of love.

David Gilbert

Community Program: Antique Woodworking, by: David Palmer


The Dansville Area Historical Society

 WELCOMES YOU TO OUR

 Community Program

Thursday, April 2, 2015

At 6:30 p.m.

North Dansville Town Hall

14 Clara Barton Street

Dansville, NY 14437

Program:

Antique Woodworking

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Presented by:

David Palmer

 To continue presenting programs, donations are greatly appreciated.

 Thank You

 Come and join us!!!!!

Community Program: Early Women Physicians of the Genesee Country


The Dansville Area Historical Society

Invites you to our Community Program

Early Women Physicians of the Genesee Country


Harriet Austin

Presented by:

Jane Oakes

 To continue presenting programs, donations are greatly appreciated.


 Sunday, March 8, 2015

At 2:00 p.m.
North Dansville Town Hall
14 Clara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Become a member of DAHS in 2015


The Dansville Area Historical Society appreciates new members at any time.  Our 2015 membership drive has just started.  Our non-profit group, established in 1961, grew out of an idea with the Dansville Women’s Civic Club. Indeed, the first donation to the new society was a $10.00 check from the high school’s Junior Historical group.  In 1968, the Village Board offered the former St. Patrick’s rectory to the society: the Dansville Area Historical Society Museum became a reality.

DAHS operates your Museum at 14 Church Street, accepts and preserves artifacts, sponsors programs for all ages, and participates in community events.  No fees are ever charged.

Joining the Dansville Area Historical Society will bring you our newsletter and support history in our area.  You can click on the Membership Form below, fill out and return the form. All donations are tax deductible.  Thank you very much!

MEMBERSHIP FORM 2015

Download form here: 2015 Membership Form

On this date: Prohibition repealed,…


December 5, 1933

Dansville “wet” for first time since 1917.  As defined on Wikipedia.org, Prohibition is the legal act of prohibiting the manufacture, storage, transportation and sale of alcohol including alcoholic beverages. The term can also apply to the periods in the histories of the countries during which the prohibition of alcohol was enforced.

prohibition-1925 1917 marked ultimate victory for Dansville’s temperance advocates; in March elections, the sale of alcoholic beverages in the village was banned, 667-546, effective November 1. (A similar measure was passed in South Dansville.) Church bells rang the news of the victory over Demon Rum, which spelled bad news not only for those local concerns that sold liquor, but also for the local grape-growing industry, which was doomed to extinction. For the liquor-sellers in Wayland, however, this meant a business boom…at least until nationwide Prohibition kicked into effect in 1920.

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As if to make up for the impending loss of beer and whiskey, brothers Steve and Chris Dromazos opened the Sugar Bowl on June 29, where ice cream sodas and milkshakes could be purchased.

Before 1920, 50% of Americans lived under Prohibition laws passed by various states; now everybody did, as the 18th Amendment went into effect the year before.

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Further disillusionment came for those who had thought that Prohibition meant the end of alcoholic beverages in the U.S. If anything, alcoholism had gone up in recent years; and the rise in gangsterism, which thrived mainly on bootlegging, made the headlines with the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” between the rival gangs of “Bugs” Moran and Al Capone.

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In 1933, after nearly 14 (about 17 in Dansville) disillusioning years, Prohibition in the U.S. came to end.  Given how popular Prohibition was in Dansville back in 1917, the 785-326 local vote in favor of its repeal clearly showed how great the disillusionment was. New York State was, as a whole, heavily in favor of abandoning the “Great Experiment”; in some New York City area districts, the vote was unanimous. When, in December, Utah’s vote made the repeal official, Leo Curran lost no time in obtaining a license to open a liquor store on Main Street; and in Hammondsport, thousand of gallons of wine were on hand, which could now be used for something other than religious sacraments

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Dansville Area Historical Society announces New Date for program on DL&W Railroad


Thursday, November 6, 2014

 DL&W by Tom Roffe Nov 6 2014

 

            The Dansville Area Historical Society will sponsor a community program Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the North Dansville Town Hall auditorium. The program will be on the history of the DL&W Railroad, which ran along Dansville’s East Hill, where it had a depot.

The DL&W was completed to Dansville in 1882.  The line that ran both freight and passenger trains, ran along picturesque East hill and continued to Mount Morris.

The program will be presented by Leicester town historian Tom Roffe, who himself worked for Amtrak for five years, and then left to work at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. before becoming a town historian. Roffe’s roughly hour-long Power Point program will cover the period from the 1870s to the 1960s. Roffe will discuss the railroad’s influence in York, Leicester, Mt. Morris, Groveland, and Dansville; and will include the railroad’s relation to the “Castle on the Hill” and the Phoebe Snow era.

The program is free and open to the public. Donations will be greatly appreciated.

Click here to see more posts about the DL&W in Dansville.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (built in 1847) added to National Register of Historic Places


Lutheran Church program 2014

Dansville Area Historical Society and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Present

A Community Program Celebrating the Church being placed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places

September 28, 2014

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

21 Clara Barton Street

Dansville, NY   14437

Program 2-3pm                                             Reception 3-4 pm                                 

Speakers – Reverend Virginia Mazzarrela, Gerri Waight (President DAHS), Cynthia Howk (Landmark Society), Barry Haywood (American Red Cross), Ken Mountzouros (St Paul’s), and Valerie O’Hare (Pike Stained Glass Studios, Rochester)

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Annual Pasta Dinner Meeting


2014 Annual dinner flyer

The Dansville Area Historical Society

Cordially Invites You to Attend

The Annual Pasta Dinner

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cocktails at 6:00pm and Dinner at 6:30pm

American Legion Home
34 Elizabeth Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Program to Follow:
David Gilbert will MC a History Game

Winner receives a prize

Door Prizes

Cost of Dinner tickets is $8.00

Tickets are available at local banks,  Historical Society Board members and at the Door

To continue presenting programs, donations are greatly appreciated.

Thank You

Food Panty Items are welcomed

Learn to Play the Game of Croquet in Livingston County, NY

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2014 Croquet Poster - Dansville - June 22 REVISED

Practice matches are scheduled throughout Livingston County. All are welcome to attend. Croquet equipment and direction provided.

05/27/2014 Conesus – Rickey Greene Memorial Park 7pm

06/03/2014 Lakeville/Livonia – Vitale Park 7pm

06/08/2014 Springwater – Springwater Town Park 11am – 1pm

06/10/2014 Groveland – The Fireman’s Field 7pm

06/17/2014 West Sparta -West Sparta Fire Hall 7pm

06/18/2014 Avon -Avon Spring Downs 2pm

06/22/2014 Dansville – Pioneer Park 2pm – 4pm

06/24/2014 Lima – Mark Tubbs Park 7pm

07/08/2014 Ossian (rec program) – Ossian Hill Road 9am

07/13/2014 Ossian – Ossian Hill Community 11:30am