On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Rochester author and historian Elizabeth Brayer will present the lecture “100,000 Years of Genesee Valley History” at the Geneva Historical Society. Extending from the source of the Genesee River in Genesee, Pennsylvania, to its outlet at Lake Ontario, the Genesee Valley surrounds the city of Rochester and influenced the development of much of western New York. This slide presentation explores the history of this upstate region from its ancient origins to the present day. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.
Made by a river and a glacier, the Genesee Valley was settled by Algonkian and Seneca tribes, followed by Europeans, Yankees, Yorkers, and finally immigrants from every country in the world. The area’s indigenous architecture features cobblestones and Medina limestone. Successive industries in the region included flour, flowers, clothing, optics, technology, and photography. Mrs. Brayer will also explore how culture in the valley was shaped by a tradition of reform.
Brayer is a freelance writer currently working on a history of the Genessee Valley Club and a pictorial biography of George Eastman. She is the author of the book George Eastman: A Biography.
For more information, please call the Society office at 789-5151. Free and open to the public.