Listing of Events for 2018

Save the dates! More details will follow in the upcoming months.

Our kick off event took place on December 9, 2017 with a tree lighting event and caroling. The RH Spectrum Singers led us in song and refreshments followed in the Udicious Pavilion.

On January 3, 2018, The Rush Town Board signed a Proclamation proclaiming 2018 as the Bicentennial Year for Rush. This document will be included in a planned time capsule.

March 13, 2018
7 pm
Re-enactment of first Town Board Meeting.

Event will be held in the Rush Court Room.
Proclamation from the County Executive.
Refreshments will follow. The Rush Bicentennial book will be available for purchase.

April 22, 2018
2 pm
Author Paula Whitacre will give a presentation at The Rush Methodist Church.

Ms. Whitacre has published a book entitled, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose. Julia Wilbur lived in Rush with her family in the 1850’s until she moved in 1862 to Washington, DC to continue her abolitionist efforts.  Book signing available.  More info available at:

May 6, 2018
1 pm
Tour of the One-Room Schoolhouse Sites in Rush and Henrietta, via RH School Bus

Collaborative event with Henrietta.
Register online via the Town of Henrietta  website. Registration can also be done in person at the Henrietta Recreation Center or by calling 359-2540 and then pressing “8.”  This is a free event, for ages 10 and up, but registration is required.

Update:  The first bus has already been filled.  A second bus will be available if enough people are registered via the “wait list” at the link above.

May 28, 2018
Rush Memorial Day Parade

Sponsored by the Stevens-Connor American Legion Post

June 2, 2018
10 am – 4 pm
Historic Rush Landmarks Tour

First floor tours or exterior viewing of select historic homes and other buildings in Rush. This is a self-driving tour.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at a cost $10; ages 14 and older.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Rush Town Hall or via this link or also via the “Shop” link at the top of this page.  Checks can also be mailed to the Rush Town Hall and made payable to the Rush Historical Society.

The tour begins at the Rush Town Hall where participants will pick up their tour packets.  For additional details, contact Linda Henry at 585-359-3749 or Susan Swanton at 585-455-4450.

June 2, 2018
9 am – 1 pm
Rush First Day Issue Postmark

Commemorating the Rush Bicentennial. Bring your stamped envelope or postcard to the Rush Town Hall for this special postmark.


July 20, 2018
Friday evening,
7 pm
Rush Firemen’s Parade

Bicentennial themed participation from various town organizations.

July 23, 2018
Udicious Pavilion
Monday evening,
7 pm
The Barn Building Legacy of J. T. Wells and Sons.  John Talcott Wells, Sr., was a native of Wheatland, NY.  Without formal training as an architect, J.T. Wells, Sr. patented the arched truss barn design system in 1889. The J. T. Wells and Sons Company may have built about 200 barns, primarily in Western New York, between 1886 and 1942. The presenters are:  Barb Chapman, Wheatland Historian; Dick Thomas, photographer; and Katie Andres, Wells Barns researcher and enthusiast.  Please join us to learn more about the magnificent Wells barns. Co-sponsored by the Rush History Office and the Rush Historical Society.
July 28-29, 2018
Genesee Country Village Museum Days for Rush

Be sure to visit the buildings that were originally located in Rush.  The Rush buildings are a schoolhouse, Saddler Dan Hart’s house from North Rush and the Kiefer house that was located at the 390 North entrance.

We’re planning to “meet up” at 2 pm each day at Pavilion, across from the Hyde House, in the Historic Village. Stop by and chat with other Rush residents – and maybe enjoy an ice-cream then, too!

ID showing a Rush address or a Rush Historical Society membership card will provide you with a $3.00 discount. GCVM is open from 10 am – 4 pm both days.

August 3-5, 2018
Friday – Sunday
Monroe County Fair

The Historical Society and the Bicentennial Committee will have an informational table at the Fair. If you have time, we have a need for volunteers to help man the table and promote the Historical Society. Contact Chris Miller @ if you would like to volunteer.

Sept. 12, 2018
7 pm
The Interurban Era

Jim Dierks of the New York Museum of Transportation will give a presentation about travel by trolley. Event located in the Udicious Pavilion.

September 15, 2018
11 am
Re-dedication of the Rush Veterans Memorial Park

followed by a luncheon across the road at the Rush Creekside Inn.  The lunch will be a re-creation of a dinner menu from the earlier years of the Stevens-Connor American Legion Post.

October 6, 2018
Rush Fall Festival
Rush Historical Society Display along with old-fashioned games.
October 7, 2018
Sunday evening
Bicentennial Social Event at Wild Wood Country Club

Good food, signature drinks, cash bar, music and dancing.  Period clothing encouraged but not required. Live music by Mitzi Collins.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.

October 15, 2018

7 pm

Udicious Pavilion

Fighting in the Shadows: The Untold Story of Deaf People in the Civil War. Rush resident and professor emeritus at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Dr. Harry Lang, will talk about his recently published book entitled:  Fighting in the Shadows: The Untold Story of Deaf People in the Civil War. Dr. Lang has authored or co-authored nine books about deaf and hard-of-hearing scientists, performers, educators and writers.  Join us as Dr. Lang talks about his research and explains how the American Civil War played an important role in bringing the country’s deaf population out of the shadows.   Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.  Co-sponsored by the Rush History Office and the Rush Historical Society.
November 4, 2018
2-4 pm
Rush Methodist Church
Living History Event: “Meet” and interact with some of our town’s early settlers and other notable Rush figures.

Come learn about our town’s past and see your neighbors portraying their ancestors and other early Rush residents.

December 1, 2018
6:30 pm
Closing event of our Bicentennial year will be a clock dedication and tree lighting ceremony along with Christmas carols and refreshments

Join us in the Rush Commons at 6:30 pm on December 1st as we officially dedicate our new Bicentennial Street Clock!  Plans also include the burial of a time capsule for future Rush residents to open and enjoy.  Along with the clock dedication, we will light a tree in the Veterans Park Gazebo.  The RH Spectrum Singers will join us in singing Christmas Carols.  Following the dedication and tree lighting, we will adjourn to the Rush Creekside Inn for hot chocolate and cookies.  Adult beverages, of course, will be available for purchase from the Creekside and they are also hosting an ugly Christmas sweater contest.  A live band starts at 8 pm.  Please join us for our closing event of the Rush Bicentennial year!




Rush Historical Society
5977 East Henrietta Road
Rush, NY 14543
Phone: (585) 533-1312