Listing of Events for 2018

Below is a listing of events that were held in 2018 to celebrate the Rush Bicentennial year.

Our kick off event took place on December 9, 2017 with a tree lighting and caroling. The tree was donated and planted by Bruce O’Neil behind the Rush Town Hall. 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 was held in the Rush Court Room.
Proclamation from the County Executive.
Refreshments followed.

April 22, 2018
2 pm
Author Paula Whitacre gave a presentation at The Rush Methodist Church.Ms. Whitacre  published a book in 2017 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 was available.  More info available at:
May 6, 2018
1 pm
Tour of the One-Room Schoolhouse Sites in Rush and Henrietta, via RH School BusCollaborative event with Henrietta
May 28, 2018
Rush Memorial Day ParadeSponsored by the Stevens-Connor American Legion Post
June 2, 2018
10 am – 4 pm
Historic Rush Landmarks TourFirst floor tours or exterior viewing of select historic homes and other buildings in Rush.
June 2, 2018
9 am – 1 pm
Rush First Day Issue Postmark

Commemorating the Rush Bicentennial.

July 20, 2018
Friday evening,
7 pm
Rush Firemen’s ParadeBicentennial 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 were:  Barb Chapman, Wheatland Historian and Katie Andres, Wells Barns researcher and enthusiast.  Co-sponsored by the Rush History Office and the Rush Historical Society.
July 28-29, 2018
Genesee Country Village Museum Days for RushBe 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.
August 3-5, 2018
Friday – Sunday
Monroe County Fair

The Historical Society and the Bicentennial Committee will have an informational table at the Fair.

Sept. 12, 2018
7 pm
The Interurban EraJim 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 Parkfollowed 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 ClubGood food, signature drinks, cash bar, music and dancing.  Period clothing encouraged but not required. Live music by Mitzi Collins.
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, talked 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.  Dr. Lang spoke about his research and explained how the American Civil War played an important role in bringing the country’s deaf population out of the shadows.   Co-sponsored by the Rush History Office and the Rush Historical Society.
November 4, 2018
2-4 pm
Rush Methodist Church
Rush Creek Anthology
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 refreshmentsThe Veterans Park gazebo was the location of the 2nd annual tree lighting.  The RH Spectrum Singers led  us in singing Christmas Carols.  Following the tree lighting, we officially dedicated our new Bicentennial Street Clock.  Plans also included the burial of a time capsule for future Rush residents to open and enjoy.  Following the dedication and tree lighting, we adjourned to the Rush Creekside Inn for hot chocolate and cookies.  This was our closing event of the Rush Bicentennial year.

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