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Juneteenth Week

Thursday, June 13 - Saturday, June 15 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Celebrating Freedom’s Ring as we honor Juneteenth!

Join us for several days worth of programming where we honor Juneteenth, considered the oldest celebration of the end of enslavement in the United States – and an official state holiday here in New York. The holiday is inspired by events that occurred on June 19, 1865, when Union troops brought the message of emancipation and the end of the Civil War to over 250,000 enslaved persons in Texas – more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. These messengers of freedom were met with shock and jubilation.

DEAI at GCV&M: We are actively committed to broadening our understanding of DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion), and making it part of everything that we do. Guided by our mission, values, and inclusive culture of curiosity, we strive to dismantle inequity and address erasure through ongoing dynamic interpretation, communications, research, and outreach. We celebrate the stories of our shared past; connect the rich diversity of the 19th century to the present; and collaborate with the communities we serve to create welcoming spaces for 
learning, work, exploration, and play.  

 

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Follow the history of emancipation

General Order No. 3 brought word of emancipation and the end of the Civil War to over 250,000 enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865 – more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Visit the Print Shop to further explore this story! 

Delve into new interpretation of the Nathaniel Rochester House

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Rochester House

Explore GCV&M’s new research into and interpretation of the Nathaniel Rochester House (built c. 1797, Dansville, NY) and a site of enslavement by Rochester. Learn from Curator of Collections Peter Wisbey what GCV&M has learned through research and new stories that share a broader history encompassing the stories of individuals enslaved by Rochester. 

Explore the ongoing fight for freedom in Western New York

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Take part in an interactive mapping exhibit in our Town Hall Building connecting enslavement and freedom before, during, and after the Civil War. Who was fighting for freedom? How were they fighting? What does freedom look like today?

Learn from the Black Storytelling League of Rochester, Inc.

12 p.m. on Friday and Saturday

Join the Black Storytelling League of Rochester whose performances will include a historical reenactment of early Juneteenth celebrations and storytelling related to Juneteenth! 
 
Click here to learn more about the Black Storytelling League of Rochester. 

Learn about the renaming of birds and DEAI in the outdoors

9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 13

Join our Nature Center Director Adam Henne on the Livingston Backus House Porch for a discussion around the purpose behind and impact of the American Ornithological Society’s bird renaming project – complete with resources, specimens, and binoculars!

“There is power in a name, and some English bird names have associations with the past that continue to be exclusionary and harmful today,” the organization’s president, Colleen Handel, said in a statement. “Everyone who loves and cares about birds should be able to enjoy and study them freely.”

Learn more about this movement here

Experience culinary traditions

On Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, taste Malinda Russell's Pound Cake in Jones Farmhouse! 

As you make your way through homes in the Village, learn from costumed historic cooks about the culinary traditions surrounding Juneteenth celebrations and see (and taste!) receipts by Malinda Russell, the first known female African American published cookbook author. 

Visit the Livingston-Backus House Kitchen to learn about Abby Fisher, a cook and formerly enslaved person who wrote What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking.

Don’t forget to stop by the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery to buy Rose Cake, Coconut Sponge Cake, and Pound Cake baked using Malinda Russell’s recipes!

"Furthering Freedom: Emancipation Day Celebrations and the Civil Rights Struggle in Late-19th-Century American Society" (talk)

1 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in Brooks Grove Church

Join RIT Professor Richard Newman for a talk focused on the connection between celebrations of freedom and the ongoing struggle for representation and equality for Black Americans.

Explore the story of Black entrepreneur Austin Steward

Visit the Land Office (now interpreted daily) to explore the life and legacy of Black Rochestarian and entrepreneur Austin Steward. Plus, visit the Altay General Store to explore Steward’s entrepreneurship in 19th-century Downtown Rochester. 

 

Learn from our partners and guest speakers

Learn from our partner David Shakes (North Star Players) about the history of two significant figures: Frederick Douglass, and William Wells Brown in the Print Office (Thursday and Friday).

 

Ticket Information

Museum Members: FREE

Adults: $16

Seniors (62+): $14

Students (13 – 18): $14

Youth (3 – 12): $10 

Children under 3: FREE

 

HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES: (June 13 & 14 – buy tickets on site) 

Homeschool Adults: $12

Homeschool Youth: $10

GCV&M Member admission is FREE and guaranteed for this event. Click here to learn more about joining the Museum as a Member!

FAQs

What is GCV&M's commitment to DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibiltiy and Inclusion)?

Genesee Country Village & Museum is actively committed to broadening our understanding of DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion), and making it part of everything that we do. Guided by our mission, values, and inclusive culture of curiosity, we strive to dismantle inequity and address erasure through ongoing dynamic interpretation, communications, research, and outreach. We celebrate the stories of our shared past; connect the rich diversity of the 19th century to the present; and collaborate with the communities we serve to create welcoming spaces for 
learning, work, exploration, and play.  

Click here to learn more about our expanded commitment to DEAI: https://www.gcv.org/deai/

 

Is there ample parking?

Parking is free and plentiful! Park in any of the main lots at the front of the Museum. Please leave the first two bays available for handicapped parking. 

How do I show my purchased tickets?

Please have your ticket(s) either printed out OR pulled up on your phone screen and ready for scanning for quick and easy check-in. Pro-tip: take a screenshot of each of your tickets to have ready and pulled up on your phone screen! Please note: Wifi can sometimes be spotty at the front of the Museum. 

Is this event rain or shine?

Yes! This event is rain or shine. The Museum will only cancel in case of a severe weather emergency.

How should I dress?

Please dress accordingly for the predicted weather conditions.  

We recommend wearing a good pair of walking shoes – there is a lot to see and do, and surfaces in the Historic Village (brick paths, cobblestone, grass), can be uneven. 

Are service animals welcome?

Yes! Leashed service animals are welcome with proper identification. 

What if I need a refund for my ticket?

We’re sorry to hear that you’re not able to attend! Tickets may be refunded only up to 7 days prior to the event date and are strictly non-transferable by date, entry time, or program. 

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