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Pride Week at GCV&M

Wednesday, July 17 - Sunday, July 21 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Celebrate Pride at GCV&M!

Join us for Pride Week at Genesee Country Village & Museum! Explore LGBTQIA+ voices and histories, take part in a community art project that we will bring to the Rochester Pride Parade on July 20, enjoy colorful crafting, tour our “Becoming Gendered” exhibit, meet our community partners, go on a Pride Flag color scavenger hunt in the Historic Village and Nature Center, find colorful specials in our bars and restaurants, and more! 
LGBTQIA+ individuals have shaped and enhanced our society throughout recorded history, and we as an institution welcome you to join us in exploring and celebrating our shared history! 
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Hands-on family fun

Stop by the Art Tent at the John L. Wehle Gallery to create a woven rainbow! Plus, grab a Pride Flag scavenger hunt at the Admissions Booth and search the Historic Village and Nature Center + Trails! 

Leave your mark on a community art project (art supplies will be in front of Hosmer’s Inn in the Historic Village) which we will bring with us to the Rochester Pride Parade on Saturday, July 20! 

Pride in the Village

Wednesday through Saturday in our Historic Village, see our interpreters dyeing fibers with natural dyes that will become a progressive Pride flag that staff members carry in the Rochester Pride Parade on Saturday, July 20! Got sewing skills? Help us create this important piece! We will also be dyeing yarn in the colors of the Pride flag. 

Community Lunch & Learn: Understanding and Embracing Rochester's LGBTQ+ Story

Friday, July 19 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

All are welcome to join guest speaker Jessica Cohen from Trillium Health for a Lunch & Learn-style program in our Meeting Center Dining Room on the Friday of our Pride Week! 
Explore Rochester’s singular role in the early Gay Liberation Movement and its evolution into today’s Pride Celebration and community activism. Plus, join us in learning how we can all celebrate in the sharing of well-documented histories and narratives. This exciting and educational program will shed light on the non-negotiable truths of the LGBTQ+ community from the 19th-century to today. 
This program is included in general Museum admission – we encourage guests to stop by the Depot Restaurant first and grab a bite to eat or drink during this casual and informative gathering! 

Pride Week Specials

Enjoy our tasty new sandwich special in The Depot Restaurant – the LGBT Sandwich (Lettuce, Guacamole, Bacon, and Tomato!).

Then, head out into the Historic Village for a treat – find rainbow-colored 19th-century candies available for sale in our D. B. Munger & Co. Confectionery! 

"Becoming Gendered: Garment as Gender Artifact"

Becoming Gendered offers guests a wide variety of historic gendered garments for men, women, and children spanning over a century. Hegemonic gendered clothing for adult men and women is compared to the development of recreational and leisurewear. Understructures for men, women and even children are exhibited as evolving tools worn to achieve gendered ideals.  Challenging these 19th-century gendered norms in fashion and garment are the Dandy, the Bloomer, Dress Reformers and Women’s Rights advocates, the lady cyclist, female impersonators, and religious leaders such as the Public Universal Friend. Hodinöhsö:ni’ garment is exhibited as an entry-point into the discussion of how the Western gender binary system directly affects the gendering of 19th-century Hodinöhsö:ni’ clothing. 


Event sponsor: 

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Must-have merch!

Grab your History is for Everyone t-shirt online before joining us for Pride Week (and be sure to wear it!), or buy yours in the Flint Hill Store when you visit! 

Cheer us on at the Pride Parade!

Saturday, July 20 | Downtown Rochester

GCV&M staff, volunteers, and supporters will be walking again this year in the Rochester Pride Parade on Saturday, July 20, in downtown Rochester! Cheer us on when you see us – and make sure to grab one of our “History is For Everyone” stickers, which we will be handing out at the Parade! (We’ll also be handing out $3 off coupons to visit GCVM!)


Thank you to our friends at Pixos who sponsored our Pride Parade giveaways! 


Becoming the Public Universal Friend: Gender, Architecture, LGBTQ Identity, and Place (Talk)

Sunday, July 21 | 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery

Dr. Jeff Iovannone, a specialist in LGBTQ heritage conservation, will discuss the life, legacy, and home of the Public Universal Friend. The Friend was a Revolutionary War-era genderless prophet who founded a spiritual community near current day Penn Yan, New York. Iovannone will consider the long tradition of gender diversity in American history, how norms of gender and sexuality are created through architecture and the built environment, the importance of documenting LGBTQ-related sites in rural locations, and the significance of the Friend’s story to the modern LGBTQ community.

This talk is included in the cost of general Museum admission. 

Boon Companions: Affectionate Adventures In Early Photography (Talk)

Friday, July 26 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Join us in the John L. Wehle Gallery Lobby for a fascinating discussion surrounding male affection in 19th-century photography with Rochester-area librarian, photographer, speaker, and collector Gerry Szymanski. Victorian social and gender roles were strictly defined and represented in early photos. Why then, are there so many pictures of pairs of men in seemingly intimate poses? Using images from his vast collection, Gerry Szymanski discusses this “manly affection” and how these once private (but now public) photographs change our perception of 19th-century attitudes and beliefs.

Ticket Information

Museum Members: FREE 

Adults: $18

Seniors (62+): $16 

Students (13 – 18): $16

Youth (3 – 12): $12 

Children under 3: FREE 


Was there a Pride Month in the 19th-Century?

Recognition of celebrations such as Pride Month did not exist throughout the 19th century. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been historically underrepresented and their stories often untold. By celebrating Pride Week at GCV&M, we welcome the opportunity to both recognize these individuals and their accomplishments/contributions throughout history, as well as utilize our perspective as 21st century people to share a more comprehensive and more accurate picture of our shared past. Additionally, an appreciation and inquiry into the history of LGBTQIA+ persons in this country isn’t relegated to Pride Week, and is a topic we are looking to include throughout the year in our content and programming! 

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.  

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How can I show my support for this kind of programming?

Interested in exploring untold stories and supporting the lifting-up of historically under-represented narratives? Please consider supporting GCV&M and joining our community as a Member. Your support – whether by becoming a Member, making a donation, attending an event, exploring an exhibit, or even just helping spread the word on social media – allows us to continue to broaden our narrative and share a more expansive, more accurate representation of the Genesee Valley in the 19th century. Learn more about becoming a GCV&M Member:

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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