P O Box 303
1185 Macedon Center Rd.
Macedon, NY 14502

Macedon Historical Society, NY

The goal of MHS is to engage the community with a facility that is accessible to the community. The 1853 building is the only one of its kind in the community that has an auditorium with stage. In 2018 an ADA bathroom was installed on the 1st floor. In order to hold events year round at the Academy an HVAC system needs to be installed, funds needing to be raised are $17K. The auditorium with stage is 1600 square feet. We have partnered with Gananda Rotary and the Sons of the American Legion Squad 494 in Macedon to help with the labor along side a local HVAC contractor. MHS needs the funds for the equipment. MHS has made huge strides in preparing the building to be used by the Community. New foundation, buildings painted with donations from the Crane Foundation (Mark & Colleen Crane), Alpco Recycling, AEY Enterprise, Spoon Exhibits and Events, JaZ Trucking - Lets add your business to the Heritage Builders. Macedon Historical Society’s mission is to promote and encourage historical research and preservation regarding the community of Macedon, NY and to disseminate that information. The Academy is the home of the archives of Macedon. The Academy is the meeting place for the community to engage with one another. Macedon Historical Society - was chartered in 1968 and purchased the Academy, the home of MHS. MHS is now the steward of this building to maintain and sustain its purpose to the community. Where tourists and visitors come to view the history of our region. The school at Macedon Center began in 1841 in a Tavern. The School was incorporated in 1842. Extensions of the Tavern were added to accommodate more students. The Tavern was moved and eventually burned. The current Historic Macedon Academy was erected in 1853 with the first class beginning in the Fall of 1854 with 160 students. The last graduating class in 1902, closing the building as the Academy in 1903 when state aide was refused. The Building was briefly used as a district school, then used by the Church Aide and Historical Society for a reception and meeting hall. The building was also used for the Macedon Grange #362 until the Grange purchased a building across the road. This building is now a destination for the community with handicapped features on the first floor and audio to cast from the 2nd floor down to the meeting rooms. Accessibility for all visitors. Frederick Douglass spoke at the Academy in 1862. Macedon rich in history of the underground railroad, Erie Canal, and suffragist movement. Emma Biddlecom Sweet born in Macedon in 1862. She was a cousin of Susan B. Anthony, is best known as Anthony’s secretary. Macedon is also known for the Temperance movement in 1845. MHS plans on promoting more programs for adults and students to learn more about the community/region through education. Macedon Historical Society is the steward for the archives and artifacts for the Macedon community. MHS vision is to cultivate the integrity of the Academy as a teaching resource. The path to the Academy symbolizes classes that attended the school with their years pressed in the sidewalk. The double door entry is flanked by two smaller doors, boys would enter through one door and the girls the other. Two staircases were originally in the building, one for girls one for boys. Old tables with the etchings of prior student's names and the principals chair are in the academy along with many other displays for the inquisitive to view. Partnering with other organizations, the Academy is becoming a destination for the community. Art shows, performances, panel discussions to name a few. To share this building with outside organizations through out the year, the Academy is in desperate need for an HVAC system on the 2nd floor. This upgrade would generate income through out the year, aiding in the sustainability of this historic building for generations to come.

We focus on: Arts and Culture, Education

Where we are: Wayne

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