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Autumn/Winter Issue of FLASH Magazine Now Available! January 07 2017, 0 Comments

The Autumn/Winter issue of FLASH:  The Magazine of the Sodus Bay Historical Society has been mailed to all current members and is available for sale online.  The issue includes part two of Rosa Fox's interview with Harold Teeple about growing up on the east side of Sodus Bay, a review by Karen Shughart of Susan Peterson Gateley's book Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario, information about our preservation efforts, and an examination of Viking explorers--plus much more.  Don't miss out!  Become a member today to start receiving this full-color magazine.


Great Sodus Bay by Rosa Fox Now Available! June 28 2016, 0 Comments

This brand-new book in Arcadia Publishing's Postcard History Series is now available.  Thanks to a generous donor, 100% of the sale price will benefit the Sodus Bay Lighthouse, so order your copy today!  Author Rosa Fox will be signing books at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse on July 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Great Sodus Bay graces the southern shore of Lake Ontario. Known as Bay of the Cayugas to early French explorers and Assorodus (Silvery Waters) to Native American Indians, Sodus Bay is bountiful in beauty and history. Host to many creative souls, entrepreneurs, and seekers of nature, relaxation, and recreation, Great Sodus Bay has captured the hearts of all who visit. The images in this volume provide a tour of the communities and commercial developments, as well as historic lighthouses, vintage boats, and architecture. Take a nostalgic look at Great Sodus Bay from 1890 to 1930—an era of newfound popularity as Sodus Bay developed into a destination resort.

Softcover, 128 pages, © 2016


Great Sodus Bay by Rosa Fox Now Available! June 28 2016, 0 Comments

This brand-new book in Arcadia Publishing's Postcard History Series is now available.  Thanks to a generous donor, 100% of the sale price will benefit the Sodus Bay Lighthouse, so order your copy today!  Author Rosa Fox will be signing books at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse on July 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Great Sodus Bay graces the southern shore of Lake Ontario. Known as Bay of the Cayugas to early French explorers and Assorodus (Silvery Waters) to Native American Indians, Sodus Bay is bountiful in beauty and history. Host to many creative souls, entrepreneurs, and seekers of nature, relaxation, and recreation, Great Sodus Bay has captured the hearts of all who visit. The images in this volume provide a tour of the communities and commercial developments, as well as historic lighthouses, vintage boats, and architecture. Take a nostalgic look at Great Sodus Bay from 1890 to 1930—an era of newfound popularity as Sodus Bay developed into a destination resort.

Softcover, 128 pages, © 2016


Opening Day at the Lighthouse and May Events April 30 2016, 1 Comment

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, located at 7606 North Ontario Street in Sodus Point, is opening for its 32nd season at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 1.   

Built in 1870, the beautiful, historic lighthouse was used to guide ships on Lake Ontario to safe harbor in Sodus Bay.  Use of the light was discontinued in 1901, having been made redundant by an outer light on the bay’s west pier.  The building now houses a museum, operated by the Sodus Bay Historical Society.  Exhibitions focus on local and maritime history and include displays about lighthouse keepers’ tools, railroads and trolleys, the Erie Canal, and the War of 1812.    

Visitors can stroll through gardens on the bluff overlooking Lake Ontario, shop in the museum’s store, and climb the 52-step spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse tower for breathtaking, panoramic views of Lake Ontario and Sodus Point.   

The museum has planned many exciting events for 2016, including several in May:  

Thank You, Mom!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, all mothers visiting the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum on Sunday, May 8, will receive a free gift with paid admission.  

United Way Day of Caring:  "And So It Grows!" 

This year, the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum is participating in the United Way Day of Caring on Thursday, May 12.  This national program emphasizes the benefits of volunteering in communities across the country.  Projects for the day include cleaning out and mulching garden beds, painting, staining, and cleaning.  To sign up and help us maintain our beautiful lighthouse, call Noreen at (315) 483-0775.

"History Alive!" Presentation:  "Churches of Sodus and Huron"

The museum’s “History Alive!” Lecture Series begins on Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sodus Point Village Hall (8356 Bay Street, Sodus Point).  Loreen Jorgensen will present “Churches of Sodus and Huron.”  How many churches are there in the Town of Huron?  Where is the oldest church in the Town of Sodus?  Which denomination is the most prevalent in these two Wayne County towns?  Find out fascinating facts about the buildings that have served as spiritual centers around the Sodus Bay area and the people involved with them throughout history.  This free program is made possible by our generous Lighthouse Events Sponsors.  

Memorial Day & Blue Star Museums Program

The Museum will be open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30).  All visitors wearing red, white, and blue will receive a free postcard with admission.  This is also the start the Blue Star Museums program, administered by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Active-duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission at hundreds of museums around the United States, including the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  This program runs until Labor Day.  

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for students (grades K-12).  Preschool children and Sodus Bay Historical Society members are free.    For more information, including a full list of upcoming events for 2016, click on our "Events" tab at the top of this page or call (315) 483-4936.


Celebrate Columbus Day at the Lighthouse! October 09 2015, 0 Comments

Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum in Autumn

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Columbus Day (Monday, October 12).  If you're looking for something to do, stop by to tour our great museum and climb to the top of the lighthouse tower.  Browse our gift shop and take advantage of our October sale, offering 15% off all books and clothing items.  Remember . . . time is short.  The museum closes for the season on Saturday, October 31.  We hope to see you soon!


STARLIGHT ORCHESTRA: THE FINAL CONCERT OF THE SEASON! September 06 2015, 0 Comments

STARLIGHT ORCHESTRA

Join us Sunday, September 6, for the final concert of our 2015 Summer Concert season.  Starlight Orchestra will be playing all your Big Band favorites (Miller, Dorsey, Goodman, Barnett, Ellington) with great vocal and instrumental soloists.  This is one of the premier big bands in Western New York!

This FREE concert begins at 2 p.m.  Refreshments are available.  Bring your own seating.  Additional parking is available on Bay Street, across from the Sodus Point Fire Department with shuttle bus service to the lighthouse.

For more information, CLICK HERE

Many thanks to our 2015 Lighthouse Events Sponsors for making this concert possible.


Enjoy Breakfast at Hots Point and Help the Lighthouse! September 05 2015, 0 Comments

Enjoy a delicious breakfast from Hots Point this Labor Day weekend and support the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum! Friday, September 4, 7-11 a.m. Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7, 7-10:30 a.m.

We are so excited to work with Hots Point on this fund-raiser. You can choose from 6 different breakfast meals, Hots Point will donate $1 of every breakfast meal to the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum. Hots Point is located at 8482 Greig Street, Sodus Point, NY. To see the breakfast menu CLICK HERE and HERE!

Many thanks to Hots Point for being a wonderful supporter of our lighthouse!


This Sunday--Flashback to the 1970s! July 21 2015, 0 Comments

This Sunday, revisit musical hits of the 1970s with Fever--The Wrath of Polyester, a Nik Entertainment show band.  Break out your bellbottoms, fringed vests, peace signs, and platform shoes and come to the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  This FREE concert will be held from 2-4 p.m. on the lighthouse lawn, 7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus Point.  Refreshments are for sale at our concession stand.  Additional parking is available at the corner of North Ontario and Bay streets, with a free shuttle bus to drop you at the museum.  Call (315) 483-4936 for more information.


"History Alive!" This Wednesday--The Erie and Sodus Canals July 13 2015, 0 Comments

History Alive! The Canal That Never Was: The Story of the Erie and Sodus Canals

A FREE presentation by Russell Andrews

Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Sodus Point Village Hall, 8356 Bay Street, Sodus Point, NY

Learn about the history of New York State's greatest engineering feat--the Erie Canal. This waterway created a worldwide market for New York's agricultural and manufactured goods, bringing an influx of wealth to upstate canal towns and making New York the Empire State. Plans were made to connect Sodus Bay to the Erie Canal, thereby creating a shipping port. Find out why this never happened.

Russell Andrews is Chair of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor


Opening Day Is Friday, May 1 April 29 2015, 0 Comments

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, located at 7606 North Ontario Street in Sodus Point, is opening for its 31st season at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 1.   

Built in 1870, the beautiful, historic lighthouse was used to guide ships on Lake Ontario to safe harbor in Sodus Bay.  Use of the light was discontinued in 1901, having been made redundant by an outer light on the bay’s west pier.  The building now houses a museum, operated by the Sodus Bay Historical Society.  Exhibitions focus on local and maritime history and include displays about lighthouse keepers’ tools, railroads and trolleys, the Erie Canal, and the War of 1812.    

Visitors can stroll through gardens on the bluff overlooking Lake Ontario, shop in the museum’s store, and climb the 52-step spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse tower for breathtaking, panoramic views of Lake Ontario and Sodus Point.   

The museum has planned many exciting events for 2015, including several in May:  

Thank You, Mom!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, all mothers visiting the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum on Sunday, May 10, will receive a free gift with paid admission.  

History Alive! Presentation

The museum’s “History Alive!” Lecture Series begins on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sodus Point Village Hall (8356 Bay Street, Sodus Point).  Rob Edelman will present “From Rosie the Riveter to Harriet the Happy Homemaker:  Women on Screen During and After World War II.”  Using film clips from 1940s and 1950s movies, Mr. Edelman will show how women’s roles in society changed as a result of the war.  This free program is made possible by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities with additional support from the Lighthouse Events Sponsors.  

Memorial Day & Blue Star Museums Program

The Museum will be open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25), which is also the start the Blue Star Museums program, administered by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Active-duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission at hundreds of museums around the United States, including the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  This program runs until Labor Day.  

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students (grades K-12).  Preschool children and Sodus Bay Historical Society members are free.    For more information, including a full list of upcoming events for 2015, click on our "Events" tab at the top of this page or call (315) 483-4936.


Part-time Position Available at the Lighthouse! April 06 2015, 0 Comments

Who Said Working for a Historical Society Is Boring?

Join Us and Have Fun This Summer!  The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum has a part-time position available for the 2015 season!

After three years as our Visitor Support Specialist, Ali Duncan has moved to Florida.  (Yes, she missed our brutal winter!)  We wish her all the best and hope she will visit Sodus Point soon.

As a result, we now have a part-time position open at the museum, and we need your help filling it!  If you or someone you know would love to work at our beautiful museum, greeting members and visitors, helping to run our gift shop, giving tours about Sodus Bay history, and coordinating events, contact Joe O'Toole by telephone at (315) 483-4936 or by e-mail to joe@sodusbaylighthouse.org

We are planning to fill this position in April, since the museum season begins May 1st, so time is of the essence.  Feel free to share this information with anyone you know! Thanks for your help.  We hope to see you at the lighthouse soon!


December Newsletter Now Online! December 04 2014, 0 Comments

Our December Newsletter is now available electronically on our website!  Click on the "News" tab from our main menu to start enjoying it now.  (A paper copy will be mailed to Sodus Bay Historical Society members this week.)