2021 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

Have you ever felt so proud that you could not keep from grinning ear-to-ear? That is how we felt this year about the Board, volunteers, and supporters of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum and about all the programs we co-sponsored with local historical organizations and libraries.


Our Board and volunteers are an amazing group of people. In spite of challenges from COVID and the world around us, they moved forward with energy and enthusiasm to “preserve, maintain, and interpret the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse as a national site of conscience and a cornerstone of historic movements for equal rights, social justice, and peace, including rights for Native Americans, African Americans, and women, inviting visitors to explore issues of equality and justice in their own lives.”

Program Review

Led by Kathy Hendrix, Chair of our Program Committee, our programs in 2021 focused on women’s suffrage and race as well as on current work of Haudenosaunee women. Our co-sponsors included Akwaaba, Ganondagan State Historic Site, Friends of Ganondagan, Granger Homestead, Sonnenberg Gardens, and Wood Library. Many thanks to all our speakers and co-sponsors and to the amazing team who made these programs such a success. All programs are available online through our website. Thanks to Humanities NY with help from New York Yearly Meeting of Friends, all of these programs were open to the public and free.


Judith Wellman’s talk is still available on our YouTube Channel. Check our website, farmingtonmeetinghouse.org for details about programs and the future of the meetinghouse! We hope to present the remaining programs in the series later this year.


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Jane Rhodes, University of Illinois, “Mary Ann Shadd Cary,” via Zoom
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Carolyn Edwards, with Akwaaba, “Fannie Lou Hamer,” Wood LIbrary









Nature Trail

With inspiration from Board members Carol-Elaine Deys and Dave Bruinix, we began work on a nature trail through the woods behind our Meetinghouse. In 2022, we will add interpretive signs with original words from historic figures associated with the 1816 Meetinghouse, including people of Native, African, and European descent.


Board Members

We were very pleased to welcome several new Board members this year: Mary-Kay Belant, Linda Braun, Matthew Cooley, and Dave Bruinix, who bring energies and skills in grant writing, program development, database management, and historic preservation.


Moving Forward

We continued plans for fund-raising to finish Meetinghouse restoration and develop interpretive exhibits, working on several grant proposals and hiring CauseWave to guide our capital campaign plans in 2022.


We also began a project to transcribe manuscripts from Swarthmore College and the University of Rochester relating to Seneca and Quakers in the 1830s and 1840s. In 1838, the U.S. government tried to move all Haudenosaunee people from their historic homelands to what is now Kansas.


Visitors from Syracuse M.M. (Quakers) and Elsewhere
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Board Members Map Out Nature Walk on Meetinghouse Grounds








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Board Members Map Out Nature Walk on Meetinghouse Grounds


Seneca leaders in council refused to sign the fraudulent Treaty of Buffalo Creek and appealed to Quakers for help. In June 1840, Senecas and Quakers met at the 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse. Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities to transcribe these fascinating documents.

2021 Operating Budget Summary

​Revenue $20,568

Individual Donors: $15,668

Foundation Grants: $4,900

Expenses $12,473

Postage, Printing: $871

Insurance, Fees: $4, 908

Professional Memberships: $238

Programs: $4,480

Collection Purchases: $101

Grantwriting Support: $1,875


Unrestricted contributions not needed for operating expenses are reserved for building restoration

Please consider including the 1816 Meetinghouse in your estate planning and legacy giving.


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Carol Faulkner, Syracuse University, “Famous Friendship: Susan B. Anthony; Frederick Douglass,: Granger Homestead
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Marcia Robinson, Syracuse University, “Frances Ellen Watkins Harper,” Sonnenberg Gardens












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Michelle Shenandoah (left), Oneida, “Rematriation,” Ganondagan State Historic Site, with some audience members
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Susan Goodier (front Center), SUNY Oneonta, with some of her audience members, “Hester Jeffrey,” Granger Homestead










Heartfelt Thanks to Our 2021 Donors!


Organizational Grants

Canandaigua National Bank
Farmington Friends Meeting
Farmington Historical Society
Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home
Humanities New York
New York Yearly Meeting of Friends
Thomas F. Judson Family

Organizational In-Kind Supporters

Granger Homestead
Sonnenberg Gardens
Wood Library

Individual Contributions
​$1500 and Up

Sue J. Forsyth
Kenn and Lu Harper
Kathleen Hendrix

$1000 and More

George Hamlin IV & Mary Hamlin
Steven Jarose and Marvin Ritzenthaler
Lyle Jenks
Susan G Lewis and Robert Skellan
Judith Wellman

$250 and More

Jane Colangelo
Nancy A. Hewitt
Peter and Cidy Ingalsbe
Thomas and Elizabeth Judson
Reginald and Mary Neale
Charlene J. Ray
Richard and Sue Regen

$100 and More

Judith Brandt
Margaret and Paul Bringewatt
Joan Bryant
James and Jody Davis
Laura and Christopher Densmore
Carol-Elaine and Richard Deys
Carol Faulkner
Douglas Fisher
William Fugate
Dianne Herrick
Gary Hughes
Dale and Mary Jacobs
Adrienne Kantz
Helen H. Kirker
Stephen Lewandowski
James R. Perkins
Ellen Peterson
Patti Peterson
Preston Pierce
Cherry and Steve Rahn
Sylvia Rose
Ann Schauman
Jean A. Shafer
Caroline Shipley
Donald Simkin
Stacey Vandenburgh

Up to $100

Barbara Blaisdell
Constance Blood
Linda Braun
Patricia Brown
Jane Burke
Ezeliel Densmore
Sarah Fitts-Romig
Barbara Gibbs
Susan G. Goodier
Michelle Howland
Ann E. W. Krenis
Chari Krenis
Jaren Miner
William Monteverdi Jr.
Sally S. Mueller
Robin Nowell
Richard Onle
Margo Pratt
Eloise Prostka
Wendy Stoddard
Grant P. Thompson
Sally Roesch Wagner
Barbara Wambach
Marile Waterstraat
Brandy Witthoft

In Kind Contributions

Fran Caraccilo
Richard Deys
Donna Hill-Herendeen
Wayne Jenks
Jill McLellan & John Tornow
Mary Neale

2020 Board Members

Mary-Kay Belant
Willie Bontrager
Linda Braun
Dave Bruinix
Joan Bryant
Florence Cardella
Mathew Cooley
Carol Elaine Deys
Peter Evans
Douglas Fisher
Lyle R. Jenks
Kathleen Hendrix
Charles Lenhart
Ann Morton
Reginald Neale
Barbara Popenhusen
Diane Robinson
Sue Stehling
Stacey Vandenbergh
Judith Wellman


We regret any misspellings or other errors. Please notice us of any corrections. To support our programs and to further the restoration of the 1816 building, we welcome contributions at our secure website: www.farmingtonmeetinghouse.org

or by mail at:

PO Box 25053 Farmington, NY 14425