History program: Lighting homes before electricity

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
A Sinumbra Lamp from the Back Parlor of Rose Hill Mansion.

Thursday, March 16, the Dundee Area Historical Society will have a fascinating talk on Lighting Homes Before Electricity. This presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Dundee Methodist Church, 35 Water St., Dundee next door to Save–a–Lot.

Alice Askins, Education Coordinator for the Geneva Historical Society, will trace the lighting of Rose Hill Mansion beginning with oil lamps and continuing through early electric. The use of oil lamps goes back thousands of years and continues today. Perhaps you use one when the lights go out at your house?

Ms. Askins has a masters in Museum Studies. She worked at the Rochester Museum and Science Center and the Oswego Historical Society before coming to the Geneva Historical Society six years ago. On becoming part the Geneva Historical Society, she became interested in how Rose Hill Mansion was lighted. To share her discoveries, she created a powerpoint presentation.

Once the center of a prosperous farm, the two-story Greek Revival Mansion was built in 1837. The mansion has around 30 rooms. Such a large structure must have required a large number of lamps.

Escape the doldrums of winter and come learn about early lighting. There is no charge for this program, though donations are always welcome. Coffee and dessert will be served. Reservations are requested by Monday, March 13. Please call the Society at 607-243-7047 or email DundeeHistory@live.com.

If there is a need to reschedule the program due to weather, it will be posted on the Society’s website, DundeeAreaHistory.com, and the facebook page. We will try to contact those who make reservations. Don’t miss this interesting evening!

If you go

What: Lighting Homes Before Electricity

When: 7 p.m. March 16

Where: Dundee Methodist Church, 35 Water St., Dundee

Reservations: 607-243-7047 or DundeeHistory@live.com

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