Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Birthday New York State!!

Happy Birthday to the State of New York!!  On April 22nd New York State will be 240 years old.  A document hand written by John Jay was approved on April 20, 1777 by the 4th Provincial Congress with additions and deletions.  And this was read to the people of Kingston, NY, on the 22nd.  By October Kingston would be in ashes and the new government had been evacuated.  They reassembled in Poughkeepsie in February of 1778.  Come learn more about the battle for our state constitution on April 18 at 2 p.m. in the Bullis Room.  The presentation will be posted on the  Mac Lib Facebook account.  And the icing on the cake is....there will be cake!!
From Journals of the military expedition of Major General John Sullivan against the Six Nations of Indians in 1779; with records of centennial celebrations; prepared pursuant to chapter 361, laws of the state of New York, of 1885, by Frederick Cook, Secretary of State.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

111 Years Ago Today

This past week was another busy one in the Bullis Room.   Staff and volunteers covered books,  researched various topics, transcribed documents,  did some shelf reading, and - in honor of Women's History Month - presented a program on Notable Women in the Bullis Collection.   (If you missed this stellar presentation, there will be another program offered the last of this month -- more info to follow.)

And ... while looking through some documents connected to Charlie and Nettie Bullis, we focused on some of Charlie's diaries. Here are the entries that 15-year-old Charlie Bullis wrote the first week of April, 111 years ago.  We found them interesting and informative ... and a bit nostalgic at times.   The  entries also brought a number of questions to mind, including:
1) Did sibling rivalry cause 13-year-old Nettie to plant 51 tomato seeds on April 2, one more than her brother did the day before?    
2)  Has our local weather pattern changed much from 1906, going from fair on April 5 to 2 inches of snow on April 6? 
3) Did the Bullis hens stop laying eggs halfway through the week? Or did Charlie neglect gathering and/or recording the results?   
Anyway ... we hope you enjoy reading these diary entries as much as we did.

                                                            Eggs  12
Dryer & Kemp were here              
I planted 50 tomato seeds
The weather is pleasant
warm and sunshiny
there is only a little snow
left in drifts

                                                            Eggs  5
The weather was pleasant                     
warm & sunshiny
papa had business to the village

nettie planted 51 tomato seeds

                                                            Eggs  8
Papa went to mill                                  
The weather was pleasant
warm and sunshiny
John Myers came and
promised to go to work

                                                            Eggs  12 
It rained hard in the                              
afternoon  It was cloudy
and the wind blew most
all day  papa drew 3 loads
of manure then went to
rochester  John did not
show up till night

Thursday APRIL 5, 1906
We killed & sold 6 roosters
papa & John drew manure
It rained this evening
the weather was fair but
cloudy all day

Friday APRIL 6, 1906

It snowed last night
and this morning so that
the ground was covered
2 inches thick but the sun
came out and melted it
all  John drew manure

Saturday April 7 1906

John and papa drew manure Mama went
to aunt genies on the 4.23
it was cloudy all day  and it
sprinkled some about three
and hailed a little snow

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March is ........ WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH.....

...Or should we call it Women's Herstory Month?  We believe HER-STORY is very important to HIS-STORY.    Our monthly talk from the Bullis Room will be about the Notable Women Represented in the Bullis Collection.
Not only do we have Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth but we also have many other women who impacted their society around them.  Hannah More became an abolitionist. Maria Edgeworth created moral tales for children and published a parenting book.  Olive Oatman survived being captured by the Native Americans in the Southwest.  Helena Rutherford Ely who wrote a book on gardening methods in the early 1900's.  Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson wrote a guide for Victorian era women going on mountain or hunting trips.  And then there was George Sand - enough said!!
The photo above is of Stacey Wicksall (Director) and Helen Darrow (Library Board President) posing along side a life size photo of Sojourner Truth on Library Advocacy Day 2017 in Albany.  All of these women have impacted those around them.  Her-Story is an important story.  Join us as we talk about these women who impacted their world on March 29 at 2 p.m. in the Bullis Room at the Macedon Public Library.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Womens' History Month

March is Womens' History Month and because of that our Bullis display case is full of books written by and/or about women.  Some of the books displayed are about famous women (The heroines of history -Jenkins; Famous Authors (Women) - Harkins; A narrative of the life of Mary Jemison - Seaver; Famous Women: George Sand - Thomas; Life and work of Susan B. Anthony - Harper; Women of the War; Their Heroism and self-Sacrifice - Moore;  Narrative of Sojourner Truth - Truth; A New negro for a New Century - Washington).  A couple of books are about Women's experiences ranging from captivity to traveling with your husband in the West (Captivity of the Oatman Girls - Stratton and A Woman Tenderfoot by Grace Seton.)  There is fiction -Little Women by Alcott;  cultures and women ( Moslem women - Zwemer and Western Women in Eastern Lands- Montgomery); a local woman's diary where she chronicles the year of 1870 - the year her husband died; and a look back at choices a woman might make (If I were a girl again - Keeler).  And this is just a small sampling of books one might find in the collection that pertain to women.
We also have another exploration of the Bullis Books Library occurring on March 29 at 2 p.m.  And the topic will be Notable Women in the Bullis Collection. The photo shows a sampling.  One of my favorites is A Woman Tenderfoot. The author was traveling west with her husband.  She had appropriate riding clothes made and just was very common sense as she approached this travel plan.  And then she shares the details of the trip. There was adventure/danger and lots of stories to tell.  In preparation for our exploration I've found books that were owned by Kate Gleason from Gleason Works.  One wonders if she shared them with Nettie Bullis because she thought they were a good read or a different reason.  We will also talk some about Miss Bullis.  Hope you can join us!
Another program planned around women will be History Now: 2017 Women's March in Washington, DC.  Our presenters will be our own Pioneer Library System director, Lauren Moore, and Denise Munson, Esq.  Both women attended the march with their daughters and will share the details of their experience on Saturday, March 25 at 3 p.m.  Hope to see you at the Macedon Library.

Monday, February 27, 2017


This time of year, our minds wander ahead to warmer days and outdoor activities. Yet we know that there are still several weeks of colder weather still to come. So ... since we're stuck with winter for a while longer ...  we may as well try to enjoy it. And guess what? Yep, there are some books in the Bullis collection that can give anyone an appreciation of this season we're currently experiencing.  We're highlighting three of them for you, with subjects ranging from whaling up in the Arctic, down to the Nile, and up again to Scandinavia.

The Arctic Whaleman - or, Winter in the Arctic Ocean:
being a narrative of the wreck of the whale ship Citizen.
Together with a brief history of whaling
by Lewis Holmes
Published by Wentworth & Company, Boston, 1857

My Winter on the Nile
by Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900)
Published by Houghton Mifflin Boston, 1891, c1876

Northern Travel: Summer and Winter Pictures of
Sweden, Denmark, and Lapland
by Bayard Taylor (1825-1878)
Published by G. P. Putnam, New York, 1858

These books are on the shelves in the Bullis Room, available for your use. We invite you to spend a cloudy winter's day or evening reading through one or more of them.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Upcoming Event

On Tuesday, February 21 at 1 pm Town of Macedon Historian, June Hamell, will discuss the books contained in the Bullis Book Library pertaining to Black history.  We will look at the materials, their contents, who brought them into the collection, etc.   From 12 Years a Slave to Frederick Douglass and on to Booker T. Washington, we will look at some of the somber history contained within the Bullis Collection.  This photo shows a large portion of the items in the collection.  We will not be able to cover all of these but will be able to comment on most.  When you look at these items on display in the Bullis Collection please remember that you can't judge a book by its cover.  These books have been through fire and water!!  
The presentation will also be made available on the “Macedon Public Library: Connecting People and Ideas” Facebook page for viewing following the presentation.  Registration is not required.  History teachers and those in the field of education are encouraged to attend along with all who have an interest in history including students.

Sunday, January 29, 2017


"Whose woods these are I think I know." Sound familiar? Of course ... Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." And we did just that today ... that is,  stopped by woods and took the photo above. 

The difference between Frost's experience, as expressed in his poem, and our experience this afternoon is that we know whose woods these are ... they belong to the citizens of Macedon, a very generous gift from Nettie Bullis. 

Ms. Bullis left a sizable parcel of land, now known as Bullis Park, that contains these lovely woods. This time of year, there's little human activity at the park on Canandaigua Road.  However, in warmer weather, the picnic areas,  playing fields, open areas, and playgrounds are popular places for a variety of activities. And of course, the woods can be enjoyed during the summer months as well.

But for the next couple of months, the woods are there for us to stop by and soak up their winter beauty and peacefulness. And while we're doing that, let's remember to silently thank Nettie Bullis for her gift.

And now in case you're racking your brain, trying to remember the rest of Frost's poem, we're including it here for your reading pleasure.

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
by Robert Frost

"Whose woods these are I think I know
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."