Saturday, October 22, 2016


On Thursday, October 27 through Saturday, October 29, the Friends of Macedon Public Library will launch their Giant Fall Book Sale during regular library hours. This is an opportunity for all of you book lovers to add to your collection without draining your bank accounts. In fact, on Saturday, the Friends will sell a special book sale bag for only $1.00, and you can fill it will as many books of your choice, for just an additional $2. That's a super bargain!

So please plan to stop by the Community Room and look through the books that are organized by genre (and alphabetized( for your convenience. You'll be helping finance library programs while acquiring some really good reading for those long winter nights that are fast approaching us.

And after you've shopped the book sale, we suggest you stop by the Bullis Room and look at the "George Washington Treaty Belt" that is on display there (November, which is Native American month).  It is one of two replicas, the other to be carried on Treaty Commemoration Day on November 11 in Canandaigua.

The current book display outside the Bullis Room is "The Spirits of the Bullis Room." If you haven't seen the various books on religion and spiritualism, you have until the end of October to look at the variety in the Bullis Collection on those subjects.  November's display will feature books on Native Americans.

Monday, October 17, 2016


In this election year, you may be wondering how our country's political system and its parties evolved.  Well, guess what -- there are "scads" of Bullis books on the subject,  but we're going to give you an introduction to only a few.

1)  For a general idea of how our political system evolved (up to the early 1890s):

History of American Politics
Author: Alexander Johnston (1849-1889)
(Rev. & Enl. by William Sloan; continued by Winthrop More Daniels)
Published: New York, Scribner - 1895

2) For an idea of how our political system may have been affected by religion:

Religion and Politics
Author:  Algernon Sidney Crapsey (1847-1927)
Publisher: New York, T. Whitaker - 1905

3) Or, for those of you who are science-minded:

Physics and Politics;
or, Thoughts on the application of the principles of 
"natural selection" and "inheritance" 
to political society
Author: Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)
Published: New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1875, 1973

4) And, if your interests lie across the ocean:

The Mirrors of Downing Street;
Some political reflections by a gentleman with a duster
Author: Harold Begbie (1871-1929)
Published: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1921

So ... you are invited to stop by the Bullis Room (during regular library hours) and increase your knowledge on a large variety of subjects, including politics.  The books are patiently waiting for you!

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Yep ... that's what Bullis volunteers (and some visitors) have been doing this week: exploring the Bullis Room shelves for books about explorers and their discoveries.  Being that Columbus Day is tomorrow, it seemed a good and right thing to do.

And what did we find? Here are a few for your reading pleasure and information:

The Discovery of America: 
With Some Account of Ancient America and the Spanish Conquest
Author: John Fisk (1842-1901)
              Published by:  Houghton Mifflin, Boston: 1892

Our Lost Explorers: The Narrative of the Jeannette Arctic Expedition 
As Related by the Survivors, and in the Records and Last Journals of Lieutenant De Long
Author:  Richard W. Bliss; Compiled by: Raymond Lee Newcomb
Published by:  American Publishing Co., Hartford, Connecticut, 1882

Columbus and Columbia;  A Pictorial History of the Man and the Nation,
Embracing a Review of  Our Country's Progress ...
Authors:  James W. Buel  (1849-1920);   John Clark Ridpath (1840-1900);
Benjamin Butterworth (1837-1998);    James Gillespie Blaine (1830-1893)
Published by: Caie,  Cincinnati, 1892

Missionary Explorers Among the American Indians
Edited by: Mary Gay Humphreys
Published by:  C. Scribner's Sons, New York, 1913

We actually found a total of 35 Bullis  books telling of discoveries in the Amazon, Jerusalem,  Argentina, Paraguay, China, Nippur, the Nile,  Equatorial Africa, Siberia, and Scandinavia (to name a few),  

So ... tomorrow is a holiday and many of us have the day off work -- but Macedon Public Library will be  open.  Please consider stopping by and spending part of your day exploring the Bullis Room for yourself. 

Friday, September 30, 2016


The bridge over the canal at Canandaigua Road in Macedon opened to traffic yesterday.  The previous bridge was closed in 2010, so for local residents and commuters who can now travel a more direct route to and from the village, this is cause for a BIG celebration.  (Especially so since the new bridge's two lanes have eliminated the need to wait your turn to cross the previous one-lane.)

This bridge is just a bit north of the Bullis house, and the previous structure (built in 1912) was used a great deal by the Bullis family as well as other Macedon residents. Nettie Bullis herself probably drove across that bridge on work days to her job at Gleason Works.  So if she was with us today, what would be Ms. Bullis's reaction to the new bridge? Hmmm ...

Due to the Bullis Family frugality,  we can speculate that Nettie Bullis  may well have thought that, although the new bridge is a big improvement, that the original bridge was good enough ...  that it served her and other drivers quite well.  However, being a strong community supporter,  Ms. Bullis might also have thought that a new structure was safer and thus justified. So as we drive over the new bridge in the days and weeks to come, let's silently celebrate the new structure, the tax dollars that  made it possible, and strong community supporters, like the Bullis Family.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


With Halloween "just around the corner," volunteers this week looked for books on spirits in the Bullis Collection. Here are three of several that they found:

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Spirit Rapping Unveiled! An Expose of the Origin, History, 
Theology and Philosophy of Certain Alleged Communications from the Spirit World,
by means of "spirit rapping," "medium writing," "physical demonstrations," etc.
By Hiram Mattison (1811-1868)
Published by Mason Bros., New York, 1853

Currently in display case
Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World
By Robert Dale Owen (1801-1877)
Published by J. B. Lippincott & Co, Philadelphia, 1860

The Widow's Mite and Other Psychic Phenomena
By Isaac K. Funk (Isaac Kaufman Funk) (1839-1912)
Currently in display case
Published by Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York, 1904

Sooo ... we suggest you stop by the Bullis Room and spend some time with these books (and any others you find of interest). And next week we'll have another list for you. (And that's a promise!)

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Today,  Star Trek fans around the world are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the series. Fifty years ... half a century ...  very impressive.

The Bullis Collection has a book that you Star Trek fans out there might also find impressive. (At least, some of our Bullis volunteers who are also Star Trek fans have "oohed" and "ahhed" while looking at the maps and diagrams.)

A New Star Atlas for the Library, the School,
and the Observatory in Twelve Circular Maps:
Intended as a companion to 
'Webb's Cellestial Objects for Common Telescopes'
by Richard Anthony Proctor
Published in London by Longmans Green,  in 1881

The Star Trek series (according to several sources) reflects the fictional universe in the 23 or 24th century, over 200 years in the future. Proctor's book, with its charts, maps and diagrams, shows the universe as understood 135 years in the past.  Comparing the Star Trek universe, the 1881 view, and our current knowledge of the skies is interesting, to say the least.

So we suggest you add A New Star Atlas ...  to your "must stop by the Bullis Room and look through these books" list, and plan to do that soon.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


If any of the Macedon Bullises had been living at the time of the first Lumberjack Festival, they surely would have  been involved in some way, because they were known for their community  loyalty. No, they probably wouldn't have competed in the various events, but perhaps they would have shown their support by their attendance  or by sponsoring an event. They might even have offered some of the trees from their property to be used for the competitions. And this latter is where we drew a connection with the local festival and the Bullis family because there are several books on trees and wood in the Bullis Collection.

If you are also interested in this subject,  you'll want to look through these books that are on the shelves here in the Bullis Room:

Wood Preservation in the United States
by W. F. (William Forsythe) Sherfesee
Published by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C., 1909
Timber: An Elementary Discussion of the
Characteristics and Properties of Wood
by Filibert Roth
Published by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division,
Washington D.C., 1895

Formulas and Tables for Architects and Engineers
in Calculating the Strains and Capacity of Structures in Iron and Wood
by Franz Schumann
Published by W. Choate & Co., Washington City, 1873

Strength Values for Structural Timbers
by McGarvey Cline
Published by U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1912

So ... the next time you're in the library, consider spending some time with these books - or some others - in the Bullis Room.