History Office

Susan Mee, Town Historian


5977 East Henrietta Rd.    (Click for Map)
Rush, NY 14543
Phone: work:  (585) 533-1312  home:  (585) 624-7822
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Office Hours:

Mondays: 8:30-10:30 AM   Thursdays: 5:30-7:30 PM

The Historian's work schedule is 5 hours a week.  During this time, the Historian may be attending meetings, making presentations and visiting people in their homes, etc.  For your convenience and to ensure your inquiry is addressed, please call the Historian at one of the phone numbers listed above.

Rush Historical Society website at:  http://rushhistorical.org/.  The Rush Historical Society website also has Bicentennial commemorative items available for purchase via the "Shop" link.  Items are also available at the Rush Town Hall.

Please see the Historian's website for more detailed information about the History Office collections, programs, and research resources about Rush.

The Town of Rush celebrated its Bicentennial in 2018.  Click on the Bicentennial link on the Historian's website.

Town Historian Responsibilities

The Town Historian is responsible for:

  • Collecting and preserving material relating to the history of the town

  • Maintaining accuracy to the best of his/her abilities when writing stories

  • Making materials accessible to students and researchers

  • Cooperates with groups and officers in research and in preparation of programs and celebrations

  • Participating in planning exhibits and events

  • Trying to continually add to the local historical files with pertinent materials (tapes, pictures, microfilm, etc.)

  • Documenting cemetery records and any other information of local historical value

Rush History Office

The Rush History Office is actively collecting materials for the office at the town hall.  If you have anything that the History Office may be interested in, please contact the Town Historian at one of the telephone numbers above.

Current resources that are available in the office include:

  • Census Records from 1800-1865 -- Most are currently not alphabetized and are written in long hand and are very hard to read.

  • Assessment Rolls from 1818, 1820, 1918 and 1977

  • 1872 Beers Atlas

  • Cemetery Records for Maplewood Cemetery (in Henrietta), Pine Hill Cemetery (old records only), Pioneer Hill Cemetery, North Rush Cemetery, West Rush Cemetery, East Rush Cemetery (also known as Webster, Crosby or German), Thomas cemetery, and the No. 6 Cemetery (also known as McFarlan or Palmer).

  • Genealogy Records on older families of Rush -- The majority of these records are not organized. Most records are from people who have done research on their own and sent copies. Some records are handwritten letters/documents that have been given to us.

  • Photos -- We have new and old photographs available of area town buildings, barns, bridges, celebrations, cemeteries, churches, clubs, the Rush dam, dedications, disasters, events, farming, holidays, Rush homes, parades, parks, people, the railroad, reenactments, the reservoir, road crews, roads, schools and students, and veterans.

  • Pamphlets on area towns, genealogy, etc.

  • Maps of Rush dating back to early 1800's

  • The books "Landmarks of Monroe County", with an index by name and "History of Monroe County NY", with illustrations and an index by name. Many other books are also located in our office.