Philomatheon Society at the Macedon Academy

We found a journal of the Philomathean Society at the Academy.  It is dated on the first page as August 1850.   The first entry:

At a convention of teachers and students at the Macedon Academy on Friday the twenty fifth day of April A.D. 1845 Stephen Wood was chosen chairman and Gideon Freeman the secretary.  The following resolutions were then adopted. 

1.  Resolved that we the teachers and students of Macedon Academy resolve ourselves the improvement of our minds by lectures, essays and extemporaneous speaking.
 2.  Resolved that Stephen Wood, Jerome Rowe, William W. Alexander and Isaac N. Hoag compose a committee to form a constitution and by-laws for said Society.  On motion they then adjourned to meet on Friday of next week. 

The first obvious question – Why does the first page say August 1850 when the first entry is dated in April 1845?   Other questions – Who were these individuals?  What exactly did the Philomathean Society do?  I can only answer the last question right now.  The Philomathean Society is a literary society that promotes learning .   The University of Pennsylvania still has one.  Theirs was founded in 1813.   As we continue in the journal we will find intriguing  debate topics and the outcome of said debates.   Are you intrigued?  Check back for more.

Meeting May 11

We will be having a business meeting on Tuesday May 11, with election of officers, and some planning for the future. Anyone with nominations for board positions should let us know. The meeting will be at Macedon Academy at 7 pm. Bring ideas you have for the upcoming year!

April Meeting

We had a well-attended meeting on April 13, when Charles Lenhart presented on the underground railroad in Macedon. He has incredible knowledge on the subject. If you are interested in learning more about his research, please let us know.

Meeting April 13

We’ll be meeting on Tue April 13, 2010 at the Macedon Academy. Our speaker, noted Underground Railroad researcher Charles Lenhart, will talk about the UGRR in Macedon. All interested in Macedon history are welcome! The meeting starts at 7 pm. If you cannot attend but are interested in more information, please contact us.

Flag Day 2009

On Flag Day June 14 2009, MHS received a new large US flag to hang in front of the Academy. This replaced one that had been worn out years ago. The flag was donated by Waste Management, and a ceremony was held to dedicate the flag to the Packard family, whose ancestors began the original Macedon Center Historical Society. Charles Packard accepted a plaque in his family’s honor, Bob Oaks was present, and people enjoyed the new displays. I’m having trouble uploading the pix.


Welcome to the Macedon (NY) Historical Society! Today we had a “meet the Historians” event at Books Etc in Macedon village, attended by village, town, and library historians and the public. Thanks to Books Etc. for organizing this; we look forward to another similar event where we can all discuss local history.

The history of Macedon, NY