Donovan A. Shilling

Donovan Shilling, is a native of Fairport, New York, and is a retired Brighton Elementary and Middle School Principal. His interest in local history had been lifelong, and after retiring, has pursued the subject in greater depth. Since 1984 Don has been an instructor at the Gannett School of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. There he teaches a variety of classed dealing with various aspects of local history.

Donovan is currently a curator and head of visitor operations at the Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum at Industry, New York and is in a number of historical organizations. Don's interests in local history also led him to act as a volunteer interpreter at the Center at the High Falls. Now, much of his time is devoted to speaking engagements from his collection of local folklore and vintage relics of Rochester's past.

He has written over 150 accounts of the characters, places and events in Rochester's colorful past. His stories are upbeat, appealing to all ages and leave his readers thinking "Now, that's very interesting" or more often, "Hey, I didn't know that."