WESTFIELD, N.Y. – June 14, 2011 – The Chautauqua County Historical Society would like to say “Thank You” to all who helped to make Re/Union – our 2011 fundraiser – a huge success. The event took place under sunny skies on at the historic McClurg Museum (home of the CCHS) the evening of June 11. It featured delicious food, wonderful music and nearly 100 generous supporters of local history! We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention all those who helped to organized the event and volunteered their time.
During the fundraiser, CCHS also unveiled it’s latest exhibit, The Art of War: Images of the Civil War from the collection of the Chautauqua County Historical Society. The new exhibit will feature various artwork and photographs associated with the Cushing family of Fredonia. Several members of the family took part in the Civil War, including Alonzo Cushing and William Cushing. Alonzo lost his life in the Battle of Gettysburg while defending the Union position against Picket’s Charge. William became a hero of the north and was known as “Lincoln’s Commando” after leading a daring nighttime mission to sink the Confederate ironclad CSS Albermarle in 1864.
Below are some images from the event. More can be found at the Chautauqua County Historical Society Facebook photo page. (special thanks to CCHS Trustee and area photographer Niles Dening for photographing the event).