County Historical Society Annual Meeting is April 21

Annual event will feature luncheon and lecture on the Battle of Lake Erie

The Brig Niagara under full sail, off of South Bass Island, Ohio on Lake Erie in 2009. The ship, along with its role in the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, will be the focus of an April 21 lecture delivered by Dr. Thomas Miller and sponsored by the Chautauqua County Historical Society. The lecture will take place at 1 p.m. in the Westfield Methodist Church and is free and open to the public. (Photo by Lance Woodworth)

WESTFIELD, N.Y. – The Chautauqua County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on April 21, 2012 at the Westfield Methodist Church in Westfield. The event will feature an annual report from the board of trustees and a lecture on the Battle of Lake Erie, which took place 199 years ago this year. Dr. Thomas Miller – a volunteer with the Erie Maritime Museum – will deliver the lecture. A luncheon featuring a stuffed chicken breast dinner will also be available at a cost of $15 per person.

“This is going to be an exciting day for members of the society and local history enthusiasts,” says James O’Brien, President of the Chautauqua County Historical Society. “Attendees will have an opportunity learn more about all that the Chautauqua County Historical Society has accomplished over the past year, as well as learn more about some of the events and exhibits we have planned for 2012. Plus, we’ll have a speaker from the Erie Maritime Museum on hand to share with our audience the history of the US Brig Niagara and the Battle of Lake Erie.”

The business portion of the annual meeting will begin at 11 a.m. O’Brien will provide his annual report and Trustee John Paul Wolfe, who also serves as the collections curator, will provide an update on the McClurg Museum – including renovations and a preview of some upcoming exhibits.

Following the meeting, a luncheon will be provided at noon for anyone who made prior reservations. The meal will feature a stuffed chicken breast dinner from Bark Grill in Westfield, along with beverages and desert. The cost is $15 per person with reservations due by Saturday, April 17. Payment can be made the day of the event.

At 1 p.m., Dr. Thomas Miller of the Erie Maritime Museum will provide a lecture on the History of the US Brig Niagara and Battle of Lake Erie. The discussion will help to mark the bicentennial of the start of the War of 1812, and the 199th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie. A long-time volunteer at the museum, Dr. Miller has delivered several lectures in Erie and the surrounding area on behalf of the museum. This will be his first lecture in Chautauqua County.

If planning to attend the luncheon, please make your reservation by Tuesday, April 17 by calling (716) 326-2977 or email No reservations are required if only attending the meeting and/or lecture.

For more information, visit the Historical Society’s events page online to

About the Society
The Chautauqua County Historical Society was established in 1883 and is the oldest historical society in Chautauqua County, N.Y. Since 1951, the organization has been based out of the historic McClurg Mansion (built in 1818) in Westfield, N.Y. Annual Membership rates start at just $20. All members are given free access to the museum year-round and a subscription to the quarterly “Time Lines” newsletter.  For more information, call 716-326-2977 or visit

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