County Historical Society Annual Meeting is April 20

Annual event will feature luncheon and lecture on local dairy history

This quart-sized milk bottle was used by Tri-Meadow Dairy in Jamestown NY. It is an example of the dozens of bottles that will be on display during the Chautauqua County Historical Society’s annual meeting on April 20 in Westfield. The historical society also has a collection of local milk bottles on permanent display at the McClurg Museum.

This quart-sized milk bottle was used by Tri-Meadow Dairy in Jamestown NY. It is an example of the dozens of bottles that will be on display during the Chautauqua County Historical Society’s annual meeting on April 20 in Westfield. The historical society also has a collection of local milk bottles on permanent display at the McClurg Museum.

WESTFIELD, N.Y. – The Chautauqua County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on April 20 at the Westfield Methodist Church in Westfield. The event will feature an annual report from the board of trustees and a lecture -“Milk Bottles of Chautauqua County and Their Stories” – to be presented by Clymer resident and historian Alberta Oonk. A luncheon 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 2013. Plus, we’ll have Ms. Oonk on hand to share with our audience her effort to preserve the rich dairy history of Chautauqua County.”

The business portion of the annual meeting will begin at 11 a.m. O’Brien will provide his annual report and Trustee John Paul Wofe will provide an update on the exhibits and collections within the McClurg Museum.

At 1 p.m., Alberta Oonk of Clymer will deliver her presentation on the milk bottles of Chautauqua County. Oonk may very well be the foremost expert on the dairy industry of Chautauqua County. During her years of research, she has compiled a thorough and extensive list of nearly all the dairies that operated in the county in the past – from the early coop dairies of the mid 19th century to the various distributors that served area residents all the way up to the second half of the 20th century. Much of the information she’s acquired has been put together in a book that she is in the process of updating.

In addition, Oonk has acquired a large collection of milk bottles from various businesses and several of these artifacts will be on display. Anyone with an interest in Chautauqua County’s rich dairy heritage and history will not want to miss this presentation, which is free and open to the public.

Between the meeting and presentation, a luncheon will be provided at noon for anyone who made prior reservations. The meal will feature a chicken dinner from Bark Grill in Westfield, along with beverages and dessert. The cost is $15 per person with reservations due by Saturday, April 13. Payment can be made the day of the event.

Reservation for the luncheon can be made by calling (716) 326-2977, or by emailing mcclurg@fairpoint.net. No reservations are required if only attending the meeting and/or lecture.

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

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 McClurgmuseum.org.

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