County Historical Society Summer Gala is June 8 in Westfield

The McClurg Museum in Moore Park, Westfield is the home of the Chautauqua County Historical Society and location for the organization’s 2013 Gala Fundraiser. (Photo by Niles Dening)

The McClurg Museum in Moore Park, Westfield is the home of the Chautauqua County Historical Society and location for the organization’s 2013 Gala Fundraiser. (Photo by Niles Dening)

The Chautauqua County Historical Society is inviting residents and supporters of local history to attend its annual fundraiser and gala on June 8 in Westfield. “A Joyful Sound” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic McClurg Museum in Moore Park – located at the corner of Routes 394 and 20 in the village.

“This is our single biggest fundraising event of the year,” said James O’Brien, President of the Chautauqua County Historical Society. “It’s going to be a wonderful evening designed to support and promote local history in Chautauqua County. We hope to see a lot of familiar faces as well as some new ones during the evening.”

The fundraiser will feature hearty hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting, along with music by Irish-American songs performed by the musical duo of Doc & Bill.

Frederick Barger Remembered

Westfield Native and Civil War Soldier and Veteran Fred Barger will be the focus of a new exhibit being unveiled during the June 8 Gala. (Image from CCHS Photo archives)

Westfield Native and Civil War Soldier and Veteran Fred Barger will be the focus of a new exhibit being unveiled during the June 8 Gala. (Image from CCHS Photo archives)

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the McClurg Museum and learn more about the new exhibits that have been added and receive more details about some recent renovations. There will also be the debut of a new exhibit focusing on Westfield native and Civil War veteran Frederick Barger.

Barger enrolled in the 49th Infantry Regiment in Westfield at the age of 19. On December 13, 1862, he was wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg. and his right forearm was amputated in the field hospital. His diary of 1862, neatly written with his right hand, switched over to his left hand some ten days after the amputation. Later in the war, he met President Lincoln and was appointed post master of Westfield. Excerpts from his diary, as well as photos and other related artifacts, will be on display in the new exhibit.

In addition to the gala fundraiser, the 9th NY Cavalry reenactment group will be staging an encampment in Moore Park the entire weekend, with activities taking place throughout the day on Saturday. Those who wish to attend the Gala may want to arrive in Westfield early to also take advantage of the free encampment events.

The fundraiser and gala event Saturday evening, June 8 at the McClurg will be $50 per person, with all proceeds going to support the McClurg Museum operations, an all-volunteer organization.

For tickets and reservations, call 326-2977 or contact any member of the board of trustees.

About: The Chautauqua County Historical Society was established in 1883 and is the oldest historical society in Chautauqua County. Since 1951, the organization has been based out of the historic McClurg Mansion (built in 1818) in Westfield, N.Y.

Annual Membership rates are 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.

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