2014 Chautauqua County Historical Society Program Schedule

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. (Photo by Niles Dening)

WESTFIELD, NY – The Chautauqua County Historical Society has released its 2014 Program Schedule. We have several wonderful lectures planned, as well as our long-standing annual events, such as the Antique Show, our Summer Gala, the 9th Cavalry Encampment, our Holiday Open House and much more. This year also features the return of the Book and Paper Show in early May.

In the coming weeks and months we will be posting more details about each of the individual events here on our blog page, on our Facebook page, and in local and regional media.

he Chautauqua County Historical Society is the Chautauqua Region’s oldest historical organization. We are not-for-profit and with the exception of one part-time employee, the organization, including our McClurg Museum, is run by volunteers. While we are based in Westfield, we focus on the preservation and promotion of history from all areas of our county. So any help you can provide us in getting the word out about the following events is greatly appreciated.

2014 Programming Schedule

Speaker Series: “Sarah Sinfield: A Chautauqua County Civil War Heroine”

Sinfield PosterDate & Time: Saturday, March 29, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. to Noon (doors open at 9 a.m.)
Location: Jamestown Community College’s Sarita Weeks Room, Jamestown NY
Details:
In celebration of National Women’s History Month, a presentation focusing on the life of Sarah Sinfield, Dunkirk Native and Female Soldier of the Civil War, delivered by Chautauqua County Historian and Chautauqua County Historical Society Trustee Michelle Henry.
Cost: $12 per person (includes refreshments and brunch provided by Elegant Edibles)
RSVP:
email McClurg @ Fairpoint.net or call 716.326.2977 by Thursday, March 20

Annual Meeting / Luncheon / Speaker Series: “The Hospital on the Hill: Recalling Cassadaga’s Newton Memorial Hospital”

Date & Time: Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location:
Westfield Methodist Church (Community Room), 101 East Main St., Westfield NY
Details:
The annual meeting of the Chautauqua County Historical Society and luncheon, plus Michelle Henry (Chautauqua County Historian) and Adam Dolce (Cassadaga Job Corps) discuss the history of the Newtown Memorial Hospital at Cassadaga, which for four decades fulfilled its role in the care and treatment of tubercular patients, closing in the late 1950s. In the late 1970s, the Cassadaga Job Corps began operation on the property. No Charge if not eating lunch.
Annual Meeting at 11a.m. (for CCHS members) – Luncheon $15 at Noon – Speaker presentation (free) at 1 p.m.
RSVP:
If planning to have lunch ($15), email McClurg @ Fairpoint.net or call 716.326.2977 by Thursday, April 17

The Westfield Book & Paper Show

Date & Time: Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Eason Hall, 23 Elm Street, Westfield NY
Cost: $5 Admission
For Information call 716-326-2977 or email at mcclurg @ fairpoint.net

Standing Ground: A Civil War Reenactment in Westfield

The 9th NY Cavalry provides an encampment and skirmish reenactments every June in Westfield, NY.

The 9th NY Cavalry provides an encampment and skirmish reenactments every June in Westfield, NY.

Dates: Friday • Saturday • Sunday – June 6, 7 and 8, 2014
Location: McClurg Museum • Moore Park / NYS Rts 394 & 20 • Westfield, NY
Details: Members of the 9th NY Cavalry camp and reenact throughout the weekend. Additional appearances by other reenactment groups, including the 20th Main Fife & Drum Corps. No Charge.
Daily Schedule:
Friday – June 6

  • Set up tents and fire pits

Saturday – June 7 (To coincide with Farmers Market)

  • 9 a.m. – Flag Raising Ceremony at the Moore Park Soldier’s Monument
  • 10 a.m. – Drill and Demonstrations
  • Craft Demonstrations for Children Throughout the Afternoon
  • 2 p.m. – Letters from the War: A Civil War Letter Reading at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
  • 3 p.m. – Drill and Demonstrations
  • 8 p.m. – Candlelight Tours

Sunday – June 8

  • Morning Camp Living
  • 11 a.m. – Church Service at St. Peters Episcopal Church
  • Craft Demonstrations for Children Throughout the Afternoon
  • 1:30 p.m. – Demonstrations
  • 4 p.m. – Close of Camp

Annual Summer Gala Fundraiser

Date & Time: Saturday – June 7, 2014, 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: McClurg Museum • Moore Park / NYS Rts 394 & 20 • Westfield, NY
Details: The Fundraiser for CCHS and the McClurg Museum.Tour the museum, meet with our members and trustees and be entertained with live music from the dynamic folk duo Doc & Bill.
Cost: $50 per person.
RSVP: Call 716.326.2977, email at mcclurg @ fairpoint.net, or contact any of our trustees. Please make your reservation by Tuesday, June 3

Summer Picnic & Speaker Series: “A Labor of Love: The Restoration of the Historic Busti Grist Mill”

The Busti Mill in Busti, NY. (Image from wikipedia.org)

The Busti Mill in Busti, NY. (Image from wikipedia.org)

Date & Time: Tuesday – June 24, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: The Historic Busti Mill, 3443 Lawson Road, Busti NY
Details: Norman Carlson and the members and volunteers from the Busti Historical Society provide details on the lengthy restoration of the historic Busti Grist Mill. A tour of the facility will also be provided. The event will also serve as our annual Picnic Dinner. No charge, but please bring a dish to pass.
RSVP: Call 716.326.2977 or email at mcclurg @ fairpoint.net. Please make your reservation by Tuesday, June 17.

The Westfield Antique Show

Date & Time:
Saturday – July 19, 2014 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday – July 20, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Eason Hall, 23 Elm Street, Westfield NY
Cost: $5 Admission
For Information call 716-326-2977 or email mcclurg @ fairpoint.net

Speaker Series: “The Dulcimer Makers of Chautauqua County and Western NY”

Date & Time: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Details
: Dulcimer Historian Mitzie Collins (Rochester, NY) travels to Chautauqua County to share details and information on the various dulcimer manufacturers found throughout the region during the late 19th and early 20th century. No Charge.
Location:
Sherman Fire Hall, 122 Park St, Sherman, NY 14781
For Information call 716-326-2977 or email mcclurg @ fairpoint.net

Speaker Series: “Remembering a Civil War Hero: The Life and Times of William Cushing”

Lt. Cmdr. William b. Cushing, USN

Lt. Cmdr. William B. Cushing, USN

Date & Time: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 – 2 p.m.
Details:
Historian Jim Boltz discusses the life of William Cushing, best known for sinking the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle during a daring nighttime raid in October 1864. Boltz will also discuss the book, William B. Cushing in the Far East” – written by local author and retired history professor at SUNY Fredonia Julian McQuiston. Copies of the book will also be available.
Location:
The Fredonia Grange, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia NY
For Information call 716-326-2977 or email mcclurg @ fairpoint.net

Chautauqua County Historical Society HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Date & Time: Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
: McClurg Museum • Moore Park / NYS Rts 394 & 20 • Westfield, NY
For Information call 716-326-2977 or email mcclurg @ fairpoint.net

For more information on the CCHS, visit www.McClurgMuseum.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChautauquaCountyHistory. Contact the Historical Society at mcclurg @ fairpoint.net or 716-326-2977.

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