Medal of Honor Display Highlights Historical Society’s Annual Summer Gala

The McClurg Museum in Moore Park, Westfield is the home of the Chautauqua County Historical Society and location for the organization’s 2015 Gala Fundraiser, set to take place on Saturday, June 13. (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 2015 Gala Fundraiser, set to take place on Saturday, June 13. (Photo by Niles Dening)

WESTFIELD, NY – The Chautauqua County Historical Society is inviting residents and supporters of local history to attend the 2015 Summer Gala and fundraiser on June 13 in Westfield.

The annual event 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 Cristie Herbst, 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 Cushing medal of Honor on display at West Point. The medal will also appear at the McClurg Museum in Westfield in 2015 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. (Image courtesy of Jessica Loring)

The Cushing medal of Honor on display at West Point. The medal will also appear at the McClurg Museum in Westfield in 2015 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. (Image courtesy of Jessica Loring)

Highlighting this year’s gala will be the appearance of the Alonzo Cushing Medal of Honor, which was posthumously awarded to the former Fredonia resident and Gettysburg hero late last year. The medal will be on display inside the museum on the second floor beginning June 13 and continuing until September 8. Anyone wishing to view the medal can do so free of charge.

The fundraiser will also feature hearty hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting, beer and punch. Entertainment will feature Irish-American songs performed by musician Doc Hamels.

In addition to the gala fundraiser, the 9th NY Cavalry reenactment group will be staging an encampment in Moore Park the entire weekend, with several events and activities taking place throughout the day on Saturday. At least four other reenactment groups will be on hand as well.

Among the highlights of the encampment is a ceremony at 1 p.m. commemorating Alonzo Cushing, with several notable officials on hand including State Senator Catherine Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell. Also at 2 p.m., several reenactors will be reading various Civil War letters from members of the Cushing family.

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 from 6 to 8 p.m. will be $50 per person, with all proceeds going to support the McClurg Museum operations, an all-volunteer organization.

For tickets and reservations, call 716-326-2977 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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