Support Local History by Donating to Community Foundation’s #BigMatchDay on Giving Tuesday

big-match-day-graphicWESTFIELD – Chautauqua County Historical Society (CCHS) is asking community members to consider donating to CCHS on #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. #GivingTuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

As an incentive to give on #GivingTuesday, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) is giving away $5,000 to local charities for its first ever #BigMatchDay.

McClurg Mansion SignThrough #BigMatchDay, all donations designated for CCHS on Tuesday, Nov. 29 will be matched by CRCF, up to $25 per gift until the pool of $5,000 matching funds is exhausted. Donations can be made, starting at 8:30 a.m., on the #BigMatchDay website (

All donations and matched funds will be granted to CCHS for immediate use.

As a kick off to #BigMatchDay and in celebration of the community members and organizations that give back in so many ways throughout the year, CRCF will be hosting an Open House from 9 a.m. until Noon on Nov. 29. Light refreshments will be served and WJTN’s Dennis Webster will be broadcasting live.

About the Society: 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 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.

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