A Day at the Museums
FREE “A Day at the Museums”
The Cattaraugus County Museum and twenty-two not for profit societies and museums want to offer you a “Free Day at the Museums”, Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Plan a day trip, pack a lunch, enjoy the ride and join us You’ll be pleased and surprised at the quantity and quality of your local pathways to history.
Additional descriptive information and maps are available on line at each museum’s website or by going online to the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County (arts to museums).
Allegany Area Historical Association, 25 N. Second St., Allegany, N.Y. in the former United Methodist Church constructed in 1855. The original pews and pulpit are laid out amphitheater style. (Contact information: F. Potter 716-372-2918).
Ashford Historical Society Museum, School. St., West Valley, N.Y.
(Contact information 716-942-3885 or 942-6669). Special event, 10:00 am to noon, demonstration of sauerkraut making.
Cattaraugus Area Historical Museum, 25 Main St., Cattaraugus, N.Y. a two story former bank on Main Street housing artifacts of the village and a replica of the Statue of Liberty. (Contact information 716-257-3429 or 257-3971).
American Museum of Cutlery, 9 Main St., Cattaraugus, N.Y. showcases premier examples of knives, swords, edged tools, and weapons. Contact information amcut.org (716-257-3429 or 257-9813).
Dayton Historical Museum, 9561 Rt. 62, Dayton, N.Y. (Contact information R. Bennett, Historian 716-532-3758).
East Otto Historical Museum, 8982 Reed Hill Rd. (next to the fire hall), East Otto, N.Y. The museum building was originally a Baptist Church constructed in 1854. It houses memorabilia relating to the town, the original wooden voting booth, and a bicycle built for two. (Contact information M. Gogel, Historian 716-257-3337).
Ellicottville Historical Society Museum, 2 Washington St., Ellicottville, N.Y. located in the original Cattaraugus County Clerk’s Office used until 1868. The building is also one of the sixty-six properties in the Ellicottville Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. So, after you leave the museum , walk Washington and Jefferson streets , the public square and around the business district where the buildings retain the physical integrity of the 1817-1935 historic period. (Contact information Town Historian Mary E. Dunbar 716-699-2163).
Gowanda Historical Museum, 2 Chestnut St., Gowanda, N.Y. features history of the area and is within walking distance of the Gowanda Village Historic District, a dozen plus buildings in the late 19th, and early 20th century classical revival building styles by architects Cornelius W. and George Rapp. Contact information: (716-532-4064)
Ischua Valley Historical Society, 9 Pine St., Franklinville, N.Y. located in the three story Simeon B. Robbins house referred to as the “Miner’s Cabin”. Simeon made a fortune in the gold rush, built a Queen Anne style mansion, circa 1895, and went broke. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Contact information (716-676-2590 or 676-4018)
Leon Historical Society, 62 Main St., Leon, N.Y. located in the United Methodist Church, a Greek and Gothic Revival style building erected in 1836-37. It is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. (Contact information 716-296-5709) Special event for the day is an Amish & English Quilting Bee.
Mansfield Area Historical Society Museum, 7691 Toad Hollow Rd., Eddyville, N.Y.
(Contact information 716-257-9288).
Olean Point Museum of Local History, 302 Laurens St., Olean, N.Y. is a converted carriage house on the Bartlett House property. It depicts the history of Olean since its founding in 1808. Contact information: same as Bartlett House
Fannie E. Bartlett House, 302 Laurens St., Olean, N.Y. An 1881 Queen Anne style house features nine rooms decorated in turn-of-the century Victoriana. ( Contact information 716-376-5642).
Medora Ball Museum, East Main St., Otto, N.Y. Is in the 1860’s First Congregational Church, listed on the National Historic Resister of Places, displaying the local history of the Town of Otto. Otto Historian Candace Broughton will be on site. (Contact information 716-257-9479).
Perrysburg Historical Museum, Town Hall, 10460 Peck Hill Rd., Perrysburg, N.Y.
Items on display include a scale model of the J. N. Adams Sanitarium (20’ x 9’), a Sanitarium 1850’s signature quilt, Native American artifacts and information about the Thomas Indian School. (Contact information 716-532-1558).
Portville Historical & Preservation Society, 17 Maple Ave., Portville, N.Y.
Hosting an exhibit on Amos Humiston, Civil War soldier, killed July 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. He was found clutching an ambrotype of his three children which he had stared at as he lay dying. The poem and song ‘The Children of the Battlefield” by J. G. Clark was inspired by and depicted as the struggle of soldiers and their families. (Contact information 716-933-8917 or PortvilleHisstory.org. ).
Randolph Historical Society, 28 Jamestown St., Randolph, N.Y. displays in the newly remodeled Dowd Building include postcards, military items and information on the Chamberlain Institute ( Contact information sbrace [at] roadrunner [dot] com.).
Salamanca Historical Society Museum, 125 Main St., Salamanca, N.Y. located in a restored 1882, three story bank. (Contact information: mysite.verizon.net/Salamanca Historical Museum 716-945-2946).
Salamanca Rail Museum, 170 Main St., Salamanca, N.Y.( Contact information: mysite.verizon.net/bizxyrad/salamancamuseumassociation 716-945-3133) is a fully restored 1912 passenger depot of the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway. Inside are operating model trains while outside are open to the public train cars.
Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
The Spring Exhibitions includes “Sacred Scars, Shadowed Ground, Images of the Fredricksburg & Spotsylvania County Civil War Battlefields” by National Park Service Photographer Larry Stuart. This is also Alumni Weekend. ( Contact information sbu.edu./Quick Center 716-375-2494).
Arcade Historical Society, 331 West Main St., Arcade, N.Y. The society is located in a 1903 Queen Anne Style house and this season is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Arcade V.F.W. Post 374. Even though it is in Wyoming County, its archives contain genealogical materials for the Cattaraugus County towns of Freedom and Yorkshire. (Contact information arcade historical society.org 716-492-4466).
Concord Historical Society, Springville, N.Y. offers three historic and research facilities. The “Pop” Warner Museum, 98 East Main Street and the Concord Mercantile, behind the “Pop” Warner Museum, a turn of the 19th century country store. The Lucy Bensley Center for genealogical research is under renovation but information is available at 716-592-0094.
Cattaraugus County Museum & Research Center, 9824 Rt. 16, Machias, N.Y. located in the sole surviving building, the Stone House, of the Cattaraugus County Alms House and Insane Asylum constructed in 1868. Continuing the commemoration of the Civil War, all our exhibits are of that event. Special events are a talk on the history and use of the rase knife with a display of pictures and actual knives by Allan Fish at 10:15 am. Also “Abe Lincoln” will split rails and demonstrate how to construct a rail fence zig-zag design using period tools at 12:30 pm. (Contact information 716-353-8200).