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Chautauqua County Historical Society
The Chautauqua County Historical Society is inviting its members and the community to help support the preservation of local history by attending its annual fundraiser and gala on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
The Gala will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic McClurg Museum in Westfield’s Moore Park – located at the corner of Routes 394 and 20 in the village.
The fundraiser will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting, along with musical entertainment provided by the dynamic folk duo of Russell and Hamels (Doc Hamels and Will Russell).
Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the McClurg Museum and learn more about the numerous renovations that have taken place during the past several months. A special new exhibit will also be unveiled featuring the local soldiers of Chautauqua County who served in the NY 72nd Infantry regiment during the Civil War.
Those who wish to attend the Gala may want to arrive in Westfield earlier in the day to also take advantage of various events that are scheduled.
Once again the 9th NY Cavalry reenactment group will be on hand in Moore Park and will be staging an encampment the entire weekend, with activities taking place throughout the day on Saturday.
This historical society is also offering a free lecture on the 72nd NY Infantry by author Rick Barram at 2 p.m. inside St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located next to the park. Following the lecture, members of the 9th NY Cavalry will continue the annual tradition of reading Civil War letters from a local soldier who served in the 72nd. The event is free and open to the public.
The Village of Westfield is also hosting an Abrham Lincoln Festival, with the county historical society serving as a co-organizer of the event. President Lincoln will be making appearances in Moore Park throughout the weekend, including a special speech that will be given on the steps of the McClurg prior to the start of the Gala at 5:15 p.m.
Because it is a fundraiser, admission for the June 8 Gala is $50 per person. All proceeds go to support operations at the Chautauqua County Historical Society, including the ongoing renovation efforts at the historic McClurg Museum.
For tickets and reservations, call (716) 326-2977 or contact any member of the Chautauqua County Historical Society’s board of trustees.