The Lawson Center to hold 100th Anniversary Recognition Event


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The Lawson Center

The Lawson Center has scheduled a centennial event to publicly recognize the Lawson Family’s 100-year presence in the Chautauqua Lake Region. In 1918, David Lawson, Sr. purchased the property at 73 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point. Already the site of a boat livery at that time, the business was named the Lawson Boat & Engine Company; and later renamed L.S. Aero Marine when Ralph Sheldon became a partner. Through the years, the Lawson Family, including David, Jr and sister Jean Lawson, operated the marine business until 2010 when the property was donated for the purpose of creating The Lawson Center, a museum with the mission of celebrating boating history on Chautauqua Lake and the contributions that the Lawson Family made.

The celebration reception will be held on Saturday, September 15th from 1-3 p.m. at The Lawson Center. The public is invited to share refreshments and memories and to meet with Dave, Jr., the volunteers, and the trustees in recognizing this 100th year anniversary event. The museum will be open that day for its normal hours of 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The event is scheduled to coincide with the celebration of Bemus Point Fall Fest which runs from Friday through Sunday, September 14th-16th throughout the Village.