CCHS Gala To Feature An Evening With the Lincolns

President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, as well as Lincoln's aide-de-camp, descend the front steps of McClurg Museum during a previous visit.

An Evening With the Lincolns, featuring portrayals of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, is the theme of the annual fundraising gala sponsored by the Chautauqua County Historical Society at McClurg Museum in Westfield on September 10.

Tickets to the event are $50. Proceeds support efforts by the CCHS to collect and preserve local history and provide educational resources. Tickets can be purchased by calling the museum at 716.326.2977.

The event, from 6-8 p.m., includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and the opportunity to learn about recent CCHS efforts, including the completion of several renovations to McClurg Museum.

The Lincolns are portrayed by Ron and Tina Carley of Westland, MI. Carley has appeared as President Lincoln at history-related events and in classrooms.

The gala will be held during the 9th NY Cavalry Civil War reenactment in Moore Park. Reenactors will set up camp during the late afternoon or early evening on Friday, September 9, and offer living history throughout the weekend on September 10 and 11.

President Lincoln plans to visit the camp during the weekend to inspect the troops and deliver special remarks. He will join in a “Civil War letter reading event” on Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, which is also located in the park.

The reenactment weekend also includes demonstrations of camp living, weapon tactics, and period craft making.

Other events are being planned as part of the Lincolns’ visit to Westfield. A schedule can be obtained by contacting Marilyn Hemmer at 716.753.6043.