County Historical Society Summer Gala is June 11 in Westfield

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McClurg Museum
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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 11 in Westfield. “Standing Ground” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic McClurg Museum in Moore Park – located at the corner of Routes 394 and 20 in the village.

According CCHS president Cristie Herbst, “This is our single biggest fundraising event of the year. It’s going to be a wonderful evening designed to support and promote local history in Chautauqua County. We hope to see a lot of familiar faces as well as some new ones during the evening.”

The fundraiser will feature hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting, along with entertainment which will feature Irish-American songs performed by musician Doc Hamels.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the McClurg Museum and learn more about the new exhibits that have been added, including the new election exhibit, which features numerous campaign items from past elections, including buttons, ribbons and pamphlets – some dating all the way back to 1836.

The fundraiser’s name, “Standing Ground,” is in reference to the 9th NY Cavalry reenactment group, who will also be on hand in Moore Park and will be staging an encampment the entire weekend, with activities taking place throughout the day on Saturday. Those who wish to attend the Gala may want to arrive in Westfield early to also take advantage of the free encampment events.

The fundraiser and gala event take place Saturday evening, June 11 at the McClurg, with an admission fee $50 per person. All proceeds go to support the McClurg Museum and the Chautauqua County Historical Society.

For tickets and reservations, call 326-2977 or contact any member of the board of trustees.