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Tentative Schedule 2017

2017 Tentative Schedule

The Fenton History Center takes on an altogether different appearance in the winter.  The snow-lined trees and snow-framed windows add to the holiday excitement, decorations, and events at the Fenton Mansion and historic Hall House. 

January 20th to April 29th: Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 PM: Are you or someone you know interested in, currently studying, or thought about studying archaeology? 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED: The Fenton History Center’s Walnut Grove Archaeology Project is currently in the process of washing and cataloging artifacts that were extracted in 2016. It’s dedicated team of volunteers are in search of individuals who are available to assist with this process each Tuesday and/or Saturday morning from 9 AM to 12 PM. Please call (716) 664-6256 to inquire. Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity.

February 15th and 22nd at 6:30 PM: Winter Trivia Tournament @ SHAWBUCKS: It is not too late to be in the running for the grand prize! Two preliminary game nights remain (February 15th and 22nd) before the grand prize round that is to follow the contest on the 22nd. Weekly winners will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant and the winners of the grand prize round will walk away with $400!

Congratulations to the Effin Judo Chop team: Sebastian and Leslie DiNapoli and Adam and Bill Loftus, our undefeated preliminary champions thus far!

The only cost to play is a donation within your means. All donations benefit the Fenton History Center directly. Spectators are welcome. Doors open every Wednesday night in February at Shawbucks at 4 PM and games begin promptly at 7 PM. Stop in to enjoy dinner and an entertaining evening for an excellent cause!

Teams of 2 to 4 persons should generate a team name and register by 6:30 PM at SHAWBUCKS prior to each game night that the team wishes to participate in. Trivia questions will cover all categories, may include some history questions, but generally will not be focused on history.

Smart phones and other electronic devices will not be permitted during this event. A donation within your means is the only cost to play. *Teams must win one of the preliminary games in order to be entered in the grand prize round for a chance to win $400.

The Fenton History Center would like to thank its Winter Trivia Tournament @ SHAWBUCKS sponsors to date: Ahlstrom-Schaeffer Electric Corporation, Farm Fresh Foods, Glatz Agency, Pepsi of Jamestown, Rhoe B. Henderson Insurance Agency, and the Shults Auto Group for making this event possible!

February 23rd at 6 PM to 8 PM: Fenton Genealogy Support Group: Basic Organization and Software: Has your research become difficult to manage? Would you like to simplify your study through the use of genealogical software? February’s meeting will cover basic organization and software.

Individuals who are interested in becoming part of the Fenton Genealogy Support Group at the Hall House are encouraged to attend. The Fenton Genealogy Support Group is a feature of a Fenton History Center Membership. Call (716) 664-6256 for details.

April 6th: Over There: Life in Jamestown, NY During World War I Exhibit: “Over There” by George M. Cohan held much prestige in the hearts of the citizens of the United States, as it was recognized as “your song, my song, and our boys’ song” during World War I. April 6th will mark the 100th anniversary of the day that the United States officially declared war on Germany in the fourth year of World War I. Over There: Life in Jamestown, NY During World War I will take an intimate look at how the first second world war impacted the City of Jamestown specifically. 

April 12: Brown Bag Lectures: Beyond the Ghosts: Preservation in Rural Cemeteries: America’s small town cemeteries are woefully in need of preservation and support, both money and volunteers. Local historian Amada Branard has a plan. Learn about her plan at the April Brown Bag Talk. 

The public will be invited to sit in on a lecture the second Wednesday of each month from April to October at no cost in the Fenton History Center dining room. Lecture topics and speakers are to be announced. Donations will be graciously accepted.

April 29th: Fenton Slice of History Pizza Challenge: Pizza vendors from all over the City will battle to be the best on April 29th from 1 PM to 3 PM. Enjoy a performance to be given by the Italian Heritage Dancers with music by Uncle Joe Iuculano, try pizza from multiple vendors, and help the Fenton History Center choose who walks away with this year’s title! This event has become so popular that it had to be moved to St. James Church, located at 27 Allen Street.

Fenton Slice of History Pizza Challenge tickets: Adults: $10, Children (5-12) $3. Tickets are sold at the door. No reservations are necessary.   

Pizza shops and professional pizza vendors who are interested in competing in this year’s challenge should call the Fenton History Center at (716) 664-6256. This year’s competition is a no holds barred event! There are no rules.

May 18th: Taste the Difference: An 1850’s Farm to Table Event: The Fenton History Center and the Busti Historical Society would like to announce the “Taste the Difference: An 1850’s Farm to Table Event” to take place at the Busti Victorian Hall on May 18th. Robert Cross of Three C’s Catering will discuss meal preparation in the 1850’s while guests enjoy a freshly prepared meal reminiscent of the era.

This is a chance to wear your 19th century finery, enjoy music, conversation, and dance, all while discovering what life was like during the 1850’s. Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations are required. Exact hours are to be announced.

Browse a selection of early to mid-19th century attire for men and women at: http://www.gbacg.org/costume-resources/original/rtw.html *Please note: some garments may need to be ordered in advance, as many items are hand crafted according to specific measurements.

Interested persons should contact the Fenton History Center at (716) 664-6256 on or after February 6th, Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Guests can expect an enjoyable and authentic experience.

May 27th to September 30th: Walking Tours of Jamestown: Walking tours will take place the last Saturday of the month, beginning in May and ending in September. This year’s walking tours will include Jamestown’s Lakeview Loop, Jamestown’s Historic Downtown, Jamestown’s Hidden Alleys, and Jamestown’s Churches.

Jamestown’s Hidden Alleys, and Jamestown’s Churches will meet at the Fenton History Center at 12:45 PM, while the Jamestown’s Lakeview Loop is to meet outside of the Lake View Cemetery Association’s office located on the corner of Buffalo Street and Lakeview Avenue. A specific tour schedule is to be released. 

*Please take notice that note Lakeview Avenue was added to the list of Historic Places in 2016, this means that the Lakeview Loop walking tour will be in popular demand.

July 11-15: Camp Brown- A Call to Arms…Life as a Civil War Recruit:  Students in grades 4-8 will experience the life of a Civil War private preparing to march into history. Limited space, 1-4 pm each day, please register early, $110 fee.

July 25-29: Time Travelers Camp: Connecting our City’s past to today.  Details are to be announced.  For grades 1-3.  Limited space, 9 am to 4 pm, please register early, $125 fee.

Aug. 8-12: History Detectives Camp: Connecting Jamestown’s past and how it affects us now.  Details are to be announced. For grades 4-7.  Limited space, 9 am to 4 pm, please register early, $125 fee.

October 7th and 14th: The 12th Annual Saints and Sinners Lake View Cemetery Tours: This tour is just in time to get in spirit for All Hallows Eve, is historically informative, and is an excellent way to become more familiar with the rich history of the City.  Travel by horse-drawn carriage or walk during the day or evening hours and uncover some of over 43,000 personal stories that are hidden within the Lake View Cemetery of Jamestown, New York.  Returning guests would agree that the costumed actors who guide this tour make this experience the total package.

As the tour changes year by year, no two tours will ever be the same. Tours will step off throughout the day/evening from 3 PM to 8 PM. Walking tours: Adult: $10, Youth/Children $2, Fenton History Center Members: $5. Carriage Rides: All seats: $18. Tickets do not go on sale until August.

October 15th: Mausoleum Tours and More at the Lake View Cemetery: This guided behind-the-scenes tour of a number of elegant mausoleums and grave-sites in the Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, New York is almost as popular as the annual Saints and Sinners tour.  The Lake View Cemetery, established in 1859, comes alive as costumed actors tell spirited tails of the individuals and their families who are laid to rest in the grave-sites and mausoleums to be featured.  Guests are served light refreshments directly after the tour.  Tickets: $20. Tickets do not go on sale until August.