• April 26

    Family History Online
    Join us in Dunkirk for a full day seminar. Cost: $25 includes buffet lunch. More info
  • May 8

    Arbor Day
    The City of Jamestown will be co-hosting an Arbor Day celebration at the Fenton Mansion at 1:30 PM. All are welcome to attend!
  • May 14

    Brown Bag Lecture Series
    Topic: Lawson Boating Heritage Center.
    Come hear about an important part of Jamestown's history during the lunch hour. Noon to 1 PM. Donations encouraged. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month April through October at the Fenton Mansion.
  • May 22

    Happy Birthday to the Fenton!
    It's our 50th year and we are ready to celebrate. All are invited to a gala dinner with music, dancing and an engaging speaker. More details to follow.
  • Starting May 31

    Walking tours of Jamestown
    Beginning the last Saturday in May through the last Saturday in September the Fenton will lead a series of four rotating tours. Tours include Jamestown's Lake View Ave, the Old Northside(our current Downtown area), Jamestown's Hidden Alleys and Jamestown Early Industry. The Industry, Northside and Hidden Alleys tours meet at the Fenton History Center at 12:45 PM on the Saturday of the tour. The Lake View Ave. tour meets at the corner of Buffalo St. and Lake View Ave. by the cemetery office.Tours begin at 1 PM. Cost: $10 for potential members, $5 for members
  • June 7

    Archaeology at the Fenton Mansion
    This summer's exhibit reveals the discoveries of the past two summers of excavation work on the Fenton's Walnut Grove property. Many artifacts, many stories. The exhibit will teach about historical archaeology, the Fenton's lifestyle and what has been found so far. Through September 27, 2014
  • July 14-18

    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 afternoon, please register early, $50 fee.
  • July 28-August 1

    Jr. History Detectives Camp
    Connecting our City's past to today. Subject to be announced. For grades 1-3. Limited space, 9-noon, please register early, $50 fee.
  • August 9

    Fenton's Old Fashion Day
    10 am to 5 pm – Free admission to the festival and the museum. Experience our hometown's living history to life. Many crafts & games for kids, a variety of food vendors, modern crafters, and much more!
  • August 11-15

    History Detectives Camp
    Connecting to our City's past and how it affects us now. Subject to be announced. For grades 4-7. Limited space, 1-4 pm each afternoon, please register early, $50 fee.
  • September 20-21

    Blue and Gray 2014
    Members of the 9th Cavalry NY volunteers and the 155th NY Volunteers will be encamped at the Fenton Mansion and welcoming the community to learn about the life and times of the Union soldier. Sat. 10-4, Sun 10-3.
  • October 4 & 11

    9th Annual "Saints and Sinners" Lake View Cemetery Tours
    From 3 pm until 8 pm stepping off throughout the day and evening. At historic Lake View Cemetery, corner of Buffalo St. and Lakeview Ave., Jamestown. Horse drawn carriage and walking tours available. The tour will uncover some of the more than 43,000 personal stories at Jamestown's beautiful Lake View Cemetery. Be ready to learn some interesting information about Jamestown and Lake View Cemetery. Presale: $10 for adults, $2 for children & youth; half price for Fenton History Center members. Carriage rides: $18 all seats, Reservations are required; please call 664-6256 to reserve your tickets and time slot. Call early as the later tours fill up fast!
  • October 12

    Mausoleum Tours and More at Lake View Cemetery
    A guided behind-the-scenes tour of a number of the elegant mausoleums and gravesites in Jamestown's 1859 cemetery. Costumed actors tell the family stories. Light refreshments follow the tour. 8 PM. The cost is $20 for potential members, $15 for members. Youth and children are $5. Reservations are requested; please call 664-6256 to reserve your tickets.
  • November 25

    35th Annual Holiday exhibit - Members Only Sneak Preview
    4-7 PM. New members welcome, join and see the exhibit for FREE.
  • November 28

    35th Annual Holiday exhibit opens to the public. through January 19, 2015


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34th Annual Holiday Exhibit - Signs of the Seasons

through January 18, 2014

10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday

Christmas and childhood usually evoke happy memories. The Fenton History Center's 34th annual holiday exhibit is about the nostalgia of those childhood Christmas times.

When one thinks of the holidays - food and family memories come to mind. The sounds of familiar carols bring back many memories of holiday celebrations. The traditions that we carry forward each year are featured in the "Signs of the Season" exhibit. Why do we have a tree in our house over the holiday? Why do we eat certain foods? Where did Santa Claus come from? All these and other questions are answered in the mansion-wide exhibit. The exhibit opens today and is up through Doors Open Jamestown on January 18.

Exhibit designer Sara Reale said, "As we age, the holiday spirit sometimes fades. I want our holiday visitors to experience 'deja vous' if only for a second, when they see the exhibit. I want them to feel like they did as children. More often than not I see visitors faces light up when they see certain parts of the exhibit like the aluminum tree forest and the front hall case filled with ornaments and other small items that seemed to be in everyone's Grandmother's house

A special feature of the holiday exhibit this year is the winter village. It is comprised of more than 50 buildings, cars and people. The village is alive with activities and lights.

Many elementary classrooms have booked holiday tours of the exhibit. Reale said, "The exhibit meets a number of the New York state social studies curriculum standards for the elementary grades. Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and the celebration of the Three Kings are part of the exhibit. It is a fun field trip for the classes. They seem to really enjoy the size of the Mansion and the beauty of the exhibits."

Why let the children have all the fun? New this year are candlelight tours of the mansion on Saturday evenings. They are open to all. The tours are held every Saturday night in December at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 for Fenton members and $15 for non-members. Memberships are available prior to the tour start. The Fenton History Center is located at 67 Washington St., just south of the Washington Street Bridge past the Forest Avenue traffic light. The museum is open year-round Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 664-6256.