• 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 10-2.
  • 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 8

    Brown Bag Lecture Series
    Topic: Jamestown's Speakeasy Era.
    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.
  • 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.