• 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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Local History Research Collections in Chautauqua County
Reed Library Special Collections
SUNY College at Fredonia, NY
The local history collection includes materials relating to Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, especially U.S. census records (complete through 1840, then local only), NYS census for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, Senecat Indians and the Iroquois Census Project, county/local histories/directories, supervisor's reports, family history records, newspapers. The archives of the Holland Land Company offer insights into the settlement and development of Western New York. Copying is available.
Dunkirk Historical Museum
Dunkirk, NY
Collections emphasize the history of Dunkirk; its schools, churches, government, business/industry, (especially the Brooks/ALCO locomotive works) and social organizations. These include family history materials, city directories, school yearbooks, local histories, diaries, photographs, and clipping files. Copying is available.
Darwin R. Barker Museum
Fredonia, NY
Collections include the Fredonia Censor (1821-1964), US and NYS census records for Chautauqua County from 1850-1925, index to deaths and marriages in the Censor, cemetery records, photographs, manuscripts, many New England genealogies and resources. The library of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society is also located here. Copying is available.
Chautauqua County Historical Society
Westfield, NY
2000-volume holdings include: Clayburne Sampson Collection, Elial Foote Papers, Gerald Todd Papers, diaries, family historis, Civil War Muster Rolls by towns, school records, maps, photographs, cemetery transcriptions, and miscellaneous files of county. Copying is available.
Chautauqua County Genealogical Society
Fredonia, NY
Individual dues are $9 per calendar year, and include The Chautuaqua Genealogist, published quarterly. Listings of researchers and current CCGS publications available on request - include SASE. The CCGS library is located at the Darwin R. Barker Museum.
Patterson Library
Westfield, NY
Collections include the Westfield Republican from 1855 and other newspapers, state/county/local histories, Holland Land Company records, DAR lineage books, clipping and reference files, family histories, surname and obiturary files, county cemetery records, county census records, maps and atlases. Copying is available.
Chautauqua Institution Archives
Smith Memorial Library
Chautuaqua, NY
Collections include various newspapers from 1876 to the present, scrapbooks, diaries, autograph books, oral history tapes, video and lecture tapes, photographs, dissertations, historic register of homes, and histories of other Chautauquas. Copying is available.
Chautauqua County Court House
Mayville, NY
Chautauqua County records form 1811 to date. County Clerk's records include: land, naturalization, census (1825-1925), marriage (1908-1935), military discharge, DBA (business certificates), early court records and many unique maps. Finder's guide available. The Surrogate Clerk maintains wills & probate records. Copying is available.
New York Historical Resources
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor encompasses New York's canal system and the communities that grew along its shores.
New York State Historical Association Research Library The New York State Historical Association was founded in 1899 by New Yorkers who were interested in promoting greater knowledge of the early history of the state.
A Guide to New York Historical Resources  
National Historical Resources An online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States & Canada.
Local History and Culture Links
General Local Interest Links