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2017 Calendar of Events

2017 Calendar of Events 

The Fenton History Center regains its energy in the spring as its surrounding trees rejuvenate after the long winter and our guests are once again able to enjoy the red brick pathway that allows private access between the Fenton Mansion, which houses the Fenton History Center’s museum, and the historic Hall House, which houses the Fenton History Center’s research center.

Our 2017 calendar of events caters to all ages and interests: 

January 20th through 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.

April 6th: Over There: Life in Jamestown, NY During World War I Exhibit: The song “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 world war impacted the City of Jamestown specifically. 

The exhibit will debut on April 6, 2017 to commemorate the official anniversary of the day the United States entered WWI and will stay on display until September 23rd.

April 12: Brown Bag Lunchtime Talks Presents: Beyond the Ghosts: Preservation in Rural Cemeteries: America’s small town cemeteries are woefully in need of preservation and support, in terms of, both, money and volunteers. Local historian Amanda Brainard has a plan. Learn about Amanda Brainard’s vision to address the preservation needs of local cemeteries on April 12th at the Fenton History Center’s first Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk of the season. 

The public will be invited to sit in on a different talk the second Wednesday of each month spanning from April to October at no cost in the Fenton History Center dining room. Talk topics and speakers are to be announced. All donations will be graciously accepted. Talks begin promptly at noon and end by 1 PM. *See “Brown Bag Lunchtime Talks” for a complete schedule of this years talks. 

April 19th: The Lost 74 Soldiers of the Vietnam War: The public is invited to join us April 19 at 2 PM in welcoming Randy Henderson of Mayville, New York, whose brother was killed during the early morning hours on June 3, 1969 aboard the American destroyer USS Frank E. Evans along with 73 other U.S. soldiers, who are now recognized as the Lost 74 Soldiers of the Vietnam War.

At the time the 74 soldiers were killed, the destroyer was engaged in SEATO exercise Sea Spirit off the coast of Vietnam. After a direct collision, the destroyer was cut in half by the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. Because the collision occurred outside of the designated war zone, the names of the 74 soldiers who were killed have not been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (the Vietnam Wall) in Washington, D.C.

Terry Lee Henderson, RD3, was the only soldier from Chautauqua County amongst the Lost 74.   Terry graduated from the Westfield Academy and Central School in 1965.  The collision took place fifty days before what would have been Terry Lee Henderson’s 22nd birthday.

Randy, his mother, and the family members of the Lost 74 Soldiers of the Vietnam War have made it their life work to ensure that all 74 soldiers are one day included on the Vietnam Veteran Memorial wall in Washington, D.C.

In addition to sharing the details of his personal experience with the loss of his brother and how it has affected his family personally, Randy will speak on behalf of the other families of the Lost 74 Soldiers of the Vietnam War. The families of the Lost 74 meet annually and have made an active commitment to this cause. Randy Henderson will have several copies of the book “American Boys: The True Story of the Lost 74 of the Vietnam War by Louise Esola for sale after his talk.

The talk will take place in the Fenton History Center’s dining room. While there is no cost to attend this talk, donations will be graciously accepted.

Pictured: Photo NH: #98649: Helicopters fly near the stern of the USS Frank E. Evans, after she was cut in two in a collision

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. Sample pizza from various vendors, learn about Jamestown, New York’s Italian heritage, and enjoy a performance to be given by the Italian Heritage Dancers with music by Uncle Joe Iuculano. This event has become so popular that it had to be moved to St. James Roman Catholic Church, located at 27 Allen Street.

Those who attend this event will decide which pizza vendor will walk away with this years title. Fenton Slice of History Pizza Challenge tickets will be sold at the door: Adults: $10, Children (5-12) $3. 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” that is 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: *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, Jamestown’s Churches, and Jamestown’s Southside.

Historic Downtown Jamestown, Jamestown’s Hidden Alleys, Jamestown’s Churches and Jamestown’s Southside 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.

*Please take notice that Lakeview Avenue was added to the list of Historic Places in 2017, this means that the Lakeview Loop walking tour will be in popular demand.

Jamestown’s Churches: May 27, June 24, July 22, September 2

Jamestown’s Hidden Alleys:  June 29

Historic Downtown Jamestown: June 10, July 8, August 19

The Lakeview Loop: June 17, July 15, August 12, September 9

Jamestown’s Southside: July 1, August 26

July 11-15: Life During WWI:  Students in grades 4-8 will experience the life of a WWI private preparing to march into history. Limited space, 1-4 pm each day, please register early, $110 fee

July 24-28: 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. 7-11: 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.