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Brown Bag Lunchtime Talks 2017

Brown Bag Lunchtime Talks will take place the second Wednesday of each month in the Fenton History Center dining room at no cost from 12 PM to 1 PM. Food and drink is permitted. Donations are not required but will be graciously accepted. View this season’s Past Brown Bag Lunchtime Talks here:

See the complete 2017 listing below:

July 12th: 12 PM to 1 PM: More than Meets the Eye: The Early Story of Chautauqua: Richard P. Heitzenrater who holds the William Kellon Quick title for Professor of Church History and Wesley Studies at Duke University Divinity School will focus on the instigating features of the initial Camp Meeting that took place from 1871 to 1875 and the 1874 Assembly that began at Fair Point promptly at 12 PM on July 12th. 
This talk will define how oil money from Pennsylvania, the spread of railroads and steamboats, recovery from the Civil War, the founding of colleges, religious revivals and squabbles, industrialization, and the publication by Darwin influenced this time period and the region specifically. This story goes much further than the common ideas of J.H. Vincent that were supported by the money of Lewis Miller.
Attendees are encouraged to bring any early photographs they may have pertaining to Chautauqua region to share and discuss directly after the talk.

August 9th: 12 PM to 1 PM: Patrick Tyrrell: Lincoln’s Hero, Scoundrel, or Both?: Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County Historian & Records Manger, will discuss Patrick Tyrrell’s personal life and life as a Secret Service Agent on August 9th promptly at 12 PM.   

Patrick Tyrrell is credited with thwarting an attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body and was hailed as a hero in Springfield, Illinois, but his early life in Chautauqua County was marred by corruption and personal strife.  Was he a hero or a scoundrel, or perhaps a bit of both?

September 13th: 12 PM to 1 PM: Walnut Grove Archaeology Project: Year 6: Dr. Thomas Greer will discuss the archaeological excavation that has been underway on the grounds of the Fenton History Center and additions to the artifacts that have been collected on September 13 promptly at 12 PM.

Team members of the Walnut Grove Archaeology Project will continue in an area where an early structure associated with the mansion once stood. Dr. Thomas Greer and his colleagues will also be investigating the location of the carriage house and west side house addition.

Interested in participating? Dig days take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer beginning in June.  Excavation may also take place on some Saturdays.  The days that are not spent digging will be spent washing artifacts. Due to the confined space and small scale of the project, the number of participants is limited. If you would like to join us call the Fenton History Center at (716) 664-6256.

October 11th: 12 PM to 1 PM: The Chautauqua County Historic Structure Database: Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County Historian, and Wendy Straight, Chautauqua County Historical Structures Volunteer, will demonstrate the Historic Structures of Chautauqua County Database and outline the project’s specific goals on October 11th promptly at 12 PM.
Wendy Straight will discuss the projects history and Michelle Henry will cover recent additions from county and museum records. Those who attend will learn how to submit material from their own family’s archives.
Persons interested in 19th century maps and homes in Chautauqua County and anyone who is interested in learning how to access maps and information pertaining to homes dated to the 19th century in Chautauqua County online are encouraged to attend this talk. Pictured: Photograph featured in the database of the Residence of Thomas D. Spiking, Charlotte, New York.