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2017 Holiday Exhibit: A Shiny Bright Retro Holiday

Visit The Fenton History Center for” A Shiny Bright Retro Holiday”, the 2017 holiday exhibit featuring a 1960s aluminum tree forest complete with presents drawn from the permanent collection of the museum, ornaments, lights, and plenty of nostalgia. Transport yourself to a time when the holidays were as silvery and shiny as an astronaut. The exhibit opens November 24 and runs through January 20.

The Fenton History Center is open for self-guided tours Monday – Saturday 10:00-4:00.

Admission costs are:
Adult $10, Children (age 6-12) $4, Children 5 and under free, and Family Admission $30.

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Halloween Party at the Mansion

Join us for a family-friendly historical Halloween party at the Fenton Mansion. Kids can tour the non-scary Halloween displays, learn about the history of Halloween and Victorian funeral customs, make Halloween crafts in the dining room, and enjoy several fun photo opportunities. Standard admission rates apply. Costumes are encouraged. 

Admission rates are $10/adults, $4/ children 6-12, children 5 & under free. There is also a family group rate of $30. 

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Why Not New York? The Road to the Vote Exhibit

New Yorkers played a pivotal role in the struggle for women’s suffrage and equal rights beginning in 1848 in Seneca Falls through the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. November 2017 marks the Centennial of New York State granting women the right to vote. Celebrate New York State’s triumph.
Why Not New York? The Road to the Vote will address the struggle for equal rights in the 19th and 20th century, and the significant role that Chautauqua County citizens played in the movement for women’s suffrage.
This exhibit debuted the evening of June 14 and will stay on display until September 30. 
The Fenton History Center museum, gift shop and research center are open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission: Adult $10, Child (age 6 to 12) $4, Children (age 5 and under) Free Admission. Family Admission (children accompanied by parents) $30
Individuals, families, students and seniors who plan to visit the Fenton History Center on more than one occasion are encouraged to purchase a Fenton History Center membership. Follow this link to learn how to become a member:
A Fenton History Center membership includes: unlimited access to the museum and research center, discounted ticket rates to events held by the Fenton History Center (discounted rates are not available for fundraisers), invitations to exclusive member-only events, a weekly newsletter, and an option to join the Fenton Genealogy Support Group at no cost.

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Our First Sponsor of the 11th Annual Saints and Sinners Tour

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Saints and Sinners Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

Saints and Sinners Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

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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:


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.


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