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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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Lucille Ball Comedy Fest Cemetery Tour and Walking Tour Itinerary

See a full itinerary for Lucille Ball Cemetery Tours and Walking Tours below:

Lucille Ball Cemetery Tours 

Experience a beautiful horse-drawn, covered carriage tour of Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, New York.  Visit the resting places of Ball, her family, & others who touched her life. This tour features local actors, is a must see event, and begins and ends at the Lake View Cemetery, located at 907 Lakeview Avenue, Jamestown, New York 14701. 

Although, this event is presented by the Fenton History Center, ticket pricing and availability is to be handled separately through the Lucy Comedy Fest: http://www.lucycomedyfest.com/

See the Lucille Ball Cemetery Tour Schedule below:

August 4, 2017 

11 AM to 12 PM

12 PM to 1 PM

1 PM to 2 PM

August 5, 2017 

12 PM to 1 PM

1 PM to 2 PM

2 PM to 3 PM


Lucille Ball Downtown Jamestown Walking Tours

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Downtown Jamestown, New York and learn about the fascinating history of this charming town as it applies to Lucille Ball. The tour begins and ends at the Gateway Train Station, located at 211 West 2nd Street, Jamestown, New York. 

Although, this event is presented by Fenton History Center, ticket pricing and availability is to be handled separately through the Lucy Comedy Fest: http://www.lucycomedyfest.com/

August 4, 2017 

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

1 PM to 2 PM

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

August 5, 2017 

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

2 PM to 3 PM

2 PM to 3 PM

 

See the “Lucille Ball: Not the Girl Next Door” exhibit at the Fenton History Center Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. 

Lucille Ball Not the Girl Next Door highlights her early years in Jamestown and Celoron, her many trips home throughout her career, and rarely seen photographs that were taken by her friend Marion Strong VanVlack.

The photos show a touching, and human aspect of this internationally loved comedienne.  Born on August 6, 1911, at home at 60 Stewart Avenue, Jamestown, New York, Lucille has often reflected upon fond memories spent in this area.  

Most of Lucille’s childhood was spent in Celoron, New York. Here the excitement of Celoron Park surrounded her, planting seeds for her future career. Lucille made four notable visits to the area: one in 1933, in 1944 when “Grampa” Hunt died (also tying in a campaign to sell war bonds), in 1946, and in 1956 when her film Forever Darling premiered at Dipson’s Palace Theater.

She was scheduled to come again to receive an honorary diploma from Jamestown Community College in 1989, but succumbed on April 26, following heart surgery. Looking for more about Lucille Ball? Check the Timeline of Lucille Ball’s Life & Career and The Many Names of Lucy and Family pages.

 

Fenton History Center Museum, located at 67 Washington Street in Jamestown, New York

The Fenton History Center also features elegant period rooms, the most notable of which, is the Fenton Drawing Room. Recreated in 1989, it exhibits some of the museums finest artifacts and is the perfect example of Victorian décor. The museum features a number of permanent and rotating exhibits. Some of the museum’s permanent features include: 

    • Chautauqua Lake Room
    • Civil War Room
    • Evolution of Children’s Toys (Exhibit)
    • Homespun Era (Cellar Dedication)
    • Interactive History of Jamestown, New York (Display)
    • Interactive Political Career of Reuben E. Fenton (1819-1895)
    • Intersections: The Underground Railroad in Chautauqua County (Exhibit)
    • Fenton Dining Room 
    • Fenton Family Parlor 
    • Jamestown, New York: Industrialization (Stairway Dedication)
    • Lookout Tower 
    • Lucille Ball: Not the Girl Next Door (Room Dedication)
    • Mourning 1800’s-1900’s (Corridor Dedication)
    • Nanny and Children’s Room
    • Swedish Room
    • Vestibule 

Pictured: Parade on Main Street, Jamestown, New York circa 1920

Summer 2017 Specially Featured Exhibit: Over There: WWI and Jamestown

After receiving news that the United States Congress had declared war on April 6, 1917, the City of Jamestown sprang into action. From its school children to its factories, bankers, and laborers to its City leaders – everyone did their bit. The Over There: WWI and Jamestown exhibit takes an intimate look at how WWI impacted the City of Jamestown specifically and gives a brief overview of what drove America to war after its initial reluctancy.

Over There: WWI and Jamestown features uniforms, American Legion history, letters sent from the battlefield (along with the soldier’s personal effects), artifacts from the War and many local references to Jamestown’ activities and people. The official dedication of this exhibit took place on April 5 at 6 PM on the eve of 100th anniversary of the day that the United States officially entered WWI and will stay on display until September 23rd.  

Pictured: Fenton Family Parlor

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 addresses 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.

Learn more about the Fenton History Center below:

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fenton Mansion, located at 67 Washington Street in Jamestown, New York, is a landmark, lending distinction and elegance to the passing scene. In its continuing mission as the center for education and preservation of a unique local heritage, it is a valuable cultural institution in the city of Jamestown, New York. 

In addition to housing an impressive museum within the one family home of Reuben E. Fenton, U.S. Congressman (1853-1864), New York State Governor (1864-1869) and U.S. Senator (1869-1875), the Fenton History Center owns and operates a full functioning research center, located  73 Forest Avenue in the historic Hall House. The Hall House is situated adjacently from the Fenton Mansion and is accessible by a private redbrick walkway. A private parking lot is available at both locations. 

Tours

The Fenton History Center welcomes bus tours and guided tours by appointment (716) 664-6256. However, walk-in visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of the museum at any time during operational hours, Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. 

Visitors touring the museum on their own are provided with an informative guide booklet and a brief overview of the museum prior to their tour. A full selection of books, pieces reminiscent of the Victorian era, mementos of the Jamestown, New York and Chautauqua Lake, and handcrafted keepsakes are available for sale within the museum gift shop. 

Educational Programming

Educational programming is available for businesses, civic groups, private/public students and families. Offerings are available within the historic Fenton Mansion and through the Fenton History Center’s Moving Museum.  Please contact the Education Director Jennifer Champ to schedule a guided tour or program by phone (716) 664-6256 or by email  

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MUSEUM

67 Washington Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

RESEARCH CENTER

73 Forest Avenue, Jamestown, NY 14701

Museum and Research Center

(716) 664-6256

Monday – Saturday

10 AM – 4 PM

 ADMISSION

Paid admission includes access to the Fenton History Center museum and research center. Those visiting the Fenton History Center are encouraged to visit both locations. Exhibits in the museum are ever-changing and new additions to the research center library are added on a regular basis.

*Please call ahead before visiting the research center whenever possible and to schedule appointments for detailed studies.  

 Many visitors park in one location to enjoy the brief walk between the museum and research center in the spring, summer, and fall. 

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. *Students and seniors receive discounted membership rates.

Follow the following link to learn how to become a member:

 Fenton History Center Membership 

 


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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: https://www.fentonhistorycenter.org/fenton-history-center-membership/
 
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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Cemetery Tours

Category : Cemetery Tours , Events

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 tales 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.


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