2017 Calendar of Events

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2017 Calendar of Events

Starts
08
Jul2017
Ends
15
Oct2017

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

Summer 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.

This exhibit 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.

Summer Exhibit: Why Not New York? The Road to the Vote: 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.

July 8th: 9:45 PM to 12 PM: Historic Downtown Jamestown: Jamestown’s “Old Northside”, which was located between 4th Street and the Chadakoin River, now makes up the City’s greater downtown.  Discover the stories of the people and businesses that thrived there in the early 1800’s throughout the 1950’s.  

This two hour tour begins and ends at the Fenton History Center (67 Washington Street) and will be led by Gesele Koehler, Museum Teacher.  Interested persons should arrive by 9:45 AM for a 10 AM start time. This tour is available June 10, July 8, and August 19. #WalkingToursOfJamestown 

July 8th: 10 AM to 12 PM: Fenton Canteen: Veterans of all ages are invited to drop in for coffee on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Fenton History Center research center, located at 73 Forest Avenue in Jamestown, New York, in the historic Hall House. This location is handicap accessible and service dogs are welcome. #FentonCanteen

 

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 actual Assembly that began at Fair Point (1874) on July 12th promptly at 12 PM. 

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. #BrownBagLunctimeTalk 

July 15th: 9:45 PM to 12 PM: The Lakeview Loop: This tour provides an informative mixture of architectural and historical facts pertaining to a number of significant Northside homes and shares the details of the individuals and families who lived there.  You and your guide will weave through the historical development of Lakeview and Prendergast Avenues and some of the streets in between.  Discover how the newly registered Historical District’s past continues to move forward into the present fabric of today.  

This two hour tour begins and ends at the Lake View Cemetery Association office (907 Lakeview Avenue) and will be led by Lake View Cemetery Superintendent Sam Genco, Fenton History Center Archivist Karen E. Livsey, or Fenton History Center Trustee Cindy Rodgers. Interested persons should arrive by 9:45 AM for a 10 AM start time. This tour is available on June 17, July 15, August 12, and September 9.  #WalkingToursOfJamestown 

July 22nd: 9:45 AM to 12 PM: Jamestown’s Churches: Then and Now: Learn about the important role Jamestown’s downtown churches have played in the City’s development.  From St. Luke’s Episcopal to the First Congregational – and the dozen in between – all have a story to tell. While most are gone, their influence is still evident.  

This two hour tour begins and ends at the Fenton History Center (67 Washington Street) and will be led by Fenton History Center Director Joni Blackman or former Fenton History Center Trustee Mat Hagberg, .  Interested persons should arrive by 9:45 AM for a 10 AM start time. This tour is available on June 25, July 22, and September 2.  #WalkingToursOfJamestown 

 

 

July 29th: 9:45 AM to 12 PM: Jamestown’s Hidden Alleys: Tucked away from view behind respectable facades, alleys were indispensable elements in planning streetscapes in American cities during the last half of the nineteenth century.  But, what were their purpose? How did they get their names? And – what is their purpose now? Learn the answers to these three questions and much, much more.  

This two hour tour begins and ends at the Fenton History Center (67 Washington Street) and will be led by Fenton History Center Trustee Cindy Rodgers.  Interested persons should arrive by 9:45 AM for a 10 AM start time. This tour is available on July 29 only. #WalkingToursOfJamestown

 

 

 

 

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? #BrownBagLunchtimeTalk 

August 12th: 9:45 AM to 12 PM: The Lakeview Loop: This tour provides an informative mixture of architectural and historical facts pertaining to a number of significant Northside homes and shares the details of the individuals and families who lived there.  You and your guide will weave through the historical development of Lakeview and Prendergast Avenues and some of the streets in between.  Discover how the newly registered Historical District’s past continues to move forward into the present fabric of today.  

This two hour tour begins and ends at the Lake View Cemetery Association office (907 Lakeview Avenue) and will be led by Lake View Cemetery Superintendent Sam Genco, Fenton History Center Archivist Karen E. Livsey, or Fenton History Center Trustee Cindy Rodgers. Interested persons should arrive by 9:45 AM for a 10 AM start time. This tour is available on June 17, July 15, August 12, and September 9.  #WalkingToursOfJamestown 

 

August 12th: 10 AM to 12 PM: Fenton Canteen: Veterans of all ages are invited to drop in for coffee on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Fenton History Center research center, located at 73 Forest Avenue in Jamestown, New York, in the historic Hall House. This location is handicap accessible and service dogs are welcome. #FentonCanteen 

August 13: 1 PM to 4 PM: Open House at the Fenton History Center’s Hall House: Our friendly and knowledgeable research assistant volunteers will be available to assist visitors at no cost. Those who have considered tracing their families history, have come to a road block in their own research or have questions concerning local history are encouraged to attend. #OpenHouseAtTheHallHouse

August 19th: 9:45 AM to 12 PM: Historic Downtown Jamestown:  Jamestown’s “Old Northside”, which was located between 4th Street and the Chadakoin River, now makes up the City’s greater downtown.  Discover the stories of the people and businesses that thrived there in the early 1800’s throughout the 1950’s.  

This two hour tour begins and ends at the Fenton History Center (67 Washington Street) and will be led by Gesele Koehler, Museum Teacher.  Interested persons should arrive by 9:45 AM for a 10 AM start time. This tour is available June 10, July 8, and August 19. #WalkingToursOfJamestown 

 

August 26th: 9:45 AM to 12 PM: Jamestown’s Southside: Jamestown’s Southside was a mix of neighborhoods and thriving businesses in the mid 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Explore the beauty and majesty of an era gone by in the Southside neighborhoods near Forest Avenue.  Learn about the early businesses and people who thrived there.  

This two hour tour begins and ends at the Fenton History Center (67 Washington Street) and will be led by Fenton History Center Trustee Dr. Thomas Greer.  Interested persons should arrive by 9:45 AM for a start time.  This tour is available on July 1 and August 26. #WalkingToursOfJamestown 

 

September 2nd: 9:45 AM to 12 PM: Jamestown Churches: Then and Now: Learn about the important role Jamestown’s downtown churches have played in the City’s development.  From St. Luke’s Episcopal to the First Congregational – and the dozen in between – all have a story to tell. While most are gone, their influence is still evident.  

This two hour tour begins and ends at the Fenton History Center (67 Washington Street) and will be led by Fenton History Center Director Joni Blackman or former Fenton History Center Trustee Mat Hagberg. Interested persons should arrive by 9:45 AM for a 10 AM start time. This tour is available on June 25, July 22, and September 2.  #WalkingToursOfJamestown 

September 9th: 9:45 AM to 12 PM: The Lakeview Loop: This tour provides an informative mixture of architectural and historical facts pertaining to a number of significant Northside homes and shares the details of the individuals and families who lived there.  You and your guide will weave through the historical development of Lakeview and Prendergast Avenues and some of the streets in between.  Discover how the newly registered Historical District’s past continues to move forward into the present fabric of today.  

This two hour tour begins and ends at the Lake View Cemetery Association office (907 Lakeview Avenue) and will be led by Lake View Cemetery Superintendent Sam Genco, Fenton History Center Archivist Karen E. Livsey, or Fenton History Center Trustee Cindy Rodgers. Interested persons should arrive by 9:45 AM for a 10 AM start time. This tour is available on June 17, July 15, August 12, and September 9. #WalkingToursOfJamestown  

 

September 9th: 10 AM to 4 PM: Fenton Canteen: Veterans of all ages are invited to drop in for coffee on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Fenton History Center research center, located at 73 Forest Avenue in Jamestown, New York, in the historic Hall House. This location is handicap accessible and service dogs are welcome. #FentonCanteen 

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. #BrownBagLuncthimeTalks

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 go on sale on August 1st. #SaintsAndSinnersLakeViewCemeteryTours

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. Participants will also 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. #BrownBagLunctimeTalks 

October 14th: 10 AM to 12 PM: Fenton Canteen: Veterans of all ages are invited to drop in for coffee on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Fenton History Center research center, located at 73 Forest Avenue in Jamestown, New York, in the historic Hall House. This location is handicap accessible and service dogs are welcome. #FentonCanteen

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 go on sale on August 1st. #MausoleumToursAndMoreAtTheLakeViewCemetery 

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