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Is a social history museum that promotes the study and exploration of cobblestone construction methods from 1825 to 1860, offering visitors the opportunity to explore three period cobblestone structures set in Victorian appearance and four wood structures highlighting 19th century agricultural implements and skilled trades.

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Post date: Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:54pm

Be a part of the Inaugural Rt. 98 Museum Crawl, a unique event banding together five local museums in the community.

On Saturday, October 4th, 2014, five different museums along Rt. 98 will be opening their doors for visitors to stop on by and take a look.

The idea came about from a suggestion from a Cobblestone Society Board Member. “The idea of a Museum Crawl was mentioned at the beginning of the season and we thought it was fantastic. I did a little research and decided to try it out,” Cobblestone Society Museum Co-Director Sarah Karas said.

The Museums participating in the Crawl include The Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, the Elba Historical Society Museum in Elba, the DAR House in Albion, The Cobblestone Museum in Childs, and the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum at Point Breeze.

“I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to partner with some of the local historical organizations in our community. It is a great way to support each other,” Karas said.

The Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum is the first lighthouse built on the Great Lakes in 100 years; The Cobblestone Museum preserves the unique cobblestone masonry style and life during the 1800s; the Orleans County Chapter DAR House is a Greek revival building with period furnishings and contains early Orleans County artifacts; the Elba Historical Society Museum is full of local artifacts and information, including the designation as the location of the first rural mail route in the country; and the Holland Land Office Museum, which occupies the historic Holland Land Office Company Building, contains a rich history of how Western New York was settled.

Post date: Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:23pm

Medina native helps Fredonia with new science complex

SUNY Fredonia
A lecture hall in the new Science Complex at Fredonia State College will be named the Kelly Family Auditorium after a gift to the project from Medina native, Dr. Jeffery Kelly.


By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 September 2014
MEDINA – A Medina High School graduate who has become a prominent organic chemistry researcher is helping his alma mater, Fredonia State College, build a new science complex.

Dr. Jeffery Kelly graduated from Fredonia in 1982. He then earned his doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of North Carolina in 1986.

Post date: Wed, 09/17/2014 - 6:35pm

This outstanding piece by WNET New York Public Media as part of a series entitled Treasures of New York highlights extensive restoration efforts completed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Focusing on renovations to the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, the program pays tribute to the legacy of Clarendon native Carl Akeley to whom the world of taxidermy owes so much.