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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: Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:32pm

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:30pm
RSVP by October 31, 2014 - $25.00/person

The Cobblestone Society and Museum will be hosting Dr. Ronald Batt, MD, PhD, of the University at Buffalo’s Medical School as the featured program for the 2014 Annual Dinner and Meeting.

Batt has an impressive resume including a B.S. in Natural Sciences from Niagara University, his M.D. from the University at Buffalo, as well as a M.A. and PhD in history from the University at Buffalo. In 1996, he was selected to serve as co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee of the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1846-1996), and was chair of the editorial committee for the Pictorial History of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The program will highlight the development of medicine in Western New York from 1800-1850. He will discuss the role of major events, including the War of 1812, the construction of the Erie Canal, and the Panic of 1837, and their impact on the progression of medical research on the Niagara Frontier. The talk will culminate with the formation of the University of Buffalo in 1846 and the immediate effects felt by the surrounding areas.

We had the opportunity to talk more with Dr. Batt during his recent visit to the museum to see the medical exhibit. He shared his thoughts about Orleans County’s earliest physicians, noting that the opening of Buffalo’s School of Medicine would have had an immediate effect on the treatment of illnesses and diseases in this area. Prior to the establishment of medical schools, doctors “practiced” medicine by reading texts and apprenticing with established physicians (similar to the education received by attorneys). 1847’s graduating class, the first to come out of Buffalo, would have brought a reliable and educated group of physicians into the newly established areas of Orleans County.

The Museum had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Batt on August 17th as the first speaker for our Medicine at the Museum Speaker Series. An outstanding and engaging speaker, Dr. Batt will be presenting a revised program focusing on local physicians who graduated from the University of Buffalo's Medical School during the 19th century.

Post date: Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:23pm

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lyla Gutmann. A dedicated member of the board of trustees and supporter of The Cobblestone Society, she will be greatly missed. Lyla was a sister of the late Robert Frasch, The Cobblestone Society's first president. Thanks to the help and dedication of both Robert and Lyla, The Cobblestone Society Museum has the distinction of housing the only research library and resource center in the world dedicated specifically to cobblestone masonry.

Lyla Gutmann of Hilton, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014. She is survived by her husband, George; children, John (Ruth) & Kimberly Gutmann; many brothers-inlaw, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends may call on Saturday 4-7PM at Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, 735 East Avenue, Hilton where her Funeral Service will be held Sunday at 10AM. Interment, Garland Cemetery.

Those wishing may contribute to the Cobblestone Society, 14389 Ridge Road West, Albion, NY 14411 in her memory.

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.