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Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:36 pm

Photos: Civil War Ball

The Daughters of the American Civil War sponsored a Civil War Ball on Friday evening at the Clarion Hotel.

The event commemorated:

  • 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812
  • 200th Anniversary of the Holland Land Purchase
  • 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War
  • 100th Anniversary of the City of Batavia

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm

HLOM's Irish Music Night - held at St. James Episcopal Church

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The Holland Land Office Museum kicks of its 2015 concert series with a night of music from the Emerald Isle.  

Local musicians Rich Conroy and Don Bouchard perform as "No Blarney", singing and strumming all of your favorite Irish ballads and drinking songs!

NOTICE: The event will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street in Batavia.  

Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Admission is $8.00 per person.  All proceeds go to the Holland Land Office Museum.  

Light refreshments and coffee are provided.  

Event Date and Time

March 13, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11:56 am

Max Szemplenski - Book Discussion at the HLOM

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Saturday, February 21st at 1:00 pm in the Holland Land Office Museum

Join local author and friend of the Holland Land Office Museum, Michael "Max" Szemplenski as he talks about his newly published (and e-published) works! Light refreshments will be provided. 

http://www.amazon.com/D-H-S-PHANTOM-TRACKS-Mission-Falls-ebook/dp/B00RR2...

http://www.amazon.com/CRUSADERS-Century-HEROES-ANGELS-Mission-ebook/dp/B...

Event Date and Time

February 21, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Holland Land Office Museum celebrating 200 years of its historic building

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The Holland Land Office Museum opens a new exhibit at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, to commemorate 200th anniversary of the building it calls home.

The building was the third location built by Joseph Ellicott for the Holland Land Office, where Ellicott and his agents sold property to Western New York's first settlers.

That's why they call it the "Birthplace of Western New York."

Some of those first deeds, called indentures, will be on display in the new exhibit, along with surveying material as well as other items that made the land office a land office.

The exhibit will cover the entire period of land office history, including the War of 1812 and the impact of the Erie Canel on WNY trade.

Some of the exhibits will be affixed to panels covered with carpet (the better to hold Velcro) donated by Max Pies Furniture.

There's also information on how John Kennedy, the local educator and education reformer, saved the building for Batavia when Henry Ford tried to buy it and move it to his property in Michigan.

The exhibit kicks off a series of bicentennial events, including in May the burying of a time capsule. 

Fifth-graders from throughout Genesee County are being invited to write letters to their future selves to be buried in the time capsule.  

Any local resident can include a letter or other small item in the time capsule. Call the museum at (585) 343-4727 for more information.

The museum was first dedicated Oct. 13, 1894, and it will be rededicated Oct. 13 of this year.

Photo: Jeff Donahue, museum director, Jim Owen, museum board member, Phil Pies and Steve Pies of Max Pies Furniture.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Old Batavia Photo: Batavia Archers

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Tony Mancuso shared with us another picture of old Batavia from his family archive. This shot is of a group known as the Batavia Archers. He doesn't know the year nor can he identify most of the people in the photo. He'd love to hear from anybody who can. His father, Joe Mancuso, is second from the left. The young lad looking like Robin Hood, near the center of the photo with the feather in his cap, is Jim DiSalvo, currently owner of Applied Business Systems and of the home on Fargo Road known for its annual Christmas lights display.

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Photo: A bit of local history and gun safety

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Tony Mancuso sent in this photo of his father, Joseph Laurence Mancuso, handing out NRA junior diplomas many years ago.

Tony's father did gun safety training and started Batavia Archers.

Tony said he doesn't know the other folks in the photo, but said it would be great to find out who they are. Recognize anybody? Leave a comment, if so.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

Fall Family Festival at the Willow Bend Inn

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The Holland Land Office Museum and the Willow Bend Inn present a Fall Family Festival at the historic stage coach stop of the 1800s on Sunday, October 19th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Events include children's games and crafts, stagecoach travelers, Civil War and 1812 reenactors, musket firing, raffles, live music by Red Creek, food including wings, chicken fingers, fries, chili, burgers, and a cash bar.  This is a fundraiser for the Holland Land Office Museum.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children.  There will be a cowboy/cowgirl costume contest for children as well.  

This is open to the public and everyone is welcome to experience this historic building and participate in the activities.  We hope to see you there! 

Event Date and Time

October 19, 2014 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 9:58 am

The p.w. minor story told in new display opening at HLOM

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Jane Read and Anne Marie Starowitz were at Holland Land Office Museum on Saturday morning setting up a new exhibition about the history of local shoemaker p.w. minor. 

The grand opening of the display is Oct. 2.

Employees and retirees of p.w. minor are invited to a preview at 3 p.m. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting at 6:30 p.m.

Many of the items in the display were provided on loan from The new p.w. minor.

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Inaugural Rt. 98 Museum Crawl

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Crawl through local history.  Visit the Holland Land Office Museum, Historical Society of Elba Museum, DAR House in Albion, the Cobblestone Museum in Childs and the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum on Point Breeze (all along scenic Route 98.)

The cost is $5.00 per person or $10 for a family which is admission to all five participating museums.  Passports (tickets) will be available at all of the museums, Chap's Elba Diner and Bindings Bookstore in Albion.  Have your passport stamped at all of the museums and receive a certificate redeemable at one of many participating local establishments. 

Event Date and Time

October 4, 2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Photos: A bit of Oakfield in USAF museum in Ohio

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Master Sgt. Jason Earle (retired), a former Genesee County resident, was visiting the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio when the word "Oakfield" caught his eye.

A bag of beans labeled "George W. Haxton & Son, Inc., Oakfield, N.Y." was in a display showcasing the USAF's efforts during the Berlin Airlift following World War II.

Earle said, "I'm quite sure there was a lot of war effort going on with the numerous factories the county had at the time, but nobody really thinks of what effect our local farmers had as well."

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