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July 27, 2016 Preparations are escalating for the upcoming second Chautauqua County History Fair, August 13 & 14, 2016, at the Chautauqua Suites Convention Center in Mayville. more »»


July 13, 2016 WOW! What a delight to find the following email when I returned from vacation in June! “Subject: 7853 Route 5 Westfield 14787” Message reads in part: “I am the new owner of the home address listed... more »»

Photos lead to a new ‘History Mystery’

May 19, 2016 “Westfield Factory ca. 1915” was the subject line of a recent email to the Westfield Historian last Thursday, May 12, 2016. “Dear Ms Beigh, Please excuse this intrusion. more »»

Always left off the list of names

May 19, 2016 I came across a list the other day and realized once again that I had been passed by. more »»

Memories of Volusia schools; more on its church

May 12, 2016 Thanks to the Breads and Saxton families for providing some photos and memories of school days in Volusia. more »»

From moveable type to electronic images

May 12, 2016 I’ve been an avid fan of books since my first picture book so many, many years ago. And, as I learned to read, I came to know characters from Nancy Drew to Cap. more »»

Information needed on photos of historic fire

May 5, 2016 It didn’t look like any place I’d seen in Westfield, but someone wrote “Maybe Armour Plant Fire?” on the back; it was a sepia-colored panoramic photo with a crease. But now it is missing. more »»

The essence of one-of-a-kind

May 5, 2016 Dear readers: Due to an unfortunate meeting between my right foot and a wall, I am now nursing a collection of broken toes. So to keep the Moseys coming, here’s a Golden Oldie from 2009. more »»

Remembering Volusia and its church

April 28, 2016 “Volusia? Where is that?” Those questions are heard more and more often as the years go by. more »»

The best gift you alone can give

April 28, 2016 Chances are you haven’t been thinking about Christmas lately. There are so many other things to worry about right now…..all the pre-election hoopla, end-of-month bills, vacation plans. more »»

Toward the end of their journey

April 21, 2016 Back in the 1970s and ’80s, I worked at Twinbrook Medical Center in Erie. I ran the lab for the sprawling facility that housed Dr. more »»

Another ‘History Mystery’: Lake Erie Wine Cellars

April 21, 2016 Several years ago, while doing research for a Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt historian, maps were located showing the location of many of the local businesses and buildings associated with the industry. more »»

Early Westfield resident sought gold in California

April 14, 2016 Discovered! Another Westfield pioneer who was a Forty-Niner! While researching Ryan Hardware for a previous BeeLines article, an article headlined, “A Forty-Niner!” on page one of the November 12,... more »»

Hard-earned skills of the past

April 14, 2016 Every stage of life brings with it a new set of skills. In our early years, we began the great adventure of walking. There were many falls and rises along the way until we mastered that basic skil. more »»

Getting the goods on a hardware store

April 7, 2016 But WAIT! Ryan Hardware at 31 East Main? Wasn’t that Waite’s Hardware? There’s nothing like a good “history mystery” to whet a historian’s research appetite! Of course, it does help to be the local... more »»

Always a collector

April 7, 2016 I sat cross-legged on the bed. Colorful post cards in boxes and stacks surrounded me. I was in collector heaven. more »»

In the 19th century, Westfield had a fairground, race track and Civil War training camp

March 31, 2016 Fairgrounds in Westfield? A driving track? Horse races? A Civil War training camp? Yes! Yes! Yes! and Yes! There really were fairgrounds and race tracks in Westfield; in fact, more than one of eac. more »»

Advice is easy, but life is hard

March 31, 2016 (Due to an unexpected computer problem, this week I’m sharing a Golden Oldie from way back in 2008. See you next week. Love, Joyce) My friend, Amy, is a working mother of four. more »»

Rediscovering ‘Sam the Greek’ and his restaurant

March 24, 2016 One of the more difficult things about being a local public historian is sorting out myths and memories from primary source documentation to discover the “truth” about people and places. more »»

‘A house divided against itself cannot stand’

March 24, 2016 Those words of Abraham Lincoln were spoken when the country was facing a far different set of circumstances. more »»



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