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Historical society fundrasier will pay tribute to 9th N.Y. Cavalry

June 6, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - The Chautauqua County Historical Society is inviting residents and supporters of local history to attend its annual fundraiser and gala on Saturday, June 9 in Westfield.

"Honoring the 9th NY Cavalry" will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic McClurg Museum in Moore Park located at the corner of Routes 394 and 20 in the village.

"This is our single biggest fundraising event of the year," President of the Chautauqua County Historical Society James O'Brien said. "It's going to be a wonderful evening designed to support and promote local history in Chautauqua County. We hope to see a lot of familiar faces as well as some new ones during the evening."

The fundraiser will feature hearty hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting, along with music by local musical group Doc and Bill.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the McClurg Museum and learn more about the new exhibits that have been added and receive more details about some recent renovations. There will also be the debut of a new Civil War exhibit entitled "Honoring the 9th," which will feature various photographs, artifacts and historic accounts associated with the 9th NY Cavalry based out of Westfield.

In addition to the gala fundraiser, the 9th NY Cavalry reenactment group will be staging an encampment in Moore Park the entire weekend, with activities taking place both Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. There will also be a special appearance from the 20th Maine Fife and Drum Corp. Their counterparts from Gettysburg will also be in town to perform at local schools on June 8.

"The theme of the exhibit amplifies the fundraiser event and the reenactment," O'Brien, who worked on the exhibit, said. "The exhibit space is too small to tell a large story, so I've concentrated on how the 9th NY Cavalry was honored in the decades following the war. To that end, I'm including about a dozen ribbons and badges, to add reality and dimension."

With the exception of a southern tea event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a cost of $5, all encampment-related activities are free to attend and the public is encouraged to stop by and learn more about life during the Civil War. As part of the tea, ladies in period clothing will be serving tea with biscuits and jam and an assortment of sweets. The setting is the beautiful parlor of the home built by James McClurg in 1818. Tickets can be purchased at the Paterson Library or the McClurg Museum, both located in Westfield.

A complete schedule of encampment events can be found online at the events page of the Historical Society's website,

The "Honoring the 9th NY Cavalry" fundraiser and gala event Saturday evening, June 9 at the McClurg will be $50 per person, with all proceeds going to support the McClurg Museum operations, an all-volunteer organization.

For tickets and reservations, call 326-2977 or contact any member of the board of trustees.

The Chautauqua County Historical Society was established in 1883 and is the oldest historical society in Chautauqua County. Since 1951, the organization has been based out of the historic McClurg Mansion built in 1818 in Westfield. Annual Membership rates are just $20. All members are given free access to the museum year-round and a subscription to the quarterly "Time Lines" newsletter. For more information, call 326-2977.



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