Westfield's Eason Hall will be overflowing with books and paper collectibles the first weekend of May.
The Westfield Book and Paper Show returns to the village following a one-year hiatus. The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.
The show is once again sponsored by the Chautauqua County Historical Society and with a record 25 different dealers, it promises a wide assortment of vintage and classic books, maps, photographs, postcards, posters and more.
Over two dozen dealers will be on hand for the 2014 Westfield Book and Paper Show, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3 at Westfield’s Eason Hall.
"This is a show for collectors, readers and fans of various types of books, postcards and other ephemera," explains Bob Johnston, CCHS trustee and organizer of this year's show. "People who attend will be surprised at the wide and diverse selection of items that will be available for sale."
Johnston says books will once again be a key component of the event, with various dealers selling rare books, hard-to-find classic first editions along with modern first editions, children's books and various types of history books - including local and regional history.
In addition to local books, there will also be local photographs, postcards and other items provided by several of the 25 dealers.
Johnston says that it was demand from local collectors and vendors that brought the Book and Paper Show back this year, after going on hiatus in 2013.
"When we decided not to hold the event last year, we heard from several people who said they wanted to see it return this year," Johnston explains. "As a result, we made the decision to move forward and plan to hold the event again. We were especially pleased to see so many dealers interested in taking part this year."
A total of 10 dealers will be from Chautauqua County. They include: Adams Collectibles (Fredonia), Reta Carden (Sherman), Chautauqua County Collectibles (Gerry), Lee Davies (Jamestown), Jack Ericson (Westfield), Paul Leone (Jamestown), Ed Schaefer (Maple Springs) and George Sinclair (Dunkirk). In addition, the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society and the Chautauqua County Historical Society will be selling items, along with local authors Kathleen Crocker and Jane Currie.
Those coming from other areas of New York State are: The Earl of Clarendon (Rochester), Bob Giannetti (Lewiston), Bob Hoffman (Pittsford), Ken Kelbaugh (Rochester), Locust Grove (Geneseo), Marks Rare Books (Rochester), Paul McKenna (Rochester), Gay Norgrean and Bob Ruhlman (Alden), Old Editions Book Shop (Buffalo), Kevin Ransom (Amherst) and Willow Patch Books (Rochester).
Sellers from other states include: Hopper Historics (Falls Church, Va.), William Pope (Erie, Pa.), Tom Sivak (Butler, Pa.), author Ken Springirth (Erie, Pa.) and Yesterday's Books (Richmond, Ind.).
As a special added feature, book binder Susan Frakes from Clarendon, Pa will be there to answer questions about her craft.
Admission to the event is $5 with all proceeds being used to expand and preserve the historical society's archives and research library.
For more information, including directions and general inquiries, please visit www.bookandpapershow.com or contact the historical society at (716) 326-2977.
About the Society: 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, N.Y. Annual Membership rates start at 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.