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Book and Paper Show May 7

April 28, 2016
Westfield Republican

Westfield's Eason Hall will be overflowing with books and paper collectibles the first weekend of May.

The 2016 Antiquarian Book and Paper Show & Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, featuring a room full of dealers.

Presented by the Chautauqua County Historical Society, dealers will be on hand selling vintage and rare books, historic maps, old photographs, postcards, posters, sports memorabilia, and much more. There will also be local and regional history items for sale. All are invited to come and take advantage of what can turn into quite the treasure hunt for historical, artistic, and cultural items of interest.

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This is a scene from a previous Antiquarian Book and Paper Show. This year’s edition of the annual Westfield event is May 7.

"This is a show for collectors, readers and fans of various types of books, postcards and other ephemera," explained Bob Johnston, CCHS trustee and event organizer. "People who attend will be surprised at the wide and diverse selection of items that will be available for sale. Everyone is invited and we ask that you please bring your friends too!"

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.

"We are still able to squeeze in a few more dealers should anyone out there be interested in participating," Johnston said.

As it currently stands, more than 20 different vendors will be on hand for this year's event. Those from Chautauqua County include:

Adams Collectibles (Fredonia) - Chautauqua County, New York State and general history, books and ephemera

Reta Carden (Sherman) - antiquarian books

Debra Eck (Jamestown) - internationally exhibited mixed media artist, book binder

Jack Ericson (Westfield) - Communitarian, ephemera, prints, decorative arts

Bob Johnston (Jamestown) - postcards, ephemera

Ed Schaefer (Maple Springs) postcards

George Sinclair (Dunkirk) postcards

John Weekly (Fredonia) - antiquarian books

Chautauqua County Genealogical Society (Chautauqua Co.) - Chautauqua County genealogy books, literature, contacts

Chautauqua County Historical Society (Westfield) - local history books, information related to The Chautauqua County Historical Society and The McClurg Museum.

Those coming from other areas of New York State are:

Carol Abendschein (Lancaster) - postcards, books, ephemera

Scott Brasseur (Pittsford) - early photography, related items

John Claypoole - books, ephemera

Paul McKenna - books, ephemera

Kevin Ransom (Amherst) - antiquarian books, modern first editions, children's and illustrated Books, Western New York titles

Tim Tatakis Willow Patch Books (Honeoye Falls) - natural history & science, general fiction

Sellers from other states include:

Hopper Historics (Falls Church, Va.) - manuscripts/archives, ephemera, photography, original art on paper, maps and some Books

Mark Steg (Erie, Pa.) ephemera

Jim Beer (Edinboro, Pa.) books, ephemera

William Pope (Erie, Pa.) - fiction, children's books, sheet music

Author Ken Springirth (Erie, Pa.) - The author will make available and sign his multiple titles in Regional and National Railroad books and Trolley Car Book.

Anyone interested in signing up as a dealer can contact Johnston at (716) 338-5051.

Admission to the event is $5, Students $3, and children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. All proceeds being used to benefit the Chautauqua County Historical Society and its programs. Door prizes will be given out to all who pay to attend.

Johnston also reminds attendees that while in Westfield for the Book and Paper Show, they can also take time to check out the several antique shops in town.

"It's also a perfect opportunity to visit the McClurg Museum, home of the Chautauqua County Historical Society and its collections of just about everything that might interest those with a bend toward history," Johnston said. "It is located in Moore's Park right across the street from the show, and the $5 admission is well worth it."

For more information, including directions and general inquiries, please visit 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. 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 716-326-2977.



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