WESTFIELD - The Chautauqua County Historical Society will say goodbye to 2012 with its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the McClurg Museum in Westfield. The event allows visitors an opportunity to learn more about the museum and the historical society - including its exhibits and collections - free of charge.
The day will feature music provided by The McClurg Street String Band, composed of Westfield Academy and Central School music students under the direction of acclaimed WACS music director Kent Knappenberger. The event will also once again have delectable desserts donated by members and friends of the Chautauqua County Historical Society.
The Holiday Open House will also be the last opportunity for the public to view "Honoring the 9th New York Cavalry." The exhibit, which features original documents, photographs, commemorative ribbons and badges, pays tribute to the valor and bravery of those Chautauqua County residents who served with distinction in the American Civil War. The exhibit will be dismantled at the end of the year.
Dozens of area residents enjoyed the County Historical Society’s annual Holiday Open House at the McClurg Museum in 2010. The 2012 Holiday Open House will once again take place at the museum from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 9. It is free and open to the public.
The CCHS Holiday Open House is the society's most popular event, held annually to thank the community for its support throughout the year. Free to the public, donations are strongly encouraged.
"The historical society will once again open its doors to the public and provide refreshments, music and camaraderie as we celebrate the holiday season," historical society president James O'Brien said. "Anyone interested in learning more about the county's rich history and the McClurg Museum is invited to stop by."
There is no cost to attend the open house. It will take place on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the McClurg Museum in Moore Park, Westfield. For more information, call 326-2977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 or visit McClurgmuseum.org.