Tuesday, June 2, 2015


June 7, 2015
Noon until 4:00 p.m.


(Parking at Letchworth Central School, 5550 School Rd. Gainesville, NY)

Free Admission!
Guided Farm Tours - Farmer's Market - Children's Activities - Farm Equipment - Horse Drawn Wagon Rides - Animal Exhibit - Farm Discovery -  Pedal Tractor Race - Food
Educational Exhibits and Displays
(No pets allowed.)
For more information call Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism

Thursday, May 14, 2015

First Recipients of the GAHWNY Student History Award

Michael Schwartz and his parents, Joe and Donna Schwartz, with Amie Alden, GAHWNY Executive Chair at the GAHWNY Spring Meeting held Saturday, April 18th at Bohn's Restaurant in Batavia.  (Jason Canaan was not able to attend.)

Congratulations to the first recipients of the GAHWNY Student History Award!

The GAHWNY Executive Board is thrilled to announce the 2014 Student History Awardees:
Jason Canaan of York, Livingston County and Michael Schwartz of Rochester, Monroe County. 
Jason and Michael are both 2014 graduates of Monroe Community College.  Jason is pursuing a BA in History at SUNY Geneseo and Michael will be working on a BA in History at SUNY Brockport. Each of these two young men received an award of $500 from GAHWNY.

All proceeds from a silent auction will be dedicated to funding the next round of awards to qualifying western New York community college graduates who are accepted to four year college in New York with a history major.

The 2015 application will be available online July 1, 2015. Deadline for applications is December 31, 2015. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sanford’s Niagara: A Then And Now Collection 1878 - 2014

The Niagara County Historian’s office has announced the publication of a new book that takes readers back almost 140 years to an era when Victorian architecture, steam powered machinery and large, prosperous farms were common sights in Niagara County.  The 246-page pictorial publication is a reprint of the Sanford 1879 History of Niagara County, N.Y. with Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, Private Residences, Public Buildings, Fine Blocks, and Important Manufactories, and Portrait of Old Pioneers and Prominent Residents; a volume that offered 19th century readers an impressive array of detailed drawings that showed prominent area homes, farms, industrial works and landmarks.

The 2015 edition is not just a reprint of the original work. Over the past two years, Historian’s office staff members have researched the locations of the original scenes that stretch from Somerset to North Tonawanda and Royalton to Porter. Once the location of an original drawing was identified, Historian’s office staff photographed the scene as it appears today.  Contemporary readers can thus compare how the Niagara County landscape has changed over the years in a “then and now” format.
Several of the illustrations depict scenes that have changed little in 136 years such as the James M. Morse Residence in the Town of Wilson. Others like the Edwin Whitcomb Farm in the Town of Hartland reveal how the forces of industrialization, suburbanization and social and economic change has greatly altered the local landscape.  Captions provide historical information on the scenes and the people who were associated with them.

Sanford’s Niagara: A Then And Now Collection 1878 - 2014 is priced at $24.95 and will be available for purchase at:
The Niagara County Historian's Office, 139 Niagara Street, Lockport, NY  14094
Ticklebridge  Co-op 12 Market St., Bewley Building, Lockport, NY
The Dory Trading Post, 435 Main St. Youngstown, NY
Old Fort Niagara Gift Shop, Youngstown, NY
The Book Corner, 1801 Main St., Niagara Falls, NY
The Book Shoppe, 519 Main Street, Medina, NY

The Niagara County Historian’s office is a department of Niagara County government and is charged to gather and preserve legal documents, historical records, and community wide information, in order to educate the public and provide professional support regarding the history of Niagara County
For more information please call the Historian’s office at (716) 439-7324 or email Historian@NiagaraCounty.com

Friday, April 17, 2015

GAHWNY 2015 Spring Conference

April 18, 2015
Bohn's Restaurant
Batavia, NY
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
- The History of the Historian in New York State.
Presented by Amie Alden, GAHWNY Executive Chair
What’s in your tool kit?”
Presented by Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County Historian.
- GAHWNY Business Meeting
- Honoring GAHWNY 1st Student History Award recipients
- Recognition Ceremony for Historians with 30 years of service
- Town Historian’s Panel: The challenges of dealing with government boards–
How town historians have dealt with expectations and sticky situations.
- The Challenges of Historical Research and Verifying Information.
Presented by Wayne Mahood
We hope you can join us!
You can download conference registration information here.
(Open to members and non-members.)

Updated 4/17/2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Orleans County Historian Takes the Helm

Welcome to the new Orleans County Historian!

Matthew R. Ballard, MLS
34 East Park Street
Albion, New York
Phone: (585) 589-4174
E-mail: Matt.Ballard@orleanscountyny.gov

M.L.S., Academic Librarianship, 2012 - SUNY University at Buffalo, Buffalo NY
B.S., History, 2010 - SUNY College at Brockport, Brockport NY
You can read his full bio here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Allegany Historian Craig Braack Retires

On March 1, 2015 Allegany Historian, Craig Braack, retired after 30 years of service. He was honored for his service to his county by his legislators. You can read about it at the Olean Times Herald.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Winter Discovery Series - The CCC Experience in Letchworth Park

‘We Can Do it!’  The CCC experience in Letchworth Park”
 Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Presented by Letchworth Park Historian, Tom Cook

During the great Depression, four Civilian Conservation Corps camps operated along the Genesee River, laying the foundation for modern Letchworth Park. Examine this successful New Deal program through the eyes of the CCC enrollees who discovered they could build both a park and a future. Tom Cook, local historian and teacher.
Part of the
Mount Morris Dam Winter Discovery Series
“American Perspectives”
Every Saturday at 1pm January 10th through March 28th
Mount Morris Dam & Recreation Area Visitor’s Center
 6103 Visitor Center Road, Mt. Morris, NY 14510
Call 585-658-4790 for more information.