Arcade Historical Society

Arcade Historical Society A place to travel through time.

The Society was originally formed in 1957 as the Arcade Sesquicentennial and Historical Society for the 150th anniversary of the settlement of the town. In 1970 the name was changed to more accurately reflect the Society’s mission. The AHS is dedicated to collecting and preserving objects, records, and other artifacts that illustrate the history of the Town of Arcade and the surrounding area. The Society collections include the Gibby House period rooms showing aspects of Arcade life from 1865 to the present with an emphasis on the 1920s and ‘30s. Special exhibits of items in the collection or on loan are held throughout the year. Also housed in this building is a small research library of newspapers, photographs and documents. The Gibby House, built in 1903, is the Society’s headquarters and was willed to the Society in 1983 by a history-loving village resident, Vernon Gibby. The brick Fire Hall on Liberty Street was purchased by the Arcade Historical Society in 2009. This building was built in 1939 on the site of the first, wooden fire hall. The Society plans to use the building for archival storage, exhibits, classes, and lectures.

Today the Gibby House hosted 222 kids from Arcade Elementary and 22 adults. They saw our "Meet the Gibbys" exhibit and h...
06/07/2019

Today the Gibby House hosted 222 kids from Arcade Elementary and 22 adults. They saw our "Meet the Gibbys" exhibit and heard a recording of Vernon Gibby talking about his childhood toys and a grandfather clock he built. Next Tuesday the rest of the classrooms will visit. A big thank you to our volunteer guides, Jeff Mason, Lorna Spencer, Diane Battaglia, Eleanor Slazyk and Sue Morrison.

06/04/2019

Please note, the historical society will be CLOSED June 7th, 11th and 14th for Arcade Elementary class visits. It's that time again for their annual dose of local history! This year they learn about Mr. & Mrs. Gibby and the things that happened in Arcade during their lifetimes (1895-1983). You, too, can come see this exhibit. It will be up through October.

The Historical Society is working on an exhibit about the GIbbys and the Gibby House. These are photographs of Vernon Gi...
05/31/2019

The Historical Society is working on an exhibit about the GIbbys and the Gibby House. These are photographs of Vernon Gibby as a young boy and infant (left photos) and the girl who would later become his wife, Marjorie Witherel, as a baby and young girl (right photos). This exhibit will open at the end of May.

We invite you to join us at Walking with Heroes, the self-guided walking tour of veterans' graves at St. Peter & Paul Ce...
05/25/2019

We invite you to join us at Walking with Heroes, the self-guided walking tour of veterans' graves at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Main St. Arcade, on Sunday, May 26. A Veterans' Monument dedication is at 1:45pm. You can choose how many veterans' graves you want to go to, the guides are stationed at the graves, and you go in whatever order you want. Guides will be in place until 3:30pm.

1935 Memorial Day parade in Arcade, just turned onto Park Street from Main.
05/24/2019

1935 Memorial Day parade in Arcade, just turned onto Park Street from Main.

In remembrance of the men and women who lost their lives in military service to our country - Memorial Days gone by.
05/24/2019

In remembrance of the men and women who lost their lives in military service to our country - Memorial Days gone by.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the formation of the American Legion. Veterans of World War One were the charter m...
05/21/2019

This year is the 100th anniversary of the formation of the American Legion. Veterans of World War One were the charter members of this new, national veterans’ organization and Arcade's Post #737 was named for Hugh Lynch, an Arcade High School graduate who died on the battlefield in France on November 4, 1918. Hear Private Lynch's story and others at Walking With Heroes, the self-guided walking tour of veterans’ graves at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery on Sunday, May 26th from 1:45-3:30 p.m.

Arcade Historical Society
05/13/2019

Arcade Historical Society

Local veterans from the Civil War through Vietnam are buried in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery. On Sunday, May 26th you can go on a self-guided walking tour of the cemetery to hear some of these veterans’ stories. There is a Civil War prisoner, a WWII glider engine operator, Arcade’s only Spanish-American War veteran, a World War I Medal of Verdun recipient, the fallen WWI namesake of the American Legion Post, a US Navy Aviation Mechanic during the Korean conflict, a Second Armored Cavalry Sergeant stationed in Vietnam, as well as three veterans who later served terms as Arcade’s Mayor, to name a few. Join us on Sunday, May 26 starting at 1:45 pm with a Veterans monument dedication followed by the walking tour. The event ends at 3:30pm. The tour is free, donations will be accepted.

Local veterans from the Civil War through Vietnam are buried in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery. On Sunday, May 26th you can g...
05/13/2019

Local veterans from the Civil War through Vietnam are buried in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery. On Sunday, May 26th you can go on a self-guided walking tour of the cemetery to hear some of these veterans’ stories. There is a Civil War prisoner, a WWII glider engine operator, Arcade’s only Spanish-American War veteran, a World War I Medal of Verdun recipient, the fallen WWI namesake of the American Legion Post, a US Navy Aviation Mechanic during the Korean conflict, a Second Armored Cavalry Sergeant stationed in Vietnam, as well as three veterans who later served terms as Arcade’s Mayor, to name a few. Join us on Sunday, May 26 starting at 1:45 pm with a Veterans monument dedication followed by the walking tour. The event ends at 3:30pm. The tour is free, donations will be accepted.

The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society - NYG&B
05/09/2019
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society - NYG&B

The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society - NYG&B

This guide provides an overview of every New York state census, what kind of information can be found within each one, and where researchers can search these records online.

At times, the New York state census asked for more information than federal censuses taken around the same time. The 1855, 1865, and 1875 state censuses are particularly useful genealogical sources and were very much "ahead of their time" in the information they captured.

Read on for a complete overview of the New York state census and where to find them online:

We enjoyed speaking with everyone who visited our booth at the Tri-County Community Showcase (formerly the Trade Fair) t...
05/06/2019

We enjoyed speaking with everyone who visited our booth at the Tri-County Community Showcase (formerly the Trade Fair) this weekend. Two of our board members, Marisa Sanders and Lorna Spencer, volunteered at our booth on Saturday and posed with the #businessinaction theme for the weekend. We were also happy to provide some of the historical material for the Cottrill's Pharmacy booth. We enjoyed having Kathy May and Cindy Rugar from Cottrill's pose in one of our old photos. If you missed us this weekend, check out our May 3 post for a few photos of Arcade parades.

Stop by our booth at the Arcade Area Chamber of Commerce's Tri-County Community Showcase this weekend - we have photos o...
05/03/2019

Stop by our booth at the Arcade Area Chamber of Commerce's Tri-County Community Showcase this weekend - we have photos of "Businesses in Action" with their parade floats from years gone by.

Here is the message on the back of the Easter Postcard sent to Kathryn Thornbury in 1909, which is our Easter FB cover p...
04/18/2019

Here is the message on the back of the Easter Postcard sent to Kathryn Thornbury in 1909, which is our Easter FB cover photo. The sender made it a bit more difficult for a quick reading...the number at the bottom right of the card is the collection inventory #.

An Easter postcard in the historical society collection that was sent to a Miss Kathryn (also known as "Kittie") Thornbu...
04/16/2019

An Easter postcard in the historical society collection that was sent to a Miss Kathryn (also known as "Kittie") Thornbury one hundred ten years ago.

Help Keep I Love Music Mondays in Arcade! Use this BBQ pre-order form to get your BBQ on Saturday May 4th!
04/05/2019

Help Keep I Love Music Mondays in Arcade! Use this BBQ pre-order form to get your BBQ on Saturday May 4th!

Arcade Historical Society
04/05/2019

Arcade Historical Society

Baseball season is here and we have a mystery to solve. Can anyone help us identify this player, his team and the time p...
04/04/2019

Baseball season is here and we have a mystery to solve. Can anyone help us identify this player, his team and the time period? Supposedly it is an Arcade player, but we haven't found similar uniforms in our photo collection. The framed photo was larger than our scanner, so we had to scan it in parts.

Recognizing a Gold Star Mother for Women’s History Month in Arcade:  Frances Hendershott, known as “Frankie,” beca...
03/27/2019

Recognizing a Gold Star Mother for Women’s History Month in Arcade: Frances Hendershott, known as “Frankie,” became a Gold Star Mother after she lost her only child, William, who died October 29, 1918 in France during World War One. In 1931, she went on a Gold Star Pilgrimage sponsored by the U.S. government to visit her son’s grave in France. An entry from her trip diary states, “On Friday, September 4 we took our last ride to St. Mihiel Cemetery. The nice host and hostess there met our bus and shook our hands as usual. It was hard to leave Willie’s grave for the last time, but it had to be. All were in tears, but with feelings of the deepest gratitude to our beloved government, who bore all our expenses and planned this wonderful trip for us. As we rode out of the big arched gate, we took one last lingering look behind — at the white crosses, row upon row.” Frankie was a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Arcade, founded in 1922, the 1st Chaplain of the VFW Auxiliary and a member of the Political Equality Cub. We should remember all of our Gold Star Mothers and Widows this month.

NYS Maple Weekends are here! March 23-24 and 30-31. Get out and enjoy this spring treat! From an antique metal maple syr...
03/22/2019

NYS Maple Weekends are here! March 23-24 and 30-31. Get out and enjoy this spring treat!
From an antique metal maple syrup can: Native Americans of the Northeast called Maple Syrup “Sinzibukwud.” They taught the first white settlers how to tap maple trees in the spring, then evaporate the sweet sap until it became maple syrup. In Ben Franklin’s time, plans were afoot to make America self-sufficient in sugar production by using maple sugar.

Recognizing a Grandmother and a Granddaughter for Women’s History Month in Arcade: Mrs. Julia Grace (Miller) Cheney (a...
03/20/2019

Recognizing a Grandmother and a Granddaughter for Women’s History Month in Arcade: Mrs. Julia Grace (Miller) Cheney (at right in group photo) was one of Arcade’s suffragists, being a member of the Political Equality Club from 1909-1917, she worked to give women the vote. Grace Cheney served her community in many capacities: as secretary/clerk, treasurer and trustee for the school district, election inspector and as census enumerator for Wyoming County. Married to Harry Cheney (next to Grace in the group photo), they had one son, Robert. Grace’s granddaughter Jane (2nd from left in the group photo) often visited Arcade as a child coming from Long Island, and later, during her college vacations. During at least one summer vacation while in college, circa 1944, Jane worked along side German POWs at the Borden's plant in Arcade. She eventually became an English teacher and contributed to the education of countless children in our community at Arcade Central and then Pioneer Central School, where she was known as Jane Stevens. She retired from teaching in 1986, moved to Naples, FL in 1991, and passed away there in 2010.

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day with a vintage 1910 postcard.
03/15/2019

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day with a vintage 1910 postcard.

Recognizing an Inventor for Women’s History Month in Arcade:  Louise McNair was the inventor of the Pant-Ease diaper. ...
03/13/2019

Recognizing an Inventor for Women’s History Month in Arcade: Louise McNair was the inventor of the Pant-Ease diaper. The first side-pinning diaper on the market, it was knitted cotton and form-fitting. It became popular because it was much easier to pin than previous diapers - advertising “Even Daddy can change Pant-Ease diapers.” Pant-Ease diapers were nationally distributed and sold in America’s best known stores. They were granted the “Seal of Approval” by Good Housekeeping magazine and were tested and commended by the Consumer Service Bureau of Parents’ Magazine. The Pant-Ease Infant Wear Company, owned by Mr. and Mrs. William G. McNair, was re-located to Arcade in the autumn of 1932 next to the railroad tracks by today's Rule Drive. In the 1950s, 23 employees turned out an average of 1,600 diapers weekly. Louise passed away in 1962 and is buried in Arcade Rural Cemetery. In the photo below Louise is holding her infant daughter Margaret, born in 1918. The Pant-Ease business closed in 1996, a related, dish-cloth business is still in operation on West Main in Arcade.

Recognizing Women's History Month in Arcade: Margaret Dryden Hopkins became the first female member of the New York Stat...
03/06/2019

Recognizing Women's History Month in Arcade: Margaret Dryden Hopkins became the first female member of the New York State Veterans of Foreign Wars, joining the Hendershott-Manness Post 374 in Arcade on 6 September 1978. Below, Commander Pete Pettit gives Margaret her membership card.

We don't have a location, but it looks like it could have been on one of our north-south roads, such as Curriers, Bixby ...
02/27/2019

We don't have a location, but it looks like it could have been on one of our north-south roads, such as Curriers, Bixby Hill or Cattaraugus. We also don't have an exact year, but it reportedly was taken around 1935.

What do these all have in common? They are on display at the Gibby House - 2 more days! The PCS student art show and our...
02/20/2019

What do these all have in common? They are on display at the Gibby House - 2 more days! The PCS student art show and our "Wild" photos from Winterfest. Hours: Thursday Feb. 21 from 11am to 7pm and Friday, Feb. 22 from 9am to 4pm. And artists, we still have some vintage Valentines and chocolate for you!

More photos of Winterfest Art Show visitors. Some of the younger visitors enjoyed our historic photo-op! Show days & tim...
02/14/2019

More photos of Winterfest Art Show visitors. Some of the younger visitors enjoyed our historic photo-op! Show days & times: Thursdays Feb. 14 & 21 from11am-7pm, Fridays, Feb. 15 & 22 from 9am to 4pm.

Happy Valentine's Day! This is one of several reproduction vintage valentines we will be giving out to student artists i...
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine's Day! This is one of several reproduction vintage valentines we will be giving out to student artists if they come to the PCS Art Show today, on Valentines Day, and chocolate kisses too.

Extra Hours for the PCS Student Art Show at the Gibby House: Thursdays, Feb. 14th and Feb. 21st: 11am-7pm and Fridays 9a...
02/12/2019

Extra Hours for the PCS Student Art Show at the Gibby House: Thursdays, Feb. 14th and Feb. 21st: 11am-7pm and Fridays 9am-4pm through Feb. 22nd. On Valentine's Day, student artists that visit get chocolate and a vintage valentine.

Among the 193 people who came to the Gibby House on Winterfest Saturday were many of our student artists from the elemen...
02/11/2019

Among the 193 people who came to the Gibby House on Winterfest Saturday were many of our student artists from the elementary, middle and high schools, along with their families. Pioneer senior Ian Laird's talents have impressed Winterfest visitors for several years, and we wish him well as he graduates in June. Ian is pictured here with his piece entitled "Tell Me Everything." The Gibby House was filled with royalty on Saturday when five members of the 2019 Winterfest court were here at the same time as the 2007 Queen, Cala Galioto, and her family. Pictured from left are King Ryan Fisher, Queen Morgan Sherlock, Kayla Wingate, Cala Galioto, Samantha Salzler (Most Congenial), and Tiffany Phillips. The student art show will be open from 11 till 7 the next two Thursdays and the next two Fridays from 9 till 4. Check out tomorrow's Facebook post for a special offer on Valentines Day!

Stop by TODAY from 10am to 4pm to see the K-12 PCS Student Art Show at the Gibby House (a.k.a. Arcade Historical Society...
02/09/2019

Stop by TODAY from 10am to 4pm to see the K-12 PCS Student Art Show at the Gibby House (a.k.a. Arcade Historical Society), 331 West Main St., Arcade. The exhibit is up through Feb. 22nd.

Winter weather has returned in time for Winterfest this weekend! And the PCS Student Art Show is open at the Gibby House...
02/08/2019

Winter weather has returned in time for Winterfest this weekend! And the PCS Student Art Show is open at the Gibby House! Winterfest Saturday (Feb. 9th) we are open from 10am to 4pm.

The 2019 PCS Student Art Show is open at the Gibby House.
02/08/2019

The 2019 PCS Student Art Show is open at the Gibby House.

Be sure to check out the Historical Society's display of historically "Wild" photos that will be at Arcade Elementary on...
02/01/2019

Be sure to check out the Historical Society's display of historically "Wild" photos that will be at Arcade Elementary on Winterfest Saturday, Feb. 9th. This one is from 1957. Go to the display to find out who it is!

The author of these radio programs and the books, Fran Striker, had a summer home on  Genesee Road in Arcade, and later,...
01/31/2019

The author of these radio programs and the books, Fran Striker, had a summer home on Genesee Road in Arcade, and later, a house on West Main in town.

Hi-ho, Silver! On January 30, 1933, the Lone Ranger made his debut on WXYZ Radio in Detroit, Michigan. The masked hero would become a pop culture phenomenon appearing in television, movies, comics and more.

Attention genealogy and history buffs! The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range o...
01/17/2019
NYS Historic Newspapers

Attention genealogy and history buffs! The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of NYS newspapers. Check it out at http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/

The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York's unique history. To search the entire collection, use the Search Tab. Or, click on a county to search or browse geographically.

An unusual sleigh ride in Arcade, NY. Jay Childs at the right. Others unidentified. Circa 1916.
01/08/2019

An unusual sleigh ride in Arcade, NY. Jay Childs at the right. Others unidentified. Circa 1916.

Wishing you a happy New Year! Just like those celebrating at the Crystal Inn December 31st, 1961.
12/31/2018

Wishing you a happy New Year! Just like those celebrating at the Crystal Inn December 31st, 1961.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the Gibby House to your house! Here are some gifts from 1938.
12/25/2018

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the Gibby House to your house!
Here are some gifts from 1938.

The Gibby House will be closed from December 22 through February 7th, to observe the holidays and plan for the coming ye...
12/21/2018

The Gibby House will be closed from December 22 through February 7th, to observe the holidays and plan for the coming year. On February 8th we will re-open with the Pioneer Central K-12 Student Art Show for Winterfest weekend. See you next year!

The reviews are in from Mrs. Waterman's 4th grade class visit to the Gibby House and they are all good! Comment highligh...
12/13/2018

The reviews are in from Mrs. Waterman's 4th grade class visit to the Gibby House and they are all good! Comment highlights:
"My most favorite thing was Nellie the elephant."
"It was very polite for you to set up everything just for people to look at and enjoy."
"I loved your decorations and tree."
"I loved how you decorated the place."

A big Thank You to the 10 Volunteers who showed the holiday decorations to Arcade Elementary students over the last 2 da...
12/07/2018

A big Thank You to the 10 Volunteers who showed the holiday decorations to Arcade Elementary students over the last 2 days. We hosted 544 kids and 76 adults and most of them also walked to the Arcade Free Library for a holiday story and then had Christmas cookies at the UCC church. The delight in the children's faces makes it a favorite annual tradition for all involved!

Lots of Arcade Elementary students visited the Gibby House today to see the holiday decorations and more will come to th...
12/06/2018

Lots of Arcade Elementary students visited the Gibby House today to see the holiday decorations and more will come to the house tomorrow. We have special open house hours until 7pm tonight (Dec. 6th) and from 3:30 to 5pm tomorrow (Dec. 7th). Come see the decorations and try your hand at the Night Before Christmas Scavenger Hunt!

Why not give a little history this Christmas? There are wonderful gifts at the Gibby House - books, ornaments, yo-yos, m...
12/06/2018

Why not give a little history this Christmas? There are wonderful gifts at the Gibby House - books, ornaments, yo-yos, mugs, scenic ceramic tiles. Hours: Dec. 6 from 3:30 to 7pm; Dec. 7 from 3:30 to 5pm; Dec. 13 & 20 from 11am to 6pm; and Dec. 14 & 21 from 9am to 4pm.

The historical society will be closed on Thursday, December 6th and Friday, December 7th from 9am to 3pm for Arcade Elem...
12/05/2018

The historical society will be closed on Thursday, December 6th and Friday, December 7th from 9am to 3pm for Arcade Elementary classroom visits. But we will be open after school both days for our holiday open house. See our Event on FB.

You are invited to our holiday open houses on Thursday, December 6th from 3:30-7pm and Friday, December 7th from 3:30-5p...
12/02/2018

You are invited to our holiday open houses on Thursday, December 6th from 3:30-7pm and Friday, December 7th from 3:30-5pm. It is a beautiful Winter Wonderland in the Gibby House! We have an 8 ft. crystal tree decorated by Diana Mayer, two 8 ft. trees decorated by Arcade Elementary 3rd & 4th graders, and a North Pole Village courtesy of the Ireland family. Kids can also do our "Night Before Christmas" scavenger hunt during their visit. Regular hours from Dec. 13-21 are Thursdays 11am to 6pm and Fridays 9am to 4pm.

Address

331 Main St
Arcade, NY
14009-1110

There is no public transit. Headquarters is at the Gibby House, 331 West Main Street, Arcade, next to the Pioneer Central Arcade Elementary School. The Old Fire Hall, also owned by the Historical Society, is located at 15 Liberty Street, just south of the intersection with Main Street.

Opening Hours

Thursday 11:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(585) 492-4466

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