Arcade Historical Society

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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.

Don't miss the Pioneer K-12 Student Art Show at the Old Fire Hall, 15 Liberty Street. Open Thursdays and Fridays through...
02/19/2020

Don't miss the Pioneer K-12 Student Art Show at the Old Fire Hall, 15 Liberty Street. Open Thursdays and Fridays through February from 3-7pm. Come vote for your favorite Artwork!

Want to know why this guy is happy? He won the historical society's raffle from Winterfest weekend! Congratulations Norm...
02/19/2020

Want to know why this guy is happy? He won the historical society's raffle from Winterfest weekend! Congratulations Norm!!

Happy Valentine's Day!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

Winterfest Saturday at the OLD Fire Hall saw LOTS of people admiring the artwork by PCS students. Don't miss this fantas...
02/10/2020

Winterfest Saturday at the OLD Fire Hall saw LOTS of people admiring the artwork by PCS students. Don't miss this fantastic exhibit! You can vote for your favorite artwork too. The hall is open Thursdays and Fridays through February from 3-7pm.

The 49th Arcade Winterfest weekend has begun, fresh snow is on the ground, the Student Art Show banner has been hung in ...
02/08/2020

The 49th Arcade Winterfest weekend has begun, fresh snow is on the ground, the Student Art Show banner has been hung in front of the Old Fire Hall on Liberty Street, and we're ready for a great day tomorrow from 10 till 4 ! ! Pioneer's art teachers have installed another great student art show on the spacious second floor, and you'll have a chance to vote for your favorite work of art. We also look forward to giving you a sneak peek at the rooms in the newly renovated first floor. There's a ramp outside and a lift inside, so the art show is fully accessible for the first time!

All the Art Teachers from Pioneer installed the student art show at the Old Fire Hall yesterday afternoon. The talent on...
02/07/2020

All the Art Teachers from Pioneer installed the student art show at the Old Fire Hall yesterday afternoon. The talent on display is amazing! Come vote for your favorite piece of artwork! The exhibit opens at 10am tomorrow at 15 Liberty Street.

Pioneer School District
02/07/2020

Pioneer School District

Lots of art happenings this weekend! The annual Arcade Winterfest K-12 Student Art Show starts Saturday at 10am inside the former fire hall on Liberty Street downtown. Also the Wyoming County Arts Council holds an opening Saturday for its annual K-8 Exhibition, which continues through March 14 at the YMCA in Warsaw. Both Arcade & Delevan student work will be featured. And submissions from several Pioneer students are on display at Daemen College for its All-High Art Weekend, starting Sunday in the college's Tower Gallery & continuing through 2/21.

Arcade Winterfest 1972 - the theme was "Animals" and there was dog sledding!
01/30/2020

Arcade Winterfest 1972 - the theme was "Animals" and there was dog sledding!

01/28/2020
Coming soon! Remember, art show at the OLD Fire Hall, 15 Liberty Street, just south of Main.
01/20/2020

Coming soon! Remember, art show at the OLD Fire Hall, 15 Liberty Street, just south of Main.

HERE IT IS!! Our OFFICIAL Schedule of Events!!

Please remember, all registration forms can be found in the photo album "Registration Forms 2020"

18 Days to Opening Ceremonies!!

An unusual sleigh ride in Arcade, NY. Jay Childs at the right. Wilbur Childs in sleigh. Boy in center unidentified. Circ...
01/11/2020

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

Happy New Year to one and all from the Gibby House to your house!
01/01/2020

Happy New Year to one and all from the Gibby House to your house!

Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful Day!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful Day!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from the Arcade Historical Society! This holiday card from the Jim Konstanty Family i...
12/23/2019

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from the Arcade Historical Society! This holiday card from the Jim Konstanty Family is in the society's collection.

Santa Claus visiting the Arcade & Attica in 1962. From the left: Pete Pettit, Bud King, Santa Claus, Howard Hopkins, Zek...
12/20/2019

Santa Claus visiting the Arcade & Attica in 1962. From the left: Pete Pettit, Bud King, Santa Claus, Howard Hopkins, Zeke Lester.

12/20/2019

The Gibby House will be closed beginning December 21, 2019 through February 5, 2020. We will reopen on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 11am. Happy holidays!

Today is the last day to come see Toyland and do the Night Before Christmas Scavenger Hunt at the Gibby House. We are op...
12/20/2019

Today is the last day to come see Toyland and do the Night Before Christmas Scavenger Hunt at the Gibby House. We are open from 11am to 7pm and have gifts for sale for the history buff in your family. Hope to see you before we close for the holidays!

It was just 2 weeks ago that we toured over 500 visitors from Arcade Elementary through "Toyland" at the Gibby House. Si...
12/19/2019

It was just 2 weeks ago that we toured over 500 visitors from Arcade Elementary through "Toyland" at the Gibby House. Since then we have received lovely thank you cards from several classes. Here a few samples of the love we received. Best wishes to all over your holiday break!!

Arcade Historical Society
12/12/2019

Arcade Historical Society

Come see Toyland at the GIbby House! December Hours: Thursdays & Fridays, December 12, 13, 19, & 20 from 11am to 7pm.
12/12/2019

Come see Toyland at the GIbby House! December Hours: Thursdays & Fridays, December 12, 13, 19, & 20 from 11am to 7pm.

The rest of the Arcade Elementary classrooms came to see the Toyland decorations and exhibit at the Gibby House today. T...
12/06/2019

The rest of the Arcade Elementary classrooms came to see the Toyland decorations and exhibit at the Gibby House today. Thank you to today's volunteers - Jeff Mason, Diane Battaglia, Casey Dunlap and Elaine Murray - who did a fantastic job describing all the things on such a tight schedule. And thank you to the teachers for bringing their students, Arcade Free Library and the UCC Church for being part of this wonderful holiday tradition and last, but not least, Jeff Mason, for coordinating it all.

251 kids and 33 adults came to see the Gibby House "Toyland" exhibit and decorations today. At several times during the ...
12/05/2019

251 kids and 33 adults came to see the Gibby House "Toyland" exhibit and decorations today. At several times during the day there was plenty of snow falling outside making the field trip even more fun! Thank you to our volunteer guides - Jeff Mason, Joanne Offers, Deb McGarvey, Joanne Haskell and Diane Battaglia - and to Creekside Fabrics & Quilts for sponsoring this festive exhibit!

We hosted 14 third graders and 10 fourth graders from Pioneer Elementary at Arcade today. They brought the ornaments the...
12/03/2019

We hosted 14 third graders and 10 fourth graders from Pioneer Elementary at Arcade today. They brought the ornaments their classes had made in Art class to hang on the two trees in the front room at the Gibby House. The house will be closed to the public this Thursday and Friday so we can welcome all of the elementary classes to see our "Toyland" exhibit, sponsored by Creekside Fabrics and Quilts. The public is invited to our open houses on December 12, 13, 19 and 20!

We hosted 14 third graders and 10 fourth graders from Pioneer Elementary at Arcade today. They brought the ornaments their classes had made in Art class to hang on the two trees in the front room at the Gibby House. The house will be closed to the public this Thursday and Friday so we can welcome all of the elementary classes to see our "Toyland" exhibit, sponsored by Creekside Fabrics and Quilts. The public is invited to our open houses on December 12, 13, 19 and 20!

This one doesn't have a date, but it was taken somewhere on Park Street.
12/03/2019

This one doesn't have a date, but it was taken somewhere on Park Street.

Please note, the Arcade Historical Society will be closed to the public on Thursday and Friday December 5th and 6th. We ...
12/02/2019

Please note, the Arcade Historical Society will be closed to the public on Thursday and Friday December 5th and 6th. We will be closed for a very special reason: it is that time of year when Arcade Elementary school children come for their holiday tour of the Gibby House. This year’s theme is “Toyland,” it is sponsored by Creekside Fabrics & Quilts and features a comparison of toys from the 1900s, 1960s and 2000s.

If you were driving a Ford Model T in the early 1900s, this is what the gas station at the corner of Main & Liberty in A...
11/27/2019

If you were driving a Ford Model T in the early 1900s, this is what the gas station at the corner of Main & Liberty in Arcade looked like with the Arcade Hotel behind it. SOCONY was Standard Oil Co. of New York. Wishing everyone safe travels to their Thaksgiving dinners!

Be sure to fill your car's tank before you start the drive to get YOUR fill this Thanksgiving. Do you remember Clyde Dic...
11/26/2019

Be sure to fill your car's tank before you start the drive to get YOUR fill this Thanksgiving. Do you remember Clyde Dickey's gas station at the corner of Main & Liberty in Arcade?

The volunteer Elves at the Gibby House have worked their magic and "Toyland" is ready for the school kids' visits the we...
11/22/2019

The volunteer Elves at the Gibby House have worked their magic and "Toyland" is ready for the school kids' visits the week after Thanksgiving. A big thank you goes out to Creekside Fabrics & Quilts for sponsoring this year's holiday exhibit! Come and enjoy the decorations, do the Night Before Christmas Scavenger Hunt and get a few historic holiday gifts. Special holiday hours are December 12,13,19 & 20 from 11am to 7pm.

1915 postcard to Mr. & Mrs. L Steffenhagen of Machias from Amelia.
11/21/2019

1915 postcard to Mr. & Mrs. L Steffenhagen of Machias from Amelia.

Pioneer Central's Marching Band recently finished their competitive season. Here is a look back at the school bands for ...
11/15/2019

Pioneer Central's Marching Band recently finished their competitive season. Here is a look back at the school bands for Machias (at a competition in Fredonia,1930) and Arcade (onstage 1937-'38).

Arcade Historical Society
11/15/2019

Arcade Historical Society

Honoring our veterans past and present this Veterans Day.
11/08/2019

Honoring our veterans past and present this Veterans Day.

Persons Garage in Delevan, NY, 1925.
11/01/2019

Persons Garage in Delevan, NY, 1925.

This postcard was mailed from Grand Island on October 30, 1914 to Master Kirkland White in Holland, NY. The message on i...
10/31/2019

This postcard was mailed from Grand Island on October 30, 1914 to Master Kirkland White in Holland, NY. The message on it is as follows: "Hello Kirkand, What are you doing these nice days. We had a terrible frost here. Some of Mart Potatoes were in piles and they got froze a little. How are all of you people. We are both well. We are working hard to get our work finished so we can come down xmas time. I will close for this time. From Aunt Clara"

10/23/2019

Please note, the Gibby House will be closed this Friday, October 25th as staff and volunteers will be attending a workshop on archiving. We apologize for any inconvenience.

100 Years ago, World War One veterans formed the American Legion. Arcade's Hugh Lynch Post #737 Charter Officers were el...
10/18/2019

100 Years ago, World War One veterans formed the American Legion. Arcade's Hugh Lynch Post #737 Charter Officers were elected at their first meeting, January 20, 1920: (L to R) Dr. George G. Davis, Commander; Noel Pearson, 1st Vice Commander; Lorne P. Cottrill, 2nd Vice Commander; and J.T. Sullivan, Secretary & Treasurer. At the May 20, 1920 meeting Sullivan became the Adjutant, and the balance of officers were elected.

High on the hill in Arcade Rural Cemetery, October 10, 2019, the group follows their leader, Jeff Mason, to the next sto...
10/11/2019

High on the hill in Arcade Rural Cemetery, October 10, 2019, the group follows their leader, Jeff Mason, to the next stop on the 4th Grade Cemetery Walk.

The 4th Grade Cemetery Walk never had such good weather!  30 kids and several parents enjoyed the stroll on a gorgeous a...
10/11/2019

The 4th Grade Cemetery Walk never had such good weather! 30 kids and several parents enjoyed the stroll on a gorgeous autumn day. We read letters written in cursive, learned about gravestone symbols, and met many important individuals in Arcade's history. Thank you to volunteers Jeff Mason, Diane Battaglia, Judy Spencer, Joanne Haskell, and Sue Morrison for making this possible!

Please note, the historical society (aka Gibby House) will be closing early on Thursday, October 10th for our annual 4th...
10/09/2019

Please note, the historical society (aka Gibby House) will be closing early on Thursday, October 10th for our annual 4th grade cemetery walk with Arcade Elementary students. We will be closing at 3pm to get ready for the kids arrival. Thanks for understanding.

Class Photos - The Arcade School at the corner of Church and Main Streets had two Civil War cannon on the lawn in front ...
10/03/2019

Class Photos - The Arcade School at the corner of Church and Main Streets had two Civil War cannon on the lawn in front of the school. Class photos were often taken by the cannon. This photo would be from the late 1920s, indicated by a one-story building to the left, which was an annex built when there were too many students for the original wooden school and its brick addition. These school buildings were torn down in the summer of 1927 and students were spread throughout downtown buildings for the 1927-28 school year. The cannon were sold in 1942 to be melted down for WWII despite the valiant campaign to save them waged by the school's neighbor, Vernon Gibby.

10/02/2019

A reminder to society members - RSVPs (and payment) for the Members Annual Dinner on October 17th are due this Friday, October 4th. Hope you can come! The speaker is our favorite, Greg Kinal, and the dinner is at the VFW Post.

Football nights, fall 1969: Pioneer Central's first combined (AHS & DMCS) Varsity football team. Front Row: Mgr. Mike Wa...
09/26/2019

Football nights, fall 1969: Pioneer Central's first combined (AHS & DMCS) Varsity football team.
Front Row: Mgr. Mike Warner, Mgr. Mike Arnold, Mike Tanner, Ken Bernatz, Tony Arnold, Timon Raimondi, John Holzer, Dan Devin, Charles Stephen, Gene Boser. Row 2: Coach Brunner, Les Law, Scott Feraldi, Larry Jones, Richard Brundage, Phil Jerge, Russ Tinch, Rufus Floyd, Tom Wassel, Max Payne, Coach Christman. Back Row: George Schaus, Carl Carpenter, Brian Andrews, Tom Stevens, Mark Titus, Gary Nowak, Dexter Ewel, Jim Lingenfelter, Len Owens.

We had a fantastic crowd for our Vernon Tour of the Gibby House last night. There were folks who love history and old ho...
09/20/2019

We had a fantastic crowd for our Vernon Tour of the Gibby House last night. There were folks who love history and old houses, former neighbors and friends of the Gibbys, the great great granddaughter of the man who built the house, and a great great niece of Marjorie (Witherel) Gibby. Many left with a "little bit of Vernon" as we have some of his many small woodworking projects for sale during this exhibit. Vernon used wood scraps from his large furniture projects to make a wide variety of boxes, bric-a-brac shelves, trivets, coasters, napkin holders, plate stands, spice racks, whatever he could think of. Come see this exhibit through the end of October and come away with your own Vernon "giblet!"

From one of Vernon Gibby's photo albums of a trip to Canada. Did you know that dog carts were a thing in Canada? This is...
09/19/2019

From one of Vernon Gibby's photo albums of a trip to Canada. Did you know that dog carts were a thing in Canada? This is one of several photos of dog carts that Vernon took while in Canada.

Have you ever wondered why the Arcade Historical Society’s house is called the Gibby House? On Thursday evening, Septemb...
09/15/2019

Have you ever wondered why the Arcade Historical Society’s house is called the Gibby House? On Thursday evening, September 19th, a tour will be given in part by a man who lived here for eighty years. Vernon Gibby died in 1983 but he made tape recordings in the late 1970s of items in his home, going from room to room, describing furniture he built, toys he played with, etc. Hear excerpts of Vernon's tape recordings, with background information from Arcade Town and Village Historian, Jeff Mason. The tour begins at 7pm and lasts an hour and a half. Free for members, $2 suggested donation for non-members.

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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.

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On Wednesday January 8th, 2020 at 730 PM there will be a lecture on utilitarian stoneware made in early Buffalo entitled History & Mystery: The Early Potteries of The Queen City by David Potter & Peter Jablonski . Decorated stoneware jugs and crocks will be on display. The meeting will take place at St Peters Episcopal Church Hall on Callodine and Longmeadow in Amherst. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of The Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association. The club will have their general meeting preceding the program at 7 pm . For more info, please contact Peter Jablonski at 440-7985. Appreciatively, Peter Jablonski President Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association
Do you have yearbooks from Arcade Central in the early 40's? My mother Marian Reisdorf would have graduated then. I would love to see that graduation picture.
HEY WINE & CRAFT BEER LOVERS: This year's fund-raising Wine/Beer Tasting A&A train ride will be Saturday, September 14. (psst... this year's treats will be provided by Windy Brew of Strykersville and Savage Winery of Sardinia 💕🍷🍺😁)
Only 8 more days before the Cheers & Beers fundraiser on the A&A for the Historical Society. Picture this... you and your honey enjoying a ride through the picturesque fall countryside -- all while sipping on samples of wines from Main Street Winery or beers from Steelbound Brewery. Mmmm... relaxing and tasty! When the train stops at Curriers you stop to buy a bite to eat, then reboard to enjoy a glass of your favorite on the return trip. FUN! FUN! FUN! Get your ticket at the A&A (585-492-3100), LR Brass Shurfine, or Main Street Winery!!! GET IT SOON... WE DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THE STATION WITHOUT YOU...
Thank you Jeff for the opportunity to see the WWI exhibit and movie. Great collection and the movie was excellent. Donna and Rick LaClaire
Another picture of what I think is my father, Ray Edmunds and my Uncle Keith Edmunds. Again I don't know the location--but would welcome any comments from anyone.
Possibly a picture of my father, Ray Edmunds and my Uncle Keith Edmunds--am not sure of the location. I know they moved from Freedom to Park Street, Arcade