Holland Land Office Museum

Holland Land Office Museum The Holland Land Office Museum is the Genesee County Museum located in Batavia, New York and have been serving the community since we opened in 1894.
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As a not-for-profit business, the continued operation of the Holland Land Office Museum would not be possible without the generosity of the community. If you or your business would like to contribute to the museum, call (585) 343-4727 or email [email protected] for more information. To all of our generous sponsors and members, we thank you. Stephen M. Hawley
50 Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
585-356-2394

Genesee Patrons Cooperative Insurance Company
218 East Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
585-343-7307

Liberty Pumps
7000 Apple Tree Avenue
Bergen, NY 14416
585-494-1817

Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C.
1 Evans Street
Batavia, NY 14020
585-344-1967

Call Lands/My-T Acres, Inc.
8127 Lewiston Road
Batavia, NY 14020
585-343-1026

Oakfield Family Medical Care
41 Main Street
Oakfield, NY 14125
585-948-8077

R. A. Haitz Co., Inc.
128 Cedar Street
Batavia, NY 14020
585-343-2400

Operating as usual

04/10/2021

On the Lookout for Local Artwork
The museum is looking to expand its collection of artwork by local artists to display on a new art gallery wall. If anyone has any paintings by local artists such as Mary Tyler, Gil Jordan, Don Grieger, and John Hodgins. We would be very appreciative of any donations or possible loans for periods of time. If you have any artwork you would consider donating please contact us and we can discuss things further.

03/18/2021
St. Patrick's Day Concert with No Blarney

We want to give a big thank you to No Blarney for playing for us again this year to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Although we could not have an audience in house it was still a great deal of fun. We also want to thank everyone from across the country. who tuned into our livestream on YouTube to enjoy the show. Don't worry if you missed it live, follow the link below to watch the show in its entirety.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-biU_x2RwYE

No Blarney returns again to the Holland Land Office Museum to jam out to your favorite Irish tunes of yesteryear and today.

03/17/2021
St. Patrick's Day Concert with No Blarney

Don't forget to catch our St. Patrick's Day concert tonight at 7 pm. No Blarney is back again to jam out to best of the Irish hits. The program will only be available via our YouTube Channel livestream. Follow the link below to catch it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-biU_x2RwYE

No Blarney returns again to the Holland Land Office Museum to jam out to your favorite Irish tunes of yesteryear and today.

We have added several new titles to our book store inventory. Be sure to stop by and check them out. -Lincoln's Lieutena...
03/13/2021

We have added several new titles to our book store inventory. Be sure to stop by and check them out.

-Lincoln's Lieutenants: The High Command of the Army of the Potomac by Stephen Sears ($18.95)

-A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin ($15.95)

-Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War by Brian Matthew Jordan ($18.95)

-Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation by Peter L. Bernstein ($19.95)

-The Electrifying Fall of the Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World's Fair by Margaret Creighton ($16.95)

-Till Death Do Us Part: The Letters of Emory and Emily Upton, 1868-1870 edited by Salvatore G. Cilella, Jr. ($26.95)

03/12/2021
Holland Land Office Museum Artifact Video Series: Monica Dailey

Be sure to check out the latest edition of our Artifact Video Series. This week's topic is the famous Batavia pianist, Monica Dailey. Dailey toured both Europe and the United States, playing many major venues in the early 1900s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35JkVpp-N2c

HLOM Director Ryan Duffy shares the amazing life of Monica Dailey. Ms. Dailey toured Europe and the United States as a classically trained pianist in the ear...

02/06/2021

Due to the inclement weather today the museum will be closing at noon. We hope everyone stays safe and warm this weekend.

01/28/2021

Our Facebook Live Guest Speaker presentation by James Black, "Edged Weapons of the Civil War", will be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. We will be rescheduling the presentation at a later date. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will put out notifications as soon as a new date is chosen.

Be sure to check out the latest edition of our Artifact Video Series. This week's topic is David Ellicott Evans. Evans w...
01/15/2021
Holland Land Office Museum Artifact Video Series: David Ellicott Evans

Be sure to check out the latest edition of our Artifact Video Series. This week's topic is David Ellicott Evans. Evans was the nephew of Joseph Ellicott and became the Resident Land Agent in Batavia from 1827-1837.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwaesgD40I

HLOM Director Ryan Duffy shares the life and achievements of David Ellicott Evans who succeeded his uncle Joseph Ellicott as the Land Agent of the Holland La...

Be sure to check out the latest edition of our Artifact Video Series. This week's topic are the Civil War Veterans Group...
01/08/2021
Holland Land Office Museum Artifact Series: Civil War Veterans Groups

Be sure to check out the latest edition of our Artifact Video Series. This week's topic are the Civil War Veterans Groups the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) and the Sons of Union Veterans. Both groups had a number of chapters in Genesee County.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vadlzT-VnBA

HLOM Director Ryan Duffy shares the history of the GAR and Sons of Union Veterans posts in Genesee County and the impact they have left behind.

We would like to announce the winner of our 19th Annual Wonderland of Trees Winners. For the People's Choice Award, we w...
01/07/2021

We would like to announce the winner of our 19th Annual Wonderland of Trees Winners. For the People's Choice Award, we would like to congratulate the Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden. For the Museum Choice Award, we would like to congratulate the Genesee Symphony Orchestra. All of our participants went above and beyond this year with such beautiful trees and pictures.

We would also like to thank all those who participated this year, as well as our sponsors and donors. Tompkins Bank of Castile, Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel, Genesee County Sheriff's Association, Stafford Historical Society, The YNGODESS Shop, Arc of Genesee Orleans, Batavia Business & Professional Women's Club, Inc., City of Batavia Historic Preservation Commission, Crossroads House, Friends of Batavia Peace Garden, GCASA Recovery Station, GCC Alpha Epsilon Gamma, GCC Education Club, Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Genesee County Fish & Game Protective Association, Holland Land Office Wonderland of Trees Committee, Raising Believers Home School Group, Speak Up Toastmasters, St. Joseph's Church, Town of Bergen Historian's Office/Harford Livery Museum/Bergen Historical Society, Zonta Club of Batavia-Genesee, Alabama Hotel, Batavia Lions Club, Jan's Smoke Shop, M&M Meats, Philly's Barbershop, Tonawanda Seneca Family Care Center, Eucharettes, Debra Osborn, Dick Siebert, Holland Purchase Historical Society Members.

01/02/2021

For the month of January, the museum will be adjusting its hours of operation. the museum will be open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. We will be closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The museum will be back open on Tuesdays beginning in February.

Be sure to check out the latest edition of our Artifact Video Series, the last of 2020. This week's topic covers the las...
12/31/2020
Holland Land Office Museum Artifact Series: Benjamin Ellicott

Be sure to check out the latest edition of our Artifact Video Series, the last of 2020. This week's topic covers the last of the Ellicott Brothers, Benjamin. Benjamin was a prolific surveyor in his own right, and even a member of Congress.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy4H79gVhZA

HLOM Director Ryan Duffy shares the remarkable life of the younger of the Elliott Brothers, Benjamin. Benjamin studied surveying under his older brothers and...

Don't forget that tonight at 7 pm will be our final Genesee Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. tonight's musicians will...
12/18/2020
Genesee Symphony Orchestra

Don't forget that tonight at 7 pm will be our final Genesee Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. tonight's musicians will be a flute trio. The performance will only be available via livestream on our YouTube channel, Holland Land Office Museum. You can follow the link below to watch the stream later tonight.
https://youtu.be/hA6FOBITVaU

Wonderland of Trees Holiday Concert

GCC Education Club
12/15/2020

GCC Education Club

With the ever changing situation surrounding our area, we have made the decision to only livestream our Genesee Symphony...
12/15/2020
Genesee Symphony Orchestra

With the ever changing situation surrounding our area, we have made the decision to only livestream our Genesee Symphony Orchestra Concert on Friday, December 18th at 7 pm. As a result we will not be having anyone for a live audience. The concert will be preformed by a flute trio from the symphony. Please follow the link below to watch the livestream on Friday at 7 pm. We apologize for any inconveniences as we do our best to provide quality entertainment this season while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
Livestream link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6FOBITVaU&feature=youtu.be

Wonderland of Trees Holiday Concert

12/11/2020
YouTube

Don't forget tonight to catch our live stream at 7 pm of a small Christmas concert by Genesee Symphony Orchestra conductor Shade Zajac and his wife Nicole. You can find the link below to watch on our YouTube channel. All of the spots to watch in person have been filled so this will be the only way to watch live.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDxUBQkOkaU&feature=youtu.be

12/08/2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to postpone the December 16th virtual talk by Rob Thompson. We are working on a new possible date. It will be posted as soon as it is available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

GCC Alpha Epsilon Gamma
12/08/2020

GCC Alpha Epsilon Gamma

Though it is not the entirety of the presentation. Feel free to check out this portion of our latest Guest Speakers Tim ...
12/05/2020
Guest Speaker Series: Tim & Deb Smith "William Morgan & Other Famous Masons"

Though it is not the entirety of the presentation. Feel free to check out this portion of our latest Guest Speakers Tim & Deb Smith as they recount the story of William Morgan's disappearence and its connection to the Masons, as well as other famous people who were also members of the organization.

A portion of the recording of the presentation by Tim & Deb Smith as they recount the tale of William Morgan's mysterious disappearance and its connection to...

Address

131 W Main St
Batavia, NY
14020

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(585) 343-4727

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As a not-for-profit business, the continued operation of the Holland Land Office Museum would not be possible without the generosity of the community. If you or your business would like to contribute to the museum, call (585) 343-4727 or email [email protected] for more information.

Current Board of Directors:

Don Burkel - President Patrick Weissend - Vice President Patrick Forsyth - Financial Adviser Keith Boeheim - Secretary Anthony Condello Dan Fischer Jeffery Gillard Krysia Mager David Metzler Pamela Meyer Thomas Teifel Board Member Emeritus: Don Read Anne Marie Starowitz

To all of our generous sponsors and members, we thank you.

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Is there anyway I can determine the actual land for someone (Samuel Graham) who purchased 40MAcr lot 64, reference page 488-128. His brother Arter Graham bought lot 71 and is also on the same reference page. Thanks for your help.
This is a picture is from the collection of Roy Mason. It outside the Blue Bird Inn on West Main in Batavia. The year was 1922, we have identified the names we could make out from the notes. Please let us know if you recognize anyone and we will add it to the list.
Is there Zoom Trivia next week?
My wife thinks I'm a hoarder? #musuemfromhomehlom #museumathomehlom #nysmuseums #exhibitmehlom
For the "Exhibit Me" Tuesday activity, I am sharing our New Orleans'wall...artwork we have collected on many visits to our favorite city..notice a cat theme? #museumfromhomehlom#museumathomehlom#nysmuseums#exhibitmehlom
Holland Land Office 1942 flood.
The annual HLOM History Bus Tour took us to East Aurora for a fascinating walk through the Roycroft Campus learning about Elbert Hubbard, his life and times a hundred years ago.
In 1893 no one had reached a speed of 100mph. But on April 10th the New York Central "Empire State Express" Engine 999, equipped with large 86 inch drive wheels (70 was normal) went for a new speed record, reaching 112.5 mph in a stretch from Batavia to Buffalo, NY. It took another ten years to break that record. The 999 was displayed at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry acquired the well worn engine in 1962 for an outside display before being totally restored and brought inside to where you can see it today.
Depending on your age words you used when younger are passing out of use. Here's an interesting collection of "historical" words and phrases that would need explanation to a younger generation. Lost Words From Our Childhood; words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really! Mergatroyd! . . . Do you remember that word? Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd? Heavens to Mergatroyd! The other day a not-so-elderly (65) (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said, "What the heck is a Jalopy?" OMG (new phrase)! He never heard of the word jalopy!! She knew she was old . . . but not that old. Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle. About a month ago I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included "Don't touch that dial” "Carbon copy” "You sound like a broken record” and "Hung out to dry”. Back in the olden days we had a lot of 'moxie.’ We'd put on our best 'bib and tucker' to' straighten up and fly right'. Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley! We were 'in like Flynn' and 'living the life of Riley', and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China! Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers. Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore. We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, "Well, I'll be 'a monkey's uncle!’” or, "This is a 'fine kettle of fish!’" we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards. Poof,image010.gif go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind. We blink, and they're gone. Where have all those great phrases gone? Hey! It's your nickel. Don't forget to pull the chain. Knee-high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels. Wake up and smell the roses. It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff! (Carter's Little Liver Pills are gone too!) We, of a certain age, have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child, each new word is like a shiny toy; a toy that has no age. We, at the other end of the chronological arc, have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist, and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It's one of the greatest advantages of aging. Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth
The latest issue of The Speculator newsletter is very informative. Looks great too.
A scene from the Museum.
Friday the 17th. The HLOM Wonderland of Trees Kick Off. Which basket will you be going home with?