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

Mission: The Holland Purchase Historical Society (Society) is a not-for-profit corporation committed to expanding the public’s knowledge in understanding and appreciation of the unique history of Genesee County and its people, a living history that grows with each generation. The Society owns all the artifacts housed at the Holland Land Office Museum (Museum) and shall be responsible for the management and operation of the Museum and for the management of the assets, if any, of the former Holland Land Office Foundation (Foundation).

The Holland Land Office Museum's Guest Speaker Series presents John Fagant (Explore Buffalo) Friday (2/28) at 7 pm.  Mr....
02/25/2020

The Holland Land Office Museum's Guest Speaker Series presents John Fagant (Explore Buffalo) Friday (2/28) at 7 pm. Mr. Fagant will be talking about Abolitionism in Buffalo in 1843. Tickets are $3/ person or $2/ museum member. #abolition #blackhistorymonth #bataviany

This month (2/27) we welcome Don Bouchard who will be talking about and demonstrating some of his 19th century instrumen...
02/24/2020

This month (2/27) we welcome Don Bouchard who will be talking about and demonstrating some of his 19th century instruments. The event starts at 9 am and as always is free to the public. There will be coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and pastries provided. #javawithjoe #bataviany #HLOM

We have a new limited time exhibit here at HLOM. We have on display, projects from grades 4 and 5 at St. Paul's Lutheran...
02/21/2020

We have a new limited time exhibit here at HLOM. We have on display, projects from grades 4 and 5 at St. Paul's Lutheran School! These projects show the layouts of some of the early American settlements. The exhibit will be up through the first week in March so and check them out

On this day in 1868 Emory Upton and Emily Norwood Martin were married in Auburn, NY. Due to the unfortunate circumstance...
02/19/2020

On this day in 1868 Emory Upton and Emily Norwood Martin were married in Auburn, NY. Due to the unfortunate circumstance of Emily contracting tuberculosis she passed in 1870 after being married for two short years.

On this day in 1833 Dean Richmond married Mary E. Mead in Troy, NY.  Mr. Richmond was most known for being elected as th...
02/19/2020

On this day in 1833 Dean Richmond married Mary E. Mead in Troy, NY. Mr. Richmond was most known for being elected as the first vice-president of the newly established New York Central Railroad Company in 1853, and held that position until 1864, when he was elected president.
Mary Richmond was a also an incredibly accomplished individual as well. Mrs. Richmond not only saw the importance of the history of the area so much so she founded the Holland Purchase Historical Society and started the Holland Land Office Museum, but she also had the Richmond Library built in honor of her son Dean Richmond Jr.

The newest Western New York Heritage Magazine is in at the museum!  Stop in and pick up yours for $8.00 +tax.
02/18/2020

The newest Western New York Heritage Magazine is in at the museum! Stop in and pick up yours for $8.00 +tax.

Saturday (2/22) at 7 pm, the Holland Land Office Museum welcomes "Ripperologist" Michael Hawley to talk about Dr. Franci...
02/17/2020

Saturday (2/22) at 7 pm, the Holland Land Office Museum welcomes "Ripperologist" Michael Hawley to talk about Dr. Francis Tumblety who was one of the Jack the Ripper suspects and is buried in a family plot in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester. $3/ person or $2/ museum member.

Its almost time for the Holland Land Office Museum's 14th Annual Antique Show and Sale!  This year the event will be Fri...
02/15/2020

Its almost time for the Holland Land Office Museum's 14th Annual Antique Show and Sale! This year the event will be Friday April 17 and Saturday April 18th at the GCC Call Arena. For more information on becoming a vendor or purchasing tickets please visit http://www.hollandlandoffice.com/Events/BataviaAntiqueShowSale2020

Happy Valentine's Day to all the friends, families, couples and singles out there!  Here at the Museum we have quite a c...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day to all the friends, families, couples and singles out there! Here at the Museum we have quite a collection of Valentine's Day cards from the past so stop in and check them out. They will be on display through the end of February. #happyvalentinesday

No Blarney! is coming back to the museum to help you get into the St. Paddy's Day spirit!  So put on your green clothes,...
02/13/2020

No Blarney! is coming back to the museum to help you get into the St. Paddy's Day spirit! So put on your green clothes, grab your dancing shoes and buy your tickets before they are sold out. Ticket are on sale for $5 per person. Show starts at 7 pm on Friday March 6th, 2020.

History Trivia Night at the museum, Thursday (2/13) at 7 pm!  Round up your friends and family and compete against other...
02/11/2020

History Trivia Night at the museum, Thursday (2/13) at 7 pm! Round up your friends and family and compete against other people and teams to see who can answer the most questions about the Super Bowl (past and present) correctly! Cost is $3 per person or $2 per museum member.

On this day in 1889 Rear Admiral Ralph Chandler passed away in Hong Kong of apoplexy.  He was born in Batavia, NY in 182...
02/09/2020

On this day in 1889 Rear Admiral Ralph Chandler passed away in Hong Kong of apoplexy. He was born in Batavia, NY in 1829 to Daniel Chandler (a lawyer). At the age of 26 he joined the navy and attended the Naval Academy. After he graduated he was assigned to a flagship in the Pacific Squadron. He took part in operations on the Pacific coast during the Mexican-American War. Following the Mexican-American War he was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War. After the Civil War he was sent to the Asiatic Squadron to relived Real Admiral John Davis of duty and take over command. The museum currently houses a 1880's US military flag flow on one of Chandlers flagships as well as some of his naval uniform. Stop in during Tuesday - Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm to check them out!

Gift Shop and Book Store Spotlight!  Today we are highlighting another beautiful piece of jewelry that can be found here...
02/07/2020

Gift Shop and Book Store Spotlight! Today we are highlighting another beautiful piece of jewelry that can be found here at the Museum. A statement piece made with pieces of Lapis Lauzli! The necklace can be purchased during business hours for $30 +tax.

We have added a page on our website where you can see some of the supplies or items we are currently in need of for our ...
02/06/2020

We have added a page on our website where you can see some of the supplies or items we are currently in need of for our various programs.
Please take a moment to check out our wish list and consider donating. http://www.hollandlandoffice.com/MuseumWishList.aspx
These items will help keep programs low cost!

Gift Shop and Book Store Spotlight!  Look what we just got in stock!  "The Story of the Muck, As Told by Those Who Worke...
02/04/2020

Gift Shop and Book Store Spotlight! Look what we just got in stock! "The Story of the Muck, As Told by Those Who Worked There". A compilation of stories and accounts of those men, women and children who lived and worked in the muck. This book is $12 +tax per copy and copies are limited.

02/04/2020

The last time you visited the Holland Land Office Museum did you come to see the exhibits or for an event?

Sign your child(ren) up for February's Saturday Morning Children's Program! The theme for this month is making pop-up Va...
02/03/2020

Sign your child(ren) up for February's Saturday Morning Children's Program! The theme for this month is making pop-up Valentine's Day cards! Saturday February 8 from 10 am - 12 pm! Cost is the $5 per child or $4 per museum member. #bataviaNY #kidscrafts #Saturdaymorning #family

There is big news from the Holland Land Office Museum page. We now have our entire inventory of books available...
02/01/2020

There is big news from the Holland Land Office Museum page. We now have our entire inventory of books available to be bought online through the page. Now everyone can get their hands on our great selection of local history titles, even if you can't make it to the museum in person. The Shop portion of the page will be updated with our new titles as they come in. Be sure to check it out.

Book Store and Gift Shop Spotlight time!  Today we are featuring a two book series about two battles during the Civil Wa...
01/31/2020

Book Store and Gift Shop Spotlight time! Today we are featuring a two book series about two battles during the Civil War. The first in the series is titled "Hell Itself, The Battle of the Wilderness May 5-7, 1864" for $14.95 +tax. And the second is "A Season of Slaughter, The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House May 8-21, 1864" for $12.95 +tax. Stop in Tuesdays - Saturdays between 10 am and 4 pm to pick up your copies.

Look what came in the mail!  You will have to stop into the Museum or check back on here to see all the great things tha...
01/29/2020

Look what came in the mail! You will have to stop into the Museum or check back on here to see all the great things that are inside! #newbooks #shoplocal #localhistorymuseum #bataviany

Book Store and Gift Shop Spotlight!  Guess what?!  We have brought in handmade jewelry!  This cute pair of hoop earrings...
01/28/2020

Book Store and Gift Shop Spotlight! Guess what?! We have brought in handmade jewelry! This cute pair of hoop earrings made with Amethyst is only $10.50 +tax. So treat yourself or someone special.

On this day in 1754 Andrew Ellicott was born in Solebury, PA.  Andrew was the eldest of Joseph and Judith's 9 children. ...
01/24/2020

On this day in 1754 Andrew Ellicott was born in Solebury, PA. Andrew was the eldest of Joseph and Judith's 9 children. He showed promise in mathematics early in his schooling. During the American Revolution Andrew enlisted and reached the rank of Major which he carried with him the rest of his life.
After the war, Ellicott was appointed as a member of the survey group tasked with extending the survey of the Mason-Dixon line that had been abandoned and stalled during the war. In 1785 him and his family moved to Baltimore where Andrew taught mathematics at the Academy of Baltimore and was even elected to the legislature in 1786.
By the early 1790's Andrew was asked to team up with his brother Joseph and survey what would become Western New York. Once that survey was finished the brothers were called to survey the boundaries of the federal Territory of Columbia, which would become the District of Columbia in 1801. Ellicott's team placed forty boundary stones approximately 1 mile apart from each other that marked the borders of the Territory of Columbia of 100 square miles. Most of these stones remain in their original positions.

Book Store and Gift Shop Spotlight!  Today we are taking a look back into our youth section and are spotlighting "The Bl...
01/24/2020

Book Store and Gift Shop Spotlight! Today we are taking a look back into our youth section and are spotlighting "The Blue Dress". A story about the courageous riders of the Orphan train. Stop in during Tuesday - Saturday between 10 am - 4 pm and purchase a copy for $15.00 +tax.

01/22/2020

What would you like to see more of in the Joseph Ellicott Book Store and Gift Shop (located inside of the museum)? If you have something specific in mind you would like to see us bring in please feel free to leave it in the comments below!

Join us tomorrow (1/23/20) at 9 am for our first Java with Joe of 2020.  This month we have Greg Van Dussen talking abou...
01/22/2020

Join us tomorrow (1/23/20) at 9 am for our first Java with Joe of 2020. This month we have Greg Van Dussen talking about his book "Circuit Rider Devotions". As always this event will be free and open to the public with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries.

Don't forget we are welcoming Patrick Weissend tomorrow (1/22/20) at 7 pm  at the Museum to talk about the Settlement of...
01/21/2020

Don't forget we are welcoming Patrick Weissend tomorrow (1/22/20) at 7 pm at the Museum to talk about the Settlement of Western New York. $3 per person or $2 per museum member.

Book store and Gift shop Spotlight!  Today we wanted to appeal to those who are interested in World War I.  This book ti...
01/21/2020

Book store and Gift shop Spotlight! Today we wanted to appeal to those who are interested in World War I. This book titled "George Browne, An American Soldier in World War I" edited by David Snead is available for $19.95+ tax.

Red Jacket died on this day in 1830.  Red Jacket was born near Cayuga Lake in 1758.  Early in his life he decided that h...
01/20/2020

Red Jacket died on this day in 1830. Red Jacket was born near Cayuga Lake in 1758. Early in his life he decided that he wanted to become a great speaker and early on he became a 'runner' ( a verbal message deliver within the Iroquois Nation).
After the Revolution Chief Red Jacket spoke against the giving up of native lands and unequal treatment of his people. George Washington gave Red Jacket a silver medal for his efforts of obtaining peace and understanding between the Seneca and American people.
In 1797 Red Jacket again met with people from the government at Big Tree (Geneseo), who wanted to sell the Seneca's land and he argued against it, but once he realized they were not taking no for an answer he then became determine to preserve as much of his people's land as possible. He was able to negotiate 10 reservations for the Senecas.

On this day in 1839 Charles Franklin Rand was born in Batavia, NY to James Rand and Angeline Smith.  His father died whe...
01/19/2020

On this day in 1839 Charles Franklin Rand was born in Batavia, NY to James Rand and Angeline Smith. His father died when he was only four and he lived with his mother on Liberty Street (now a parking lot). When he turned 16 he went to New Orleans and worked at a local newspaper. He returned to Batavia at the end of 1860. In early 1861 he went to the Eagle Tavern to attend a journalism meeting. While there Major Henry Glowacki, also a Batavian, received and read a telegram from President Lincoln calling for volunteers. Charles Rand was the first to put his name on the list and when the telegraph was sent back to Washington, Rand became the first volunteer to the Union Army.
Rand went right into battle and ended up being the first to receive the Medal of Honor (for his bravery during the Battle of Bull Run). He service was short lived as he was hurt early in 1862 and was discharged. Due to his injury he was no longer able to be on the front lines but President Lincoln promoted him to Captain and gave him a job at the War Department, where he served until 1869.
After leaving the War Department Rand attended Georgetown University where he became a Dr and practiced until 1904.

Gift shop and Book store Spotlight!  Do you believe that New York State is the Gateway to America?!  Stop in and pick up...
01/17/2020

Gift shop and Book store Spotlight! Do you believe that New York State is the Gateway to America?! Stop in and pick up a copy of the Illustrated History of New York State by David Ellis and Sherri Goldstein Cash for $14.95+ tax.

Love trivia?! Want to test your knowledge of Prohibition?!  Stop in to the Holland Land Office Museum this Thursday, Jan...
01/15/2020

Love trivia?! Want to test your knowledge of Prohibition?! Stop in to the Holland Land Office Museum this Thursday, January 16th at 7 pm and show us what you got! #prohibition #trivianight #triviathursday #bataviany #hlom

01/15/2020

Have you ever visited the Holland Land Office Museum? (If so, please tell us the last time, in the comments)

Book store and Gift Shop Spotlight!  Today we wanted to entice our followers with this beauty.   This book by Andy Oleni...
01/14/2020

Book store and Gift Shop Spotlight! Today we wanted to entice our followers with this beauty. This book by Andy Olenick and Richard Reisem is a journey through the historic architecture of the Empire State. It can be purchased for $10+ tax during business hours.

Gift shop and Book store spotlight!  We are taking a little break from spotlighting the children's section and for the n...
01/10/2020

Gift shop and Book store spotlight! We are taking a little break from spotlighting the children's section and for the next couple of spotlights will be appealing to a slightly more mature audience. "Look Homeward America, In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front Porch Anarchists" by Bill Kauffman. A little change of pace and a very interesting read. Stop in and pick up your copy for $20+ tax during business hours.

Looking for something to do this weekend with the kids?!  Saturday January 11, from 10 am until noon children will learn...
01/08/2020

Looking for something to do this weekend with the kids?! Saturday January 11, from 10 am until noon children will learn about the history of snow globes, hear a short story and make their own. They can bring in a small figure, animal or car from home or the Holland Land Office Museum will have a couple of decorations to choose from. Check out www.hollandlandoffice.com for more info. #snowglobe #kidscrafts #bataviany #geneseecounty #saturdaymoringchildrensprogram #historycanbefun

Book Store and Gift Shop Spotlight!  We a great youth section at our Book Store and Gift Shop.  Complete with old time g...
01/07/2020

Book Store and Gift Shop Spotlight! We a great youth section at our Book Store and Gift Shop. Complete with old time games, collectibles as well as books! Today we are spotlighting the Colonial Home! This is a great book for young readers who are interested in the early settlers who migrated to this beautiful country. You can pick up a copy of this book for $7.95 while the museum is open!

The votes have all been counted and we are happy to announce that the Museum Quilt Guild won this years Viewers Choice A...
01/03/2020

The votes have all been counted and we are happy to announce that the Museum Quilt Guild won this years Viewers Choice Award! Congratulations

Book Store and Gift Shop Spotlight time!  Today the museum is spotlighting the book "In the Barn" by Bobbie Kalman.  Thi...
01/03/2020

Book Store and Gift Shop Spotlight time! Today the museum is spotlighting the book "In the Barn" by Bobbie Kalman. This book would be perfect for any child who loves to read about life on a farm. The book discusses the building of and types of barns, other structures that can be found close to the barns on farms as well as the animals what might live in the barns. This book can be purchased from the Book Store for $7.95+ tax #shoplocal #booksaboutbarns #localmuseum #BataviaNY #GeneseeCounty

01/01/2020
Gift Shop and Book Store Spotlight!  "The places where you live and visit help shape who you become.  So find out all yo...
12/30/2019

Gift Shop and Book Store Spotlight! "The places where you live and visit help shape who you become. So find out all you can about the special places around you" ~Kate Boehm Jerome. This book is available for $9.99+ tax

Gift Shop and Book Store Spotlight!  Even though Christmas is past you shouldn't forget birthdays or even a nice gift or...
12/27/2019

Gift Shop and Book Store Spotlight! Even though Christmas is past you shouldn't forget birthdays or even a nice gift or book for yourself! Stop in and grab a copy of this book about "Native American and Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York". Along westward trails from Albany to Buffalo. This book is $19.99+ tax.

Happy Kwanzaa to all those who celebrate!
12/26/2019

Happy Kwanzaa to all those who celebrate!

Merry Christmas to all!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas to all!

Gift Shop and Book Store Spotlight!  Looking for a great little gift?  Check out these wood carved and hand painted gift...
12/24/2019

Gift Shop and Book Store Spotlight! Looking for a great little gift? Check out these wood carved and hand painted gifts of a few local buildings. Some of which are still standing today and some which are not. (The Richmond Manson pictured, The City Hall and The Genesee County Courthouse not pictured) You can grab a set of all 3 for $15.00.

Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate from all of us at the Holland Land Office Museum!
12/23/2019

Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate from all of us at the Holland Land Office Museum!

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131 W Main St
Batavia, NY
14020

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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

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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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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?
After the morning at the Wilcox Mansion we enjoyed a great lunch at the Pearl Street Brewery and Grille. Let us know your suggestions for the next trip a year from now.
Today our Annual HLOM Bus Trip took us to the Theodore Roosevelt National Inaugural at the Wilcox Manson in Buffalo. Here you see the room where TR took the Oath of Office following the assassination of William McKinley on September 14, 1901. The small table near the middle is where Roosevelt stood. He was only one of four Presidents sworn into office outside our Nation's Capitol.
Stand in the room where Teddy Roosevelt was sworn in as President of the United States after the assassination of William McKinley at Buffalo's Pan American Exposition in 1901. Learn what Buffalo was like at the beginning of the Twentieth Century and how Roosevelt's presidency changed America. Following the morning tour of the Wilcox Mansion we will be enjoying lunch at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery.The bus holds forty passengers and these tours usually sell out. So contact the Museum for more information and secure your reservation soon.
HLOM History Heroes July 25, 2017. Here is this year's group of students from across Genesee County who participate in the Museum's annual two week program that mixes history education and fun.