Grand Island Historical Society

Grand Island Historical Society Founded in 1962 and chartered by the New York Department of Education. Our Mission is to educate the public about the history of Grand Island, NY.
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10/31/2018

IMPORTANT- CHANGE OF VENUE for upcoming meeting!! The next meeting of the Grand Island Historical Society will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd. Grand Island, New York. We will meet in the Fellowship room. Our featured speaker will be Grand Islander Sophie Hodorowicz Knab with a power point presentation, "Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany 1939-1945". This compelling talk and book of the same title were inspired by Sophie's mother's stories. Copies of Sophie's book will be available to purchase.

A business meeting and refreshments will follow the presentation.

Always love hearing interesting facts and stories about the Eric Canal and my favorite feature, the Flight of Five in Lo...
03/07/2017
The Erie Canal story

Always love hearing interesting facts and stories about the Eric Canal and my favorite feature, the Flight of Five in Lockport. Your Grand Island Historical Society has intriguing presentations, just like this one. Come out and join us! We meet at the River Lea House in Beaver Island State Park. Our next event is Sunday, March 17th from 2-4pm. It's Grover Cleveland's Birthday!

At the most recent meeting of the Grand Island Historical Society, held on March 2nd, the guest speaker was Ray Wigle, development direct...

It was a beautiful day on Sunday, so we decided to take a walk around Nike Base's hiking trails. The Recreation Departme...
02/21/2017

It was a beautiful day on Sunday, so we decided to take a walk around Nike Base's hiking trails. The Recreation Department is doing an excellent job of making this area a nice place to spend some quality recreation time. Each time I come out, I always visit the old Soap Box Derby race track. Time and Weather have not been kind to this venue. If you have any vintage photos or great stories to tell about this spot, please post them here or email them to: George Smith; Grand Island Historical Society Social Media Administrator - [email protected]

Our annual holiday luncheons at River Lea are coming up soon. The elves have been busy decorating River Lea in the Willi...
11/21/2016

Our annual holiday luncheons at River Lea are coming up soon. The elves have been busy decorating River Lea in the Williamsburg style.

The luncheon dates for this year are Tuesday, November 29, Wednesday, November 30 and Friday, December 2 at noon.

Guest speaker Nancy La Chiusa will present a program titled "Christmas in Miniature".

The cost of the luncheon is $25.00. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Carole Moore at 773-3817.

Great article by Alice Gerard
09/15/2016
Grover Cleveland's Buffalo

Great article by Alice Gerard

On September 1st, the Grand Island Historical Society had its first meeting of the 2016-2017 year. We had a potluck dinner at River Lea, a...

Grand Island Historical Society's cover photo
04/28/2016

Grand Island Historical Society's cover photo

Grand Island Historical Society's cover photo
04/27/2016

Grand Island Historical Society's cover photo

Grand Island Historical Society
04/27/2016

Grand Island Historical Society

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River Lea, Beaver Island State Park
Grand Island, NY
14072

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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
Grand Island has lost much of its history through developme t, fires, and the tearing down of mansions to make room for State Parks. The preservation of buildings like River Lea is essential if we are to maintain our unique identity as a community.
Make your reservations now!
This evening at 7 PM I am giving a lecture on Quack Patent Medicine Tax Stamps in WNY Especially Merchants Gargling Oil of Lockport NY. Lecture is at St Peters Episcopal Church Hall Longmeadow and Callodine in Amherst. Free to public and Free refreshments.
I have a new program on Quack Medicine & Patent Tax Stamps of WNY contact me at 440-7985 to set up a program
Do you like material culture from the past ? Would you like to be featured in a magazine article ? What's in the time capsule in your backyard ? Any house 1900 or earlier had a outhouse or privy that garbage was thrown into. Message me for more details.
Please can you help? James E Montanari was my uncle he was also Zola Hussey's foster son.