Cattaraugus County Museum

Cattaraugus County Museum The Cattaraugus County Museum is located in the Stone House, 9824 Rt. 16 Machias, NY 14101
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04/30/2020

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library regrets to announce that due to concerns regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be canceling all of our special events through the end of June.

This includes our Summer at the Stone House programs scheduled for June 11 and 25, as well as Family Day at the Museum scheduled for June 20.

We are not currently canceling events scheduled for July and August, and will reassess the situation as we approach those dates.

The museum remains closed to the public until emergency restrictions are lifted, but we can be reached here on our page with any questions or concerns.

03/19/2020

ATTENTION:
Due to precautions being taken regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library will be closed until further notice.

Anyone with questions or requests for research can contact us here through our page. We will attempt to honor such requests to the best of our ability, but our access to resources will be limited for the time being.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Cattaraugus County Museum
02/06/2020

Cattaraugus County Museum

Our new bookmarks are in, printed with our upcoming Summer at the Stone House event schedule. Stop by and pick one up!
02/06/2020

Our new bookmarks are in, printed with our upcoming Summer at the Stone House event schedule. Stop by and pick one up!

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library will be open over the holidays, though with a slightly altered schedu...
12/10/2019
Historical Museum and Research Center

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library will be open over the holidays, though with a slightly altered schedule. Please stop by and visit us.

During the period from Dec. 23 and Jan. 3, the museum will be open as follows:

• Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• Wednesdays, (Christmas and New Year’s Day) closed
• Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• Fridays, closed

Our normal hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, will resume the week beginning Jan. 6.

The museum’s Summer at the Stone House schedule for 2020 is now complete! New bookmarks with the schedule should be avai...
12/03/2019

The museum’s Summer at the Stone House schedule for 2020 is now complete! New bookmarks with the schedule should be available in January.

Tonight's program concludes the 2019 season of Summer at the Stone House. Don't miss regular performer Allen Hopkins as ...
08/22/2019

Tonight's program concludes the 2019 season of Summer at the Stone House. Don't miss regular performer Allen Hopkins as he gives a program cowboy music. The program begins at 7 p.m. and as always is free and open to the public!

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library's "Summer at the Stone House" summer event series will conclude its 2...
08/15/2019

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library's "Summer at the Stone House" summer event series will conclude its 2019 schedule at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, with a performance by Rochester-based musician Allen Hopkins.

Hopkins has been a regular participant in our summer programming for six years, and never fails to entertain the crowds.

For over 40 years he has been playing a wide variety of audiences. Primarily a folk musician, he is fluent in American traditional, Celtic instrumental, blues, bluegrass, old time and contemporary.

The topic of his concert will be "Cowboy Music." Join us!

Quilt expert Linda Hunter addresses a full house on the history of quilts and quilting.
08/08/2019

Quilt expert Linda Hunter addresses a full house on the history of quilts and quilting.

ATTENTION QUILTERS:The Cattaraugus County Museum’s “Summer at the Stone House” event series will continue on Thursday, A...
07/30/2019

ATTENTION QUILTERS:

The Cattaraugus County Museum’s “Summer at the Stone House” event series will continue on Thursday, Aug. 8, with a presentation given by quilt appraiser and educator Linda Hunter.

Linda Hunter has a B.S. in education from Buffalo State College, Buffalo, in mathematics, and has been a quilt-maker and teacher of quilt-making for over 45 years, as well as a quilt appraiser certified by the American Quilter’s Society for over 20 years. She teaches quilt classes in community education programs through school systems in Erie and Niagara counties and judges, conducts workshops and gives lectures involving quilt-making.

Linda has presented programs regarding quilt appraising and quilting techniques for the Lockport cable television station as a guest of the Kenan Quilter’s Guild. She was a finalist in The Professional Quilter magazine Teacher of the Year contest. Her quilt, “Windows of Western New York, Western NY Responds to 9-11-2001,” has traveled throughout New York state and beyond. She was also co-curator of The Buffalo History Museum exhibit “Quilts: Techniques and Styles in 2016 – 2017.”

She lives with her husband in the Lockport area, and has a son and daughter, both living in Rochester suburbs.

Her presentation, titled “Quilts Past and Present,” will take you on a journey through the history of our country with quilts as the vehicle. Linda will have many quilts and quilt items to share, dating from the mid 1800s in the 19th century through the 20th century, as well as those made currently. This program is of interest not only to quilters, but anyone interested in history and textiles.

Join us!

Our booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair is ready to go! This year we are featuring photos from around the county taken ...
07/24/2019

Our booth at the Cattaraugus County Fair is ready to go! This year we are featuring photos from around the county taken in the 1950s. Come visit us next week in the Corporate Building and see how our county looked 60 years ago. Perhaps you can help us identify some of the people in the pictures! The Cattaraugus County Fair runs from July 29 through August 4.

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library’s “Summer at the Stone House” event series will continue this Thursda...
07/23/2019

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library’s “Summer at the Stone House” event series will continue this Thursday, July 25, with a performance by Buffalo-based musician and educator Dave Ruch.

The program, entitled “Music of Buffalo’s Waterfront,” will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Mr. Ruch travels both regionally and internationally, giving hundreds of concerts and workshops each year for schools, music festivals, libraries, museums and more. He specializes in historical and traditional music from New York State.

This is his fourth time participating in our summer series, and his programs are always fantastic. Don't miss it!

ATTENTION: Change of schedule!There has been a last minute change in the schedule of events for the Cattaraugus County M...
07/09/2019

ATTENTION: Change of schedule!

There has been a last minute change in the schedule of events for the Cattaraugus County Museum’s “Summer at the Stone House” event series.

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, Dr. Anthony Evans, Director of the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau, will be unable speak at Thursday’s program as originally scheduled.

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, Dr. Anthony Evans, Director of the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau, will be unable speak at Thursday’s program as originally scheduled.

In his place, Cattaraugus County Clerk Alan Bernstein has graciously volunteered to speak.

Alan Bernstein has been the County Clerk since 2014, and served as the Deputy County Clerk for 24 years before that. Al grew up in Portville and now lives in Olean with his wife Paula. He is very active in the community and volunteers for many causes throughout the county.

As County Clerk, Mr. Bernstein oversees three Motor Vehicle offices, and therefore oversees issuing Driver’s Licenses. As County Clerk he is also a Passport Agent. These two things are important because, starting in October of 2020, most people will need either an Enhanced License, a Real ID License, or a Passport. People will need one of these types of ID to enter many Federal buildings and to board any aircraft (even for domestic travel).

Mr. Bernstein will be at the County Museum to talk to people about what are differences in these three types if ID and what is needed to get them. There is quite a bit of misinformation out there, and Mr. Bernstein wants to help ensure that people have the proper information about this change.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday (July 11, 2019) and is free and open to the public. Please join us!

The Cattaraugus County Museum is located in the Stone House, 9824 Route 16 in Machias. For more information, call (716) 353-8200 or visit cattco.org/museum.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday (July 11, 2019) and is free and open to the public. Please join us!

06/27/2019

NOTICE: The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, and will be closed all day Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We will be open regular hours Monday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 3. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Cattaraugus County Museum's "Summer at the Stone House" event series continues this Thursday, June 27, with a perfor...
06/25/2019

The Cattaraugus County Museum's "Summer at the Stone House" event series continues this Thursday, June 27, with a performance by the Bent Brass Classical Ensemble of a program titled “Music of the WWI Era.”

The Bent Brass Classical Ensemble can often be seen performing at events and festivals around Cattaraugus County and always puts on a great show.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. and will take place under a tent on the lawn behind the museum. Chairs will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

A very nice crowd joined us this evening to kick off this year’s Summer at the Stone House series. Jim Kimball and Karen...
06/14/2019

A very nice crowd joined us this evening to kick off this year’s Summer at the Stone House series. Jim Kimball and Karen Canning put on a fantastic program of fiddle tunes. Thank you to everyone who attended!

This will be a busy week here at the museum! Things kicked off this past Saturday when our new exhibit, "Mapmaker: The W...
06/11/2019

This will be a busy week here at the museum!

Things kicked off this past Saturday when our new exhibit, "Mapmaker: The Work of Earl McElfresh and the McElfresh Map Company," officially opened.

On Thursday, our Summer at the Stone House event series begins its 2019 schedule with a program on fiddle tunes of New York given by Jim Kimball. The Summer at the Stone House events take place on the second and fourth Thursdays, June through August, at 7 p.m.

And finally, this Saturday is our annual Family Day at the Museum. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the highlights will be a performance of the WNY Fiddle Kids at 12:30 p.m. and a presentation on birds of Western New York by Wild Spirit Education at 2 p.m. The Boy Scouts will be here again selling hot dogs and other refreshments, so join us for lunch!

All events are free and open to the public.

Cartographer Earl McElfresh speaks to a crowd gathered for the official opening of the museum’s new exhibit, “Mapmaker: ...
06/08/2019

Cartographer Earl McElfresh speaks to a crowd gathered for the official opening of the museum’s new exhibit, “Mapmaker: The Work of Earl McElfresh and the McElfresh Map Company.” Thank you to Earl and everyone who attended!

Cattaraugus County Museum
06/06/2019

Cattaraugus County Museum

The Cattaraugus County Museum’s new exhibit, “Mapmaker: The Work of Earl McElfresh and the McElfresh Map Company,” is no...
06/06/2019

The Cattaraugus County Museum’s new exhibit, “Mapmaker: The Work of Earl McElfresh and the McElfresh Map Company,” is now open! The museum will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, for an official opening, featuring a talk by Earl McElfresh at 1 p.m.

This event, as always, is free and open to the public.

McElfresh Map Company
06/04/2019
McElfresh Map Company

McElfresh Map Company

Coming up: Saturday, June 8th in Machias, NY.

Also be speaking on D-day Mapping in Randolph, NY on June 5th.

We are excited to announce that the Summer at the Stone House event series will return with a new schedule of programs b...
05/30/2019

We are excited to announce that the Summer at the Stone House event series will return with a new schedule of programs beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

The Summer at the Stone House series, now in its ninth season, will kick off with a performance of fiddle tunes from New York state by SUNY Geneseo ethnomusicologist Jim Kimball.

Mr. Kimball, a lecturer at Geneseo as well as the director of the Geneseo String Band, is no stranger to attendees of the museum’s past programs, having performed here on many occasions. He is a skilled musician on a multitude of instruments as well as possessing a fantastic knowledge of area history.

The Summer at the Stone House programs begin at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays, June through August, and are free and open to the public. The full schedule is:

-June 13: Jim Kimball, Fiddle Tunes of New York State
-June 27: Bent Brass Classical Ensemble, Music of the WWI Era
-July 11: Dr. Anthony Evans, The Cattaraugus County youth Bureau
-July 25: Dave Ruch, Music of Buffalo’s Waterfront
-August 8: Linda Hunter, Quilts Past and Present
-August 22: Allen Hopkins, Cowboy Songs

Cattaraugus County Museum
05/14/2019

Cattaraugus County Museum

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is excited to announce that it will host an opening of its next exhibit on Saturday, June 8, highlighted by a talk given by cartographer Earl McElfresh of the McElfresh Map Company LLC. The exhibit, “Mapmaker: The work of Earl McElfresh and the McElfresh Map Company,” will showcase the artistry and craftsmanship of the Olean native.

As cartographer for McElfresh Map Company, Earl B. McElfresh prepares historical base battlefield maps. He is the author of Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War (Abrams 1999) and contributing editor for the 2007 edition of Company Commander by Charles B. McDonald. He has prepared maps for the Library of America’s four volume Civil War set and for Lincoln’s Lieutenants, by Stephen Sears.

Mr. McElfresh has spoken on Civil War mapping at The Smithsonian, The National Archives, The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, The Boston Public Library, The Newberry Library, The Harvard Map Collection, The Warburg Institute in London, National Geographic and on C-Span Book TV.

A resident of Olean, he is married to Michiko Hart McElfresh and has three adult children, John, Reed and Diana.

The museum will open from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, with the talk given by Mr. McElfresh beginning at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is excited to announce that it will host an opening of its next exhib...
05/14/2019

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is excited to announce that it will host an opening of its next exhibit on Saturday, June 8, highlighted by a talk given by cartographer Earl McElfresh of the McElfresh Map Company LLC. The exhibit, “Mapmaker: The work of Earl McElfresh and the McElfresh Map Company,” will showcase the artistry and craftsmanship of the Olean native.

As cartographer for McElfresh Map Company, Earl B. McElfresh prepares historical base battlefield maps. He is the author of Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War (Abrams 1999) and contributing editor for the 2007 edition of Company Commander by Charles B. McDonald. He has prepared maps for the Library of America’s four volume Civil War set and for Lincoln’s Lieutenants, by Stephen Sears.

Mr. McElfresh has spoken on Civil War mapping at The Smithsonian, The National Archives, The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, The Boston Public Library, The Newberry Library, The Harvard Map Collection, The Warburg Institute in London, National Geographic and on C-Span Book TV.

A resident of Olean, he is married to Michiko Hart McElfresh and has three adult children, John, Reed and Diana.

The museum will open from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, with the talk given by Mr. McElfresh beginning at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

We are pleased to announce a new display focusing on the life of "Little Louie," Louis H. Wiegand!Though Louis H. Wiegan...
04/23/2019

We are pleased to announce a new display focusing on the life of "Little Louie," Louis H. Wiegand!

Though Louis H. Wiegand was born in Cheektowaga, his family moved to a farm in Markhams Corners, in the town of Dayton, when he was two. It was there, with the exception of the years he spent traveling as a performer, that he spent most of the rest of his long life.

In 1875, at age 20, Louie stood 33 inches tall and weighed 33 lbs. He was apprenticed to a jeweler in Dayton until, while attending a performance of the American Lilliputian Opera Company in Buffalo, he was spotted by the performers and recruited.

For the next 12 years Wiegand, known on stage as “Prince Louis,” sang tenor and performed with the company all across the country. He performed twice at the White House.

When the American Lilliputian Opera Company broke up in 1887, Louie returned to Markhams Corners and took up tailoring for a while (he made most of his own clothes). After a stint as postmaster of Markhams Corners, he retired to a life of farming. He was said to have raised the plumpest hens for miles around.

“Little Louie” passed away Jan. 2, 1945, in his 90th year.

Are you interested in the Cattaraugus County Museum’s Summer at the Stone House event series? Do you like to keep your p...
01/31/2019

Are you interested in the Cattaraugus County Museum’s Summer at the Stone House event series? Do you like to keep your place in books? If your answer to either of these questions is yes, stop by the museum and pick up a free bookmark!

Cattaraugus County Museum
12/11/2018

Cattaraugus County Museum

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, "Cattaraugus Hom...
12/11/2018

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, "Cattaraugus Homespun: A display of textiles."

This exhibit focuses on homemade textiles, crafted by and for residents of Cattaraugus County. Featured are examples of quilting, weaving, lacework, crochet and embroidery. Also on display is a large barn loom currently on loan to the museum by the Leon Historical Society.

Stop by and see us!

Our schedule for next summer is finalized!
11/27/2018

Our schedule for next summer is finalized!

09/06/2018

The Cattaraugus County Museum would like to thank everyone who came out to our Summer at the Stone House programs this year. Our evenings were attended by over 220 people!

We have already begun putting together a schedule for 2019. If you have any suggestions of specific programs or topics you would be interested to see, please let us know!

In the meantime, the museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Stop by and see us!

08/23/2018

The final Summer at the Stone House event of the year will take place tonight at 7 p.m.! Come see Allen Hopkins perform a program of "Music of the World Wars!"

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library's "Summer at the Stone House" summer event series will conclude its 2...
08/21/2018

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library's "Summer at the Stone House" summer event series will conclude its 2018 schedule at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, with a performance by Rochester-based musician Allen Hopkins.

Hopkins has been a regular participant in our summer programming for five years, and never fails to entertain the crowds. For over 40 years he has been playing a wide variety of audiences. Primarily a folk musician, he is fluent in American traditional, Celtic instrumental, blues, bluegrass, old time and contemporary. The topic of his concert will be "Music of the World Wars."

Don't miss it!

Address

9824 Route 16
Machias, NY
14101

General information

Admission is free.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(716) 353-8200

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