Cattaraugus County Museum

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

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,”...
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...
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!

08/10/2018

Another great program given by Dave Ruch, including audience participation! Thank you to everyone who attended.

The Cattaraugus County Museum's "Summer at the Stone House" event series will continue Thursday, Aug. 9, with a musical ...
08/07/2018

The Cattaraugus County Museum's "Summer at the Stone House" event series will continue Thursday, Aug. 9, with a musical program titled "Traditional Folk Music of New York Vol. II" given by Buffalo based musician and researcher Dave Ruch. This program is a sequel of sorts to the presentation he gave here last summer, with all new material.

This event, originally slated to take place last month, was rescheduled due to a health issue.

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 third time participating in our summer series, and his programs are always extremely well received.

Don't miss it!

Are you going to the Cattaraugus County Fair this week? Be sure to stop by the museum’s booth in the Corporate Buildin...
07/30/2018

Are you going to the Cattaraugus County Fair this week? Be sure to stop by the museum’s booth in the Corporate Building. You might even catch the Assistant Curator on duty!

The Cattaraugus County Museum's "Summer at the Stone House" event series continues at 7 p.m. this Thursday, July 26, wit...
07/24/2018

The Cattaraugus County Museum's "Summer at the Stone House" event series continues at 7 p.m. this Thursday, July 26, with a talk by James Huntington entitled "Charles Huntington: Renaissance Man of Randolph."

The subject of the talk, Charles Monroe Huntington, will be a familiar name to those who have spent time at the museum. The large "Mound Builder" figures currently adorning our lobby, as well as the paintings depicting mound builder culture, were all created by Huntington based on his theories which stemmed from a childhood experience with a local burial mound. These items, particularly the figures (the larger of which stands over nine feet tall), have been mainstays of the museum's collection for decades. What people may not know about their creator is that he was an innovative man of many talents; he was a historian, artist, photographer, inventor and machinist.

Our speaker, James Huntington, is the great-grandson of Charles, and his great interest in his forebear began when as a child he visited the library in the old County Museum building in Little Valley and was awed by the Mound Builder figures. Learning that they had been sculpted by his great-grandfather left him with a sense of pride, and a desire to learn more about the man and to tell his story.

As always, this program is free and opern to the public. Join us for a very interesting evening!

07/17/2018
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Our next speaker in the Summer at the Stone House series:

This is James Huntington. I will be doing a talk on Charles M. Huntington, Renaissance man of East Randolph. I am a Great Grandson of Mr. Huntington. i grew up in Napoli, and went to school in Little Valley, NY. I became interested in my Great Grandfather's life history as the local library shared the same building as the Co. museum did. Going to the library as a young kid I would be at all when I walked passed those statues that my Great Grand Father had sculpted and a sense of pride. Later in life I would learn allot more about him and his accomplishments. This has prompted me into telling his story to others.

Tonight at 7 p.m. Della Moore will be speaking about the African American Center for Cultural Development and the histor...
07/12/2018

Tonight at 7 p.m. Della Moore will be speaking about the African American Center for Cultural Development and the history of the Underground Railroad in our area. As always, this talk is free and open to the public. Don't miss it!

Photo courtesy of the Olean Times Herald

ATTENTION: SCHEDULE CHANGEDue to an unforeseen development, there has been a change in the lineup of the Cattaraugus Cou...
07/10/2018

ATTENTION: SCHEDULE CHANGE

Due to an unforeseen development, there has been a change in the lineup of the Cattaraugus County Museum's "Summer at the Stone House" event series schedule.

Musician Dave Ruch was scheduled to perform a program entitled "Traditional Folk Music of NY, Vol. II" at 7 p.m. this Thursday, July 12. Due to illness, Mr. Ruch has been forced to reschedule this performance. Fortunately, Della Moore has graciously agreed to switch dates and will give her talk on the subject of the African American Center for Cultural Development this Thursday instead.

Della Moore, the director of the African American Center for Cultural Development, has been an Olean resident since 1972. She is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (MA in American History) and Temple University (MA in Black Studies), and research, writing and lecturing are her passions. She is also a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

The subject of her talk will be what is happening with the Center, as well as some information on the history of the Underground Railroad in Cattaraugus County.

The schedule for the rest of the summer will be:
-July 12: Della Moore, "The African American Center for Cultural Development"
-July 26: James Huntington, "Charles Huntington: Renaissance Man of Randolph"
-Aug. 9: Dave Ruch, "Traditional Folk Music of NY, Vol. II"
-Aug. 23: Allen Hopkins, "Music of the World Wars"
All programs begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Please consider joining us for what promises to be an excellent program!

Photo appears courtesy of the Olean Times Herald

A nice turnout last evening as Dr. Payne gave an overview of U.S. involvement in World War I. Thanks you to everyone who...
06/29/2018

A nice turnout last evening as Dr. Payne gave an overview of U.S. involvement in World War I. Thanks you to everyone who attended!

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is pleased to announce that there are new displays in place for publi...
06/28/2018

The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is pleased to announce that there are new displays in place for public viewing.

Our primary exhibit is "Remembering the Presbyterian Church of Franklinville." The Franklinville Presbyterian Church, before it closed its doors for good a few months ago, donated several items of historic interest to the Cattaraugus County Museum and the Ischua Valley Historical Society. Some of these items include documents dating to the building of the original First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in 1832, the church's first communion set dating to 1829 and a coal foot warmer. We wanted to feature these items, and others, in a display commemorating the two centuries of history of the Presbyterian church - actually three churches - in Franklinville.

In a related display, the museum is for the first time exhibiting its collection of historic Bibles. These include a Methodist circuit rider Bible from 1844, a family Bible from 1790 and an 1857 Welsh Bible from Farmersville, among several others.

Finally, the museum is pleased to host large pioneer loom on loan from the Leon Historical Society. The loom, which measures about six feet tall, is constructed of hand-hewn timbers and likely dates from the middle of the 19th century.

So much to see; come check it out!

Cattaraugus County Museum
06/28/2018

Cattaraugus County Museum

This is just a reminder that the Summer at the Stone House series continues this Thursday with talk on the subject of Un...
06/26/2018

This is just a reminder that the Summer at the Stone House series continues this Thursday with talk on the subject of United States involvement in WWI, with some local connections, given by St. Bonaventure University professor Phillip Payne.

Phillip Payne is a professor of history and department chair at St. Bonaventure University where he teaches a variety of courses in United States History. He also teaches undergraduate courses in public and digital history. He is the author of "Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy" (2009), and "Crash! How the Economic Boom and Bust of the 1920s Worked (2015)."

The program will begin at 7 p.m. and is, as always, free and open to the public. Join us!

Some scenes from Family Day. Thank you all who came out!
06/16/2018

Some scenes from Family Day. Thank you all who came out!

Tomorrow is Family Day at the Museum! We’ll be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the WNY Fiddle Kids perform at 12:30, Wild Spir...
06/15/2018

Tomorrow is Family Day at the Museum! We’ll be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the WNY Fiddle Kids perform at 12:30, Wild Spirit Education will give a presentation on birds of prey at 2. Also, blacksmithing demonstrations and hand-on activities! Plus, the Boy Scouts will be selling hot dogs and other refreshments, so stay for lunch! As always, all programs are free and open to the public. Come visit!

Next week begins our summer event schedule! The first program up is our initial Summer at the Stone House evening of the...
06/07/2018

Next week begins our summer event schedule! The first program up is our initial Summer at the Stone House evening of the year.

On Thursday, June 14, we will host a program depicting the life of Cattaraugus County native Alonzo Sampson given by presenters Sam Genco and Karen Livsey.

Sampson, a native of Cattaraugus County, was the author of the autobiography, “Three Times Around the World – The Life and Adventures of Alonzo D. Sampson," a narrative mainly dealing with his life in the whaling industry during the 1850s. Other areas of his life that are touched on are his experiences during the War with Mexico in the 1840s and a series of unfortunate events that overtook him as he approached middle age. The story is filled with events worthy of a Hollywood movie. A narrated slide program based on the book and recent research will be presented.

Karen Livsey is recently retired from the Fenton History Center in Jamestown, where she was the librarian and archivist, and assisted researchers with local history and genealogy. She has compiled two volumes of land records from the archives of the Holland Land Company and in association with a cousin, wrote two local history books for the Arcadia Postcard History Series.

Sam Genco recently completed 35 years at Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown. He has been researching various local people, businesses and events for much of that time. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Fenton History Center, and other local organizations.

As always, this program is free and open to the public. Please join us to kick of an exciting schedlue of summer events!

06/05/2018

If you happen to stop by during the next week, you may notice that things are in a bit of disorder here at the museum. We are taking advantage of the space created by the mammoth leaving and changing exhibits to do some much needed painting and routine maintenance. The research library will be open and we will do our best to accomodate visitors to the museum, we just won't be as squared away as we like to be. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!

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9824 Route 16
Machias, NY
14101

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

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