Oakfield Historical Society

Oakfield Historical Society *Reopening April 19, 1-3pm.* Oakfield Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Oakfield's rich past. Founded in 1998. Museum open hours: Closed for the season, come see us in April 2020 when we reopen!
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Oakfield Historical Society is dedicated to educating the public through our research center exhibits, lecture series, numerous publications, and other events.

Voila! 😍 Melissa Ierlan it looks amazing.
02/08/2020

Voila! 😍 Melissa Ierlan it looks amazing.

One step closer to completion. We think it looks amazing 👍🏻
02/07/2020

One step closer to completion. We think it looks amazing 👍🏻

The Iroquoian Fort historical marker was in rough shape; massive vertical crack as well as an unfortunate gunshot wound ...
02/06/2020

The Iroquoian Fort historical marker was in rough shape; massive vertical crack as well as an unfortunate gunshot wound at the top. The first photo shows condition before, the second is after painstaking repairs to the hole and crack, the third is with beautiful blue shade of paint. we cannot wait to see the finished product!

Thank you to Melissa Ierlan for undertaking this labor of historical love.

Oakfield Historical Society is looking for more information regarding the painting of "Class of 73" on the Oakfield viad...
02/01/2020

Oakfield Historical Society is looking for more information regarding the painting of "Class of 73" on the Oakfield viaduct for our next book. We are interested in how it was done, names of people are not necessary!

This viaduct may be long gone, but was a part of Oakfield's history. Post below or message us if you know how it was painted on the viaduct!
Thanks Jerry Foster for the photos and post.

Happy new year! 🎊
01/01/2020

Happy new year! 🎊

Merry Christmas 🎁 🎄
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas 🎁 🎄

Oakfield Historical Society
12/25/2019

Oakfield Historical Society

All we want for Christmas is greater awareness about Oakfield Historical Society and the fascination exhibits, books, programs and tours we host.

Please help us get more likes for this page by inviting your friends and sharing too. 1034 currently and hoping for 1050! 🤞🏻

All we want for Christmas is greater awareness about Oakfield Historical Society and the fascination exhibits, books, pr...
12/22/2019

All we want for Christmas is greater awareness about Oakfield Historical Society and the fascination exhibits, books, programs and tours we host.

Please help us get more likes for this page by inviting your friends and sharing too. 1034 currently and hoping for 1050! 🤞🏻

Looking for a great Christmas gift? Look no further than "People, Places and Things" by Laurie Nanni. This book covers f...
12/14/2019

Looking for a great Christmas gift? Look no further than "People, Places and Things" by Laurie Nanni. This book covers former residents of Oakfield, the KKK, Oakfield Swordsmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Oakfield Recreation Pond, facts on Thunder & Lightening, just to name a few.

Locally you can purchase it at the Oakfield Family Pharmacy for $20. Or send a check to Oakfield Historical Society P.O. Box 74 Oakfield NY 14125 The total including shipping is $27.95.

To date, this is our 11th book on Oakfield’s history.

The museum may be closed for the season, but we have accomplished a lot so far in 2019. There is a great deal planned fo...
12/09/2019

The museum may be closed for the season, but we have accomplished a lot so far in 2019. There is a great deal planned for 2020 so make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for updates.

Oakfield’s People, Places & Things is available for purchase at Oakfield Family Pharmacy.

See photo below of Laurie burning the mortgage in a ceremony to celebrate paying off the lien!

Our newest book “People,Places & Things” is now available at the Oakfield Family Pharmacy. $20.00 each.
12/05/2019

Our newest book “People,Places & Things” is now available at the Oakfield Family Pharmacy. $20.00 each.

Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🍽🦃
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🍽🦃

Thank you veterans! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
11/11/2019

Thank you veterans! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Come see us today and browse the displays 1-3pm at 7 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY. Free admission and free on-street or lo...
10/27/2019

Come see us today and browse the displays 1-3pm at 7 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY. Free admission and free on-street or lot parking.

The CCC was an integral part of our local and national history.
09/30/2019
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The CCC was an integral part of our local and national history.

More than 3,000 young men from the Civil Conservation Corps worked to build Letchworth State Park during the Great Depression. Officials and historians estimate that had it not been for their labor, the park would only have been completed about now.

Oakfield Historical Society's cover photo
09/28/2019

Oakfield Historical Society's cover photo

Please join us this Tuesday for October’s free program.
09/28/2019

Please join us this Tuesday for October’s free program.

09/25/2019
09/22/2019
09/22/2019

Sarah Hill as portrayed by Ryleigh Kirkum

09/22/2019

Jennie Davis as portrayed by Milena Lindsley.

What a successful night we had last night at our History Comes Alive event.  Huge THANK YOU to our sponsor Caryville!  C...
09/22/2019

What a successful night we had last night at our History Comes Alive event. Huge THANK YOU to our sponsor Caryville! Can’t wait to do it again next year

09/22/2019

Robert McVea was a diminutive business owner.
As portrayed by Tia Lindsley

09/22/2019
Great work by our volunteers and thanks to everyone who attended our inaugural cemetery tour!
09/22/2019

Great work by our volunteers and thanks to everyone who attended our inaugural cemetery tour!

EDIT: 585-948-5926. You are running out of time to come meet Dr Jackson at the cemetery tour.  $10.00 per person Saturda...
09/09/2019

EDIT: 585-948-5926.
You are running out of time to come meet Dr Jackson at the cemetery tour. $10.00 per person Saturday September 21st at 7:30 for more info call Dar Warner at 585-848-5926

Tonight!
09/03/2019

Tonight!

Museum is closed this weekend for the holiday, but all are welcome to join us Tuesday.
08/30/2019

Museum is closed this weekend for the holiday, but all are welcome to join us Tuesday.

08/23/2019

History Comes Alive
Sponsored by Caryville

Please join us on Saturday, September 21st for a tour of Cary Cemetery and meet some of the people who helped form Oakfield

Tours start at 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM

$10.00 per person

Reservations/payment must be made ahead to ensure that everyone has a pamphlet. You must be able to walk on uneven ground – NO FLIP FLOPS, flashlights are welcomed.

Please call Dar Warner at 585-948-5926 or Laurie Nanni 585-259-4145

Rain date is September 28th

After join us at Caryville for a cocktail

08/12/2019

Looking for volunteers to help be “characters” for our living cemetery tour. September 21st rain date September 28. Each character would have a paragraph to read And would be in costume which we will help you find

Come see us today 1-3pm! We are open each Sunday at this time through November (excluding holiday weekends). Look at the...
08/11/2019

Come see us today 1-3pm! We are open each Sunday at this time through November (excluding holiday weekends). Look at the exhibits and displays, buy a book, sign up to volunteer- it’s all there at 7 Maple Avenue.

South side walking tour was extremely informative. Thank you Darlene K. Warner and Laurie Nanni for the hours of researc...
08/04/2019

South side walking tour was extremely informative. Thank you Darlene K. Warner and Laurie Nanni for the hours of research you put into this tour. You made it fun for all ages!

08/04/2019

Teaser #3 of 3. If you missed our tour, the programs are still available for purchase and are suitable for a self-guided tour as well.

08/04/2019

Part 2 of 3

08/04/2019

Some interesting tidbits from our Historical walking tour. Video 1 of 3

07/28/2019

Museum is open today 1-3pm. Stop in to see our self-guided displays on community organizations, United States Gypsum company, Native American local history, and wars from the War of 1812 through WWII.

Located at 7 Maple Ave, parking on street or in lot, free admission.

We were asked a while ago about the Clown Band here are two pictures one resting on the lawn of 42 Weber Avenue waiting ...
07/24/2019

We were asked a while ago about the Clown Band here are two pictures one resting on the lawn of 42 Weber Avenue waiting for parade to start and the second marching in the Labor Day parade (description says client band led the parade) 1945

This place is an Oakfield institution! The torch has been passed to a new owner. Good luck Paris Oakfield Hotel!
07/10/2019

This place is an Oakfield institution! The torch has been passed to a new owner. Good luck Paris Oakfield Hotel!

Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸

07/04/2019

In English language, an Oxford comma is placed immediately before the coordinating conjunction (usually and or or) in a series of 3 or more terms. For example, a list of 3 countries might be punctuated either as "France, Italy, and Spain" (w/Oxford comma), or as "France, Italy and Spain" (w/o Oxford comma).

Oakfield’s varied history is incredible. One example is Cary Seminary, which once existed at the site of School House Ma...
06/22/2019

Oakfield’s varied history is incredible. One example is Cary Seminary, which once existed at the site of School House Manor.

06/18/2019

So if you have been following along you know our "South Side" tour is going to be pretty interesting, we hinted about the Mafia and McDonalds. Did you know we had a WWII German POW camp in Oakfield. Want to see where the guards boarded? Do you know how many businesses were on South Pearl?

The tour is on August 4 at 1:00 pm. and we will be meeting in the parking lot of the Methodist Church on Main St. It should take approximately three hours. The rain date is August 11th.

The tour cost $10 a person and will include a booklet that is your ticket for the tour. We need to know by June 30 if you plan to come on the tour. This will enable us to get the booklets printed in time for the walk. We will also need your money ahead of time. You can mail a check to Oakfield Historical Society P.O. Box 74 Oakfield NY 14125, drop your money off at the museum on Sunday June 9th, 23rd or 30th or make arrangements to pay any board member.

If you have any questions or need to know a board members name, please call Dar Warner at 585-948-5926 or email me at [email protected].

We hope to see you there

From National Geographic, a short history of Father’s Day:EVERY YEAR, ON the third Sunday in June, Americans take time t...
06/16/2019

From National Geographic, a short history of Father’s Day:

EVERY YEAR, ON the third Sunday in June, Americans take time to honor fathers and their role in the family and community.

Although 76 percent of Americans plan to celebrate their fathers this year, few know about the woman who launched a 62-year campaign to establish the day as a federal holiday.

When Sonora Louise Smart Dodd was 16 years old, her father became a widower and was left to raise Dodd and her five younger brothers alone. In 1909, Dodd was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon when she realized the need for a day to celebrate fathers, especially her own.

Inspired, Dodd drew up a petition for the first Father’s Day, which she argued should be celebrated on her father’s birthday in early June. Even though the petition only earned two signatures, Dodd convinced several local church communities to participate—on the condition she push the date to late June to give them more time to prepare. The resulting celebration, in Spokane, Washington, kicked off Dodd’s nearly life-long mission of promoting Father’s Day for national status. Over the next half-century, Dodd would travel the United States, speaking on behalf of Father’s Day and campaigning for the cause.

Although Mother’s Day was declared a national holiday in 1914, Father’s Day wasn’t nationally recognized until 1972. Throughout the years, Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Lyndon B. Johnson all wrote in favor of the holiday, but none passed legislation ratifying the holiday during their term. In 1970, Congress finally passed Joint Resolution 187, which called on citizens to “offer public and private expressions of such day to the abiding love and gratitude which they bear for their fathers.” President Richard Nixon signed the resolution into law two years later.

On the first Father’s Day in Spokane, families honored fathers by wearing roses—red for those still alive, and white for those who were deceased. Pastors in Presbyterian and Methodist churches gave Father’s Day sermons. The city’s mayor and even the state’s governor issued Father’s Day proclamations.

Today, Father’s Day is often celebrated with food, gatherings, and gifts. This year, Americans are expected to spend $16 billion for Father’s Day, with the most popular gifts being greeting cards, special outings, and clothing, according to the National Retail Federation.

Since Father’s Day was first conceived, the nature of fatherhood itself has shifted. Most fathers are no longer the sole breadwinners and have become more involved in family life. Today, American fathers spend an average of eight hours a week on childcare—nearly three times as many hours as they did in 1965. However, less than half of American fathers believe they are doing a “very good job” raising their children.

Fatherhood has, and continues to be, both a demanding and gratifying endeavor. Father’s Day is an occasion to thank every person who has embraced the challenging role. “If the father's responsibilities are many, his rewards are also great—the love, appreciation, and respect of children and spouse,” wrote President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Seeking donations for our basket raffle Saturday. If you’d like to help please comment below or message us. We are willi...
06/09/2019

Seeking donations for our basket raffle Saturday. If you’d like to help please comment below or message us. We are willing to pick up any donated items.

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7 Maple Ave / PO Box 74
Oakfield, NY
14125

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Oakfield in 1894, the year before the great fire destroyed Main Street.
I have several lectures lectures your society may be interested in 1. Time Capsule in your Backyard: 19th Century Outhouse Artifacts 2. Antique Roadshow: Members and Public bring in items for appraisal 3. Buffalo Brewing 4.Patent Medicine Tax Stamps Of WNY 5. Buffalo Meatpacking & Stockyard Industry
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.
Had a great time on the Native American Fort Site tour today!! Can't wait to read Bill Chase's book, " In Search of The Bone Fort".