County Historical Society To Hold Annual Meeting April 26

WESTFIELD – The Chautauqua County Historical Society will hold its 2014 annual meeting on April 26 at the Westfield Methodist Church in Westfield. The event will feature an annual report from the board of trustees and a lecture – “The Hospital on the Hill: Recalling Cassadaga’s Newton Memorial Hospital and its Transition to the Cassadaga Job Corps.” The lecture will be presented by Adam Dolce from the Cassadaga Job Corps, along with county historian Michelle Henry. A luncheon will also be available at a cost of $15 per person.

The business portion of the annual meeting will begin at 11 a.m. when CCHS President James O’Brien provides his annual report. In addition, trustee and McClurg Museum curator John Paul Wofe will provide an update on the exhibits and collections within the historical building.

At 1 p.m., Dolce and Henry will discuss the history of the Newtown Memorial Hospital at Cassadaga, which for four decades fulfilled its role in the care and treatment of tubercular patients, closing in the late 1950s. In the late 1970s, the Cassadaga Job Corps began operation on the 150-acre property. The two will provide a detailed history of the property, which sits atop a hill overlooking Cassadaga Lake. They will also talk about the patients who stayed there, why the U.S. Department of Labor decided to open the Job Corps and the site, and also feature several historic images of the grounds.

Between the meeting and presentation, a luncheon will be provided at noon for anyone who made prior reservations. The meal will feature a chicken dinner from Bark Grill in Westfield, along with beverages and desert. The cost is $15 per person with reservations due by noon Tuesday. Payment can be made the day of the event.

Reservation for the luncheon can be made by calling 326-2977, or by emailing mcclurg@fairpoint.net. No reservations are required for those only attending the meeting and/or lecture and who do not wish to eat lunch.

For more information, visit the Historical Society’s events page online to mcclurgmuseum.org.

The Chautauqua County Historical Society was established in 1883 and is the oldest historical society in Chautauqua County. Since 1951, the organization has been based out of the historic McClurg Mansion (built in 1818) in Westfield. Annual membership rates start at just $20. All members are given free access to the museum year-round and a subscription to the quarterly “Time Lines” newsletter. For more information, call 326-2977 or visit McClurgmuseum.org.