Historical Society Summer Gala Is Saturday In Westfield

WESTFIELD – The Chautauqua County Historical Society is inviting residents and supporters of local history to attend its annual fundraiser and gala Saturday in Westfield. “The Price of Freedom” will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the historic McClurg Museum in Moore Park – located at the corner of Routes 394 and 20 in the village.

“This is our single biggest fundraising event of the year,” said John Paul Wolfe, McClurg Museum curator and Chautauqua County Historical Society trustee. “It’s going to be a wonderful evening designed to support and promote local history in Chautauqua County. We hope to see a lot of familiar faces as well as some new ones during the evening.”

The fundraiser will feature hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting, along with music by Irish-American songs performed by the musical duo of Doc & Bill. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the McClurg Museum and learn more about the new exhibits that have been added and receive more details about some recent renovations. There will also be the debut of a new exhibit focusing on photographs from past wars and conflicts that our nation has been involved with.

In addition to the gala fundraiser, the 9th NY Cavalry reenactment group will be staging an encampment in Moore Park the entire weekend, with activities taking place throughout the day on Saturday. Those who wish to attend the gala may want to arrive in Westfield early to also take advantage of the free encampment events.

The fundraiser and gala event Saturday evening at the McClurg will be $50 per person, with all proceeds going to support the McClurg Museum operations, an all-volunteer organization.

For tickets and reservations, call 326-2977 or contact any member of the board of trustees.