Cattaraugus County Museum To Celebrate 100 Years

MACHIAS – On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Cattaraugus County Museum will mark a century of serving the public with a special event, “100 Years of the Cattaraugus County Museum.”

Since a large part of the original mission of the museum when it was founded in 1914 was to commemorate the county’s Civil War veterans and house their artifacts, combined with the fact that Americans have spent the last few summers marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War itself, museum staff members have decided that it would be fitting to plan this day with a Civil War theme. Here is the schedule of events:

11 a.m.: Museum opens

Noon: Event officially begins

12:30 p.m.: Performance of Civil War brass band music by the Excelsior Cornet Band

3 p.m.: Talk by Professor Ian Binnington: “Earth’s Immortal Sons: Constructing a Confederate Nation in the Midst of War.”

4 p.m.: Event closes

Continuing: Civil War re-enactors on the grounds giving historical interpretation of the experiences of soldiers of that time, including musket demonstrations, discussions of uniforms and equipment, a replica surgeon’s tent, and a drill for children.

The museum is located in the Stone House, 9824 Route 16, Machias. Call 353-8200 with any questions. This event will be free and open to the public.