Community News Briefs

Valley Historical Society

SINCLAIRVILLE – The members and guests of the Valley Historical Society met recently at the museum in Sinclairville for the monthly meeting and program.

Guest speaker was Dr. Thomas Greer from the Fenton History Center in Jamestown. Dr. Greer spoke about Reuben Fenton, who the center is named after, giving his chronological history. Reuben Fenton had served as a U.S. Congressman and later the governor of New York state, serving from 1865-1868. The Fenton mansion was built on what is known as Walnut Grove in 1863. After Fenton died, his family sold the mansion in the early 1900s, and it is now owned by the city of Jamestown.

The Fenton Historical Society was formed in 1963 and occupies the mansion. Much work has been done on the mansion over the years, and it is open for tours.

Dr. Greer spoke about the diggings going on in the mansion’s grounds, and some of the artifacts being found. Dr. Greer concluded his talk with an invitation for all to attend the Fenton History Center and to attend an event or take a tour.

At the regular business meeting, President Albert Olmstead opened the meeting by leading all in the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Treasurer John Sipos gave a financial report. Sipos also said that the museum is now open for tours on Sundays from 2 until 5 p.m. Sipos said that the first day of open house was on May 5 and will continue until the end of September. The museum will not be open Memorial Day weekend Sunday. Sipos said that tour guides will be available for open house Sunday tours of the museum.

Olmstead spoke of some of the improvements which are being considered for the museum building. Vice President Larry Barmore said that the annual Sinclairville History Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, which will lead to many events, including a grand parade, and concluding in the late evening with fireworks.

Following the meeting, refreshments were served by Mildred Griswold Simpson and Secretary Mary Shearman. Some of the desserts were prepared by Phyllis Ames.

For more information on the Valley Historical Society, write to P.O. Box 1045, Sinclairville, NY 14782. New members and guests are always welcome.