City tour happens Sept. 7

On September 7, 2013, the Dunkirk Historic Museum, Academy Heights and Washington PARC will preside over the first Dunkirk Historic House Tour. Six historic homes will be open for viewing.

The Eggers’ home and studio will be among these, featuring photos of George A. H. Eggers and the family, donated to the Chautauqua County Historic Society by the family and made available for this occasion by John Wolfe, at the McClurg Museum. A collection of Eggers’ art on loan from the Burchfield Penney Art Center will be available for viewing in the former Gross mansion,( formerly part of Cardinal Mindszenty and now the STEL Administration building), as part of the tour. Refreshments and a sale of mums from Mancuso Nurseries to benefit the historic society will be at that site.

Tickets are available in Dunkirk at the public library, P&G Foods, Papaya Arts on the Boardwalk. In Fredonia tickets can be purchased in advance at TimePieces, Henry’s Hair Salon and Midtown Realty. Committee members Diane Andrasik, Skeeter Tower and Michele Bautista are committed to introducing and preserving the charm and eloquence of the historic neighborhoods in Dunkirk, beyond the lovely homes on the tour.

Tickets sell for $15 , will be available for sale at the door on the day of the tour as well as at the advance sites. Proceeds will go to support of the Dunkirk Historical Museum. This is an event which should make Dunkirk proud.

With the professional guidance of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, George W. Eggers can become better known and appreciated through his art. Professional staff from the Burchfield Penny, will attend a separate wine and cheese reception at on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. to speak about the contribution of George W. Eggers to the art world, and talk about the selected items on loan for this short exhibit and the Burchfield Penney’s mission and vision in western New York.

Eggers’ grandson, Michael Smith, will also be on hand to contribute biographic richness to the evening. He will bring the self portrait of Eggers that is to date unknown by collectors. This special event is open to the public with donations gratefully accepted to further the work of the Dunkirk Historical Society.