Summer gala at the McClurg Mansion

Special to the OBSERVER

WESTFIELD – The Chautauqua County Historical Society is inviting residents and supporters of local history to attend its annual fundraiser and gala on June 7 in Westfield. “The Price of Freedom” will take place from on June 7 from 6 to 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 and recent renovations. A new exhibit focusing on photographs from past wars and conflicts with which our nation has been involved will also debut. The cost of the event is $50 per person. For tickets and reservations, call 326-2977 or contact any member of the board of trustees. All proceeds will support the McClurg Museum operations, an all-volunteer organization.

Those who wish to attend the Gala may want to arrive in Westfield early to also take advantage of the free encampment events that are taking place during the weekend. See cavalty encampment story to the left.

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 are $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.