Valley Historical Society honors nation’s birthday

SINCLAIRVILLE – Members, friends and guests gathered recently at the museum building of the Valley Historical Society to honor the Fourth of July birthday of the United States.

A special cake, created by Ranee Kaus of Cassadaga, was decorated with the words, “Happy Birthday America, 238 Years of Freedom.”

Guests present for the special celebration included Emory Holmquist from the Ross Mills Historical Society, Mary Turney and Cindy Rodgers from the Fluvanna Historical Society and Kevin Washington from Annapolis, Md. The meeting began with president Olmstead leading the Lord’s Prayer and then treasurer Sipos leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Valley Historical Society museum is open on Sundays for tours at no cost from 2 until 5 p.m. Tour guides are always present. A special thank you was extended to museum curators Bonnie Larkin and Diane Shaw for their work in creating the catalog inventory of all museum items.

A patriotic moment was presented by president Olmstead when he told about the saving of lives by the Merchant Marines in 1943 when ships were sunk. Olmstead finished with the statement that we have the freedom to study mathematics and philosophy.

The next meeting of the Valley Historical Society will be the annual summer picnic Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Sinclairville ballpark.

Members are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table settings. The “Treasure Trove” program will be the event for the evening following the meal.

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