Chautauqua County Historical Society Holiday Open House

WESTFIELD, N.Y. – The Chautauqua County Historical Society will say goodbye to 2011 with its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the McClurg Museum in Westfield. Not only will the event allow visitors an opportunity to learn more about the museum and historical society free-of-charge, but it will also serve as the final event of the county’s 2011 Bicentennial Celebration and Passport to History promotion.

“The historical society will once again open its doors to the public and provide refreshments, music, and camaraderie as we celebrate the holiday season and the end of Chautauqua County’s bicentennial year,” said James O’Brien, historical society president. “Anyone interested in learning more about the county’s rich history and the McClurg Museum is invited to stop by.”

Residents who’ve taken part in the Passport to History promotion will also want to stop by, as County Historian Michelle Henry will be on hand to announce the winners of the contest. The promotion encouraged residents to attend various bicentennial events and to visit local historical destinations, such as the McClurg Museum and Fenton Historical Society. Each time an event or location was visited, a stamp was placed in the commemorative passport. The more stamps a passport received, the more prizes a person was qualified to win.

Prizes for the Passport to History promotion include a weekend house party at Cherry Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast, a weeklong gate pass for two at Chautauqua Institution, and a stay at Peek’N Peak Resort. The contest was made possibly with support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.

There is no cost to attend the open house. It will take place on Dec. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the McClurg Museum in Moore Park, Westfield. For more information call (716) 326-2977 or email

About the Society
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, N.Y. Annual Membership rates start at just $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 716-326-2977 or visit

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