County Historical Society’s 2018 Annual Gala fundraiser is Saturday

All for a good cause

Submitted Photo A special exhibit featuring the roster and photographs of the 112th New York Volunteer will be on display during the 2018 Gala.

WESTFIELD — All proceeds from the annual “Standing Ground” fundraiser this Saturday at McClurg Museum will be used to support Chautauqua County Historical Society’s mission to preserve and interpret objects and archives of local significance. Admission to the annual fundraiser and gala is $50 per person.

“Standing Ground” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic McClurg Museum in Westfield’s Moore Park, located at the corner of routes 394 and 20 in the village of Westfield. For tickets and reservations, call 326-2977 or contact any member of the Chautauqua County Historical Society’s board of trustees. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The fundraiser will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting, along with musical entertainment provided by the dynamic folk duo of Doc & Willie (Doc Hamels and Will Russell).

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the 14-room federal style McClurg mansion and learn more about current and upcoming renovations from the historical society board members and volunteers. A special exhibit featuring the roster and photographs of the 112th New York Volunteer Infantry will also be available for viewing. The 112th was organized in Jamestown in 1862 under the command of Colonel Jeremiah C. Drake.

The fundraiser’s name, “Standing Ground,” is in reference to the ninth NY Cavalry reenactment group, who will also be on hand in Moore Park and will be staging an encampment the entire weekend, with activities taking place throughout the day on Saturday. Those who wish to attend the Gala may want to arrive in Westfield early to also take advantage of the free encampment events.

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 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 326-2977.

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