Opera House to present free lecture on Cassadaga history

This is approximately 333 Maple Avenue, Stockton.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House continues its new series of free-admission local history lectures when it presents A Pictorial History of Cassadaga on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.

A Pictorial History of Cassadaga is the fifth of seven multimedia presentations that will be presented over the course of this year as part of the new Chautauqua County History Series. The series features area town, village and county historians presenting lectures on topics of local history and their connection to the world at large.

September’s program features Village of Cassadaga/Town of Stockton Historian John Sipos. His multimedia presentation includes MANY photos that trace significant points in the village’s history from 1800 and the days of the Holland Land Company right up to and including the 21st century.

Sipos has been the village historian of Cassadaga for 14 years, and recently was appointed the town of Stockton historian, as well. Sipos is well recognized throughout the state for the “breadth and depth of work” he does as historian. In 2015, he received the National Community Service Award from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for his outstanding voluntary service to the community and participation in community activities. His frequent talks throughout the county were cited, as was his association with and service to Sinclairville Meals on Wheels, The Valley Historical Society, South Stockton Wayside Chapel, Cassadaga Library Association, Chautauqua County Genealogical Society and Cassadaga Cemetery Association.

Sipos also served on Cassadaga’s Bicentennial Committee, the Cassadaga Valley Central School 75th Anniversary Committee and has written many articles for area newspapers and newsletters.

Admission to the presentation is free, with donations gratefully accepted. The next program in the lecture series will be held on Oct. 17, and will feature Panama/Town of Harmony Historian Pam Brown.

Support for Opera House programming comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County, and the Arts Services Initiative of WNY’s Give for Greatness program. The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.